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DateJul 2, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicPossible uti
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3yr old Male boxer dripping urine, off balance. What could cause this?

Answer:

Since there are so many potential serious underlying causes (toxicity issues like marijuana, antifreeze, etc.) it is ideal to go ahead and see your local veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatement if it continues or worsens.

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DateJun 21, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicWhy does he get constant Uti's
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Hello, my dog gets constant urinary tract infections and I would like to know how could that happen?

Answer:

There are many potential reasons: not treating for long enough with the best antibiotic, not using a strong enough dosage, bladder stones, cancer, urachal diverticulum, metabolic issues like diabetes, etc etc. Here is a good article, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust, which goes into detail about recurrent UTIs toward the bottom of the article: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952574

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DateMay 29, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
Topicbest medicine
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Question:

my cat has another urinary tract infection

Answer:

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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DateMay 23, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicUTI
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Question:

Has been using the potty continuously and he’s in distress

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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.

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DateMay 20, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
Topiccat pees everywhere frequently
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My cat pees frequently but she is eating fine. Is this urgent?

Answer:

For male cats that do this, it can be a medical emergency. With females, it's not as much of an immediate emergency but I would have her seen in the next couple of days, like before the weekend gets here so you don't end up at the ER. Try to keep her from urinating for a few hours before the appointment so they can get a urine sample.

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DateMay 19, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicUTI
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Hi. My standard poodle, Dixie, is having a UTI (2nd one in a few months) and she needs antibiotics. How can I go about getting them without physically taking her to a Vet?

Answer:

In veterinary medicine, prescription medication like antibiotics require approval from a veterinarian that has met her face-to-face. They will ideally do a culture and sensitivity of her urine if she is having recurrent UTIs.

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DateMay 5, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicSwollen infection of penile
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Question:

Best treatment

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I would need a LOT more information and to examine him to really start making any recommendations so see your local veterinarian if the infection persists or worsens.

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DateApr 29, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicHealthy Urinary food for cats
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My cat is 4 and just had a bladder struvite stone surgically removed My vet wants her on prescription Hills C/D food. I feed her grain free healthy food is there something out there that is better than the prescription foods?

Answer:

No, especially for urinary issues - there are many variables that they factor in when they formulate the food (mineral content, pH, etc.) and they have finally gotten these foods where the vast majority of cats won't have problems if they eat only it. It is important to not supplement with other foods or treats or you negate the effects of the expensive food.

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DateApr 27, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicMeds
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What should I buy for meds?

Answer:

I need (a lot) more information about your cat to really offer any advice. Feel free to submit another question.

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DateApr 20, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
Topicdog drinking huge amount of water
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Is there some thing to fix this problem

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Yes, but it depends on the underlying cause: diabetes, Cushings disease, kidney disease, urinary tract infection, etc. - all of these are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests to determine what is going on so you can treat appropriately.

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DateApr 15, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicUTI stone
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My pup has been struggling to pee all night I found a stone in a puddle of her urine and I see blood . Can I give her Azo and what antibiotic should she have?

Answer:

If you are seeing actual stones and frank blood, she will need more than Azo and antibiotics, so definitely go ahead and see your veterinarian as soon as you can. Keep her from urinating a couple of hours before so they can get a sample. Don't give human Azo. The antibiotic should ideally be based on a culture and sensitivity. If that just isn't an option, I will usually start with Ampicillin or Amoxicillin.

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DateMar 28, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicMedication
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Question:

How many 50 mg amoxicillin tablets would it take to treat an urinary tract infection in a puppy of about 6 lbs and how many doses a day ?

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If the UTI has been confirmed with a urinalysis, a 6 pound puppy would need 50mg twice daily for 2 weeks.

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DateMar 27, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicUTI
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I have a dog with recurring UTI infections due to a vulva issue where she apparently has excess skin, is there something i can give her to prevent the UTI's?

Answer:

These dogs will often need surgery. Losing weight can help if she is overweight at all. Keeping the hair trimmed around her vulva can help. Keep wipes (ones formulated for dogs) near the door she comes in after urinating and wipe her. A supplement like this one may help as well: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html

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DateMar 15, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicUti
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My dog has a white discharge coming out of her pee hole. Would like to get her medication

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I would need to run some tests to determine what is going on (and get a better history: intact or spayed, age, other medical problems, etc.), so see your veterinarian if the discharge persists. Keep her from urinating a couple of hours before so they can get 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. and a product like this is more for prevention but may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html

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DateMar 10, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicOver-peeing and coughing
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Question:

My dog in the last 5 days has had to go out urgently in the morning. Pees and then does 5 pees of mere drops. Last night she has a cough and trouble swallowing.. lasted 10 minutes … is this related? Weird stuff. Not sure if the peeing is alpha related … but it’s never been to this degree before. Dog is 5 yrs old.

Answer:

I can't really relate those two problems but if either continue, go ahead and have your veterinarian check her out. Keep her from urinating a couple of hours before her appointment so that they can get a urine sample.

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