It’s been a hard weekend for Joey Bear. Last Thursday I took her to the vet because Jim and I noticed some blood in her urine. Each time she would pee, there would be a red coin-sized dot in her pee pad. She was spayed when she was 5 months old so in her 2 years with me, she’s never had her period. The red color in her pee was quite alarming.
Joey’s a very smart bear, she remembers the vet’s clinic every time we visit. She was shivering and when she saw Dr. Dexter, she started whimpering. Although Dr. Dexter is always very friendly towards Bear, Joey knows the guy is responsible for all her injections. She’s not fond of the nurses either so she has to wear a muzzle when she’s given shots. It makes a pet owner feel really special when the pet snaps at everyone because she’s scared but she will never snap at you because she trusts you with her life. (brb crying)
We found out that she had urinary stones and they were scraping against her bladder walls and almost blocking her urethra, making it hard for her to urinate.
Since Bear was a baby, she’s been eating Royal Canin dog food from Mini Indoor Junior to Mini Indoor Adult. This is a highly recommended dog food brand, one of the best out there from what I know. Over the two years I’ve had her I’d occasionally buy some dog gravy (forgot the brand from Bow and Wow) or other wet food (usually also Royal Canin) so she wouldn’t get bored of her dry food.
For some reason, I found myself blaming Cesar Canine Cuisine wet dog food. It’s known to low quality dog food but I sometimes get suckered into buying it because of the cute packaging and Joey loves the stuff. Besides, I only mix about a tablespoon of it with her dry Royal Canin food. When I say sometimes, I mean sometimes: in the two years I’ve had Bear I’ve probably only fed her less than 15 cans of that stuff. It used to be in metal containers and now they’ve switched to plastic but that makes no difference to me because I always store her food in airtight containers before sticking it in the fridge. I have no idea if Cesar Canine Cuisine could have caused her urinary stones if I rarely mixed it with her food.
Vets in Practice is a highly recommended veterinary clinic and I’ve been bringing Joey to their White Plains branch for maintenance shots and medical care over the last year (I brought her to UP Vet prior to that but VIP has newer, cleaner facilities and it’s much closer to home). I am not sure if Royal Canin is really the best dog food for Joey but her vet really recommends it and says it’s the best. I’m a little skeptical of course because their whole clinic is lined with Royal Canin dog food so maybe that’s why they’re pushing it? Whatever, I still buy Joey’s Royal Canin Mini Indoor Adult from a Tiendesitas’ stall called Doggie Land because it’s the most reasonable at Php500/bag. I’m not sure how much VIP sells it for but other stores sell the same exact thing but for almost Php700.
ANYWAY. I’m sorry I’m rambling.
Back to Joey’s urinary stones, I asked her vet to operate on her that same day we found out about it (Thursday last week) and she needed to be kept overnight or even for 2 nights for observation. I went back for her the very next day and I was so desperate to take her home because I know from research that dogs heal faster when they’re in a familiar environment. I paid a total of Php17,605 for everything (consultation, ultrasound, blood test, surgery, antibiotics, pain killers, overnight stay, elizabethan collar, 10 cans of prescribed Royal Canin Urinary SO wet food).
She really couldn’t hold in her pee the whole weekend so I had to get her diapers (she’s NEVER worn diapers before!).
She would squat for a long time but only a drop or two would come out, much like UTI. I’ve had UTI before and I know how much it hurts so I felt really helpless over the weekend. She’s so cute, she would still always try to make it to her pee pad even if she was wearing a diaper.
She refused to eat her new food even if I blended it mixed with water and tried feeding her through a syringe. Took me over an hour the first time I tried it and she didn’t even get through half of her food. I learned how to “force feed” your pet through this very helpful YouTube video:
She would only eat at night when she was probably starving already. The vet says she most likely doesn’t like the taste of the special dog food but she’ll need to eat it for the next few months at least but they recommend that she eats it forever to prevent future urinary stones from forming. Strange because I just checked the can and it says “Feed Urinary SO for 5 to 12 weeks for the dissolution of struvite stones and up to 6 months for the reduction of struvite stone recurrence.” Will be sure to bring this up with the vet (“naniniwala ka ba sa forever?“). One bag of the dry Royal Canin Urinary SO is about Php1,500. Right now though she’s on the canned wet variant and each one is Php170/can and for her size she needs one can a day.
Since I had a really hard time getting her to drink water and eat her food, I took her back to the vet Monday to have her admitted. The vet did a blood test and everything looked great except that she was very dehydrated. So she’s hooked up to a dextrose now. She didn’t eat at all on Monday but when I visited her yesterday, she was very happy to see me and she finished her food. She kept squatting every 5 seconds trying to pee with very little coming out. Poor baby girl.
I can’t wait to bring her home very soon. She should get her stitches out on Sunday. So there, that’s about a quarter of what’s going through my mind right now. :(