canine urinary incontinence

August Acupuncture Patient of the Month

Sophie's Story Sophie August 2015

When my husband and I came back from our honeymoon in Hawaii, we drove all the way to Cato, NY to get a Black Labrador puppy . We just happened to choose the runt of the litter because she was the only girl left. She looked like such a girly dog and was very delicate. That is why I named her Sophie.

When Sophie was around 6 months old, we got her spayed, and it was not long after that, when she began having random urinary accidents in the house. It did not make a whole lot of sense to us, seeing as how she was already potty trained. It was just so unlike her that my husband and I knew that it was not a behavioral matter. At that point, we took her to numerous veterinary appointments and had numerous urine cultures, medicines, etc. None of these things seemed to have been working for our dear Sophie girl. The veterinarian however, did finally come to the conclusion that Sophie had an incontinence problem. As time went on Sophie’s incontinence issue had become much more than had become very often. Sometimes she would have 2 to 3 accidents in one day or it would vary and then she might only have an accident once or twice a week. It was becoming tough to handle emotionally for us. Not only was there a ton of laundry that we were trying to keep up on, but we just plain old felt SAD...sad for Sophie because you could see it in her face and in her eyes. She felt as though she were letting us down.

Sophie 2 August 2015

At that point I was almost willing to try anything and that is when I had asked my veterinarian about acupuncture. I told her that I had been researching it online and she suggested Dr. Fleckenstein at the Veterinary Medical Center to us. I was more than interested in trying acupuncture out for Sophie’s incontinence problem… After all, we had been through so much together, what could it possibly hurt? If it didn’t work out, then it didn’t work out, but at least we would be trying. We began her acupuncture back in September 2014 once a week as well as giving her Chinese herbs that Dr. Fleckenstein had suggested.

We now, have been coming about every 4 weeks, and Sophie has NO MORE ACCIDENTS!!! We could not be happier that we chose this path for our little girl Sophie. She is one of the best dogs that we have ever known and she deserves the very best. Thank you for all of your help Dr. Fleckenstein!! ~The Polchlopek Family

Sophie's Problem: Urinary Incontinence

Current Treatments:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Therapy (Note– One episode of incontinence occurred when no herbs were given when the owners went away for 3 days in March.  There has been no further incontinence since that time.)