Yesterday and Today

You may or may not have noticed that I posted very little yesterday, and there were a couple of absent challenges that I just couldn’t apply any train of thought to.
The events of last week have caught up with all of us, and yesterday saw another health issue that has left us exhausted, this time with Maggie.

We noticed she was scent marking and getting tarty with the lads a week or so ago, and I tied that in with ‘her season’ that she no longer has. There was nothing to suggest anything else, her appetite and bodily motions were otherwise normal and she was her usual self.
This all changed yesterday around 4pm, when she was constantly pestering us to go out.
She would squat as soon as she hit the grass beyond the gate, and would pace the garden to within an inch of its boundary.
This went on every fifteen to twenty minutes, she was vocal and restless, but every time I asked her to ‘show me’, she headed for the kitchen. She’d already eaten well with her breakfast and had boiled chicken in with her main meal as well as some rice afterwards.
Biscuits and chews followed as normal, so I thought maybe she’d eaten too much and had belly ache.

We walked her twice in an hour and she squatted four times, each time passing something, unlike the other time about 18 months ago when she wanted to go but couldn’t.
At 8pm, we took her out for her final walk, and once back, went to bed.
I usually catch up with my posts then, but we wanted her to settle so I turned the light off.
She wanted to go out again just after 9, then 1.15, then 2.07 (the joys of having an illuminated clock). I had rubbed her tummy when she rolled onto her back and this seemed to help until it was too much for her and she pushed my hand away with her front paw. At least it helped her sleep a little, and so did we, but at 6am, she was up and wanted to go out, squatting immediately the gate was opened and staying down for a good fifteen seconds. She is also a bit whiffy in that department. Great.

We had an early breakfast and I phoned the vet immediately they opened at 8.30, getting an appointment for 9.15.
There is a diversion en route which wasn’t there (or warnings of) yesterday, and added 5 miles to our journey. We were anxious about arriving on time but there was no problem. We now think it is actually quicker, so will use it in future.
The surgery was busy and the car park full. A couple had their dog in the back of their car and it couldn’t stand. Hubby offered to help them carry him in, but apparently the vet was coming out to them. I felt a lump in my throat and when we went to reception, said we’d be happy to wait as we could see they had an emergency.
We saw our vet go out as the couple backed their car nearer the rear entrance. He came back in about five minutes later.
I went outside armed with a dish to try to get a urine sample and saw them pull away, without their dog. I felt for them, remembering all too well when we lost Barney in 2005.

Two drips in the dish, but it was enough for the dip test and Maggie has a water infection.
Luckily no mass or lumps could be felt in the bladder which was empty, though it was tender as Maggie winced and whined. Having suffered with cystitis myself, I know how painful it can be.
So, we have a 14 day course of antibiotics, plus we are to keep her on the metacam and take in a urine sample once the meds are finished to make sure it’s cleared up OK.

Poor baby. She has had more health issues here over the past 2 years than ever before. Hubby is the same, and yet they say the sea air is supposed to be good for you.
Maggie’s sleeping now having eaten a late breakfast with ‘additives’ and corned beef.
I’m not going to weigh in tonight. I weighed myself this morning and I’m the same weight on my scales as I was last week, so confident I haven’t gained anything despite the erratic eating habits of the past 7 days. I’m tired, as is Hubby, and we’re both anxious about our girl. I shall give her her second pill in about an hour, and when she’s asleep, there’s no pain and the healing process can begin.

Photo: November 2018

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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26 Responses to Yesterday and Today

  1. It’s like having a kid, isn’t it. When they get sick, you feel their pain and discomfort. Hope the antibiotics work and Maggie get back to her old self – and you get some rest. Hugs.

    • Thank you. She’s had these before and they’re pretty good. We gave her a dose as soon as we got home and she’ll have the second around 6pm. Hubby’s zonked in the sofa, lucky man!

  2. fransiweinstein says:

    Sounds like you all need to just do nothing and get some rest. And I know between the meds and your TLC, Maggie will soon feel better.

  3. Sadje says:

    Poor Maggie. I noticed that you weren’t posting much.

  4. When you described, I was thinking bladder infection. Poor Maggie. Guess you don’t get to rest up yet. Worry has a way of tiring you out. Hugs to you all and may this be the last health issue for a while.

    • Thanks Kate. We hope so. We’re in for a cold winter according to reports (Beast of the East Mark II is on its way apparently) so hopefully that will kill off any lurking bugs in the grass!

  5. Oh poor little girl. 😦 Females do suffer so many more ailments of the lower er, portion of our anatomy, don’t we? I’m glad it was ‘merely’ a bladder infection and not something worse, although to the poor girl I’m sure it’s the same in annoyance factor. I’m also glad you didn’t weigh yourself. Stress might add a couple of pounds (or not), but stress weight usually goes away quickly. Take care of your little family and know you have support even though it’s across the wide ocean. ❤

    • Thanks Melanie. Maggie’s always been fastidious about keeping herself clean, so with her sniffing, squatting, and cleaning herself, heaven only knows what she could pick up from the grass on our walks, especially from visiting canines!

  6. I’m so sorry for Maggie not feeling well. That poor puppy, if only they could use their human voices to tell us when and what is bothering the,
    My roommate’s, sister, CS, had to put her dog down this morning. Jack just turned 15 this past July. It’s hard to imagine Jack not being around anymore, and my heart is breaking over the whole family being so heartbroken.
    I know I’m getting all teary just thinking about it now.
    Pets are not just pets, they are our family members.
    I really hope that the medication helps Maggie really soon. 🙏🐶💗

  7. Liz says:

    Poor girl. I imagined a bladder infection too, when reading your post. I hope it clears up for her and she feels better soon. I have has cystitis. But it was years ago when I last suffered it, so I know how painful it is too.

  8. Carol Anne says:

    Poor Maggie! I’m glad it was something simple that could be fixed with just meds! I hope she’s on the mend now Di! xoxo

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