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Old 01-04-2013, 12:09 PM
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We have an almost 16 year old Skipperkee/Yorkie mix named LilBit. She will be 16 on Valentine's Day. She has been the best dog all of her life. She is partially blind due to cataracts and partially deaf, moderately confused due to senior dementia, stage 5 heart murmur (successfully controlled with meds), labs like a youngster and is a very happy camper. Her days consist of her meals, naps in an enclosed laundry with pee pee pads and a heated stone comfy in her open crate. She comes out scampering for meals, playtime, rubbies and lots of healthy snacks. Downside is that we have to shuffle around to ensure that we don't step on her as she is like a crazy wind-up toy. She has always used a doggy door to potty, but now gets confused and ends up in another corner of another room. She will just squat if she is confused, if she sees her reflection in the doggy door or if another of our dogs in outside.
Question: how do you successfully deal with the incontinence? We have tried diapers, but she gets them off. My husband is a patient man, but 2-3 accidents a day on the carpet are causing frustration. Thanks so much.
P.S. I added a pic of LilBit from 2003. Vicki
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How about keeping her in a room that does not have carpets? Make it all comfortable for her, with a bed and some toys. She is adorable!
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I'm using daily does of Corn Silk to control my 12 year old dogs incontinenece. It used to happen nightly a few times between the hours of 8-10pm now it maybe happens once a week. I've also read that apple cider vinegar daily in the food helps. Her incontinence is due to her Atypical Cushings.
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Lilbit is just ADORABLE!!! I, too, would probably try making her comfortable in a room that has no carpetting. I know how hard this is.
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Diapers and baby onsies to keep the diapers on. Worked really well for Zoey when she was sick.
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I'm using daily does of Corn Silk to control my 12 year old dogs incontinenece. It used to happen nightly a few times between the hours of 8-10pm now it maybe happens once a week. I've also read that apple cider vinegar daily in the food helps. Her incontinence is due to her Atypical Cushings.
Please let me know what the Corn Silk is. Is it a "Google-able" thing? Much thanks. Vicki
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I have a friend who struggled with this same thing. this product really helped. SALE - ActiPet Canine Continence 60 ct. - $7.75 - LuckyDogVitamin.com. she's gorgeous. please keep us posted.
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Here's a link regarding the Corn Silk Animal Health Issues: Incontinence

I purchase mine from Swanson Vitamins (Natures Way Corn Silk). "Corn silk, when ingested, primarily acts as an anti-inflammatory in the genitourinary tract (kidneys, bladder and urethra). Its potent astringent effect can tighten and strengthen the smooth muscles of the bladder, which is why it may benefit incontinent animals.

There is lots of info on the internet regarding it's use in dogs with incontinence. I've been happy with the results it's given my dog. It's not 100% but it's helped so much.
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Thank you all for your suggestions! I will keep your posted on LilBit's progress....... Vicki
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