My bfs parents have a Giant Schnauzer. And she used to wet herself (leaking) it has something to do with her hormone balance and apparently its common in large dogs. She is on meds everyday for the rest of her life.
Does anyone know what this condition is called and what exactly causes it? And is it something the breeder should be notified of?
there really isn't a "name" for it .. it is just referred to as incontinence.
In the typical leaky spayed female, said James, the problem is worse when the dog is asleep or at rest, after which owners will find wet spots where the animal was reclining. The problem is more common in large dogs than in small, and the risk seems to increase slightly for those animals who were spayed before their first heat.
Why are spayed females prone to these problems? The lack of the female hormone estrogen weakens the sphincter. Because of this hormonal problem, James says her first treatment choice isn't PPA at all, but the estrogen-replacement medication diethylstilbestrol, or DES.
I just wonder why the breeders made them sign a contract that the dog would be spayed at six months. Mya (the dog) comes from what I think is a reputable breeder. They show their dogs and do health tests. I would think that they would know that large dogs are prone to this.
She also came (was shipped) with her ears clipped, and they butchered her! Only one ear stands up, and they did a doberman clip on her, I thought Giants were supposed to have smaller ears (if they are clipped).
Its not that huge of a deal tho, my bfs parents love Mya, shes not a showdog, but a pet. The biggest, loveable, slobbery teddy bear I've ever met.