Stella's latest urinalysis showed that she still has struvite crystals and a high PH, but no signs of infection. We are trying a new food yet again - Rayne Adult Health-RSS - and will do a recheck in another month. Hopefully this one works for her.
Health issues aside, Stella continues to be a spunky, playful girl. She had a very spoiled Christmas of course, but still tried her best to use her super cuteness to get some Christmas turkey. She was no match for her foster mom who stayed strong and offered her some more appropriate treats instead.
As our Facebook followers know, in early November, Stella had an odd experience at the vet. On November 9th, we posted that Stella had visited the vet for bladder x-rays to try and determine why her urinary pH was all over the map. Both vets reviewed the x-rays and agreed that poor Stella had a jawbreaker-sized stone in the middle of her bladder. A rectal exam was also done and nothing was found.
Obviously, a stone this size needs immediate attention and Stella was scheduled for surgery that day. However, as soon as the vet opened Stella up, it was clear that there was no stone in the bladder. Instead, the vet found a hard ball of poop (!!!) way up in the intestines, in the perfect position to come up as a bladder stone on X-ray films. It was a shock to both us and the vets.
Of course, everyone at the clinic felt awful and only charged us for the x-rays that we initially went in for in the first place. Pugalug completely understood the mistake, and agreed with their assessment of the x-rays. The surgery was no more invasive than a spay and Stella has bounced back without issue. Basically, the whole situation was a random fluke and now we can be 100% sure that the issue isn't in her bladder. No biggie. It happens!
Since her visit to the vet, Stella has been doing well. She took it easy for a day or two, but was back to her usual playful self in no time, quickly going to work digging all the toys out of the toy box! She had her stitches removed two weeks after the surgery and that visit was uneventful. Although we still don't know what is causing Stella's wonky pH, she is enjoying the Urinary Care c/d diet and we will retest her urine just before Christmas once the post-op antibiotics have left her system.
In the meantime, Stella continues to be her silly, playful self. She loves to eat and spins like a top while her foster mom prepares her breakfast and dinner. She has also learned a sleeping trick from her foster brother, wiggling under the blankets to join him at bedtime. Her foster family loves having her around. There's no doubt that Stella will win the hearts of her forever family in no time!
Stella is a 5 year old black pug who was surrendered by her owner through no fault of her own. She has settled into foster care very well and is getting along great with the resident pugs. Prior to coming into foster care, it was known that Stella has a history of UTIs and she wasn't in her foster home that long before it was noticed that she was urinating small amounts quite frequently. Despite this issue, Stella has been incredibly clean inside the house.
Given that she was showing signs of an UTI, Stella was taken for her initial vet check quite quickly and a urinalysis showed a few crystals and other foreign bodies in her urine but no blood. The vet prescribed a week worth of antibiotics and a culture has been sent off for additional testing. Results should be back shortly and we will see what course of action, if any, will be required going forward. The vet also noted that Stella had a yeast infection in her right ear and nose fold, which is also being treated. She is a healthy 8.1 kgs and in great shape. Her teeth have a tiny bit of tartar, but not enough to warrant a dental.
Clearly, Stella hasn't received the memo telling her that she's no longer a puppy and she's very busy for her age. Her favourite game is to play ball out in the backyard. She even brings it back to you to throw again and again. Despite not being your typical couch potato pug, when she slows down Stella is still very cuddly and loves to give kisses!