Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.
The most worrisome thing you have mentioned, is the bloody urine,
and the presence of bloody urine makes me wonder if the "bites" you are seeing are actually areas of "petechiation", which are areas where the blood vessels have begun to leak as a result of blood clotting problems.
I think it is urine. I can't really tell
Heat exhaustion typically is very dangerous because of the blood clotting problems that occur,
Something is leaking. It looks very bloody and kind of smells like urine
and blood in the urine, or blood leaking from the penis with or without urine, and splotchy skin, make me *very* worried that Gromit experienced heat exhaustion yesterday,
and he is in serious need of veterinary care based on that suspicion.
we are no where remotely close to any care
if this is truly a heat exhaustion case, there's no at-home treatment for the problems that are occurring, and even in the veterinary clinic, treatment must be very aggressive and is often unsuccessful.
are there other symptoms I should be looking for?
your best bet, given your remote location, is to ensure that Gromit is taking in water and electrolytes (you can use chicken broth, gatorade, pedialyte, etc)
I'd be very worried if you start to see diarrhea or vomiting
especially if there's any blood or black coloring to either of them.
he is drinking water easily
ok, so perhaps you can offer some water mixed half and half with broth or the other drinks I mentioned
no signs of vomiting or diarrhea
that's good to hear.
ok, we can definitely try that
it's really just basic nursing/supportive care that you need to provide at this point,
what do we do about the leaking though?
to prevent dehydration and electrolyte imbalances,
there isn't anything you'll be able to do for that -- it's just going to be a matter of preventing urine scalding of the skin, by keeping him clean and dry, and rotating his position to prevent bedsores.
will it eventually stop on its own?
I do not know -- I am very worried about Gromit's condition.
as am i
our biggest obstacle it's that we live in such a remote location
if you believe that the skin problems are truly bug bites, you could try giving Benadryl (diphenhydramine), 50-75mg every 12 hours.
we will try that as well
he seems to really like having the fan blow on where the bites are the worst, is that ok?
I think that is fine, I don't see any problem from having the fan on him.
you also could try a topical cortisone cream such as Cortaid (1% hydrocortisone)
on the areas most severely affected.
If he licks that will it be ok?
well, I'd try to minimize it, but it's not particularly harmful.
Is there any way to know for sure if he will be ok?
sadly, there is no way I can tell you that without an examination and some blood tests and such.
but, if he survives for another 2-3 days, then his chances of recovery are better.
is there one definitive sign that he's getting better? Like if he starts eating or the leaking stops?
sure, those are both great signs,
whereas vomiting or diarrhea are bad signs.
Ok, I will be sure to keep a very careful eye on that. So far he has had neither
good to hear.
please keep me informed about his progress.
I don't know how we will keep him dry with the constant leaking though
lots of towels, frequent changing
Do I just come back to the site to update?
after you submit a rating tonight, I can change our chat into Q and A format, and you'll be able to return and update anytime.
That would be wonderful, thank you very much for your help
you are very welcome... I will be hoping for all the best.