10.09.2012

Vet Visit

Phoebe went in for an unscheduled vet visit this morning.  As far as I know she is fine, but in the past ten days she has peed on the floor three times in the night.   This is really not like her, and if it hadn't coincided with some very rainy days (as I've already written, Phoebe really does NOT like to go out and dispatch her "business" in the rain) I would have been more concerned, but I was pretty sure that she was just being a snotface.  I consider basic housebreaking to be the first order of business with any new dog or puppy, and barring illness or advancing age, once mastered, I expect it to be solid.  At five years old, Phoebe is neither a puppy nor a senior dog, so I was, I'll admit, rather miffed, but neither was I particularly concerned that anything might be wrong.  The third incident, though, which happened last night and was discovered at six thirty this morning when I awoke, concerned me.  

Phoebe had a persistent UTI and demodectic mange when I adopted her as a six month old puppy, and while she hasn't had any trouble with it recurring, it crossed my mind that a UTI might be the issue so we hustled through our morning routine and made it to our wonderful vet's office right as they were opening (and they kindly squeezed us in right away so that I was only five minutes later for work, bless their hearts!), to see what was what.  They took a urine sample (no blood in her urine thank goodness) and the urinalysis is pending (we should hear tomorrow morning).  While we were in there, I had them do baseline blood work as well as she hasn't had blood drawn since before she was spayed a week or two before I adopted her.


I've got fingers crossed that all is well with the blood work, and there's really no reason to think that it won't be, but I will admit that I am halfway hoping she does have a UTI or bladder infection, or something else minor, not life-threatening, and easily fixable) that could explain this recent behavior.  Nothing else would seem to, and I can't think of any other reason a solidly housebroken dog would suddenly "lose" her house training in this way.  (If anyone else can, please let me know!)  

I will of course post the results of the tests when I have them.  Meanwhile, Phoebe, as expected, is milking the oh-so-traumatic experience of an early morning vet visit for all it's worth.  

See what I mean?






9 comments:

Katie Isabella said...

Phoebe, I know with all my heart that was NOT on purpose. But ask mommy if she might like to use some puppy pads for just a bit.

xoxoxox

brandi said...

Oh, sweetie! We hope for a quick recovery!

William said...

What's going on, Phoebe? You haven't secretly been hanging out with Pee Queen, have you? I hope everything turns out OK!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We hope it is as simple as a UTI, and we will all cross our paws for good test results. Please give Phoebe some snooter smoochies from us.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

houndstooth said...

Our first Greyhound, Treat, absolutely would NOT go to the bathroom in the rain. One October, we had rain for a solid week. It never let up. She would go out to the pen and stand there with her eyes scrunched up and refuse to go. A week went by, and she still hadn't gone, as far as we could tell. Friday night we went out to a movie and when we got home, found that she had decided that if the humans and cats could go in the house, then clearly she, a superior being, should have a place to go indoors as well. While we were gone, she decided to go down to the basement (where she would never set foot before) and pee in the cat box. A week's worth of dog pee is too much for one cat box to hold. It flooded out across the floor. We found the disaster, and all I could do was laugh. She was too smart for our own good sometimes. I had to give her credit for creativity in solving her own problem. The cats were...less than amused!

I hope Phoebe is feeling better soon and the problem gets taken care of!

The Island Cats said...

We are purring for Phoebe and hope whatever is ailing her is easily treated.

Molly The Wally said...

Our paws are crossed for dear Phoebe. Do let us know how things are? Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

CATachresis said...

Our paws are crossed for sweet Phoebe! xx

tubby3pug said...

Poor Phoebe we have paws crossed for you. Ping absolutely will never pee in the rain without great protest and Weasley is the same, we just got back from a 30 minute 5 30 am walk and he peed on the couch, not a drop outside in the rain Perhaps its a similar thing wiht Phoe

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