BRLA Maddie is incontinent at just 3 year old.
A young active Boxer should not have to live a life in diapers. Maddie is a beautiful brindle Boxer girl that came to BRLA with a little leak in her plumbing. We see this often but it is most commonly seen in older females and can be treated with medication. We know now that Maddie has full blown incontinence. Maddie’s previous owner had her on meds and in our kennel the leaking was not so obvious. Our vets checked her out and found no obvious abnormalities.
Maddie was adopted, went home, and that’s when the leaking became very obvious - so back to our vet she went. Medication in several combinations was again the first line of defense to see if the leak could be stopped. During the drug trials, Maddie continued to leak all over the house. Committed that she would not be banished to a life outside, her family diligently cleaned up after her 24/7.
With no result from medication, the next step was a surgical fix. Our vets at Western University scheduled and performed a bladder suspension procedure, which normally helps an intra-pelvic bladder with incontinence. The procedure was about $1K. It unfortunately did not help Maddie. She continued to leak. Meanwhile, at home, the rugs were replaced and a routine of daily laundry for Maddie’s blankets was established to reduce the urine smell. But now, Maddie was constantly wearing diapers to try and maintain some control inside the house.
Wearing diapers is not a solution. They become soaked regularly and are only a Band-Aid solution. Not only are diapers ineffective, it is hard for Maddie to be the active affectionate girl she is. Constant leaking and having to wear diapers is very stressful for Maddie and very hard to manage in a home.
Maddie saw a local internal medicine specialist who, in reviewing all her x-rays, scans, scopes and history, developed a new protocol of prescription therapy. When this too failed, Maddie was referred UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital for more specialized diagnostics.
Road-trip! Maddie travelled to UC Davis in Northern California where Dr. Lim conducted urine and blood tests along with a more specialized scope. Nothing found. Dr. Lim recommended Maddie return for a more advanced cystoscopy/urethroscopy to inspect the entire structure of the bladder to 100% rule out an ectopic ureter or other structural malfunction. Cost was $1K
Road-trip #2! Fortunately, Maddie loves travelling with her Mom and even gets treated to an In-N-Out burger. This visit cost $1.8K: a highly specialized team performed a scope procedure with a team ready to implement the laser correction. However, Maddie’s bladder, ureters, and related structure didn’t show any abnormalities. Dr. Lim explained, in these stubborn cases there’s an innovative treatment option that has remarkable success, but will require another visit to the hospital.
The plan for Maddie is to install a hydraulic occluder device (canine artificial urethral sphincter). This device has significant success but comes at a cost of up to $4,000.00. Of course, Maddie will again have to travel back up to UC Davis and will spend a few days there. Thus far, her Mom has taken the time and expense to make these journeys for her beloved Boxer.
Maddie has been living in diapers for a year while a permanent solution has been sought after. Her humans have stood by her and supported her well-being every day. So often we see dogs with medical challenges simply returned to our kennel. Not Maddie. Her humans won’t give up on her. Neither will BRLA until her incontinence is corrected.
To get Maddie out of diapers is going to be expensive. You can help with a donation of any amount. Every drop in the bucket adds up to Maddie finally living a normal life at home. Please help Maddie.
Thank you in advance for helping