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Last year we adopted a 12 year old lab. She has a hard time holding her bladder ...

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Question: 
Last year we adopted a 12 year old lab. She has a hard time holding her bladder at night. We take the water away from her early in the evening and we have taken her to the vet to make sure she does not have an infection. Since she has continued to have this problem, we have decided to crate her. To our knowledge she has never been in a crate. She is around 60 lbs. She will be kept in the crate at night and if we are gone for a period of time. Which crates would you recommend for us. It needs to be easy to clean and secure enough so that she can't get out of it.
Answer: 

Abnormal urination in dogs that have been previously potty trained can be caused by many different things such as urinary tract infections, behavioral problems and urinary incontinence. It is important that your pet is tested to make sure she is not suffering from an underlying medical condition such as a urinary tract infection. To test for this, your veterinarian will likely evaluate your pet and test her urine. Based on the results, your vet may recommend treatment.

It is not uncommon for spayed female dogs to have problems associated with incontinence. In some situations, the condition may be related to an underlying medical condition however in many cases, the bladder sphincter has become weakened which allows for urine to leak out when the pet is asleep. In cases of true incontinence, the pet will often urinate while sleeping and not even be aware that they have done it. With this condition, the symptoms are usually not present when the pet is awake. This condition can be controlled with the appropriate therapy and you will want to talk with your vet about the symptoms you are seeing. "

The size of the crate you should purchase depends on the size of your dog. Your dog is physically comfortable when the crate is tall enough for your dog to stand up to her full height without having to duck her head, wide enough to allow your dog to lie on her side and stretch out, long enough for her to lie down stretched to her full body length without having to curl up.

Wire crates allow your dog to see more of her surroundings, offering good visibility in all directions (this may be a disadvantage, depending on the dog and the situation). Wire crates also allows more air circulation, which may be an advantage in hot or humid climates and can typically be folded flat or easily disassembled for carrying or storing. Wire crates can be easily cleaned.