Someone is NOT feeling well today.
Suji slept through the night and displayed her usual voracious breakfast appetite, so we assumed she was back to her old self. After her morning walk, she settled down for her customary nap. I was working on my outline when she suddenly sat up on her dog bed and barked. This is usually a signal for a treat, so I gave her a couple of kibbles (trying to keep her diet as plain as possible), sat down, and resumed my writing. She seemed to settle down. For about ten minutes. Then, the next thing I knew, she was, uh, letting loose. Fortunately, her aim was true and she avoided both her doggy bed and the carpet in favor of the small dog mat beside my office chair. It’s curious because she’s incontinent and, normally, doesn’t realize when she has to go – but she seems to know in these instances.
So, we cleaned her up, called the vet, and brought her over. Because we didn’t have an appointment, we had to drop her off so that she could be ready whenever one of the vets had some downtime in their schedule. Finally, we got the call some two hours later. The test results wouldn’t be back for a couple of days but, for now, it was hard to tell what was going on. Suji was prescribed an antibiotic and a probiotic, and was advised to include a spoonful of canned pumpkin with her meals for extra fiber.
On the way home, we met a couple from our building who also had an elderly dog – who was also experiencing gastro problems. This is the fourth dog in our neighborhood to come down with suspiciously similar symptoms. Again, I find it hard to believe she could have picked up something the park because we’re extra careful – but now my thoughts turn to the tap water. Could it be? Just in case, we’re switching her to spring water (fancy!)…and layering the bed with pee pads!
This might be a long night.