Friday, May 23, 2008

My Life is So F*cking Glamorous

My female dog has spay incontinence. That means that as a result of being spayed, she doesn't produce enough estrogen for proper bladder control. We control it with drugs, that periodically need some adjusting. One becomes aware of the need for such adjusting when one steps in a puddle in one's home. Sitting in a puddle can be just as likely, hence the recent disposal of that couch that no one wanted. So last night at 11pm, I discovered a puddle, and shampooed the rug, which I guess is just part of pet ownership.

My male dog has an iron stomach, usually. With all the tradespeople coming to the house lately, we've been giving him a lot of rawhide to chew on as a diversion, as he is extremely mistrustful of strange men in the house, given his background of abuse from previous owners. This also teaches him to associate new people with a positive reward, which seemed like a good idea ever since he almost bit the guy who came to baby proof the house. Normally rawhide doesn't affect him in any way, although I am told that it can cause constipation. That would actually be nice. Unfortunately, it seems to have caused the opposite reaction. This morning, we found a large pile of crap in the baby's room, as well as a lot of pee, adding insult to injury. Our carpet shampooer couldn't handle this one, so we're going to have to bring in a professional. In the meantime, I have been following the dog around the backyard, just to see if his crap is back to normal, otherwise there is no point in calling in a professional carpet cleaner just yet. Based on the two piles that I just scooped up, we're going to have to wait a bit longer.

On top of my leaky dog woes, yesterday was the day that we eliminated diapers for Pumpkin whenever we are at home. Bad timing, but I don't think that we should turn back on this. We did have some successful potty moments, but also an equal number of lesser successful moments. So now we have three beings who are not relieving themselves where they are supposed to, a carpet that may or may not come clean, an inevitable bill from a carpet cleaning company, and a lot of laundry. Lovin' life today!


Chantal said...

Oh man, that is like the planets lining up. How likely for all those things to happen at the exact same time. But then if you wait till all things have resolved, then get the cleaner over, you will be fresh and done with it all.

THE MOM BOMB said...

I think our dog Daisy has spay incontinence! We adopted her two years ago from a shelter and they told her to give us pills, else she'd piddle. Now I know why. Of course, I still forget to give her pills, so the rug smells like urine.

kittenpie said...

So are you sure the baby room deposits are from the dog?

and our cats starting peeing in random places a couple of months ago after 12+ years of no issues. Greeeat. Adding a second little box seems to have solved the problem - last incident was about a month ago now - but I'm not holding my breath. Or other things.

These are the days, hey?

Nora Bee said...

Oh no! I'm going out on a limb here but I'd advise against purchasing a new carpet this week :-)

b*babbler said...

Holy shit.

Literally, eh?

And rawhide caused the same issue in our dog. Hence, the dog no longer gets rawhide.