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Laura
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Skylie is yet again showing symptoms of a UTI tonight, came out of nowhere. Peed inside (which never happens) and squatted twice outside to pee :doh:

gonna see how tonight goes, but looks like I will be heading to the vet tomorrow..

I just don't understand it. She is now 15 months old and this will be UTI #4. She also had has stomach upset on and off for weeks... :no:

**sighs**
 

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Has she been spayed yet?
 

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Laura
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yes she was spayed at 8 months old (before her first heat)
She got a UTI 3 months after that in June and now another possible one :(
 

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I'm so sorry. I hope they can figure it out. Have they checked for kidney stones?
 

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Try cranberry tablets. A friend of mine started giving her dog cranberry tablets because of frequent UTIs. Their dog actually had crystals in her bladder and was diabetic, so UTIs were an expected thing. But the cranberry tablets allowed them to go months between infections. So in a healthy dog, it may be enough to keep them away.

Plus some UTIs are caused by a very resistant bacteria. It can appear to be gone even with a urine test, but can flare back up easily.
 

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thank you for the replies. Yes he already checked for kidney stones, negative. I've been giving cranberry pills since last UTI, so unfortunately that hasn't helped. He said the ph levels in her urine were okay anyways, so the cranberry pills probably wouldn't help.

She has to to stay at the vet overnight tonight, because the vet can't get a urine sample with a needle from her bladder. She keeps peeing on the floor when he tries, poor thing.

He is trying to do a urine culture to see what bateria is growing. He said she may need to be on a low dose antibiotic long term. He also thinks she could have a genital abnormality maybe with her urethras, but she will need to see a specialist...

She also has been battling coltitis. I put her on metronidazole, and it helps but comes back...

I'm just so tired of this. She has had these issues since I got her last September **Signs**
 

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Have you tried using a different food? I have no experience in doggy UTI's but it is my suggestion. Molson had some nasty ear infections when he was on one kind of food and since we switched, he has been fine.

I hope it clears up and the vet can figure out a solution!
 

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Laura
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I'm looking into different options of food now, since she is also battling colitis.

Thank you
 

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poor girl....
hang in there....
 

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He also thinks she could have a genital abnormality maybe with her urethras, but she will need to see a specialist...
**Signs**
I was just going to ask about that... I have a friend whose Lab battled frequent UTIs and the abnormality turned out to be the cause.
 

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sorry, I meant to say congenital

I can only imagine what the surgery was like AND the cost :uhoh:
 

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thank you for the replies. Yes he already checked for kidney stones, negative. I've been giving cranberry pills since last UTI, so unfortunately that hasn't helped. He said the ph levels in her urine were okay anyways, so the cranberry pills probably wouldn't help.

She has to to stay at the vet overnight tonight, because the vet can't get a urine sample with a needle from her bladder. She keeps peeing on the floor when he tries, poor thing.

He is trying to do a urine culture to see what bateria is growing. He said she may need to be on a low dose antibiotic long term. He also thinks she could have a genital abnormality maybe with her urethras, but she will need to see a specialist...

She also has been battling coltitis. I put her on metronidazole, and it helps but comes back...

I'm just so tired of this. She has had these issues since I got her last September **Signs**
Oh my gosh, I feel so sad for you. :( I really understand how you feel - we battled UTIs and horrible diarrhea when Flora was younger, and now we're dealing with patellar luxation and the vet bills just keep going higher and higher... I can't tell you how many people have said to me "Oh, you got a lemon for a puppy!" and wanting to smack them. :mad:

Has your vet brought up the idea of a possible birth defect concerning the urethra, or even diabetes? When Flora was battling UTIs the vet mentioned something concerning her urethra, but I cannot remember the name of it (*edit* Lol, just read a previous post of yours in which you pretty much say what I just asked you. Sorry!) Don't let it get to you yet. I freaked out when my vet mentioned a congenital problem because she was already describing the surgery to me, but it ended up just being a bad case of vaginitis. Most likely Skylie's problem is just a very persistent UTI that requires special treatment.

Anyhow, I just wanted you to know how much I feel for you and Skylie, and I really hope you begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel very soon.
 

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Has your vet brought up the idea of a possible birth defect concerning the urethra, or even diabetes? When Flora was battling UTIs the vet mentioned something concerning her urethra, but I cannot remember the name of it. Most likely it's just a very persistent UTI that requires special treatment.
I forget what it's called too, but Maddie needed an ultrasound and x-rays to rule out any defects with her urethra, etc. Is there a vet school or specialist that you could bring her to?
 

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kdmarsh, so sorry to hear about Flora. I actually said to myself one time that I must have gotten the lemon out of the litter, but I wouldn't want any other dog. She is worth it, but I just want her better.
Yes he did mention the possibility of a congenital abnormality of the urethra. He said she would have to go to a specialist. He said that would be worse case scenario. At this point, I just want an answer, of course I want it to be a simple answer though ...

We are waiting on the urine culture to come back now.

We are also battling random bouts of diarrhea. She has colitis :(

I think I am spending more money on vet bills than college now :no:

I didn't think about the vet school thing. I believe there is one about 3 hours away.

thank you all for your replies. Keep your fingers crossed for Skylie that it gets better :crossfing
 

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kdmarsh, so sorry to hear about Flora. I actually said to myself one time that I must have gotten the lemon out of the litter, but I wouldn't want any other dog. She is worth it, but I just want her better.
Yes he did mention the possibility of a congenital abnormality of the urethra. He said she would have to go to a specialist. He said that would be worse case scenario. At this point, I just want an answer, of course I want it to be a simple answer though ...

We are waiting on the urine culture to come back now.

We are also battling random bouts of diarrhea. She has colitis :(

I think I am spending more money on vet bills than college now :no:

I didn't think about the vet school thing. I believe there is one about 3 hours away.

thank you all for your replies. Keep your fingers crossed for Skylie that it gets better :crossfing
We just got very special girls that need special care and special people to take care of them. They're lucky they got that. :)

Has your vet suggested a prescription food to help with the colitis? I know there's special diets for UTIs, I'm sure there are ones for colitis, although I'm never sure how I feel about prescription foods.

Marieb's suggestion of a vet school is a really good idea. When Carmella had a thymoma attached to the wall of her heart we went to U of I's vet school and they were AMAZING. A vet school may have the special equipment and/or doctors that could help out Skylie if she doesn't respond to more traditional treatment. And I want to say they're a tiny bit cheaper because you have students helping out with things, but I could be wrong on that one.
 

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I forget what it's called too, but Maddie needed an ultrasound and x-rays to rule out any defects with her urethra, etc. Is there a vet school or specialist that you could bring her to?

Just searched my old threads - it's called a patent (or persistent) urachus. My vet also suggested it could be a bladder diverticulum that was causing the UTI. I know this information doesn't really help, but it was bothering me that I couldn't remember.
 

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Just searched my old threads - it's called a patent (or persistent) urachus. My vet also suggested it could be a bladder diverticulum that was causing the UTI. I know this information doesn't really help, but it was bothering me that I couldn't remember.
Thank you. I was wondering what it could be called. It would bother me too :)
 

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Poor baby hope they can figure out what is causing the UTI's, Chloe had a few when she was little but grew out of them.
 
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