Upon further inspection, there was blood in his urine. Panicked, I called his doctor and they told me to bring him in with a urine sample. When we got there, they tested his urine and found a high amount of two types of bacteria. He was well on his way to kidney failure. Turns out, the bacteria was on his feet, between his toes. As far was we can figure...it's because of how wet this winter has been. That, coupled with the salt the people our HOA hires uses, ended up being a very bad combination. We all know Jaru is OCD so he's cleaning his feet constantly by licking them. Well...dude was ingesting bad bacteria and it was feeling mighty warm and comfy and multiplying big time.
So...he's on antibiotics and we have to wipe his feet super well with baby wipes whenever he comes inside from a walk. First thing in the morning and before he goes to bed at night, we have to wipe his feet with these: Mal-A-Ket Medicated Wipes
Oh...and he's on pain meds for his hips. *sigh*
He's feeling much better but still in a bit of pain. He's sleeping an awful lot but he's stopped drinking enormous amounts of water. In two weeks his urine has to be checked again to see if the bad bacteria is still there.
To those of you with doggies...if the winter has been especially wet by you and there is a lot of salt on the ground to melt snow that isn't pet friendly...please pay attention to if your dog is drinking an excessive amount of water and needs to go out more frequently. Consider using baby wipes to wipe your doggy's feet. Prior to this we always used a dry towel.
I can't imagine a scenario where he'd gone into kidney failure. I am not equipped for what that would have meant.
This winter has been different.