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    10-28-2013, 09:56 PM
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Foal
Question Frequent urination?

I have a 20 y/o APHA gelding with severe COPD/Heaves. I have notice recently he is constantly urinating, and when I say constantly I mean he is constantly dribbling or actually urinating small amounts. I had the vet out and she pulled bloodwork and examined him and everything was normal. His bloodwork came back great for his age. Has anyone had a horse with urinary incontenence? I am to the point where I don't know what to do!! I am constantly hosing his back legs off as he has started to burn the hair off. The only answer the vet can come up with is that the muscles in his urethra have just weakened over years of hard coughing. Has anyone had any experience with this??
     
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    10-29-2013, 03:37 PM
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Yearling
I would redo the blood tests, WBC's (seeing if he's fighting something off), a blood chemistry (if he pees all the time He Would have his chemistry really out of whack.), and a Culture and Sensitivity on his blood for bacteria, and blood sugar.
     
    10-29-2013, 04:29 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by princessfluffybritches    
I would redo the blood tests, WBC's (seeing if he's fighting something off), a blood chemistry (if he pees all the time He Would have his chemistry really out of whack.), and a Culture and Sensitivity on his blood for bacteria, and blood sugar.
Already tried all of that. I just had the bloodwork ran Friday, not even a week ago. Everything was 100% normal, kidneys functioning 110%, no infections, cancers, she palpated him and found no tumors or sensitivity.
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    10-29-2013, 05:57 PM
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Yearling
Not a vet, no idea of what to suggest for the incontinence issue but the skin irritation and burn from urine...

A thin coating of Vaseline or like product on his hind legs will protect his skin.
Generic, store brand but it will help if you could do this.
Vaseline will stay on so not even necessary everyday to be done if you can't make it to the barn for some reason.
Easy to wipe off...
Only down side to that is it will attract and have bedding or sand stuck to it... but even that is stuck to the vaseline not the horses skin...
Just a thought...

Good luck with your guy...
     
    10-30-2013, 12:00 PM
  #5
Yearling
Maybe his bladder is unable to stretch as much and hold the urine. Why would humans become incontinent?

With the bloodwork, I'm just saying that if he's drinking and urinating frequently, he has to be peeing out his sodium. Sodium is part of what the body needs to retain water. If it's low, he won't be retaining what he needs and the low sodium will dehydrate him. So I can't understand his bloodwork being perfect if he's peeing so much. His sodium would have to be low.
     

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