So today we learned that Ruby the House-Training-Resistant Corgi has blood in her urine. So folks here who speculated that she might have a UTI could be right. We shall see: we came away this afternoon with ten days' worth of antibiotics. If that doesn't help, then she'll need an expensive set of X-rays.
The vet thinks she's too young to have crystals in her urinary tract. And as for the Big C, she didn't rule it out but said it would be "very uncommon" in such a young pup.
Uncommonality, however, is the story of my life...
As it develops, blood in the urine can indicate any number of very serious conditions. It's pretty distressing to consider the possibility that a brand-new puppy could have a serious illness or congenital flaw. I'm really not prepared to pony up thousands of dollars to care for her at this point -- in old age, maybe, but from the git-go? Not a very bright future when you're living on Social Security.
It's hard to believe, though, that there's anything very serious wrong. She eats like a trooper, she plays every second that she's not asleep, and she put on two pounds since the last time we were at the vet's -- she now weighs 11 pounds. Her temperature has always been "normal" -- she has never registered a fever. She's alert, her coat practically glows in the dark, she never barfs...she just doesn't act like a sick puppy.
She threw quite the little fit at the vet's office. When they couldn't get her to pee, they took her in back to try to extract urine from her, and when they flipped her over on her back she started shrieking and screaming. They didn't do anything to her, but she was so terrorized she flew into a frenzy. And...she peed all over them, all over the floor, all over eveything. Anyway, at least they were able to collect some of it, cutting short the traumatic procedure.
Odd behavior, since I flip her over and Cassie flips her over all the time, with no untoward reaction.
Now she's crapped out on the floor, so exhausted from her misadventure she can hardly move.