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I have seen many posts here about female puppies, but not many regarding males. We have an almost 6-month old male puppy, Louie, who has been on antibiotics for Urinary tract infection-type symptoms for more almost 2 months. Each time the symptoms reappear, they are reported to us by his doggie daycare providers. He has been going to daycare Tuesdays and Thursdays for about the same length of time (2 months) and they notice the frequent urination, urgency with no production, or puddling as he lays down. We have not noticed any of these symptoms ourselves except for a yellow-ish discharge coming from his penis. It's not a huge amount, but enough to be unusual. We trimmed back the hair from around his urethra and are cleaning the area twice daily with a solution given to us by the vet (can't remember the name).

He does not act as though he is uncomfortable in anyway. We are finishing this round of antibiotics tonight and he is going in for a urine culture on Monday to make sure we are trying the correct antibiotics for the bacteria involved.

I am debating a change in food and/or adding a cranberry supplement to his diet, as I have read on other forums. He is currently eating Fromm Heartland Gold puppy food (the grain free one).

Any thoughts or tips are appreciated! I don't want this guy to be on antibiotics forever! :yuck:
 

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Be sure they do a urine culture so they can identify the correct medication. Because of all the good info on this forum I also changed the food to a Salmon base to help with the immune system and something with cranberries. Once a culture was done and the correct medication identified she was on this medication for 6 weeks before she finally had a clear culture. We just got the good news this week. She is 6 months old and been on a variety of medications for 4 months.

I lost a golden in Feb. from renal failure. It started a year ago... I would go to the vet, get labs and medication. We would do the followup labs thinking it was all cleared up. We did this twice. I didn't know about getting a culture or how important it was. I relocated to a new town in Jan. and it was Feb. when the next flair up started, she died a week later.

Let us know how it goes.
 

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Be sure they do a urine culture so they can identify the correct medication. Because of all the good info on this forum I also changed the food to a Salmon base to help with the immune system and something with cranberries. Once a culture was done and the correct medication identified she was on this medication for 6 weeks before she finally had a clear culture. We just got the good news this week. She is 6 months old and been on a variety of medications for 4 months.
Yes - this, exactly. I think that most puppies with UTIs have a very common bacterium, and so that's what vets treat for immediately. But a few have more rare ones, and they have to actually do a culture, grow the bacteria, to identify which one it is so they can treat with the right antibiotic. Treating with the wrong antibiotic can be as good as not treating at all.

Also - if you haven't already - trim the fur around your pup's penis and make sure he is dry after peeing. Especially in hot and humid weather, if he is staying wet, the bacteria can just thrive and travel right back into his urinary tract.
 

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My vet provided some antibiotic wipes to use twice a day. While I was never impressed with Blue Buffalo food (usually causes very soft stools) it seems the Blue Wilderness has more fiber as well as the cranberry I was looking for. Both of my girls are now on the Blue Wilderness Salmon for adults and it has been exactly what they needed, they have never looked so good.

Hope it all works out for your boy, UTI is an equal opportunity bug and happens to both sexes.

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I too had the same problem with my female St. Bernard with the same concerns. We did a urine sample (again) and she did have uti w/crystals so my vet did a bladder/stomach xray which was clear and suggested switching to Royal Canine Urinary SO dog food-have not had ONE UTI since and that was four months ago! Hope your little guy gets well soon.
 

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so how is your puppy doing?
Thanks for all the tips and thoughts! We received our urine culture results back last night and it was completely clear...! We took a break from our usual daycare days last Thursday and this week Tues/Thurs, with his urine sample taken last Friday. Vet said there was no bacteria or growth and only a few blood cells (which is common with the catheterizing process). So that's great news!

We still had not noticed any symptoms ourselves and I'm somewhat convinced it may have been daycare related. I imagine he plays really hard, holds his urine all day, causing the infection, and then is leaking from exhaustion (or plain laziness) when taking a break.

Thanks again and we'll be keeping a close eye out for any other symptoms. Perhaps will ease into 1 day/week daycare eventually, rather than 2.
 

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That is really good news!

I used to own a puppy day care / boarding facility and really had to make sure they had non play time to get water and time to potty before naps. You might ask what the schedule is like for your pup, ours was pretty structured so they should be able to give you some ideas. I would also suggested you make some surprise visits just to verify. I loved to have people drop by and watch them play and always allowed them to see where they napped & ate.

Day care can be a really great way to burn off energy, nothing wears them out more than playing with other pups.
 

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Hi Everyone,

An update to this post. Louie has not been to daycare since August (he is too old to go anyway now, since he's not neutered yet). Anyway, he has been urinating frequently on short walks now. No accidents. We took him in for yet another urinalysis and culture. The culture was AGAIN clear (no growth), but went on antibiotics for white blood cells in urine. We also received drops for a possible infection in his sheath.

We just wrapped up the antibiotics two days ago and he is once again urinating frequently on walks (vet says he is still too young to be marking). He hasn't had any accidents throughout this saga, but seems like he may be uncomfortable at times, panting more than normal.

I'm not sure what to do here! He also had an ear infection last week, so we've been to the vet MANY times over the last few weeks.... :(
 

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I am so sorry. My vet had prepared me for a "plan B" in case the problem wasn't resolved with medication. Something about inserting a scope to look for problems. If you think there is still a problem you might want to explore the idea of visiting another vet, one that specializes in this. Don't give up, no one knows your pup better than you.
 

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So sorry to hear this! I would consider seeing a specialist--at the very least an internist or possibly a urology specialist, who could help figure out whats going on. It sounds like something is not right. Some bugs are hard to culture from the urine--he might need some special tests--, sometimes if there's an abscess in the kidney this can happen, without having a positive culture, or he might have an abnormality in the ureters (the tubes that drain from the kidneys into the bladder), where they insert into the bladder. Sometimes if they aren't in the right anatomical position, there's a higher risk for infections because they don't drain properly, or don't allow the bladder to drain properly each time your dog goes to the bathroom.
 
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