The Entlebucher Mountain Dog and the Ectopic Ureter

Dog owner question

"Hi! My Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Morzsi, has been peeing in the house a lot lately, even though he has been house trained for a long time. I read that this breed is prone to Ectopic Ureter. What symptoms should I watch for and what can I do if Morzsi develops this problem?"

Veterinarian's reply

"Hi! You may be concerned about the symptoms Morsi is showing and you are correct to consider the possibility of Ectopic Ureter (EU).

Ectopic Ureter

Ectopic Ureter is a congenital disorder in which one or both ureters – the tubes between the kidney and the bladder – do not flow into the bladder as they should. This can cause incontinence.

The most common symptom of Ectopic Ureter is uncontrolled urination, especially when the dog is sleeping or resting. Affected dogs are often wet under the tail, and their skin may be irritated or inflamed from the constant wetness.

Ectopic ureter occurs mostly in female dogs but can also occur in males.

If you suspect Ectopic Ureter, the most important thing is to take your Morsi to the vet as soon as possible!

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The vet can perform a urine test to rule out a urinary tract infection, which can also cause the urination problem.

If the results show no infection, the vet may carry out further tests, such as an ultrasound or X-ray using contrast material to diagnose Ectopic Ureter.

Treatment for Ectopic Ureter is usually surgical, but results may vary depending on the severity of the condition and the dog's other medical conditions.

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After surgery, most dogs can regain full control of their urination, but some dogs may have permanent incontinence. In this case, regular cleaning and moisture protection can help prevent skin irritation.

Knowledge of Ectopic Ureter can help with early detection and effective treatment. If you suspect that Morsi has this problem, see your vet immediately.

That way, Morzsi can be much happier and more comfortable, and you can enjoy your time together more."