I'm scared: My first "child" might have to go under the knife

It was a crisp, fall day when we brought her home. I was so excited. My husband was a little skeptical. Because she wasn't what he wanted. He wanted something bigger, something tougher. But instead he became the father to a beautiful, mixed baby - a Pekingese/Shih Tzu mix we named Bailey after Bailey's Irish Cream. You can see why, she's brown and cream and makes us so happy.

Bailey, our Pekingese/Shih Tzu mix, at 8 years old

When she was a little pup, she fit in the palm of my hand. Now, she's a whopping ten pounds! While I adopted a kitty before NewsyDad and I started dating, Bailey was our first "child". She and our cat, Maggie, adjusted extremely well when we brought our actual first child home from the hospital.  Just take a look at this picture from our first Christmas together. And yes, it was featured on our Christmas card. How could it not?

Bailey, Monkey, Maggie during our first family Christmas in 2009.

Over the years, Bailey has become such good friends with her younger sisters, especially Monkey. In fact, she sleeps in her bed every night. When we went out of town for five days, they were so happy to be reunited. Just look at the smiles!

I'm afraid that might be gone when... not when... IF Bailey goes under the knife.

For the past eight years, she's lived a healthy life. Until now. Over the weekend, she started peeing uncontrollably... EVERYWHERE! I trained her how to use a doggy litter box, but she still knows how to do her business outdoors. So when we took her outside this weekend to play in the cooler weather, I knew something was wrong. She peed or at least squatted like she had to pee about 25 times in a span of two hours.

My husband took her to the vet on Monday to figure out what was wrong. Preliminary results from blood tests and a urinalysis showed she has signs but not very many symptoms of stones in her bladder. X-rays would be able to better confirm this diagnosis but for now, we have her on two different antibiotics and a special diet of dog food. We're hoping this will help her pass the possible stones. If not, Bailey might have to go under the knife to remove them. I'm scared. What happens if she doesn't make it? What happens if other health problems occur as she ages into her senior years? How will our girls take the news if something bad does happen? I know I'm jumping ahead and should cross that bridge when we get to it. But I'm a planner and want to be prepared.

Has your pet had stones before? How did you treat it? How did they recover?

Have you lost a pet before? How did you handle it? How did your children handle it?

Please share your experience with us below. 


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Passionate parents (mom & dad bloggers) with a nose for fashion (women's petite, children), food & fun (travel). We are former & current television journalists who met in the business, got married and now have two multi-cultural children.