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Uuuugh not the dog

The last few months... well... everything since January, really... have been one disaster, issue, medical problem, annoyance, and stress out after another. 2007 has truly sucked so far.

The one thing that was great was the fact that none of the kitties had any issues and the dog was her wonderful self every day.

Today, she's peed in random places in the house 3 different times, been outside with me 5 times since 8:30 this morning and each time pees oh... 4 or 5 times. Not her norm. She's a 3 pee break a day kind of dog with extra "I just want to go outside and sniff around" excursions. And one of the pee spots had blood in it.

So we got a lucky spot on an open appointment today, Karl is leaving work early and we're getting her to the Vet to get her checked out. I'm sure it's a UTI. And other than the constant peeing she's fine. No fever, no lethargy, no tenderness and she even ate her food this morning.

The thing that freaks me out is the pet food recalls. Nothing she eats has been recalled. One brand that we tried out when shopping around for something that wasn't Royal Canin (lots of unnecessary fillers in the food and we had to water the food or wait until she was super hungry in order for her to eat it) was a Blue brand - which just recalled all its canned food. The thing is - they never labeled their food to include the rice gluten that contained the contaminant but the company manufacturing it for them included it anyway. So they now don't have any faith in ANY of their products. Royal Canin had similar issues with a few of their particular brands (none of which Mika has ever had) - but the fact that the producers have been adding shit that wasn't supposed to be in there bugs the hell outta me. And the "warning signs" are vomiting (which she hasn't done), diarrhea (a little runny day here or there, but nothing horrible), and changes in urination. We used the Blue brand food like... 2 months ago. Right now she's eating Wellness brand Supermix and she absolutely loves it. It's one of the few "human grade" pet foods I was able to find that wasn't also disgustingly expensive. It's also made by the same company that makes Old Mother Hubbard treats - a brand we already use. We're considering switching the cats to it as well. And it's one of the few bigger companies that doesn't use rice and wheat gluten in its food.

I'm SURE it isn't that. I'm SURE it's a UTI - it's really common in dogs. But I'm a worrier about a lot of stuff - especially when it comes to her. Aside from a huge engorged tick, a bee sting, and a caught-very-early-because-I'm-psycho spot of mange when she was only 3 months old she's been healthy, no issues, no traumas.


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May. 2nd, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
canela had a UTI and i was nigh on HYSTERICAL about the whole thing. i call the vet sobbing...now, they were gentle with me, but i knew they were like 'ohhh, it's that crazy alicia chick, remember the time she came in cause blue had a tiny scrape?'

i worry alot about the dogs health. i mean, blue can cough a little, and i'm convinced it's kennel cough.

do you like the wellness brand? we're on science diet right now, but the dogs are both pretty iffy about it (god they are so fucking picky), and i'd like to switch. none of the food they were eating was contaminated, but OH MY GOD, Canela had been eating some of the wet foods that were pulled, but i don't think during the time frame, and she's really old. it would have killed her.
May. 2nd, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
She transitioned to the Wellness stuff really well. She'd been on Royal Canin since she was a puppy and I realized that she just .. wasn't into it. That maybe she wasn't just a "slow to eat" dog... maybe she hated the food. Heh.

So we tried a couple of brands out and I'm super happy with the Wellness stuff. She eats as soon as it hits the bowl, stomach wise she's been just dandy with the change, and the only real change has been that her poops are somehow even bigger than they were before. Must be all the fiber.

She's not a picky eater and she's never had stomach issues so I don't know how it would go over for your pups. Like I said - their sister company is Old Mother Hubbard and it's one of the few out-of-a-box treats we'll get for her. Any of those "meat flavored" treats like uh... beggin strips and stuff like that - they're instant crazy diarrhea due to the fat content. And she tends to not be as into the other processed kind of treats. We have such a hippie dog.
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