The Good News

Scout and Dr. C had their best visit yet last night. This was entirely because Scout’s ears weren’t the topic of discussion (and poking and prodding) for once. Scout knows the vet’s office just by the parking lot. She’s a regular, remember. So she knew enough to be nervous when we arrived.


The vet tech took her into the back to do a urine analysis, and B and I listened as another vet tech walked by and their conversation drifted down the hall.

“Who’s this?”


“Scout’s a girl?”


“I didn’t know ‘Scout’ was a girl’s name.”

B and I exchanged a glance. Doesn’t anyone read To Kill a Mockingbird anymore?

Anyway, Scout’s urine analysis came back negative, so she does not have a UTI or bladder infection. Hooray! That left incontinence. Dr. C explained that the weakening of uterine wall muscles doesn’t have to happen in old age. It’s a risk at any age after a female dog is spayed. Scout’s risk is greater because her anatomy is a little wonky down there, which we knew. He did say that, in hindsight, we could have let Scout go through one heat cycle, which may have lessened her risk for incontinence, but there was no guarantee.

Because Scout is not having moments of incontinence regularly—say, once a week or so—we decided to hold off on starting any medications. We’re going to monitor the frequency of things, and if she starts to have more accidents on a regular basis, then we’ll look at medicating her. (Ugh. I do NOT want to do this.) Until then, we’ll keep an eye on things, but at least we now know that it’s not being caused by an infection of some sort. All in all, good news!


5 responses to “The Good News

  1. lauren March 29, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Thank goodness! And re: Scout — most definitely works for gals. In fact, a blogger I read just named her little girl Scout. Take THAT, vet techs.

  2. Human Rescues Dog March 30, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Such a sweet blog! Scout is a really cute name for a dog; in fact, I think I saw a list of ‘trendiest dog names’ somewhere and I’m pretty sure scout was on there :) I remember attempting to raise my first dog (and soon, my second) – it was no walk in the park, but it’s the most rewarding thing I’ve done for a long time.

    • A April 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Thank you so much! I had no idea there were lists for the trendiest dog names—aren’t we cool? ;)
      We do think that raising Scout has been rewarding in so many ways. Hard at times, but oh so worth it!

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