So we noticed that both the girls were scooting; I planned on taking them both in to the vet to be checked for worms and for full anal glands. But last night, Robin was acting mopey, hiding in her crate, and then snapped at us when one of us bothered her in bed-- I'm not even sure who was touching her or where, but she was unhappy. It was all pretty unusual. And then I noticed a little bump on her puppy lady parts and another one night next to them.
So we took her to the vet with all her, ahem, samples. Right before we left, I pulled a foxtail out from between her toes; while we waited in the exam room, I noticed one of her nails is broken at the base. The vet found a UTI and crystals, the start of a yeast infection, the nail is broken but still on (so we're just watching it for now), and full anal glands. And she thinks the bump looks like an allergic reaction to a bug bite or the like. Poor girl growled at the vet, but was otherwise good. We didn't muzzle, just held her still and shoveled treat into her face when we could.
And OF COURSE we're dropping them off at the kennel and leaving town Saturday.
They sent her home with a week of Clavamox and some Animax for the external vulva issues-- oh, and a bag of Royal Canin SO.
Personally, I think I can find a better diet, even if it means either home cooked or raw. I've got cats who've had crystals-- but not a dog.
She's been eating Taste of the Wild (the lamb flavor) kibble, but it's pretty high in carbs, and all the added moisture they used to get when Simon was around (lots of veggies with their meals) has kind of dropped off, so I guess I'll do that, too.
And while I'm thinking about it, River has to have her anal glands expressed relatively frequently. Is this something that might resolve with a raw diet, or is there something else I can try? Or is she just one of the lucky dogs who gets to visit the vet more often?
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