Poor Roxy! For the past couple of weeks she’s been scooching on the doormats, maybe once or twice a day. Mom and Dad figured it was mosquito bites, since there were no signs of anal gland problems or dirty-bum-syndrome or anything like that (and mosquitoes love Roxy’s butthole). But her scooch method seemed to be a little more “feminine” in nature than butt-related, so Mom checked her, but didn’t find anything unusual. We get wiped with a towel (paws, bums, privates) every time we come in after potty so we’re quite clean. No questionable smells to report either!
But after Mom and Dad both noticed Roxy had really dark pee (almost brown – hard to see on the grass!) on Monday, it went from weird to worrisome, so it was time for a vet visit. Mom thought ahead and collected a pee sample from Roxy this morning. It was back to yellow already, but one can never be too careful when it comes to maybe-blood in the pee line. She didn’t even get her hands wet! ;)
Anyway, the four of us went to the vet this afternoon. Poooooor Roxy got poked and prodded in all her most uncomfy areas and even had her anal glands expressed to make sure the scooching wasn’t gland-related. We’re still not 100% on that so the vet suggested adding a bit of canned pumpkin to our diet to make our poo firmer for better “self-expression”, which we are thrilled about because Mom brought some home just a little while ago and it is DELICIOUS.
The other scooching theory is that it’s because Roxy has a recessed vulva: meaning, she’s an “innie” rather than an “outie”. So pee/dirt/germs might be getting trapped in the folds of her girl-parts and causing itchiness. Mom and Dad are gonna have to step up their after-potty wiping game! (….For Roxy. I’ll go ahead and assume they can wipe themselves just fine.)
After analyzing Roxy’s urine sample, which the vet described as “more pus than pee” (uuuuuuuuuuugh omg), it was determined that she has a bladder infection and will need to take antibiotics for two weeks. :( :( :( GAH! Mom feels AWFUL she didn’t know sooner that something was wrong, but Roxy’s been acting completely normal other than the occasional scooching and that one day of dark pee. If it burns when she pees, she’s never shown any sign of discomfort. Poor lil’ sis. Hopefully the medication and a more thorough wiping process will help her feel better soon!
We waited for over an HOUR at the vet’s (even though we had an appointment) due to outside circumstances, so it was really long and not-fun. Roxy got the worst of it, what with the prodding n’ all, but I was warm and anxious ‘cause I’ll always remember the vet’s office as THAT PLACE WHERE MOM AND DAD ABANDONED ME FOR FOUR DAYS WHEN I HAD SURGERY. But they didn’t charge us for the consultation or the gland-expression, as their way of saying sorry, so that saved Mom and Dad almost a hundred bucks! Do you know how many new squeaky toys that could buy us??? PROBABLY A LOT.
In conclusion: Roxy’s had a rough day and is now getting lavishly spoiled with cuddles and rubs. We’ve never had to give her pills before so we hope she’s not a diva fussypants about taking them with food. On the bright side: CANNED PUMPKIN. :D
Keep an eye on your dog’s pee, Tumblr friends! It can tell you important things your dog can’t!