And so, a happy ending.
It always makes me smile to see things work out.
I think I misspoke in class the other day. I’m not positive, but I may have used the term Oligouria incorrectly.
Regardless of what I may have said, I want to clarify here…
Oligiouria is the condition of producing small amounts of urine. Oligo- meaning ‘small, little’ + -uria, from the Gr. Ouron = urine. Clinically, oligouria is defined as the production of 100-400 ml of urine per day as opposed to the typical 400 to 2,000 mL — from about 2 liters of fluid intake.
Less than that and you’re in the realm of Anuria (a- meaning ‘no’ + -uria).
Decreased urine production can be caused by a number of conditions, but most commonly, it is an indicator of dehydration or hypovolemic shock, which may also sequelae of a variety of things. Hiking in the desert without water can do it, but so can kidney failure or a blockage – both of which can occur even with adequate hydration.
The other end of the spectrum is Polyuria, or the production of excessive urine ~more than 2.5 Liters over the course of a 24 hr day. This is essentially equivalent to Diuresis which is from the Gr. Diourein, meaning ‘to urinate’.
My wife will return today from an approximately 36 hour business trip to the east coast. In that short time I can only assume that every animal in our house came down with an acute bladder infection. There was nowhere I could turn today that hadn’t been in some way soiled. I wasn’t keeping an official tally, but Penny appears to be the clear winner with at least three puddles and one fecal sample to her credit. However, William is much more sneaky in his attacks, so it is entirely possible that I simply haven’t found all his entries in this week’s contest.
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My wife got home yesterday afternoon ending the competition.
The final score was:
Pee Poop Vomit Kill something / viciously attack me
William 4 1/2 0 1 0
Penny 2 1/2 1 0 NA
Oliver 0 0 0 2
There was one peeing incident which the judges could not positively attribute to Penny or William and therefore decided to award 1/2 pt to each contestant. William began with, and maintained, a strong lead eventually finishing with a total of 5 1/2 points for the win.
To celebrate he took a victory lap and peed on the dinning room floor this morning.