The things we do for our pets. Or not do...

October 26, 2012

So, anything involving money is on hold right now - that includes baseboards in the bathroom and painting our new bedroom.

Meowzer is at the vets today getting x-rays and urinalysis done to find out why she can't pee properly. There could be one of three things wrong...

  • Struvite crystals: these are caused by food and can create blockages in the urethra. This is probably the best case scenario. A simple change in food would set things right. Meowzer has been eating Wellness, but at her appointment yesterday I left with a small bag and a couple of cans of Hill's Prescription Diet c/d, meant for cats with bladder and urinary tract problems.
  • Infection: this wouldn't be the worst diagnosis in the world, as a round of antibiotics should clear things up. However she'd probably still have to stay on the prescription food since she's prone to these things (cranberry capsules have cleared her up in the past, though). Both an infection and crystals can be detected (or ruled out) by urinalysis.
  • Bladder stones: this is what we really really don't want to hear, as it means surgery. Yesterday the vet described bladder stones as little deposits of minerals that sort of roll around the bladder. Sometimes they'll roll into the urethra and cause a partial blockage, and then they'll roll back out. Sometimes they can block the urethra altogether, and that's when you get into emergency situations. The x-rays are to check for stones.

We'll know by the end of the day what's going on, and we'll go from there.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

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