Just a quickie. I know those of you who've never had a pet probably won't 'get' this - but I also know there's a lot of you out there who DO!
Flea's pee/drinking habits have been 'off' as of late. Actually, the last 3 weeks or so. Because she's had UTI's in the past, I thought I'd keep an eye on it. But because it was so hot - I suspected that might be the cause for increasing her water intake and therefore she'd be peeing more often.
I just suspected something was wrong, so I brought a urine sample in (hers, not mine!) to be tested. Actually, Corn brought it in. God love him, he puts the PEE in U.P.S!
Turns out she has what are called: bilirubin crystals in her urine and the vet wants to do bloodwork. This was told to me by the vet tech, so I didn't get to speak with the man himself to ask him what this could possibly mean. I got off the phone and did exactly what you SHOULD do when you're a bit freaked out: GO TO GOOGLE, BABY!
Well, I found out that bilirubin crystals are related to liver function. And can indicate a whole garbage bag of afflictions: liver disease, gallbladder disease, gallstones, cancer....or just the simple ingestion of a toxin. And, I'm sure OTHER stuff. Then of course, you look up the various symptoms and mentally check them off in your head: lethargy (sure), bloat (she's kinda fat?), seizures (yes!), constipation (bingo!).
SIGH. So, we go for bloodwork tomorrow (and a handy dandy anal gland expression while we're at it). Wish us luck. Happy thoughts for the Fleabag, the sweetest, gentlest dog you ever did see.