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DateSep 9, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicPrescriptions
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Question:

Hi I took my cat to the washing ave animal hospital in Philadelphia my cat vet wrote some prescriptions so that my cat can change his diet his doctor wrote him a script for purina feline c/d dry and / or wet food. Hills feline UR dry and/or wet food. And Royal canon feline SO dry/wet food?

Answer:

This is the "Ask the Vet" section for medical problems. I can't tell what your question is from what you typed, so feel free to resubmit another question if you still need help. If your question is whether we carry any of these, contact customer service about that - here is their contact information: Toll Free Number (Call or Text) 1-800-PetMeds® (1-800-738-6337) Email Address customerservice@1800petmeds.com

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DateAug 29, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicDiet, dry food
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Question:

Does dry food cause urinary tract infection in Persian cats? Should you not give dry food to cats?

Answer:

No, it doesn't directly cause urinary tract issues (and definitely doesn't cause infections) BUT we have found that (all breeds of) cats benefit from the moisture content of canned food and this tends to lessen their issues with urinary tract problems, so feeding a combination of dry and canned is ideal.

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DateAug 23, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
Topicdoxycicline
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Question:

Can I give my cat this? my vet is booked out.

Answer:

Doxycycline is not commonly used for UTIs. If your cat is male: Male cats rarely get urinary tract infections - they very commonly become affected by a conditions called FUS or FLUTD, where they build up crystals in their urine and they can potentially plug up their urethra where they cannot urinate. This becomes a life-threatening (and very expensive) problem unless it is caught early so have your veterinarian run a urinalysis on your cat as soon as possible to determine what type of crystal so they will know what diet to recommend for him so he doesn't continue to build these crystals up. The urinalysis will also rule out a urinary tract infection as the cause of his problems.

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DateAug 23, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicAbout antibiotic
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Question:

I can’t get cat to a vet. He is peeing red/pink. No clots. I gave him Amoxicillin Clavulanate Potassium right away (for suspension) but didn’t mix it with water since I can’t get that close to him. Is the powder form unmixed still effective? Urine has gotten a darker color after several doses. He is about 9 lbs. fixed cat.

Answer:

Male cats rarely get urinary tract infections - they very commonly become affected by a conditions called FUS or FLUTD, where they build up crystals in their urine and they can potentially plug up their urethra where they cannot urinate. This becomes a life-threatening (and very expensive) problem unless it is caught early so have your veterinarian run a urinalysis on your cat as soon as possible to determine what type of crystal so they will know what diet to recommend for him so he doesn't continue to build these crystals up. The urinalysis will also rule out a urinary tract infection as the cause of his problems.

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DateAug 23, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicUTI Infection
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Question:

Can I give my dog Ciprofloxacin for a UTI?

Answer:

That is not ideal without confirming the UTI (and ideally doing a culture and sensitivity, ruling out stones, etc.). We have serious issues with antibiotic resistance, especially with urinary tract infections, so seeing your veterinarian is ideal.

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DateAug 22, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicChronic uti infections
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Question:

I have a 31/2 year old female pit bull back in December she slipped a disk right in front of her shoulders, it paralyzed her for few months. About 4-5 months before that she had to undergo emergency surgery for a Pio uterus or infected uterus, at that time her spine was totally fine but slipped the disk 4-5 months later then constant uti infections since! During that time she started getting uti infections were she was unable to get up witch caused her skin to get very raw, swollen, and red. She lost hair on her tail and skin thickened in that area. Now the skin folds around her volva are sagging some! She can walk now still has issues getting up or totally controlling her back legs some, but the uti infections keep coming back after I run out of medication for her! I’m not sure if the vet just isn’t given me enough medication to completely treat it or if it’s due to her stretched skin folds around her volva causing bacteria to grow if some of the urine is getting trapped. I’ve tried adding urinary tract, and urinary health supplements. I really don’t know what else to do I’m afraid this is gonna lead to bladder stones if I don’t get it under control soon! Please help! I can’t afford to pay for another surgery. Thanks for your time Ashley Trexler

Answer:

If it is due to the skin folds, they may need to be surgically resected, but be sure you have cultured her urine and to see exactly what bacteria and exactly what antibiotic it is susceptible to and use that antibiotic for at least 2 weeks, possibly longer depending on her history, blood and UA and C&S results.

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DateAug 16, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicWhy won't my cat go potty in his litter box
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Question:

Why won't my boy cat go potty in his litter box

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When male cats start to urinate inappropriately, I always like to do a urinalysis on them to make sure there is no underlying medical problem because male cats have a problem with getting plugged up where they cannot urinate and this becomes an expensive life-threatening situation. If it is caught early, it is cheap and easy to fix with prescription food (usually canned food to increase his water intake) that is formulated for urinary tract problems. If it is behavioral, start by getting more litter boxes that are different shapes and sizes and contain different types of litter. Here is a good article, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust with more pointers and advice about "inappropriate urination in cats": https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951508

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DateJul 25, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet Typenull
TopicHooded Vulva
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Question:

Hello! I was going to rescue a dog and they told me that the dog has a hooded vulva. Is this something to be concerned about if I plan not to breed?

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Usually just allowing them to go through one heat cycle corrects this problem. Here is a good article about the problem: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/recessed-vulva

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DateJul 25, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet Typenull
TopicUrination
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Question:

Why would my cat urinate on me in the bed? I do work 10 to 12 hours a day.

Answer:

When cats start to urinate inappropriately, I always like to do a urinalysis on them to make sure there is no underlying medical problem because male cats,especially, have a problem with getting plugged up where they cannot urinate and this becomes an expensive life-threatening situation. If it is caught early, it is cheap and easy to fix with prescription food (usually canned food to increase his water intake) that is formulated for urinary tract problems. If it is behavioral, start by getting more litter boxes that are different shapes and sizes and contain different types of litter. Here is a good article, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust with more pointers and advice about "inappropriate urination in cats": https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951508

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DateJun 24, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet Typenull
TopicDrug interactions
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Question:

Is it ok to give my 5 year old dog her monthly Interceptor dose while also taking antibiotics for a UTI? She is 50 pounds and takes the antibiotic every 12 hours for 2 weeks. Thank you!

Answer:

Yes - give it at different times of the day though to lessen the possibility of upsetting her stomach.

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DateJun 14, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet Typenull
TopicSpraying
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Question:

My cat was neutered and still continued spraying after the fact. We tried giving him anxiety medicine which stopped it for awhile but then it picked up again. Could this be a further issue and if so what would it be?

Answer:

Yes, you will want your veterinarian to perform a urinalysis now to rule out medical problems like crystals (and a urinary tract infection but that's not very common in males). Crystals are a serious concern because if they are not caught early, they can plug a male up and that can be fatal.

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DateJun 9, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet Typenull
TopicPossible urinary problem?
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Question:

Our 13 pound1 1/2 year old Maltipoo all of a sudden peed on the bed. Totally pee pad trained and outdoors. First time since we had him from 6 months old

Answer:

Often this will indicate an underlying medical problem - possibly something as easy to treat as a urinary tract infection. Have your veterinarian perform a quick urinalysis to see what is going on - keep him from urinating a couple of hours before the visit so they can get a urine sample. UTIs are not common in males, so they may want to run a few more tests on him (x-rays to rule out stones, etc.). If he is not neutered, that may be the reason.

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DateJun 7, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet Typenull
TopicSimplicef safe with CKD?
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Question:

My vet just prescribed simplicef for my 13 year old dog with CKD (stage 1-2). Is it safe for her to take? Dose 200 mg for 45 lbs.

Answer:

I would really need to know your dog's entire situation (like why she is taking the simplicef, etc.) and look at her bloodwork to say for sure, but in general, Simplicef is not very hard on the kidneys and that dosage falls in her range of appropriate dosages, albeit toward the higher end.

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DateMay 30, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet Typenull
TopicUTI
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Question:

My dog Abby has start peeing in the house, she's about 12 years old, a Cocker Spaniel/Maltese mix. I was wondering if she could have a bladder infection and could I buy some over the counter meds to give her. Can't afford to take her to the vet.

Answer:

Once they start to show signs, they will often need antibiotics, which requires a prescription from a veterinarian that has met her face to face. Encourage her to drink more water and if seeing your veterinarian for a urinalysis isn't immediately an option, a product like this may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html/ This is more for prevention than treatment though, so seeing your veterinarian is ideal. Tell them that you have financial constraints and most can work to stay in your budget. Keep her from urinating a couple of hours before you go in so they can get a urine sample.

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DateMay 23, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet Typenull
TopicUrinating frequently
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Question:

I think my car has a UTI. She is urinating frequently and very little comes out sometimes. She's 11 years old and also has started urinating on the floor sometimes. Is there anything over the counter I can give her.? Ty

Answer:

There are many potential underlying causes for these signs: urinary tract infection, crystals, FLUTD, bladder stones, cancer, clotting abnormalities, etc etc. All of these are treated very differently so seeing your veterinarian for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment is ideal. Try to keep her from urinating a couple hours before the appointment so they can collect a urine sample. Once you are seeing clinical signs associated with a UTI, if it is that, they will almost always need prescription antibiotics. Until then, you want to increase her water consumption. This is easier said than done in a cat of cats, but refresh the water frequently, put out more water bowls, etc. Gradually changing over to 100% canned food helps most cats. Choose canned food "for cats with urinary issues". Then some pet stores have fancy water fountains that encourage cats to drink more, so if she has ongoing issues, you may want to get one of those. Over-the-counter products like this may help a little but they are more for prevention: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html

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