Our little rescue Fern made a two day visit to the vet for some testing. Fern is our little Pem rescue. She is three years old and was in Foster care for more than six months. She has an incontinence problem. Nobody wanted a leaky Corgi I guess. We fell in love with her regardless. We welcomed her to her forever home in August. We have tried a variety of teatment therapies, PPA, DES--a combination of both as well as changing her to a grain free diet and supplementing her with corn silk. These therapies were all intended to insure that the bladder "shuts off".There were no changes, in fact, the dripping got worse. The vet wanted to do a series of xrays with a radium opaque dye to determine if she had an ectopic ureter. Basically that is a tube running from the kidney, but not depositing in the bladder. Well the xrays showed that she does indeed have an abnormal ureter, but may also have an abnormal kidney. One kidney looks perfect with a ureter running right into the bladder--just the way it is supposed to, the other kidney looks very suspect with an abnormally large ureter that skims the outside of the bladder and appears to deposit in the vaginal area...very clearly explaining the constant dripping. Now we know the cause and surgery could be the cure. We have a wonderful vet, but this is an unusual surgery and it is something he has never done before and while he would like to learn this procedure he doesn't want to do it the first time on our little girl. He is sending her films to Iowa State Vet School today for evaluation and it is most likely we will be taking Fern to Ames Iowa for the surgery. She may need to have the right kidney removed if it is indeed defective, or, if the kidney is salvageable, she will have the ureter moved so that it will deposit into the bladder. While removing the kidney seems more dramatic it would be a simpler surgery and less costly. We will have to see what they say. It is going to be an expensive process no matter what...We made a commitment to this little girl when we brought her home in August and will do whatever they recommend. Fern is a happy, loving little Corgi and except for the "leaks" you would never know that anything is wrong. The vets office fell in love with her. She let them do all the nasty steps (Including enemas) and take numerous xrays over an extended period with no objections. She was very happy to be home on Saturday! We were happy to have her back!
Is there anyone out there that has gone through this with any of their dogs. Anything similar?