Thanks for the information, it's helpful to know these little issues. LOL I knew there was going to be female dog stuff that I'd miss out on initially.
And, I'm sorry, but the link doesn't show any photos from my end.
Also, I'm not sure what is wrong with my profile but visitor messages isn't limited or disabled. Might be a glitch
Appreciate the attempts though. It'd be nice if there was a way you could add the photo to the post? I know that sometimes I'll be looking for something specific on a forum and I'll be all excited when the post is there on that specific issue….but then you click on it and it's a dead post, or unanswered, or a broken link. That's what I really love about the basenji forums....not too many dead posts. Someone else will always be able to benefit in the long run. And of course I would appreciate another look at what a recessed vulva looks like! lol
The little things that I know about now might save me some future freakout,
I've been trying to figure out what was going on with the puppy. I have no idea if it's linked to recessed vulva...but from what you've mentioned it seems like a possibility.
[Long story short: Vet has no idea - puppy doesn't test positive for UTI , but was having accidents unusual for an 8 month old…....However, the weird thing is she has responded immediately to antibiotics and hasn't had an accident since.]
I've had her since about 3 months, and potty training rigorously, but she was having regular and consistent accidents all over the place. The symptoms:
- Unexplained accidents all over the place.
- Immediately pees when taken outside, rarely sniffs first.
- Released bladder while running to the door to go outside.
- Unable to hold bladder consistently; 2-4 hours was the maximum, but it could be 2 hours one day, 4 hours the next day, one hour the next day.
- When laying down at night she was capable of holding bladder over 8 hours.
- Sometimes showing UTI like symptoms when rushed outside for potty break, almost like marking. She'd urinate once, finish, then urinate again in large amounts.
- Loose stool, and poop accidents.
- no noticeable vaginal discharge or inflammation.
- Normal colored urine, but sometimes very clear like water.
- Not drinking any more water than normal. Normal water intake.
- Other dogs seemed interested in vaginal area; licking at her obsessively. She has never gone into heat.
It should be noted that I've had her since 3 months old; I had caught her in the act often, and had been using positive reinforcement. She knew to go to the door early on, but was still having issues. My first basenji puppy (Beo) had a UTI when he was younger and he was still was able to hold it much longer at 8 months than Bop-It was.
After months of fighting and getting nowhere I took her into the vet to test her out. No UTI or issues were found…
The vet offered antibiotics with no diagnosis......and I felt something was wrong with her so I took them [despite that being a no-no] to eliminate any possible issues.
Bop-It came home from the vet and had a large accident on the floor - full bladder release (even though she had just been outside 45 minutes prior to go, and did go for the urinalysis)…the urine was super clear on one end [water appearing clear] with tinges of yellow on the other
........She was on the antibiotics 24 hours when I noticed immediate improvement. No accidents, she has no desire to go outside multiple times in a short period of time, she doesn't have diarrhea. I don't know if it's just a coincidence, or if there was something there that will return once she's off the antibiotics, or if she's 'cured'....... Are there some things that wouldn't show on a urinalysis test, like a kidney infection or something?
Did the pus cyst cause any similar symptoms?
I guess there's a million things it could be, but I'm wondering why it happened, and why the sudden improvement? I'm ecstatic obviously, but I wish I knew what was going on. The vet had no ideas except that it might be behavioral.
Thanks again for the info you provided