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DateDec 2, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
Topic12 year old Jack Russell pittling in the house
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Question:

Shiner has a doggie door and is taken outside regularly. This behavior getting worse. Also worse when we leave him. Advice?

Answer:

Hey! Urinating in the house could be from several issues such as a Urinary tract infection, where you need to take him to the vet and bring a urine sample if you can so they can send it to the lab to check for bacteria, blood or pus causing him to urinate more and be uncomfortable. Your vet can prescribe you antibiotics for him which you can order online at Petmeds.com. He could has be experiencing urinary incontinence from old age and has to go more. You're vet can decide if he needs something called Proin to help him hold his urine more. But overall, you need to take him to the vet for a physical examination and testing to conduct a plan.

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DateNov 29, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicInfection?
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Question:

My cat has vaginal bleeding/ discharge the smell is a combination of urine and something else stronger. Almost like if a person were to have BV. Her stomach is swollen slightly but not hard I don’t have the money for a vet and I was wondering if I could get her some antibiotics otc?

Answer:

This sounds like you will need to make a veterinary appointment to have your cat examined and have tests run such as urinalysis to check for bacteria or urinary crystals. Also bloodwork to check your cats kidney function. The fact that her stomach is swollen may mean there is fluid in her abdomen from a ruptured tumor or swollen gut or FIP disease. Please contact your local veterinarian for an appointment. They can then decide what antibiotics. There are no OTC antibiotics that can treat this situation you are explaining.

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DateNov 24, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicUrinary tract inflammation
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What is the difference between a urinary tract infection and a urinary tract inflammation in a cat?

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With an infection, bacteria (and/or white blood cells) are seen on the urinalysis indicating infection. With inflammation they are not seen, so these two conditions are treated very differently.

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DateOct 17, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicUti
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My cat has a severe tract infection.... her pee is pinkish red and she can't seem to pee fully. When it dries it crystallizes. I gave her some cranberry uti meds for a week that seemed to help her pee a little easier but she's still peeing pinkish red. I just need to know if I shuld give her clavomox or doxycycline or if something else wuld b better?

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You really need for your veterinarian to run a urinalysis on her first and either confirm or deny an actual urinary tract infection. There are many other conditions (crystals, stones, etc.) that can cause these clinical signs that look exactly like a urinary tract infection and that antibiotics won't help at all. If you are seeing actual crystals when her urine dries, she probably has crystals that won't respond to antibiotics, so you need to know what type of crystal she has and get her on the right food to help dissolve them and keep more from forming - usually prescription canned food, at least to begin with.

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DateOct 13, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicMy cat has a UTI
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Her first one ever in 6 years. I would like to see what is recommended OTC that would help her best and what the treatment with antibiotics is like.

Answer:

Symptoms of a UTI can mimic other problems (crystals, stones, etc.) so have your veterinarian do a quick urinalysis to see what is going on. By the time they are showing signs of a UTI, they usually need antibiotics that you have to get at the vet anyway.

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DateOct 13, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicBlood in urine
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My pug had a tiny spot pf blood in her urine. She is acting fine and not peeing more than usual.

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Have your veterinarian run a quick urinalysis just to be sure nothing is going on.

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DateOct 12, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicUti
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Our cat has taken to urinating on some clothes and makes frequent trips to her box. Cleaning herself very frequently and she has always been perfect with her box. Pretty sure it's a uti. Are we able to get a scrip as a vet visit is an expense we can't really afford right now.

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Cats with crystals, stones, etc. act exactly like cats with utis, so you really need your veterinarian to do a quick urinalysis to see exactly what is going on. To directly answer your question though: no, in veterinary medicine, antibiotics require a prescription or approval from a veterinarian that has met her face-to-face.

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DateOct 12, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicUti
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My dog has had uti before and has a blister on his private area. Male dog and is peeing more frequently. Was just at the vet 2 weeks ago on oxygen and antibiotics for going in the ocean and swallowing a lot of salt water

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UTIs are rare in male dogs, but certainly possible - the only way to confirm is with a urinalysis at your veterinarian. Keep him from urinating a couple of hours before the appointment so that they can obtain a urine sample. I would need to see the "blister" to really guess what is going on there - if it's at the tip of his penis, it may be a prolapsed urethra and could be a medical emergency if it worsens and he cannot urinate, so go ahead and have him checked out for all of this.

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DateOct 10, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicUTI. Bladder infection?
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My 10 year old cat appears to have a bladder infection. She has whimpering sounds in her box. I can’t bring her to the vet until tomorrow. Will that be alright? She does not appear to be in any pain! Thank you!

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Through the internet I will always have to tell you take her on in, because I can't tell if she is blocked and cannot urinate, which is a medical emergency. I can tell you that this is not common in females, like males, so at least the odds are on her sign to be ok to wait until tomorrow.

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DateOct 10, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicIncontinence
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What can I do about my female dogs incontinence?

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Your veterinarian needs to do a quick urinalysis first to rule out problems like chronic UTIs that can cause incontinence, but once that is done, we usually start with Proin that works well for most dogs. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/proin+er-prod12413.html (Keep her from urinating a couple of hours before you take her in so that they can obtain a urine sample.)

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DateOct 6, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicDrinking more water
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My dog has been drinking more water more often the last few weeks.

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This can signify many different things (diabetes, kidney disease, Cushings disease, UTI, etc.) - all treated very differently, so see your local veterinarian for some quick blood work and a urinalysis to determine what is going on. Keep her /him from urinating a couple hours before so that they can obtain a urine sample.

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DateSep 22, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeCat
TopicFood
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Can we add a special urinary wet food for our cat along with the dry urinary cat food to give some variety? He had an issue with his bladder and yesterday they had to put him out to drain it. He is doing well but I only have the dry food to give him and he is picky I would also like to get a special treat for him if I can.

Answer:

Yes - whatever dry food your veterinarian recommended will have a wet food as well - you will definitely want to use prescription wet food if he needed a catheter - just so it doesn't happen again.

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DateSep 20, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicPeeing unexpectedly
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Our 6 year old Boxer girl has started peeing while walking. She doesn't seem to notice it. She doesn't squat, she just has a steady stream out her backside while she walks.

Answer:

Your veterinarian will need to run some tests on her (urinalysis, etc.) to determine what is going on. It may just be a little incontinence that will resolve nicely with Proin: https://www.1800petmeds.com/proin-prod10304.html

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DateSep 20, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
TopicHouse breaking
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Why do they pee on EVERYTHING and I can't break them?

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I need a LOT more information to really help you: how old are they, what have you tried, etc. etc. Here is an article about house training, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust that may be helpful: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=8569058

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DateSep 19, 2022
CategoryUrinary Tract
Pet TypeDog
Topicproin
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my 90 pound German Shepperd is currently on 50mg prion. she takes two in the morning and two in the evening. We would like to switch her to the new once a day pill for incontinences. is this possible?

Answer:

Yes, that should be possible - here is a link if you would like to read about the extended release Proin: https://www.1800petmeds.com/proin+er-prod12413.html

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