This is Tido, a 4-year-old Chiweenie, which is a cross between the Chihuahua and Dachshund dog breeds.
Fun Fact: These pups inherited some of the best traits from both of their parents--they are compact, energetic, and loyal. You may also hear Chiweenies called Choxie, Weeniehuahua, the German Taco, and the Mexican Hot Dog.
Tido’s dad was recently laid off and is only receiving unemployment, which is able to cover his basic needs: food, housing, and electricity.
Unfortunately, at the same time, Tido started to act sluggish, he didn’t want to eat, and his dad could tell that poor Tido wasn’t feeling well. His dad brought him to the vet where blood work determined that Tido's kidney values were terrible. The vet initially thought that Tido was in kidney failure, but after a full exam they learned that he had a urinary tract blockage, which was causing his kidney levels to be so poor.
What is a urinary tract obstruction in dogs?
A urinary tract obstruction in a dog makes it hard for the dog to urinate, or not urinate at all. For some dogs, an obstruction could be due to inflammation or compression on the urethra, or simply a blockage.
Signs of urinary tract obstructions in dogs
According to PetMD, the first sign of a urinary tract obstruction is straining to urinate, which typically looks like constipation because the dog will hunch over while it is urinating. Because there is something blocking the urine in the urethra, the flow of urine will likely be interrupted and may appear cloudy. If any urine is seen, it may appear dark or blood tinged (orange or red).
Another symptom is crying out while trying to pee; as you can imaging, a blockage will cause pain. Your dog may also stop eating, become depressed or sluggish, and they may even vomit.
Urinary tract obstructions in dogs are emergencies
Please know that a urinary tract obstruction is a medical emergency. If your dog does not go to a vet for medical treatment, kidney failure can develop, which can be life threatening within three days of symptoms.
Tido’s dad applied to Fur Kids Foundation, and his request was accepted. Tido had to stay the night at the vet to be monitored, a catheter was inserted and he was given some medicine to help him feel better. We’re happy to report that Tido is expected to make a full recovery!
About Fur Kids Foundation
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Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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