From foster carer, Elly.
It is now 4 months post surgery and we are almost over our final hurdle!! Violet has had a very long journey to get to the point she has now reached. I'm pretty excited (and devastated/heartbroken/nervous) to say that this little girl is just about ready to find her furever home! After coming into care when she was just a tiny 8 week old puppy with a huge battle ahead of her, Violet has beaten all the odds and is doing fantastic! It was confirmed last month that Violet also has USMI. Which we were informed would be quite likely. But this isn't bad news!! USMI is easy managed with the right medication. It took a few tricky weeks of adjusting the dose, but Violet's wonderful specialist has got her on a treatment plan that is giving us brilliant results. Violet is happy and healthy and living everyday of her life as a Labrador puppy should.
Urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence (USMI) is the most common non-neurogenic cause of urinary incontinence in female dogs. USMI is a condition associated with decreased urethral resistance, bladder neck position, and urethral length. It is commonly associated with a condition known as Ectopic Ureter. Basically her sphincter muscle isn't strong enough to open and close on its own, which is why she will need meds for the rest of her life.