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hello everyone.. I could use some words of wisdom here. I will try to make my situation as brief as I can.

About 3 1/2 weeks ago I had what appeared to be a perfectly normal, healthy 8 year old beagle that I have had since he was 8 weeks old. We were going away for the weekend so we were going to board him at a very good place. (Last time we boarded him apparently they only let them out twice a day. They said if they go in their kennel, they'll clean it up. When I picked him up there,his blanket was wet with urine and when I got him home he was peeing a lot , but it went back to normal within a couple days. I just thought he must have had a bladder infection from holding it too long) So, this time I thought he would have access to outside and be ok. He was there 3 days and when I picked him up and brought him home I noticed he was trying to pee but nothing would come out. When he would lay down or sit in the house he was leaving little puddles.
The next day(tuesday) there still wasnt anything coming out when he was trying so I called the vet and they had me bring in a urine sample. It showed he did have a bladder infection and also the vet said he had skin cells in the sample too which led him to believe he may have an enlarged prostate that could be pressing on his urethra making it hard for his urine to pass. He said if that is the case, getting him neutered would help that. So he gave me some antibiotics and I started giving him the medicine.
A couple days later it didnt seem like he was better so I called again and they had me bring him in on monday morning. He did a prostate exam but my dog wouldnt sit still so he didnt get a good read and they did and xray that showed his bladder was enlarged. Vet said he may have bladder cancer too, but I would have to be sent to a specialist and there is no treatments. He basically said to take him home and enjoy the time he has left. Our options were to have him neutered and see if that helps or nothing. We then had him neutered on thursday. When I picked him up they said he did good but they noticed he had fluid in his abdomen and wanted him to take lasix and enalapril maleate.
Took him home and he is still leaking and his blanket is wet in the morning BUT I do notice there is now urine coming out when he pees. Not 100 % normal, but almost.
I dont know what to do with him, it seems to me it has something to do with being kenneled since he was perfectly fine beforehand. Also, I can't imagine having a bladder infection and taking a water pill at the same time. I had another beagle a few years ago who started leaving drops of urine and his blanket would be wet and the vet but him on Proin, which alleviated those problems, I dont know if that would be an option. Going to bring in another urine sample this wednesday to see what is going on. Anyone else experience this?? Any and all help would be so much appreciated.
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I'm sorry to hear he's not well. I wish I had words of wisdom, but don't know anyone who has gone through something like this. I do wonder if a sonogram or ultrasound would help with the diagnosis.

Are you considering having him neutered? If your vet feels that the surgery would help, it's definitely worth considering. If it were me, I'd do some research and maybe get a 2nd opinion and probably get the surgery done. (that's me though)

You know, now that I'm thinking about it, there is probably a Yahoo group for k-9 prostate issues.
 

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I can't answer your question but want to say if this boarding place is a "very good place", I'd have to disagree with that since they only et him out twice a day and his blanket was soaked with urine. Doesn't sound like a good place at all.
 

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I went through bladder cancer with my German Shepherd Dog. She showed absolutely no signs AT ALL. A routine urinalysis showed blood in her urine that was persistent after a couple of rounds of antibiotics. We finally got an answer after submitting a urine sedimentation to a pathologist to read out; they were able to diagnose cancer based on that.

I also took a referral to an internal medicine specialist. Don't get me wrong; it was costly. The specialists had advanced imaging and diagnostic techniques to help with the diagnosis. My GSD had radiographs, an ultrasound and a CT done. We opted to forego chemotherapy and radiation due to the costs; instead, we had a tube placed to help her urinate when her tumor compressed her urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder) and started her on a drug that will sometimes slow the growth of the tumor. She did okay for about 3 months after we diagnosed her, which was about what we expected.

I hope that this helped a little bit. I'm sorry to hear about your beagle. :(
 

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I can't answer your question but want to say if this boarding place is a "very good place", I'd have to disagree with that since they only et him out twice a day and his blanket was soaked with urine. Doesn't sound like a good place at all.
I agree. Do you know that they actually let him out at all or is that just what they told you? A dog would normally have to hold it for a looong time to get a UTI the likes of what you're describing. I hope he gets better :(
 

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thanks for your replies. Yes, I agree the first place (where they let them out twice a day) wasnt good. It was at my vet. When I told them he goes out more than that she said they will go in their kennel and they hose them down. I knew he probably wouldnt go in the kennel, thus he held it too long. The second kennel we tried he had access to go outside himself in a small fenced in concrete area. Needless to say I won't ever kennel him again. I will have to find someone to stay at my house.

On Thursday my husband took another urine sample to vet. It came back normal. Vet said we could cut down on his water pill and he also prescribed proin for the leaking.He was glad to hear our dog was urinating better. We had another beagle who started leaving little drop sof urine and his blanket would be wet in the morning and the proin helped him. He died last year at age 16. miss him so much :(
So we'll see if this leaking stops. I imagine that his bladder was enlarged for a couple weeks and maybe it needs time to get back to normal? That's what I am praying for
 
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