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Female Dog Leaking Urine

Have you found your female dog leaking urine and not even aware it is happening? This is a condition sometimes found in spayed older female dogs who have a low estrogen level in the body. In order to diagnose we would first have to rule out a bladder or kidney infection. Once diagnosed your dog may be put on a medication called Diethylstilbestrol. It is a synthetic estrogen used to treat estrogen responsive incontinence. This medication is taken orally and is well absorbed in the gastrointestinal system. It is then slowly metabolized by the liver and excreted in the urine and feces. There is another medication the doctors may reach for called phenylpropanolamine which is given twice daily. For the purposes of this blog, I will be focusing on diethylstilbestrol.

Diethylstilbestrol MUST be given at the lowest possible dose. It is often prescribed as once daily for 5 days then once weekly for life. If this dosage does not curb the incontinence, it may be adjusted or increased only under the direction of your pet’s Veterinarian.

Elevated doses of Estrogens are considered toxic to Dogs and Cats. If given too frequently it can very quickly cause problems in the bone marrow. This leads to issues with the blood cells – Red Blood Cells that carry oxygen, White Blood Cells that fight infection, and Platelets that the body needs for clotting. These abnormalities can happen within 2 weeks if the drug is given more frequently than prescribed.

Stilbestrol may enhance the effects of glucocorticoids. If your pet is on any steroids the dose may need to be adjusted.

This medication should be stored at room temperature in a tightly sealed container. Be certain to keep in a safe place away from any pets or children who may accidentally ingest it.

We need to perform a full physical exam annually when your pet is taking this medication. Every 6 months we will need to acquire a blood sample from your dog or cat to run a complete blood count and monitor the liver and kidney function.

Increased levels of estrogen can cause a female dog to get a swollen vulva or discharge from that area. We would watch for lethargy, any abnormal bleeding, diarrhea, vomiting, drinking excessively or urinating excessively when on this medication.

Written by: Darlene Cannon, RVT



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed-waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613-394-4811. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: Closed.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive at 613-394-4811 to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button.

5. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Hillcrest Animal Hospital