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Old 01-17-2013, 08:23 AM
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Question (Warning: Long) UTIs, Antibiotics and Eating... Picky Eater or Just Sick?

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I did search this forum, but couldn't quite find the answer to my questions. Trying to figure out if my dog is acting this way due to a UTI and a trip to Maryland, or if she just doesn't like the Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream adult kibble that we switched her to last Friday (she was previously on TOTW Pacific Stream puppy formula, and always gobbled it like there was no tomorrow).

Here's some background:

So poor little Sasha was showing some red blood cells in a urine sample we brought to the vet on 12/29. She hadn't been in any pain, discomfort and nor was she straining when peeing, but we did notice 2-3 days before her appointment that she was multi-squatting (no accidents in the house though). That day at her appt, she weighed 12 pounds and the vet put her on 1 ml of amoxicillin 2x a day, 12 hours apart. She LOVED the medicine, since it was liquid form and fruit punch flavored lol. Her eating was not disrupted by this, and while her stools were a little soft, everything else was normal. Treatment continued for 10 days from 12/29 and that was that. We also switched her from puppy formula to the adult formula during this time, and she still gobbled food in under 5 minutes at meals.

Fast forward to this past weekend. I took Sasha down to Maryland with me by car for a friend's wedding. It was just her and I. I left upstate NY Saturday morning. It's a 6 hour drive and she was EXCELLENT with the ride and all the breaks. She played with my friend's 2 dogs and met tons of people. HOWEVER. Saturday she started multi-squatting AGAIN and even looked at me and whined a couple of times. I was freaking out and worried, especially since she also had a couple accidents in my friend's house. The accidents happened before she started multi-squatting, and I attributed them to the stress and unfamiliar environment. THEN she started with the not eating. I would take her downstairs with no other dogs or people around to feed her, but she would get distracted from her food. I had to coax her with hand feeding, and she would eat about 90% of the food before literally throwing her head back and nose up at it. Again, I figured other dogs in the house, she knows it, and we're in an unfamiliar environment.

Anyway, we left Maryland this past Monday morning. Sasha was still multi-squatting (no whining and wasn't in pain or distress though), so I made an appointment to get her to the vet that day as soon as I was back in state. BTW, at this point I'm coaxing her to eat from my hand, but she's still not finishing her food and continues to literally throw her nose up at it lol. Got to the vet and sure enough still some red blood cells in the urine (but the vet said it looked better than the first time). She aspirated some urine and sent it off for a culture, saying if nothing grew, she would then think that perhaps Sasha had vaginitis versus a UTI. This was Monday and the sample was sent Tuesday, so still waiting to hear back. In the meantime, the vet noted that since Sasha weighed 18.9 lbs on Monday's visit that perhaps the amoxicillin didn't work as well because she gained 6 pounds while she was on it. This time she prescribed penicillin in a higher dose and we have to give her half a tablet 2x a day, 12 hrs apart for 10 days. She's been on that since Monday.

Sasha is not multi-squatting anymore and even though she had one accident the day we came home from Maryland, hasn't had any since. Her energy is excellent, spirits are good, she's playing normal... NOW the issue is I can't figure out if she's suddenly decided she doesn't like her food or not! She had no access to any other food or any other treats except what I brought for her in Maryland. I was doing the putting the bowl down for 10 minutes and picking it up at home, but she only got less than half a cup at each meal those couple days I did and I worried. She gobbled down treats no problem at class Tuesday, though. Per our breeder's recommendation, she said antibiotics upset the natural flora in dogs (and of course I knew this), and that her stomach might be upset, so she suggested putting a spoonful of plain yogurt in her food and/or probiotics.

We tried the plain yogurt. Sasha LOVES it. She barks and whines and jumps when she sees me mixing it in. My thought is, if her stomach was upset, she wouldn't want to eat REGARDLESS of what I put in her food, correct? Soooooooooooo... does this mean she doesn't like the current kibble and we'll either have to mix yogurt in her food for her life, or try many different kinds until we find what she likes? I'd love to hear people's thoughts!
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:55 AM
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Sometimes food can cause dogs to have a higher chance of urinary tract infections. Try changing her food to a completely different brand/main ingredient.
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Sometimes food can cause dogs to have a higher chance of urinary tract infections. Try changing her food to a completely different brand/main ingredient.
I never knew that - that's interesting. I will keep it in mind for sure and talk to the vet/breeder about it. However, I'm still curious if this specific situation sounds like she's starting to not like her food or if people think it's just a combination of antibiotics/uti/being disrupted from our trip. Thanks!
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(Warning: Long) UTIs, Antibiotics and Eating... Picky Eater or Just Sick?

Maybe check the difference between the puppy and the adult formula. I have Joey on the TOTW prairie puppy and my lab on the adult and I was surprised at the difference between the two. Maybe they do taste different and she doesn't like it as well maybe it's too high in protein.


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