UTI rears its ugly head…for the third time
April 23, 2011 § 6 Comments
And, just like that, Annie’s back on an antibiotic. This is her third UTI since September. Of course, she wouldn’t offer a urine sample despite the fact that she desperately had to pee moments before we quickly loaded her into the car. This time, I thought, this time she’ll actually offer a urine sample! Annie did start to potty after a several-minutes-long tour of the outdoor facilities at the vet clinic, but when the tech moved forward to catch the sample in a cup, Annie turned around, wagging her tail. She thought the tech was playing. It was too sweet, really. But her behavior alone (incessant post-potty licking, dribble trails around the house) convinced Dr. Vet (who we absolutely adore) to prescribe her some meds. We went home with our own cup to catch a urine sample in two weeks. I’ve already done this before, so I know it won’t be terribly difficult.
We’re at the point now where we’re discussing dietary options. She’s on Science Diet Puppy, but she’ll turn one in May, so she’s close to adult food anyway. Dr. Vet wants us to try Royal Canin or ProPlan before we start talking about a prescription diet. I hope either of those works well–I’m worried a prescription diet would be expensive.
But you know what? Annie’s our sweet little angel-girl, and she’s worth any cost. Even if it means paying for more meds. Even if it means changing her diet. Even if it means buying stock in Resolve. She’s a good girl with a fickle urinary tract.
Annie’s little face is just killing me dead!
What we won’t do for our beloved furry babies. My cat, Gomer Pyle, had a massive tumor on his shoulder and I chose the very expensive surgery to amputate rather than let him die prematurely and painfully. He wasn’t a young cat, but not so old that it was ‘his time’. He had two more healthy, playful, comfortable, three-legged years, and then one Saturday morning, he wasn’t breathing very well. He was fine on Sunday, worse on Monday, and put to sleep on Tuesday evening. As painful as it was, I was glad that it was quick, unlike how it would have been two years earlier. It took me a very very long time to pay off that surgery but I don’t regret it for a second!
Good luck with Annie, sweet little pup 🙂
Haha, thanks–her little face makes me just want to kiss her all the time. I think she gets annoyed with it, lol. But I can’t help it! It’s like a siren’s call! 😉 And your sweet Gomer was really fortunate to have a cat-mom like you. I’m glad that you were able to take care of him and give him two more happy years. I believe that no matter what, we will always do what is right by our animals, even if it means paying off credit card debt. Our friends A and R (the owners of Ali, Tana, and Lucy mentioned in an earlier post a few days ago) had to pay bookoodles of money because Ali tore her ACL–the repair was an extensive (and expensive) surgery with a difficult, lengthy, and high-maintenance recovery. But they did it because they love Ali. To see her today, a few years later, you wouldn’t know that she had ever suffered such an ordeal! 🙂
I hope Annie starts feeling better soon. It’s hard when our pets don’t feel well and we don’t know what to do.
Thanks Jacquelin! I think the first two times she had a UTI, we really didn’t know what was going on, but now we’re on to her little signs. I wish they could speak to us and let us know what hurts. But it’s up to us to pay close attention to changes in behavior, mood, and appetite! 🙂
Sweet Annie. I hope she feels better soon. She’s a lucky puppy with a great family.
Thanks Lisa! 🙂 We really try to do right by her, lol. I think sometimes we might come across to the vet as though we’re crazy over-protective pet owners, but in the end, Dr. Vet is always really happy that we’re so attentive. We just want our little girl healthy and happy! 🙂 (Well, and that goes for all our sweet pets, hehe.)