Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Cold outside...damp inside
Another call to the vets yesterday to confirm that this was not normal behaviour after almost five days of meds for a bladder infection. Last night I started her on Propalin, a medication to help dogs regain control of their bladders.
This is the first bladder infection I have had with one of my dogs, and other then Gussy, who lost control of her bladder during the paralysis of her rear legs, never have I dealt with a totally incontinent dog in 25 years of owning dogs. I have been discussing with other dog owners and am completely floored by the number of dogs that have suffered from Spay incontinence starting in very young dogs. Hope is Spayed, but, she wasn't until her last litter at about 7 years of age. I don't believe this episode is connected to her being spayed, but, due to age and I have a haunting feeling there may be something more serious behind this sudden change in Hope and her bathroom habits.
Having a geriatric dog is difficult, they suffer from the same ailments as us humans, but, they cannot tell us what hurts, this means we are usually behind the ball in catching and correcting them. It is my hope that this is just a bit of a hiccup for my old girl and that she will pull through and carry on happy and comfortable for some time yet.