Except for one growth on a paw that went away on its own, LB has never apparently had a moment of ill health in his life. He’s pushing nine years old, though, and I think we’ve found one. On the mid-day walky, he had some blood in his pee.
That was … alarming.
Now, I’ve been a bit concerned for him lately because he has been peeing strangely for him. He’ll have one enormous squirt at the beginning of a walky and then seems to labor to squeeze out a few drops, several times along the way. “Urinary infection” came to mind, and I always put it out of my mind for lack of anything I can do about it, but now I’m seeing blood.
So I went to the internet. Most popular suggestion: Urinary infection. Not normally life-threatening, but I need to read up and get more serious about what I can do about it.
Second suggestion: Kidney stones. And you know I never really thought about that. I give him tap water because I don’t like hauling around all the water bottles I’d need to give him filtered water. But drinking the tap water damn near put me in the hospital a few years back, because it’s super hard. Blood in the urine was the least of my problems. Since then I’ve hauled around bottles of filtered water, and I’ve been fine. Now I’m thinking I should be doing the same for LB. I’ll have to move some things around to store that much water every week, but I’ll be in the process of shifting things around soon anyway when the addition’s done.
What’s the usual treatment for a urinary infection in a dog? Anybody know?