I just got back from the veterinarian’s office.Today was Belle’s 6-month check-up and Bordetella vaccination.She got checked for heartworms – none present! And she also got her fecal exam and annual exam.
I asked my vet about the unusual skin growth on her stomach. He looked it over and said that although it didn’t look like it was something to worry about (something about it having hair growing out of it and maybe being an odd hair follicle), it was best to remove it and test it. That way we could be sure it was a benign growth.
Since I had not fed Belle this morning, since I wasn’t exactly sure of all that was being done for her exam, she was able to get in the queue for surgery this morning (dogs with a full belly can’t undergo anesthesia). We’ll know in a short while whether the growth is something that we need to be concerned about.
My vet is a great guy. My dog is very timid in the vet’s office; he actually gets down on the floor with her and examines her rather than put her on the table, which really makes her nervous.
Scheduled exams are a great time for me to get all of my pet questions answered, and I take the opportunity to do so. If I have anything I need to ask, I’ll write it down and bring it with me. I often forget, if I don’t write them down.
Since I have a home office, I spend a lot of time with Belle (and vice versa 🙂 ). The pervious two and a half weeks I have had quite a nasty cold. As a result (and due to weather being in the teens), I haven’t walked Belle much at all.
I began to notice in the last week, that she is asking to go out to urinate a lot more frequently. Usually, she will go out in the morning to use the bathroom, and then maybe go out two or three more times that day.
In the past week or so, she has been asking to go out 4-6, sometimes 8 times a day. This is a behavior change for her, but I couldn’t see much more of a difference. She is drinking a bit more as well, but not showing any signs of discomfort.
I mentioned this to my vet today. Since she is already in for surgery, he recommended that we take a bladder sample and blood sample to see if she has a bladder infection or if her white blood count is higher. These would be indicative of some kind of infection which antibiotics would help.
He also mentioned that the increase in peeing could be due to bladder stones. But since she is not peeing in multiple spots when we go outside and not showing any signs of straining, it does not seem likely. I forewent the x-ray for this, for now.
We’ll see what he says!It really helps to know your dog’s behavior well to be able to spot any signs of trouble. Dogs will hide their illness or injury as best as they can. This is a biological response to avoid being eaten by a predator. But observant pet owners will be able to spot potential problems.