As many readers here will know my Golden Oldie Zeus suffers from Cushings and last year gave us all a big fright by nearly dying from a urinary infection, common to dogs with Cushings. That he recovered is a miracle and thanks to the unending care of my vets. Three days in hospital, with me feeding him by hand, loads of love of course and my vet's skill saw the boy back, healthy and his usual bonny self. He's been fine since. O.K. back legs are a bit wonky now, due to Cushings and Arthritis, but he's a gutsy, stoic dog who takes everything in his stride, albeit a bit of a wobbly one. He's going in for Acupuncture and massage, but latest development is holding that up a little. Three weeks ago took in his routine urinary sample and yes, once more the infection was back, but this time it was very mild. And his over all health was very good. Two weeks on medication and due for his urinary test on Wednesday this week. All seemed well. However last week (Monday) his stool had white 'rice grains' in it. So off to the vets with a sample which had to be sent to a lab for testing. The lab took five days to find a result, and I had rang the vets three times as I was very worried. Thought by friends to be tapeworm - gross! As white grains of rice looking things are usually caused by them, though I've never had a worm problem with any of my dogs despite this area (and apparently the entire Adelaide area) being run alive with rats. Finally, after threatening to cancel the test, got a result back very late Saturday morning, actually early afternoon and the results were NEGATIVE TO ALL PARASITE INFECTIONS!!!!!!!!! They had tested for over 20 parasite types - so a thorough test was made despite the dreadfully long wait. No tapeworm or any other form of worm/parasite. Now the stools are being sent to the Pathology Department of Adelaide University on Tuesday, it's another blasted long week end here, for further tests. What for I have no idea!!!!!!! His vet Kyle and others at the clinic have no idea what the white 'things' are and she's worked as a volunteer in Thailand with street dogs, so has pretty much 'seen it all'. They do look, best I can describe them, like grains of rice which move!! Totally gross. Plus he has a very itchy anus area, by the sound of his ablutions anyway! In the meantime, my normally easy going eat anything boy has been off his food. This has me more worried than the white things in his stool, as last time he went off his food he ended up almost dying! Do not want to take him to the ER as all they'll do is a quick fix and advise taking him to his normal vet. Which, of course, I cannot do until they re-open on Tuesday. I've checked his vitals, color of inner lips etc. and they appear to be O.K. But am worried, needless to say, as not eating isn't at all normal for Zeus. I've cooked his food, raw Kangaroo meat, because again long week end, the place where we buy his organic Chicken Casserole was out and not re-stocking until they open on Tuesday (tomorrow my time) but he had to be encouraged to eat the cooked meat. Please keep him in your thoughts, prayers what ever you're comfortable with, yet again. I know he's an old boy and already has Cushings but..........I don't need to say more do I?