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Can't shake this UTI....

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by RichJack, May 9, 2018.

  1. RichJack

    RichJack Puppy

    Female, spayed at 6 months. She's now 20 months old.
    She got an UTI last year, vet prescribed Sulfamethoxazole and it went away after 3 or 4 weeks.
    She got an UTI again this year, vet prescribed same thing but did not help. Vet prescribed it again to see if a longer dosage will do the trick and no dice. Then the vet prescribed Stilboestrol as there was more discharge present than last years UTI. She's only on her 2nd week of this new drug and I see no improvement yet. The duration of this new drug is only 3 weeks and not planning on extending it.
    She's had this for close to 3 months now.
    Anyone's baby gone through this with nothing helping...what else did you try (other than cranberries) or were prescribed that finally did the trick?
     
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  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    My dog had UTI's a lot. The vet put him on antibiotics. I don't remember which one. It was a long time ago. The vet changed my dog's food to Royal Canin SO. My dog also had a kidney stone which was removed. As soon as he started the Royal Canin I never had a problem after that.
     
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  3. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    what do you feed? Supplements? Treats?

    I think adding greens like solid gold sea meal or kibble with spirulina and kelp etc. would help. Do you give probiotics? Have you tried the primal goat milk?
     
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  4. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

  5. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Stilbestrol is not an antibiotic, it’s hormonal therapy for urinary incontinence in bitches. If there’s still bacteria present on her U/A and the same antibiotics are not working, they should be doing a culture & sensitivity to check for resistant bacteria and tailor their treatment based on those results.
     
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  6. RichJack

    RichJack Puppy

    She gets her greens...its not diet in my opinion. She was also given (prescribed) priobiotics too with this new drug.

    Correct. They did send samples to the lab after the previous pills were not successful....and it came back normal just excessive white blood cells which they said it appears to be a UTI. They did rule out any cancers, tumors, etc....and its why they prescribed this drug. The symptoms of a UTI remain. Frequent licking in that area, frequent urination, discharge. They did inform me that they're going to try this out and see if this particular drug helps because the other one didnt. I'll ride another week out and re-evaluate. I was wondering if anyone's dog has been prescribed anything else that I should maybe be looking at.
     
  7. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Get an anti-biotic.
     
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  8. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I'm not implying that she is not on a good diet. I just think she is immunocompromised and needs a boost to fight this off. If you can give her a homeade diet it would probably help her get past this. I think she might need a cone too to stop the licking?
     
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  9. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    A culture & sensitivity is not the same as a regular urinalysis. If there are still elevated WBCs then there’s still an infection. That needs to be addressed, not bandaid the symptoms with an incontinence drug.

    Clarify if they did the C & S and ask for one if not. That will tell you exactly which abx the bacteria is sensitive and resistant to and then they can prescribe one that’s effective. If that still doesn’t work, I’d be looking for an ultrasound next.
     
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  10. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Culture is a really good idea. That is what saved Tonka's life when she had the really bad skin infection in 2015. It turned out that there was only one antibiotic that could kill her infection 100%. Then there was one that was sort of okay. ALL the other antibiotics did not work against this antibiotic resistant infection.
     
  11. RichJack

    RichJack Puppy

    Turns out it was a recessed vulva.
    It didn't look like it but that is what it was. Bacteria was being trapped and she had discharge. Oral antibiotics didnt do anything because it wasnt in her bladder. All tests (including culture and sensitivity) showed a regular UTI. Which was surprising why none of the oral antibiotics were effective.
    So anyways, got some antiseptic wipes and an antibiotic cream an no pills....things are improving only 4th day in.
    All good now.
     
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  12. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    That is great!
     
  13. RichJack

    RichJack Puppy

    Yes...especially since the first vet suggested my next step was an endoscopy...which is over 500 bucks around here if not more.
    A second opinion doesnt hurt. What a relief.
     
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