Introducing Ceiba, the bat-eared medical mystery dog!
(WHO IS 2 TIRED 4 UR MEME-Y CAPTION BULLSHIT RIGHT NAO.)
Just got off the phone with the vet, and thanks to the urinalysis and bloodwork, we have a nice long list of things Ceiba most definitely does NOT have:
1) A UTI
2) Bladder or kidney stones
3) Kidney disease
4) Liver failure
5) Diabetes (the normal kind)
Which leaves us with the remaining three possibilities:
1) Diabetes Insipidus
2) Cushing's Disease
3) Asshole dog syndrome
We're going to test for the diabetes first (which is also known as "water diabetes" but so far I prefer option three, DIABEEEEEETUS INSIDIOUS), which requires me to collect a urine sample from her three mornings in a row. This is...okay. I'm not 100% sure how to go about that. Yesterday she just peed on the floor like a good little asshole and I sucked some up with an old medicine dropper, but this morning she just went ahead and peed on her bed inside her crate.
(Like a dog who is NOT being as asshole, but obviously struggling, thus my insistence that we keep testing for things. I've spent over 11 years with this dog and something ain't right, poor little hamster.)
If life was just and fair and we could all get honorary veterinary degrees based on our Google skills, I'd probably pursue Cushing's first, given some of her symptoms, but blah blah blah unreliable blood tests are unreliable so let's start with the simpler urine culture. (Says the vet who doesn't have to collect pee from a sneaky little dog three days in a row and keep it in his fridge all weekend because we're all gonna be buried in a million feet of snow in precisely three days' time.)
Meanwhile Max is pacing around my bedroom, apparently trying to shit out an actual geode, and just barfed all over the closet floor.
So yeah. The state of the furballs could definitely be better right now. But they're still here and I'm happy they are still here, even if things aren't particularly glamorous at the moment.
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