Well, Marly does have an infection. The doctor, though, was a little wishy-washy as to whether it was actually a UTI or even bladder infection. He said there were a lot of white blood cells in her urine (a sure sign of infection), but there were no crystals or blood (which are commonly associated with a UTI or bladder infection). So, to start off we are on a two week regimen of cephalexin at 2000mg a day. And during the treatment I will keep an eye on her and track her “accidents” if there are any.
The other issue is that though he would love to tell me that the incontinence is caused by the infection (which it still may be), the chances are greater that the two are unrelated. Instead, he really feels that this is the hormonal reactive issue that plagues many spayed female dogs. Essentially they loose muscle control when relaxing or sleeping. Only it generally doesn’t manifest until the dog is 5-8 years old. However, he did say he has seen it before in dogs under a year of age. In fact, one of his own dogs has the same issue that developed at around a year of age. Luckily, he said when it shows this young, it usually is a phase and they will “outgrow” it. Not always though and it will just be a matter of keeping an eye on her and seeing how things progress. To treat it, he will put her on some mild hormone therapy which generally stops the problem all together.
The short of it: right now we are just waiting to see what happens over the next few weeks.
The good news is that she doesn’t seem to be too bothered by any of it. She plays, eats well, and is her general happy-go-lucky self. I will simply be investing in some good waterproof mattress pads and extra laundry detergent.
Edited to add: Marly is officially 87 pounds. Not completely done growing, but thankfully she has slowed WAY down!