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My 11 week old golden female was diagnosed with an involuted vulva at 9 weeks and subsequently a UTI. She has been on amoxicillin the past 10 days. I do have to wipe her at least 5x per day. I contacted the breeder and they said they were not made aware by their vet at her check up of this vulva issue. My concern is that this has a 50/50 chance of correcting itself by her growing in the next 6 months AND letting her go thru her 1st heat cycle. If the heat cycle doesn't make the vulva "pop out" then an episoplasty could be performed and has a high success rate. I am contemplating returning her to the breeder, which makes me feel bad since I have had her for 3 weeks but I don't have a good feeling about this.

Has anybody had this surgery done on their dog and was it successful?
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Hi,

My 11 week old golden female was diagnosed with an involuted vulva at 9 weeks and subsequently a UTI. She has been on amoxicillin the past 10 days. I do have to wipe her at least 5x per day. I contacted the breeder and they said they were not made aware by their vet at her check up of this vulva issue. My concern is that this has a 50/50 chance of correcting itself by her growing in the next 6 months AND letting her go thru her 1st heat cycle. If the heat cycle doesn't make the vulva "pop out" then an episoplasty could be performed and has a high success rate. I am contemplating returning her to the breeder, which makes me feel bad since I have had her for 3 weeks but I don't have a good feeling about this.

Has anybody had this surgery done on their dog and was it successful?
What did you decide? We have the same issue with our 14 week old puppy.
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I got my puppy about a month ago at 8 weeks and during the first week she was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. After her 10 days on an antibiotic (clavamox) were over, her symptoms came back. So she had a live culture tested and it showed E.coli. So the vet put her back on clavamox for another couple of weeks. Well, her antibiotics ran out on Wednesday and now, Friday, she is showing symptoms again.

Luckily I have an appointment with the vet today for her third round of distemper. So I can start treating this again right away.

I'm just getting frustrated because I don't know if there is something else I should know or should be doing. I am keeping the area around her vulva clean and trimmed. She doesn't have diarrhea at all, so she isn't contracting a new UTI each time. It is definitely the same UTI that just isn't going away.

Does anyone have any experience with this? Please tell me this isn't something that can be a constant health issue that will require daily medication for the rest of her life...? I just want my puppy to be healthy and so far the whole month I have had her I've been worried and taking care of this issue
We are going through this now. It has returned 4 times and each time the vet puts her on Clavamox. We are currently on round 4! I finally requested a culture on Friday so I am hoping to get the results today. He also noticed on Friday (after seeing her twice before) that she has an inverted vulva that is probably causing the problem. I am hoping that she will grow out of this after her first heat cycle. I can't deal with knowing she is uncomfortable after every round of meds and the peeing every 10 minutes.

How did this turn out for you?
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If anyone is having recurrent problems, I would recommend seeing an internal medicine specialist if the vet is providing answers that are helping the dog get better.

They may have to scope the bladder and the vagina to look for genetic defects if nothing is outwardly visible. For example, my girl had repeated urinary issues, and it turned out that she had remnant tissue in the vagina which had to be removed - it cause her to retain urine.

Definitely a culture should be requested for repeated problems, but you have to wait awhile for them to be off of abx. E coli often responds to cipro/baytril, but there is warranted caution in using this for a young dog. I would look into using cranberry and d-mannose, if they don't cause loose stools.
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My girl has an inverted vulva, she suffered with chronic urinary tract infections for a good part of her first year. I changed her food at about 9 months of age after a good discussion with a new vet, and she has not had a urinary tract infection since then - she is now 5 yrs. old.
Before resorting to surgery suggest a food change to see if it helps.
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I've been reading and re-reading these e-mails regarding UTI's. Kelsey, our now 4 1/2 mo. old golden is now on her 4th round of antibiotics. We're hoping it's the inverted vulva problem and not ectopic ureter and plan to try to see her thru her first heat and then maybe it'll correct. Meanwhile, have any of you found solutions? Has anyone had experience with correcting an ectopic ureter? I know this is all very expensive, but would love to hear if anyone has had it successfully done. We are going to do whatever she needs as she needs it.
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I would make sure they r obtaining the urine via cystocentesis, this will confirm if it is truly the urine or vulva. Puppy vaginitis can appear as a uti under the scope. Good luck
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My girl started getting UTI's when she was about 12 weeks old, and it happened on about 3 separate occasions, where she would be okay after a round of antibiotics (Clavamox), then a few weeks later it would come back. She had an inverted vulva, and the vet and breeder told us to let her go through her 1st cycle, then spay. This corrected her issues completely and we haven't had problems for 1.5 years. Our vet put Ripley on Clavamox for 15 days each time as well as an antibiotic shot. Her urinalysis showed that she had crystallization in her urine, caused by the inverted vulva. I would suggest letting all dogs with this problem go through their first cycle before spaying. Therefore not requiring a surgery to correct.
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I got my puppy about a month ago at 8 weeks and during the first week she was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. After her 10 days on an antibiotic (clavamox) were over, her symptoms came back. So she had a live culture tested and it showed E.coli. So the vet put her back on clavamox for another couple of weeks. Well, her antibiotics ran out on Wednesday and now, Friday, she is showing symptoms again.

Luckily I have an appointment with the vet today for her third round of distemper. So I can start treating this again right away.

I'm just getting frustrated because I don't know if there is something else I should know or should be doing. I am keeping the area around her vulva clean and trimmed. She doesn't have diarrhea at all, so she isn't contracting a new UTI each time. It is definitely the same UTI that just isn't going away.

Does anyone have any experience with this? Please tell me this isn't something that can be a constant health issue that will require daily medication for the rest of her life...? I just want my puppy to be healthy and so far the whole month I have had her I've been worried and taking care of this issue
I am in the same boat. My 14 week old puppy has an underdeveloped anatomy which caused a bladder infection. Had her on Clavamox, then it was switched to Simplicef. I'm taking a sample back for a test next week. The Vet says she will have to go into her first heat before she can be spayed. Apparently this will make her underdeveloped parts come out.
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I cannot believe these vets! One of my puppies had the same problems. She does not have an inverted vulva, just a constant round of UTIs. The vet refused to put her on for longer than 10-14 days, so of course it kept coming back. I found her a new vet, who promptly put her on a six week round of antibiotics. It has been 3 weeks and the UTI has not returned. As a bonus, this vet is very open to holistic remedies and eastern medicine. Probably because so many show and competition people go to him.

This constant barrage of minimal dosing just makes the problem worse in my experience.

I am sorry but it just makes me so angry.

But at least the vet was right about waiting for a heat cycle with anatomical issues. And of course you would never spay while they have an infection.
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