We have a Golden Labrador / Golden Retriever Cross. She’s almost 2 years old. Name’s Sasha. Here she is.
Cute huh? Doesn’t she look eager to please? Well, looks can be deceiving.
On Friday, I awaken to discover she’s had a BM in her kennel. This is very unusual. She must have eaten something to upset her tummy right? This is the bra-eating dog that will steal razor blades off the side of the tub and munch on them given half a chance, so it’s not like it’s outside the realm of possibility that she might have eaten something that disagreed with her. Later that day, she has another accident in the kitchen while I’m in the shower. Again, very unusual behaviour for her. Hmmm. Hope this tummy bug clears up.
Saturday morning I notice she’ll wag her tail but is holding it close to her body. I throw her a toy to fetch and she starts after it, then stops. She starts licking her hindquarters almost incessantly. I’m starting to get worried. Then at 4pm she’s standing in the kitchen whimpering as urine leaks out of her. Okay, we now have an Official Problem.
5pm finds us at the emergency animal clinic.
10:00 pm I go back to pick her up after being sedated (the dog, not me), x-rayed, and examined. The doctor’s diagosis is impacted and possibly infected anal glands. (Has anyone ever heard of these glands? It sounds like these are the appendix of dogs.) He’s drained the glands and also sent a urine culture to rule out a urinary tract infection. I get pain meds and antibiotics for the dog.
She’s doing much better today. Our Visa bill however is on life support. Let us all just say a quick prayer that this isn’t a chronically reoccuring condition.
Any recommendations for good pet insurance carriers?
I can’t believe I just typed that sentence.
When did dog-ownership become such a complicated and expensive thing?