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Ms. Pee Pee Pants

by User Not Found | Dec 15, 2012

My last blog on Gus’s Pee Pee Dance was inspired by one of our volunteers who had been going thru the same issues with his two year old female.  This story unfolds a different outcome that I thought was important to share. 

This sweet girl, we’ll call her “Ms. Pee Pee Pants” (her name has been changed to protect her embarrassment) had/has a chronic bladder infection.  Our volunteer, Gary has had 3 females in his life and is familiar with their uncanny ability to develop a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection).  In other words, his wife is an awesome pee collecting ninja.  Come on, 3 female dogs??  This woman deserves an award!  Thankfully, in the past, they were able to control them with diet or a course of antibiotics.  However, this particular girl had proved to be a mystery.  Poor Ms. Pee Pee Pants had at UTI for almost 6 months.  After having her spayed, it was initially better, but about 6 months ago it started up again, almost like she’s had a continuous UTI.  She was put on antibiotics and seemed to do ok, however as soon as she stopped taking the antibiotic, within a few days, she would start “squatting and heavy drinking.”  When the samples were analyzed, they were almost completely dilute.  Ms. Pee Pee Pants had blood work to check to make sure her kidneys were working properly and changed her diet.  She even changed antibiotics, but to no avail.  Of course Gary and I talked about the urine culture which he said had been done before.  The next step can be to put your dog on a longer course of antibiotics.  This can help if for some reason the first course didn’t knock out all of the bacteria, but can also cause other problems as well.  Chances are, that if many courses of antibiotics for an extended period of time haven’t solved the problem, it’s likely you have something more serious going on.  At this point a dog’s age can really come in to play.  Older dogs are likely suffering from different issues than younger dogs.  For example, a condition called Cushing’s Disease typically occurs in dogs older than 7 years.  Diabetes, depending on the type can occur in dogs at any age.  Ms. Pee Pee Pants is only two years old and although diseases and conditions don’t always follow the rules, there are some things that are less likely the cause of her infections. 

At long last, after much discussion, veterinary consults and a sweet haircut, Ms. Pee Pee Pants’s problem turned out to be something anatomical.  And now to further embarrass Ms. Pee Pee Pants we are going to talk about her “down there”.  After shaving that area, the vet was able to examine her and find that she had what is known as a “hooded vulva”.  Basically this means that she has an extra flap of skin and this skin fold acts like a dam.  Since pictures probably wouldn’t go well with your morning coffee, I’ll just explain this as a visual.  Just like human belly buttons, you have “outties” and “innies”. 

As you remember about ears (Floppy Ears are Warm Blankets), moisture, body heat, and darkness can create an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and multiply and cause an infection.  It can also cause the dog to lick itself more often and to scoot across the floor trying to appease the itching madness!  Typically this issue is repaired early in puppies, during their spay surgery.  For one, it’s easier to see when they are puppies and have less hair and two, you can essentially “kill two birds with one stone” during surgery.  The other poster child for this condition is an overweight female dog.  There are a couple of ways this issue can be managed.  One of course is by surgical repair where the extra skin can be removed.  The challenges with this type of surgery are deciding how much skin to remove and are also cosmetic…oh these ladies.  Another way, if surgery is not possible or it is not severe enough for surgery, is to clean the area regularly with antibacterial wipes, baths and regular grooming.  I once had a wise vet say to me, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  If you have a problem with an obvious answer, sometimes you have to think outside the box.    

Thanks to Gary, his ninja wife and Ms. Pee Pee Pants for sharing their story with us. 

Cheers!

Katie

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