Mina’s UTI is back. Again. I came home from a lovely morning at the sanctuary, where I saw lots of humans and non-humans whom I enjoy, plus two baby deer who’s mama is raising them on the farm and a gigantic black snake who found his way into one of the chicken houses, to find Mina squatting frantically again.

I called PWEVC to make sure Dr. Smith was there, took a shower to wash off all the dirt, ate a slice of Hearth-baked WFM vegan pizza, drank a Sam Adams Light, and off we went.

I officially LOVE Dr. Smith. The clinic was so busy with major emergencies, yet he took time to tend to Mina specially, consulted with Dr. B. and saved me a couple hundred bucks by performing one test at VIMP on Monday instead of today at the clinic.

The LVTs cleaned Mina’s vulva and got a clean-catch urine sample for a culture that will be handled through VIMP. They’re trying to find the specific bacteria to attack it directly. The problem is, and this is very frightening, is that Mina might be getting resistant to antibiotics as the chemo breaks down her immune system. I don’t even know what that means yet, and I’m not going to freak out today. Dr. Smith/Dr. B. prescribed Baytril.

Baytril is used for both companion animals and food animals. The use of antibiotics in food animals should really concern those of you still eating animals for food. I don’t know if this is the antiobiotic of last resort for Mina, I hope it isn’t, but I’ll learn more on Tuesday when Mina is evaluated for Vincristine again.

Right now she’s resting after eating some chicken, drinking a bowl of chicken broth, and eating some liver treats. I may join her soon as it’s already been a helluva day. Oh yeah, it’s a holiday, too. I’d nearly forgotten.

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