I haven't been around much lately, life is CRAZY! But, I have a dog problem, and I'm really hoping you gals might be able to help out. Heidi has been with us for 2 months now, all is well. The cats and her have FINALLY worked things out, and while aren't the best of friends....can tolerate each other well enough to be int eh same room together! (A huge relief). Anyway, I've been taking Heidi to Petsmart for their training classes. Just a basic course, basic commands, honestly, I'm mostly taking her for the socializing. About 5 days ago, I noticed a HUGE increase in her water intake. As well, she was peeing a whole lot more than usual. She would gulp down her bowl of water, then head to the nearest toilet for more. I noticed she also would make a funny gagging (almost like something was stuck in her throat) kinda cough. She began waking me up in the middle of the night to go pee. Well, after the third night, I was more than a little frustrated. Then I got a call from the trainer at Petsmart, telling me that a couple of the dogs in her class had kennel cough. Ah ha....I guess that explains the cough/thirst. So, yesterday I pack her off to a vet. And he gives me a prescription for the kennel cough. He also tells me that the increased thirst/urination is unrelated to the kennel cough and that I should have bloodwork done to rule out kidney problems, diabetes, etc. The cost of the bloodwork: $200 + taxes, in addition to the visit:$75 and the meds: $68. I'm not exactly rolling in money, nor was I smart enough to purchase pet insurance, so I decide to hold off on the bloodwork and see if she gets any better. Apparently she didn't get better, because last night, instead of waking me to go out for a pee...she just peed in her sleep. Right on her bed. I couldn't believe it! An incontinent 1 year old dog!!! So, back we go to the vet this morning for the bloodwork. ($207.00) He calls me back, everything was fine. But, he'll need a urine sample so he can do a complete urinalysis. I have to chase the dog around waiting for her to squat down for a pee, catch it in a clean dry bowl, syringe it into a clean syringe and pack it off to the vet office. Well, after an hour or so of chasing her around, I finally got a clean sample and dropped it off. ($75.00) The results of that came back NORMAL. So, he says the only other thing he can think of is that its hormone related, which apparently happens sometimes after spaying. I am NOT a vet, so I decide to go get the hormone replacement and try it. ($36.00) And, thats where things stand right now. What do you gals think? Was I just dicked out of almost $500 worth of vet care? Is this crazy? DBD? Any thoughts?