Thursday, April 08, 2010
Scooter visits the surgeon
Up this morning and into the kitchen. Discovered that I had not let Scooter, my 7 year old dachshund, out in time. I could tell the puddle was his because it was not a lake, which it would have been had it been Max the labrador with the super size kidneys, and it was red. Scooter was treated for a urinary tract infection back in January and I had never followed up on it because it is difficult to get a urine sample from a dog who is so close to the ground and who refuses to pee when on a walk (really). Sensing opportunity was at hand, I grabbed the turkey baster from my utensil drawer and managed to obtain a sample large enough to take into the vet's this afternoon.
Scooter definitely had blood and sedimentation present in his urine and I agreed to an xray which showed a rather large stone in his bladder. Have to confess that while he was out getting his xray, I got rather teary eyed. It came a bit too close to my situation for comfort. My sister, the vet, told me later that a bladder stone is far better for Scooter than a kidney stone, which would be much more involved surgery. As it is, the final price tag for the excision is upwards of $1000. Ah well. He is a good guy and definitely worth it. I think he'll feel much better afterwards.
Anyway, I deliver him tomorrow to NE Veterinary. Say a little doggy prayer for him, if you are so inclined. Thank you.