Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Rocklin, CA
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Barkley is just over 8 months (he was 8 months on June 23) and weighed in at 59lbs at the vet last week. I had noticed his urine stream seemed thinner than it was previously, so I brought him in to be checked out. The vet (who we found out on Weds was selling his practice (very suddenly) and would be closed after Friday!!!) said that I was supposed to clip the hair around his sheath, and that by leaving it long, it allowed bacteria to end up in his bladder, so Barkley had a bladder infection that needed to be treated.
Unfortunately, the vet nicked Barkley with the clippers, and we didn't know it until the following morning, but by then, Barkley had licked himself a lovely hotspot on his sheath. The poor boy was so uncomfortable! Luckily we we able to get the blowup donut collar that day (thanks, Amazon Prime!), and it's the perfect size to keep him from making all of this worse. I called the vet to let them know what happened and the response was "oh well". I brought Barkley to a new vet, who he initially just barked at, but 2 Milkbones later, she's his best friend, and she prescribed some painkillers and anti-inflammatories. Day 4 of the donut, and his sheath is finally much less pink/warm, and the nick is healing nicely. Maybe by July 4th we'll be able to ditch the collar.
Gotta say; I was so surprised he had a bladder infection!! We take him out every hour or two during the day, although he is sleeping from 9:30 - 5:30am most nights, I wonder if that's too long to go without a potty break? It was crazy hot the previous week, and I'm worried he didn't drink enough - does anyone monitor their dog's water drinking? We always have a full bowl out for the boys (it's one of the automatic waterers - the stream is love/hate for me; the dogs love it, but B loves to play with it, so I clean up a lot of water and wet paws), so I'm not entirely sure how to monitor water intake. Any suggestions?