This week I accomplished a goal that I have wanted to tackle for a long time. I put together an instructional video on How To Express An Incontinent Dog’s Bladder.
It’s a project that has been nagging at me to do, but one that I have been nervous about implementing. After all, if you search YouTube you’ll find lots of videos on the subject. And most of those videos were created by veterinary professionals. So, one part of me kept saying, pet owners have plenty of resources, and another part of me wanted to explain the technique of expressing in my own words.
Learning how to express an incontinent dog’s bladder is important to me. It is the best way to keep your paralyzed dog healthy and comfortable.
The video: How To Express An Incontinent Dog’s Bladder
So, why did I make my own video?
First, let me explain that “how to express an incontinent dog’s bladder” is one of the most asked questions I receive from pet owners. Typically, these are owners whose dogs have recently become paralyzed and incontinent.
Usually I refer them to a couple of videos I think do a good job demonstrating the process. But in the past few weeks I have heard from two owners in crisis.
One thought she was injuring her dog because the only method that worked for her was to sling the dog over her arm and press on the bladder. I was saddened about her concern and quickly let her know the technique she was using was the same one I used to express Sophie.
The second email came from an owner who watched so many videos she was overwhelmed about trying any of them.
All of this made me realize that pet owners need to know there is a basic concept for expressing a dog’s bladder and that everyone develops their own personal style. I bet none of us do it the exact same way.
It also dawned on me that a series of informational posts/videos for owners with newly diagnosed paralyzed pets would be helpful. This video is the first in the series.
Thank you for your pictures and technology.
Thank you to Angela, Heather, Cheyeanne and Michelly for letting me use photos of how they express their dogs’ bladders.
And thanks to the Lumen5 website for their easy to use video technology that helped me make this video.
Your kind feedback is requested.
My goal was to create an easy to understand instructional video that showed pet owners several basic methods on how to express their dog’s bladder. I would appreciate your kind feedback about the improvements I could make to it.