Facing a Challenge We Hadn’t Foreseen with Our New Dog

Facing a Challenge We Hadn’t Foreseen with Our New Dog
Christine Tender Points It's been a trying week at our house. It turns out that the puddles our new little dog was leaving were not the result of his recent neutering as we had assumed. Despite several walks on a leash every day during which he completes his business outdoors as he should, he continues to leak upon returning home. A urinalysis revealed a urinary tract infection requiring antibiotics and expensive prescription dog food to prevent recurrences. Unfortunately, in addition to his medical issue, our veterinarian suspects that his constant urination may be a behavioral issue. I'm exhausted from cleaning up after this poor little dog. And poor little me is still having head and neck pain from suboccipital neuralgia that didn't totally respond to the trigger point injection I received nine days ago. We all know that stress worsens our fibromyalgia symptoms. And this dog situation is stressful indeed — as well as disappointing! We finally found a dog with the perfect temperament, size, age, look, and trainability, and we discover that he has issues. With any luck, this little dog will be perfect for us, after a course of a
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5 comments

  1. Michele Henne says:

    I know that with cats who develop crystals in their bladder/urinary tract, vets often put them on Xanax. It helps them relax and helps prevent the crystals from building up. I don’t know if it would help with a dog, though. My cat had that tendency but I was able to prevent his crystals by feeding him the Urinary SO formula food. I hope you are able to help your puppy. <3 <3 <3

  2. Cindy H. says:

    I too hope you are able to help your puppy. However, don’t feel guilty if your intuition/gut instinct tells you that this may be too much. Having fibromyalgia isn’t easy and you don’t need to be on “potty detail” all the time. Your are smart to be willing to do a reevaluation later. I love having multiple cats yet have discovered my limit is three and no more. Good luck with your fur kid and give him a hug for me:)

  3. Val Jones says:

    I read this website because as stated:
    Fibromyalgia News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease.
    My question is what does a urinary tract infection with a dog have to do with the disease? I’m aware that it was stressful for the owner but it clearly has nothing to do with the disease.
    I read this site because I’m looking for information on how to treat fibromyalgia.

  4. Christine Lynch says:

    This week you received a bonus from this particular column. In addition to learning about a successful treatment for occipital neuralgia (common to FM sufferers) you also learned how challenging and stressful dog ownership can be – information that may be useful in making a decision about owning a dog yourself.

  5. Maria says:

    I can totally relate to having Fibro and an emotional companion dog. I would like to suggest to the owner of the therapy pup to change all foods to RAW and to do some research on the benefits to feeding RAW dog food and having a holistic veterinarian treat your pup/dog for the sake of having a healthier pup/dog. Having Fibro/CFS is no joke especially when you have to continually clean-up after your loving pup/dog. Yet, where would we be without them? Signed…been there and still there.

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