So Harv has urinary incontinence, as I posted previously. The vet came out Monday, June 2, and afterwards he went out on grass for the evening. Doesn't he look great?
|Harv on grass, as far as he's concerned he's doing great. A wonderful thing.and|
- His vitals are good, and based on this and his demeanor the vet felt he was comfortable.
- His anus didn't have good tone, nor did his tail. Not too surprising.
- She did a rectal and palpated his bladder. It was full, the size of a basketball!
- The vet drained his bladder which had thick sludgey deposits followed by clear urine.
- She flushed the bladder with saline.
- The urine will go out for analysis. He may or may not have an infection, but it is probably more a symptom of his problem than a cause.
- The vet felt it is likely one more neurological symptom among several he exhibits.
- The prognosis will depend on how rapidly his bladder refills, whether it will drain well on its own (enough to prevent a backup), and how well or sustainably we can manage his issue. The vet was unable to project or guess how this will all turn out, but essentially is it a plumbing problem.
- She thinks, but is not sure, that any problems will be of slow onset, and that he is unlikely to crash. If we notice signs of discomfort we can act.
I'm so thankful that Harv is happy right now, and my goal is to manage this well enough to give him a beautiful summer.