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Dakota is almost 5 months old. She had a UTI at 16 weeks. The vet gave her a 2 week supply of medication. We used it all and then 3 days after the mediciation she showed signs again of a UTI. We took her in and the vet did a bladder sample. And it came back negative, but was noticed that Dakota has an inverted vulva. So they are not sure if they infection was internal or external because of the vulva and we were just getting false positives. So we were taking Dakota on vacation, so they gave us round 2 of medication and told us to see how she is afterwards. I work at a college and the vet program director told me that with the inverted vulva to try to do something to prevent UTIs until she goes into heat. Her suggestion was cranberry juice. So I bought it and started to think about it. Dakota drinks tons of water and I wasn't sure about giving her lots of cranberry juice. So I spoke to our breeder last night and she said to give Dakota cranberry vitamins. So I went to the store looking this morning and most are 450 mg and say to give 2-3 tablets a day. I don't want to make Dakota worse, but I also don't want her to continue to have UTIs until her first heat cycle to see if this fixes the problem or not. So anyone have suggestions that have been in my place before. Money is not the problem here, I will do what is best for her, I am just not sure what that is.
 

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We never had to resort to cranberry pills on a regualr basis, but a friend of mine did for her beagle. She gave 1 tablet in the morning, I would think that would work for a golden puppy. You may need to up it to 1 1/2 as she gets bigger. My firneds had really good luck with it.

Our biggest problem was Tinkerbell would squat on a slight hill and pee, which made it roll down the hill so that she was squatting in it. Once we got her to stop that we had no problems.
 

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I have heard great things about using apple cider vinegar or D-Mannose for UTI

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First of all hello too from MI! :wavey:

Your pup has not been spayed yet right? Talk to your vet they may be able to help her recessed vulva when she is spayed. That can be an issue of recurring UTI's. I have that issue with Teddi.

Most UTI's are from external bacteria. I have heard cranberry helps. We did it for a while, ran out got lazy never got more. I can't say whether it helped or not. We also try to keep Teddi's hair short in her feminine region and we use baby wipes on her daily to help keep her cleaner. She is a "low" squatter so I think she picks up a lot from the ground.

Some dogs they say grow out of UTI's. I hope every day we have seen our last one. At least the last time my vet put Teddi on Keflex, not the best antibiotic for UTI BUT I could get it for free from Meijer's through their prescription antibiotic program. That worked for me and it did clear up her UTI at the time.
 

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We are trying to get Dakota to her first heat because they think the vulva will fix itself, but we still have 2-5 months for that to happen. As I was waiting for the vet to call, my husband noticed today, the signs of a UTI are back or should I say probably never left. We have an appt on Sunday to discuss further. I am going to cut the fur around the area tonight and until Sunday we have a long weekend of letting her out a million times. My heart breaks for her, but I really don't know what to do. They are doing an ultrasound and scope on Sunday, but who knows what to do if they are negative.
 

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One thing I forgot to mention is some people get the baby wipes to wipe her clean after pottying to help get rid of the bacteria. Good luck and let us know what the vet says.
 
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