Pervy or OCD?

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Postby pitbullmamaliz » April 22nd, 2011, 9:39 pm

Alright, this is way TMI and sounds funny, but Inara is becoming a little over the top about her hoohaw licking. Like, to the "I'm getting concerned" level. After every meal she goes at it, and after every trip outside she goes at it, and way too many times throughout the day she goes at it. And she'll lick it for several minutes at a time, just steadily. She occasionally takes it all the way to the big O, but not normally (once or twice a day maybe). If I interrupt her she heaves a sigh and then goes right back to it. It's getting to be really odd. We see the vet on Monday for her heartworm test so I'm gonna take a urine sample in case it's a weird UTI, but at what point does it become an obsessive behavior vs. just pervy behavior?
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Postby TheRedQueen » April 23rd, 2011, 12:05 am

How much mental and physical stimulation is she getting lately? My old man, Elwood, used to lick his penis...so much that it'd get infected. But it was usually worse when he was bored and not tired.

He also targeted his elbow callouses...so much that they'd bleed. Easiest thing to do was to keep him super-occupied. :|
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Postby plebayo » April 23rd, 2011, 1:24 am

LiLo does something similar... she doesn't do it excessively, but have caught her doing it before. And I think she gets kind of excited too... she kind of bounces around and does a funny move while she's doing it.

I'm not sure what to say. I just tell LiLo to stop, she's definitely not as insistent about it as Inara sounds like she is. It might be kind of obsessive, only because she starts doing it and it feels good? Does she have anxiety issues, I only ask because OCD and anxiety can go hand in hand. Not saying that anxiety itself has anything to do with it, just that if she has other anxious tendencies this could be just the OCD portion coming out.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » April 23rd, 2011, 7:45 am

Her mental/physical stimulation hasn't changed at all. I bring her in from a walk and she goes at it before I can even get her collar off. As I'm thinking about it now though, I'm really wondering if she has a UTI because she hasn't been wanting to go out to pee as much, and when I take her out she seems reluctant to leave the porch. I wonder if it's hurting her to pee?

Suzanne, Inara was on Prozac for about 9 months and l-theanine for a while after that. Maybe if she doesn't have a UTI I'll start her back up on the l-theanine and see if that makes a difference.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » April 25th, 2011, 7:11 pm

Well, according to the vet she is neither pervy nor OCD. She is simply very prone to UTI's. I caught this one before it turned into a UTI but the vet said her bladder wasn't completely emptied which I guess is a sign of an impending UTI. So now she is on yet ANOTHER lifelong supplement - CranMate. Cranberry extract. $28 for 2 months worth. I shall be looking for cheaper options. But the vet said it relieves a lot of the discomfort and itching that comes with frequent UTI's.

I asked if her high-protein kibble (32%) could be causing these, and the vet tech said she hadn't heard of high-protein diets causing UTI's and some dogs are just prone to them. *sigh* Damn dog needs a job.
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Postby plebayo » April 25th, 2011, 7:15 pm

pitbullmamaliz wrote:Well, according to the vet she is neither pervy nor OCD. She is simply very prone to UTI's. I caught this one before it turned into a UTI but the vet said her bladder wasn't completely emptied which I guess is a sign of an impending UTI. So now she is on yet ANOTHER lifelong supplement - CranMate. Cranberry extract. $28 for 2 months worth. I shall be looking for cheaper options. But the vet said it relieves a lot of the discomfort and itching that comes with frequent UTI's.

I asked if her high-protein kibble (32%) could be causing these, and the vet tech said she hadn't heard of high-protein diets causing UTI's and some dogs are just prone to them. *sigh* Damn dog needs a job.



String a cardboard sign around her neck that says "need money for cranberry juice!"

This is very good to know, maybe the next time LiLo does it I'll run a UA and see if she's having issues.
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Postby amalie79 » April 25th, 2011, 7:23 pm

Check into cornsilk...
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » April 25th, 2011, 7:48 pm

Hmmm...never heard of using cornsilk before. I think what I may do is when it gets closer to needing to restock, I'll go to a natural health foods store and take the bottle with the ingredients and see what they might recommend.

On a side note, Inara's heartworm test was negative, too. :)
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Postby mnp13 » April 25th, 2011, 7:53 pm

How much water is she getting?
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » April 25th, 2011, 7:55 pm

I would think enough - I float her kibble (cup, cup and a half?) in the morning and evening, and she's got water in her crate all the time, and water of course when she's out.
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Postby mnp13 » April 25th, 2011, 7:56 pm

oh, ok.
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Postby TheRedQueen » April 25th, 2011, 8:03 pm

I give my Inara, plus Rip, Puzzle and Galaxie (all of my pee'ers) a cranberry pill...ones from Wal-mart, pretty cheap. And so far so good...everyone's peeing issues have gotten more managable.
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Postby amalie79 » April 25th, 2011, 9:21 pm

Cornsilk promotes fully emptying the bladder.

You have to go easy when you start it...
And soy supplements can help regulate the hormones that promote bladder muscle tone.

http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies. ... edies.html

http://www.dogaware.com/articles/wdjincontinence.html
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