|Barked: Sat Feb 14, '09 2:31pm PST |
|Hi Bam Bam, I'm actually not sure if the UTIs are directly related to having been bred. She was bred in filthy conditions with no medical care. I may have just made an assumption, because now I'm wondering if I'm putting words in my vet's mouth. I hope I didn't get it backwards.
She's only had a UTI about once a year since adopting her, so it's not a persistent problem, just something that seems to come up now and again. She's so healthy otherwise, and for a 9 or 10 yr old mastiff I'm loathe to change much about what we're doing since she's still sprightly, shiny coated and has barely added any more grey on her muzzle than she came with nearly five years ago (I know that the grey is just luck, but it contributes to the fact that she really doesn't look almost 10). I'm a big fan of the Solid Gold food we feed her, and think it's really contributed to keeping her so healthy, but I'll check out the site you referred me to.
I actually haven't heard the spaying thing about mastiffs, but I've never had a puppy, and we tend to have more contact with rescue than breeders. So I'm sure you get to see more things that have gone right, since we mostly see things that have gone wrong. I would imagine that responsible people like yourself researching and debating the merits of a three month difference in age to spay, is very different than the conversation that would follow if some guy asked about the best way to keep 50 mastiffs in filthy, confined, spaces, while constantly breeding 5 of the females and also not actually selling the puppies...you know, hypothetically speaking.
You're right, going to the human pharmacy for a dog's drugs can alternate between awkward and hilarious. Back before it was more common to order pet medications online, I got a concerned email verifying that the prescriptions I'd requested for my 7yr old with heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and pancreatitis were correct. They usually have places to put a note in these days like "Henry is a dog" (as opposed to the world's oldest 7 yr old boy).
Thanks for getting back to me!
Edited by author Sat Feb 14, '09 2:35pm PST