Would you all join with me in a little power of the paw for a friend of mine who wouild rather remain anonymous?
I’ve known this Scot for a while now and of course I know the peep. And my peep knows the peep.
As I sit on my slate beside my little pond, I’m reminded of how important it is for our peeps to check our pee.
Yes. I said check our pee.
It’s easy to check pee if I….say….peed on the slate. Or on concrete. Why? Because if there’s any blood, the peeps can spot it easily.
On grass, not so much.
Why is this so important?
Because the pal I’m talking about and his peep have just received heartbreaking news that at eleven years old, he’s been diagnosed with TCC. (Transitional Cell Carcinoma, known as Bladder Cancer).
Ironically, if he had access to grass everywhere, his peep would never have noticed blood in his urine. When he goes outside, it is only on concrete decks. An ultrasound confirmed that it was (in fact) a mass in his bladder. The peep also discovered, through an extensive study done by Purdue University on TCC, that Scottish Terriers are the dog breed most prone to getting this type of cancer – with an 18-20% higher risk than other breeds.
Now, I don’t mean to make you sad. I’ve been sad enough about this, but We wanted to spread the news about checking pee for signs of blood.
Godmother Carol told me on Sunday that she starts checking Scottie pee when her pups are around eight years old.
I’m nine. And you can bet the peep will be ON THE GROUND LOOKING AT MY PEE.
So, if you see Her doing that, pay no attention. It’s perfectly natural.
For more information about Scotties and bladder cancer and the studies at Purdue, check this out.
Back to business, if you could just join me in some POTP for my buddy, he and his peep would appreciate it. I and my peep would, too.
He’s on medicine and he has his ups and downs, but as his peep reports to my peep, he’s a proud Scot and he relishes his good days with gusto.
Let’s hope his good days outnumber his not so good days and that when the time comes for him to saunter across the bridge, he’s able to hold his head up high and go with comfort and grace.
Thank you so much.