Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New mum panic!

This morning, I notice Juno is peeing an awful lot! As in she's squatting 5 or 6 times and straining to go #2. This is not her usual MO. Also she wasn't interesting in eating her food or drinking water. Great. She does eventually go #2, but she's still having little piddles. I call my old vet and arrange to bring her in. Then of course, I try to obtain a urine sample. I think it might be a UTI. She thinks the parchment paper I put down (in an attempt to make her think it's a puppy pad) is for shredding. Plastic wrap trick doesn't work either. She eventually went on a rubber mat we put outside on the patio and I drained that into a small tupperware container.

The vet tested it but it wasn't definitive though he noted it was very akaline. He put a deworming pill down her throat and told me to do it every two weeks. We had dropped off a poo sample at another vet's (the one the shelter referred us to for spaying) and they said it was negative for parasites and after her initial exam there, the vet wasn't sure she should treat her or with what treatment pending more information. Sigh. I don't know. I guess one approach was more conservative and this vet is more old fashioned (POO TEST! AH, DON'T BOTHER WITH THAT, DEWORM HER EVERY 2 WEEKS). So, both vets agree she's skinny and we should be experimenting with different foods to get her to eat more. So we're going to feed eat more small meals throughout the day and evening.

So, I'll just check on her toilet habits and watch her closely to make sure she's doing okay. I went out and bought different food- grain free, canned food (damn, it smells tasty) and hope the rest of the day goes smoothly.

Man, this is a full time job!


OHN said...

Puppies are more work than most people can imagine...especially if you have been out of the puppymomma stage for awhile!

WannabeMommy said...

This is gonna sound gross.... but at least check her poo when she goes. She might have a parasite of some sort.... Poor adorable little Juno!

Beautiful Mess said...

I no NOTHING about dogs so, I can't be of any help. But I do hope she's back to her naughty young self. Without the peeing on the carpet, of course.

Guera! said...

Tilly almost refuses regular dog food unless she's starving....after two or three days of not eating and wanting only treats. Toby had major stomach issues in which nothing was digesting and getting backed up a while back that had us running to the ER vet at 3am in the morning. The vet told us to give them both a little bit of canned pumpkin. It's great for their digestive systems. I mix it in with Tilly's regular food so she'll eat it and with Toby I just put a little on top of his. We don't give them much and only once a day but I think it's helped keep things moving for Toby. Once the left over pumpkin froze in our refridgerator and it turned out to be a great frozen treat for them and they loved it.
I hope Juno is ok. I feel your worry.