Challenge of a different ilk

I love my vet.
He’s an old boy of old school with a sense of humour, who has put on Maggie’s notes ‘Nervous Mommy’.
It is he who has set me a challenge, confident that I will be inventive and successful.
Maggie has a possible urinary tract infection and so is on a course of antibiotics.
The challenge is not how to get her to take her meds but how to collect a wee sample!

The nurse was very helpful, and suggested a saucer and glove to save getting my hand wet.
OK. So if you see this strange woman following her dog with a saucer and pee pot who suddenly lunges forward as soon as her dog squats, it will probably be me.

maggie 24 augPoor Baby. Photo taken 24th August 2016.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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17 Responses to Challenge of a different ilk

  1. colinandray says:

    Been there… done that ….felt awkward shoving a container under him as soon as I got the sense of direction (if you know what I mean)! 🙂

  2. Oh, lordy. We had a vet tell us to do that once. It was the specialist we had driven 70 miles to see, so the dog was already somewhat traumatized. There were very few grassy areas and it was a busy street. The vet, bless his heart, had a special contraption with a fairly long pole and a pan at the end so that, theoretically, as soon as the dog started to pee you could simply use the pole to position the pan under the appropriate body part. However, what with the previous travel trauma, the strange surroundings, and the current traffic, the dog simply refused to pee anywhere. After about 20 minutes, we gave up. Turned out the vet didn’t really need that urine sample anyway.

    • It is going to be an interesting exercise. Once I get the sampe, it’s a case of taking it (and Maggie) back to the vets for a follow up and possibly more antibiotics. Her appetite, drinking and toilet habits are fine though, and her temperature normal so I guess that’s half the battle.

  3. scifihammy says:

    I’ve had to collect many samples over the years, and the girls were harder, as they squat right down. I use an old washed out margarine tub, light to carry and large enough that your aim can be a little off. You only need a small amount – fortunately! 🙂
    Good luck!

  4. I had to do that with my old cat Jake. In a litter box. He only peed at 3 a.m. and 4 p.m. At 4 p.m. I must have nudged his private parts because he peed on my hand and kicked up litter. The few drops in the container were useless. So at 3 a.m. I very carefully put a deli cup under his business being sure not to nudge anything. Yes, he had a slight UTI. Good luck. And don’t bump the private parts.

  5. I haven’t had to do this with Choppy – though if and when I do, I suspect the neighbors will take videos because of the hilarity!

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