Dog lover friends - I have good news. The adorable beagle I sliced about on Sunday - (remember, with the poopy butt) has been diagnosed with a curable urinary tract infection and major hindquarter discomfort because of this. The vet suggested that an antibiotic would take care of this, but I would also need to cleanse her private parts daily, with a medicated wipe.
Gulp. Losing weight will help too apparently - so both of us (the dog and I) are going to work on that.
And, yes, friend Leah, I learned about Anal Gland expressing. I learned quick when the vet asked me to step to the head of the dog, because "sometimes this stuff squirts and I don't want you to get hit," she said, pulling on her purple latex gloves. "My assistant and I keep our mouths shut during this part of the process," she stated, through gritted teeth.
Eek. Putting more fiber in the beagle's meals will help apparently - so both of us (the dog and I) can work on that as well.
My daughter and I grimaced at each other, but a few minutes later I happily paid the hefty bill - grateful for this vet's skill and expertise.
3 hours ago