Is this a serious dog bladder problem?

My 3 year old German shepard and husky mix can't control her bladder. She weights about 45 lbs. She has a rash on her stomach that has blisters from her scratching. She lies down and just pees where she is, and her eyes are very glossy. What should I do ?

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    By: Julie Ann El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    Bladder control conditions need to be evaluated to determine the cause. A good history may reveal a lot of information. Does your dog urinate where she sleeps? Does she seem to be aware when she is urinating? Is she drinking a normal amount? Is her appetite normal? Glossy eyes may be from pain. Urine that soaks through the hair and remains on the skin can cause "urine scald", a very inflammed skin infection. This is very uncomfortable. A complete physical exam, complete history from owner, urinalysis and possible bloodwork should reveal the cause of urine leakage. A bladder infection, urinary incontinence in a spayed female, and diabetes are just a few conditions that can cause leaking urine. Medical treatment should stop the leaking. Julie Ann, Vet Tech

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