Oct 31, 2013 4.30 am
I checked on the Bichon. He was housed on the back patio with 4 steps down to access the garden. "In," I commanded him to get down the stairs to the grass to pee. He went down the stairs and looked at me. "In," I said again. He went to the grass but did not pee. After a while, he tried to poop by lowering his backside. This time, he did not have to rush to pee as when he was confined indoors as in the previous years.
Medical dissolution of triple phosphate stones using diet or acidifying medicine takes a lot of time and patience. The caregiver must know what to do. Yesterday, the caregiver went out the whole day and I had no time to go back during lunch. I had explained to her that the dog must be in the back patio whenever he is home alone. He should not be inside the living and dining area for the time being as he would dribble urine all over, owing to his urinary stone irritation of the bladder.
But the dog would sneak into the kitchen when the back kitchen door is open. The caregiver did not comply with my instructions and kept the door inside the kitchen with food and water. So the dog was home alone from 12 pm to 9 pm. When I came back, the whole kitchen floor was wet with urine. The dog had also peed vertically on the side of the fridge.
It is important to know what to do when treating such cases medically instead of doing surgery to remove the bladder stones. However caregivers and owners do ignore instructions as in this incident of urine-splattered kitchen floor.