For the last few days, Jasmine has been peeing in the house. I could have understood a “stealth” pee if I had neglected to take her outside in a timely fashion. She has been squatting in full view of me at very odd times–mainly when I’ve been busy with household chores and not paying full attention to her. However, I was sitting on the couch the other day, and she started going on the carpet about 6 feet in front of me. I tried to stop her and admonished her, but instead of cutting her off, she started moving away, leaving a nice little trail behind her. I quickly got her to go outside, but by then, she was bone dry. She did this for three days in a row, but has since ceased.
I wonder if she was showing some of her unhappiness at my recent absences or if she just doesn’t understand that it’s not acceptable to go inside. When I ask her to go outside, she happily runs outside and does her “business.” However, she’s never provided us with any cues to her needing to go outside. She doesn’t bark. She only whines when she wants me up in the morning or if I’m in the shower and she wants my attention.
I’m not sure what spurred this recent round of broken house-training, but I’m hoping that she’s over whatever caused it and we can continue to have a relatively pee-free house.
This weekend, Jasmine started limping. We had the dog sitter come by on Saturday to get further acquainted and to get Jasmine walking with her. We went for a couple of walks, so I thought Jasmine had somehow hurt herself on the walks.
Well, on Monday, she developed an abscess yet again on her left paw. However, this time, she was limping and she wouldn’t let me touch her paw without a struggle. She limped around, and while her abscess popped and began to drain (yeah, icky…I know), she was very protective and somewhat lethargic. I decided to give it a day to see if she would start healing. It wasn’t. Her limp was more pronounced. The abscess was still red and puffy and wasn’t draining. I called the vet, and got an appointment for this morning.
Of course, she was barely limping this morning and the abscess had gone way down. I wanted to have her checked out nonetheless. I’m glad I did. Apparently, she had developed another abscess that I had not seen–this time on the bottom of her paw. Poor baby. So now, I have to soak her paw in an antimicrobial and give her antibiotics twice a day. I’m leaving for a business trip on Friday, so hubby will have to take it on.
I feel bad for Jasmine. Apparently, this type of abscess is common in former puppy mill dogs–it’s known as “puppy mill foot.” This is the only time that the abscesses have bothered her, so I’m keeping a close eye on the infection. Oh, I hate to leave my pup when she’s not right!