By Anna Harrison
We have suspected from the results of his blood tests that Teddy has problems with his kidneys. The next logical step from a veterinary point of view is to analyse a urine sample. So far, so logical. However, I did not want to put Teddy through the rather stressful procedure of being catheterised so I asked our fabulous groom, Sandra, if she could possibly collect a sample of urine as it was actually being produced.
Now, if this sounds easy, don't you believe it! Teddy has been described in many ways but my description of late has been that of a 'private pee'er'. Although he cannot see us he certainly knows when we're about and does not want to pee in public.
So it was a big ask of Sandra but, if anyone could do it, she could! Sandra knows every hair on Teddy's lovely body and watches him like a hawk for any signs of discomfort or depression. And, on Tuesday, I received the call - Sandra had done it!
She had sat quietly watching and waiting and, just at the right time, she rushed out with a sterile pot and collected more than enough urine for me (We haven't told Teddy in case of embarrassment).
I could carry out a few simple tests immediately and it has confirmed our suspicions that Teddy's kidneys are leaking some protein. I have now sent the sample to our laboratory for further tests.
So please, all Teddy fans, say a big thank you to Sandra for being on 'pee watch' through her tea breaks.
As for Teddy himself, he is greatly enjoying the lovely warm weather and is gleaming in the sun. He looks very relaxed and content right now and long may it continue.
We can't fix his kidneys but we can do absolutely everything possible to make sure he enjoys all the days he has.