Dog Venture

The Vet


There is no way around it.
If you have a pet you have a vet.
We have gotten to know ours over these past two weeks, as little Minka had a classic Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).
OUCH.

It all started when we visited my parents. They have a pom as well, named Agatha, Aggie for short.
Aggie is just a pup and Minka in general is a marker. We went on a few walks and every few minutes Minka would stop to pee, nothing too out of the ordinary as like I said, its pretty usual for her to mark her territory.

Then my Mama Senses kicked in as Minka began doing this in the house and her attitude had changed! She began to make this whining sound and constantly wanted to be held. I knew something was off and it wasn’t because she was in a new environment or because there was another dog around. Something was up.

Instead of going straight to Google and typing a long description….

MY DOG PEES EVERY FEW STEPS AND HAS BEGUN TO WHINE MORE AND SHE IS IN A NEW ENVIRONMENT WITH A ANOTHER DOG AND SHE WANTS ME TO CARRY HER MORE WHAT IS WRONG WITH HER???

We went straight to the source. Dylan’s cousin, who isn’t our personal vet due to the fact that we live in different states, but she is awesome and she is family. She promptly replied with three potential scenarios.
  1. Bladder Stones
  2. UTI
  3. Diabetes

With all the scenarios she encouraged, “Take Minka to the vet as soon you get home!” No matter what it is UTI, bladder stones or diabetes, the sooner the dog is diagnosed the sooner they can be relieved. Did I mention Dylan’s cousin is awesome? This put the three of us at ease and allowed us to finish up our weekend and set an early AM appointment on Monday for Minka.

Fast forward through the weekend. We are back to the City. Right when I got back I turned right back around to the airport for a work event, which means I left Minka and Dylan to go to the vet and sort out what was going on. It was hard to leave Minka because I could tell she was in pain, but she was in perfectly good hands with Dylan.
That evening Dylan, Mink and I caught up and gave me the run down of the vet visit:

  • X-Rays. The X-rays were done to see if the issue was bladder stones
  • Urine Sample. Which had to be extracted by a catheter and she had to stay alone at the vet for a few hours for them to retrieve the sample
  • Antibiotic shot. The antibiotic shot was given just in case she had a UTI
  • Muscle Relaxant. This was prescribed to provide her relief for when she tried to go to the bathroom

We wouldn’t get the results of the urine sample and x-rays until later…. Well less than 24 hours passed and we got the results. Minka had the most basic kind of a UTI (thank goodness) And I got the best message anyone could receive from their vet. A friendly follow up email. They knew I was out of town and they know how much Minka means to me and they wanted to make sure I was up to date with everything that was going on while I was out of town! How thoughtful is that?

It took Minka about three to four days to get back to normal peeing and her usual marking after she received the antibiotic shot. Recommended by the vet, we did the second antibiotic shot about two weeks later.
Minka is happier than ever and I must say looking better than ever.
Her coat is so lush, but unfortunately we are going to have to do a spring hair cut. DUN DUN DUN Which Minka is NOT a fan of I repeat NOT a fan. More to come on that in a later post…. If you have any best practices on grooming Poms please pass along!

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