We’ve been having a busy, busy week and I’ve got even MORE many adventures to tell you about (and I haven’t even caught up yet on the old stuff!! ) - like Hsin-Yi going to a Writers’ Festival (& meeting quokkas!!) and me going to a Winery! – but actually, the week didn’t start very nicely ‘coz on Tue I suddenly started constantly asking to go outside to wee and drinking lots of water (Hsin-Yi hardly slept that night coz she was outside in the garden with me every 2hrs!). That is a big change in behaviour so my humans got quite worried about me. I was still eating & playing with my stuffies and acting normal otherwise but they thought it was best to check it out.
So off we went to the vet!
Paul had a Sneaking Suspicion what the problem was…and the Vet told him that he was right! I had a bladder sickie called Cystitis. Human ladies often get this kind of bladder sickie too. I’ve never had this sickie before, all my life, but I guess there’s a first time for everything!
Luckily, my humans had remembered to get a sample of my wee to take with us to the vet, so that he could test it.
By the way, remember – a really easy way to get a urine sample from a doggie is to use a soup ladle! (of course, a separate one kept just for that purpose!). For a small doggie, maybe you could use a deep tablespoon. You can just wait until the doggie is squatting or cocking its leg and then stick the ladle/spoon under. Remember, also, that it’s best to wait a second before you start collecting – you want to catch it “mid-stream” – so that it’s the cleanest from contamination.
Cystitis in doggies is usually caused by bacteria infection but they can sometimes be caused by tumours, bladder stones or other things. But the Vet said it’s best to just treat with Antibiotics for an infection first and see how I go. If I get better, then that’s probably what it was. If I don’t get better after 1 week (they’ll check my urine again), then they’ll start doing more tests like a bladder ultra-sound, for things like tumours, etc.
But hopefully, it’s just a simple infection! In fact, my humans are pretty sure that’s what it is coz as soon as I started the antibiotics – within a 12hrs – I stopped asking to go outside to wee all the time and I wasn’t drinking water anymore. And by the next day, I was all back to normal and just weeing my usual 4 times a day again!
Oh, speaking of wee & stuff – some of you might have been wondering how I’m getting on with my Senior Doggie “leaky problem”. Well, I had been having occasional “accidents” on my bed (usually during the night, when I was really relaxed & sleeping) – and my humans had been trying to manage it by taking me out to wee more often, so that my bladder bag wouldn’t get so full.
But I was still having accidents about once a week – so finally my humans followed the Vet’s advice and started me on Doggie HRT! Yes, because girl doggies who have been spayed don’t have any oestrogen and so their bladder & pelvic floor muscles get flabby – and that’s why they get leaky. But if we get some “hormone replacement treatment” – then it makes those muscles tone up again! So now I get an Oestrogen Tablet once a week. It’s just a very low dose and doesn’t have any side effects.
And it seems to be working! Since I started getting the tablets, I haven’t had a single accident – and it’s been over a month now. So yay! Am not leaky anymore!
It’s Autumn now in Perth (our favourite season!) and we’re having lovely weather most days – sunny but chilly – perfect for walks! We especially love seeing all the beautiful colours as the leaves on the trees turn orange & gold…
D’you know what’s really weird, though? Well, everyone always says that when you have the Arthritis Sickie, you feel worse when it gets cold and you’ll get more stiff & ouchie and won’t want to move around…well, I have a bit of Arthritis Sickie in my lower spine but I don’t seem to feel worse when the weather gets colder at all!
My humans don’t understand why – I seem to be doing the total opposite of what people say. Because as the weather gets colder (& sometimes damper), I just seem to get bouncier and happier!
I start walking ahead on my walks and can go for longer before I get tired and am very “bouncy” and alert & full of beans. If it’s a bit windy & stormy, I love it even more! In fact, I might even do zoomies!!
But my humans are really puzzled ‘coz they keep expecting me to be worse with the colder weather. Sure, I do look stiff when I’m running – my lower spine just doesn’t really move anymore – but I’m quite happy to run & jump around (who cares what I look like?) and I can climb over & under things and get up from lying down and turn around in tight spaces with no problems either. It’s not like I’m more reluctant to do these things – as the weather gets cooler, I’m more happy to move around! It’s weird, isn’t it?
One of my blog friends – who has a similar arthritis sickie in her lower spine – said that her vet told her that it is only ouchie in the beginning but after the bones in the spines have fused, then it becomes like 1 solid thing and then it isn’t ouchie anymore. You just move more stiffly and look a bit funny but you’re not bothered by it. Maybe that’s what’s happened to my spine?
Well, whatever it is – it’s great!
ps. We’ve been having a LOT of problems with my blog lately – I know lots of you have been telling us, via my Facebook page, that you can’t get on (or are getting a 503 Error). I’m so sorry – Hsin-Yi has been sending a MILLION emails back & forth to the Tech Support Humans at our host server and they keep promising us that they’re trying to find the problem and fix it. It’s been going on for weeks now and it’s very frustrating. Anyway, so I’m sorry if you’ve been having trouble getting on to visit me – I hope you won’t mind trying again a bit later if you don’t have any luck the 1st time. Thank you!
pps. OH! OH! OH! Look what the Rental Godmother brought us this week??
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