From day 1 I’ve been consistent with taking
the ADHD puppy Elsie downstairs to wee on the grass and she’s been doing really well, but she is generally a live wire and much less calm than Miss Perfect Flo – she has been more prone to unfortunate indoor incidents than her big sister ever was.
On Monday evening, she was having her usual ‘tear around the livingroom’ hour late at night and stopped about 4 times to pee. No soft furnishings were spared. She was so quick, it wasn’t as though I could even have caught her as she began to squat… it was a swift sniff-to-pee move on her part. I did notice that the last 2 didn’t involve more than a few drops. Anyway, each time I did the urgent ‘outside for wees’ and took her down to the grass where she looked at me like I was an idiot and dashed straight upstairs. She’s also been weeing out on the verandah at an alarming rate, not even trying to go downstairs. AND in the last few days she’s been going on the concrete under the house rather than just on the grass. I have to admit, I was getting completely exasperated, frustrated and many other ateds.
On Tuesday it was puppy pre-school. During the first week’s class she weed once. The second week she didn’t wee at all. On Tuesday, before we left home, I put her on the grass and gave the command, which she knows and reacts to well. Nothing. Tried again. Nothing. So, off we went to the class. Within five minutes of arriving there’s a puddle on her training mat. She did three more in the space of the hour class and it was on the last one that I noticed spots of blood. On the way home a dreadful smell eminated from the back seat so I pulled over, got a poo bag and got ready to try to clean up as best I could, however, when I got back there there was nothing to see. The poor little thing has some sort of bladder or urinary tract infection. 😦 We’ve got antibiotics from the v-e-t and she’s had an anti-inflammatory shot as well but apparently it can take a while for these to kick in and start to work.
On reflection, the change in behaviour together with the increased frequency of weeing was a bit of a sign wasn’t it! Owner of the Year Award… maybe not this year. I feel terrible for putting it down to her general over-exuberence instead of noticing the obvious. I think she’s a bit better since starting the anti-biotics; even though she’s had two accidents in the house there weren’t as many puddles out on the verandah today and I didn’t notice any awful smell so fingers crossed that she’s on the mend and we can get more than 2 hours sleep at a stretch!
It hasn’t slowed her down though…
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