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DateJan 11, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicMetronidazole
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Question:

Can this drug be used for a uti infection in a cat

Answer:

No - metronidazole is not a good choice for UTIs.

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DateJan 11, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicUti
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Question:

My dog has a uti and I can’t get to the vet

Answer:

By the time you see clinical signs associated with a uti, they will usually need prescription antibiotics which you would have to get from your veterinarian. They can also rule out other things like bladder stones, etc. that can caus the same symptoms. Increase her water consumption any way you can - all dogs are different: refreshing the water frequently, adding a couple drops of tuna juice (in water not oil), doggie water fountain (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drinkwell+360+Pet+Fountain-prod65152.html) , gradually switching to canned food (don't upset her stomach by doing too fast, but canned is 80% water), etc. We call this hematuria and there are many underlying causes: urinary tract infection, bladder stones, cancer, clotting abnormalities, etc etc. All of these are treated very differently so see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Keep him/her from urinating a couple hours before the appointment so they can collect a urine sample. Products like these are more for prevention, but may help a little until you can get to the vet: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Crananidin-prod12073.html

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DateJan 8, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicTreatment
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Question:

Can I get an antibiotic for my cat without a prescription?

Answer:

No, sorry - a veterinarian that has met your cat face-to-face must approve an antibiotic.

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DateJan 4, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicUTI
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Question:

What should I use to prevent UTI in dogs? Can I use cranberry vitamins over the counter to use in my dogs diet to prevent UTI?

Answer:

They seem to help some dogs, like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Crananidin-prod12073.html but work with your veterinarian to find the perfect food and supplements because a lot will depend on your dog's urinalysis results.

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DateJan 3, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
Topicspraying
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Question:

My 3 year old cat has recently started spraying around the house. He is an inside/outside cat. There haven't been any changes in the house. Any advice? Should we try confining him indoors?

Answer:

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. After testing, if it turns out to be 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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DateJan 2, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicReaction to antibiotic
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Our cat started Orbax for a possible UTI on Thursday, Friday he started sneezing a lot and has become lethargic. He is usually a energetic cat. Could he be having a allergic reaction?

Answer:

No - not is not very likely at all - their allergic "organ" is their skin, not their respiratory tract. Increase the humidity around him with a hot steamy bathroom multiple times a day or use a humidifier. Lysine (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Vetri+Lysine+Plus+Soft+Chews-prod11239.html) and probiotics (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html) seem to help these sneezing kitties as well.

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DateDec 31, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicI believe my cat has a uti
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Question:

What can o do to help him heal the doctors are all off for the holiday?

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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DateDec 30, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
Topicurine
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Question:

How can we get our dog to drink more water? His urine is very dark.

Answer:

This is easier said than done in some dogs, but refresh the water frequently, put out more water bowls, etc. Gradually changing over to 100% canned food helps most dogs. Then some like fancy water fountains like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Drinkwell+360+Stainless+Steel+Pet+Fountain-prod60939.html

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DateDec 21, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicWhat can I give my dog to clear his urine up
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Question:

What can I give my dog to clear his urine up

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I need more information to really help you: what are you seeing (blood, cloudiness, etc.), what other symptoms does he have, how old, other underlying medical problems, how long has he had these symptoms, does he take any medications, etc etc etc.

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DateDec 17, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicRandom peeing
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I have (3) cats. (1) of them is always peeing on rugs, shoes, towels, clothes, anything that is left on the floor. She will even jump on top of my washing machine and pee there! We have had her since she was a kitten, along with her sister. I don't know why she is doing this and how to get here to stop. It is getting worse and worse. At first it was only on my rugs. Any help?

Answer:

It is ideal for your veterinarian to to do a urinalysis to make sure there is no underlying medical problem (chronic urinary tract infection, crystal formation, diabetes, kidney problems, etc). If it is behavioral, start by getting more litter boxes that are different shapes and sizes and contain different types of litter. The animal behavior specialist recommend having "one more litter box than you have cats" - so you would need 4 total. Here is a good article, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust with more pointers and advice about "inappropriate elimination in cats": https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951508

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DateDec 13, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
Topic15 years old. Spotting urine when getting up.
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Question:

Will Proin work?

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Proin usually works nicely for incontinence. (Have your veterinarian runa routine urinalysis to rule out a urinary tract infection as well.)

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DateDec 1, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicCan enrofloxcin cause flinches or tics/appetite loss
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Question:

My cat was prescribed enrofloxcin for a presumed UTI. After 10 days I was to bring her back for a followup and possible x-ray of a small lump in her stomach; vet said may be stool or swollen lymph gland. On the med now 5 days, she has stopped peeing...just leaks all over her hind areas. She has lost her appetite and her energy. She has also developed a tic or flinch in her back at times. She still drinks water, but I fear that her kidneys are failing. She is 16 yrs. old. My vet is not available today.

Answer:

She has so many potential things going on with everything that you list, seeing a local veterinarian who can examine her and run bloodwork is ideal.

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DateNov 30, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicPrescription needed
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Question:

My Weimaraner has a UTI, I unfortunately can not take her to the vet and wanted to see if you have any options on getting her the medication she needs to clear her UTI up.

Answer:

Most dogs that are showing signs of a UTI will need antibiotics - this will require approval from a veterinarian that has met her face-to-face so you'll probably end up needing to take her in. Keep her from urinating a couple hours before the appointment so they can collect a urine sample. Until then: Increase her water consumption any way you can - all dogs are different: refreshing the water frequently, adding a couple drops of tuna juice (in water not oil), doggie water fountain, gradually switching to canned food (don't upset her stomach by doing too fast, but canned is 80% water), etc. Start an over-the-counter medications like this to help a little (these are more for prevention of UTIs rather than treatment but they can help): https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html

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DateNov 2, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicNeed more meds
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Question:

Muffin was given amox. clavulante suspt 91.4mg/50 ml BTL along with Gabapentin oral 50 mg/ml as needed for anxiety. It took her a month after my husband died to quit urinating on same med and now it has been 2 weeks. She only pees involuntarily when napping or sleeping. Not while awake. Can you give me addtl. meds. above to keep on hand. Thanks so much. Denise Marsh 602.561.7500

Answer:

Both of those medications require approval from your veterinarian that has met her face-to-face but what you are describing sounds more like incontinence which would respond better long term to something like Proin, so get your veterinarian to do another urinalysis and see if the UTI is gone so you can get her incontinence treated appropriately.

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DateNov 2, 2021
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicUrinating problem
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Question:

I have a 13 yo bulldog mixed that is suddenly urinating in house. Could this be a UTI or just age?

Answer:

It's not "just age" almost for sure - there will almost always be an underlying, usually treatable, condition: UTI, incontinence, stones, etc. so get your veterinarian to run some tests (urinalysis, x-rays, bloodwork) to see what is going on. Keep her/him from urinating a couple of hours before the appointment so they can collect a urine sample.

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