Baby Girl has a second UTI. She is at the vet today. Vet says this one is much worse than the first. PH is 9. Sending out a culture for a more detailed analysis. She is going on the same Rx as the first time. Vet wants her on Science Diet W/D to lower the PH. I am not thrilled w/ Science Diet. She says there is another med that can lower PH but it is special order. Vet says vitemin C or cranberry juice does not work.
Any suggestions to lower PH w/o using Science Diet?
What if the infection was a particularly virulent one? Therefore, maybe a longer course of antibiotics might do the trick? Or, perhaps, a different med?
Good luck! I really hope you can get this resolved without having to switch food.
Murphy, Riley, and Piper
Calli had two one right after the other. I got antibiotics.
And I started using Solid Gold Berry Balance. I used the whole thing. Its a tub of powder you sprinkle on food. Havent had one since!
Courtney, Bogey and Calli
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Innie or Outie would be my question too..Not only does Kallie have an innie, but she has an "infantile vulva"..meaning hers hasn't really grown much if at all since birth(its very little..LOL) When she was younger she would get a few UTI's..we had to wipe her when she did pee..From what I hear UTI's are very common in dogs with innies..
Abbey has a recessed vulva and was spayed before her first heat.. We are lucky that we haven't had any problems. *knock on wood*
I know that some dogs can get UTIs from bacteria. One of my friends had 2 female dogs that kept getting them from the pond at the dog park. Stopped going there and the UTIs disappeared.
A lot of people suggest cranberry capsules and probiotics as opposed to antibiotics all the time. It happens in humans, so I'm sure dogs can become immune to antibiotics after a while, too.
Check out collidial silver too (not sure I'm spelling it correctly). My sister gets frequent UTI's and she swears by the stuff. You can get it at health stores.
Thanks for the responses.
Baby Girl is going on 11 years old, and was spayed sometime prior to coming to live with us. She has been on Pronin for spay induced incontinance since before we got her. She has been a member of our family since January 2005. January 2009 was her first UTI that we know of.
Usually Baby is quick to roll over for a belly rub. Tonight she was determined to stay Sphinx-like. When I did succeed in getting her rolled over she kept tucking her tail and squirming. It appears that she may be an "innie".
The vet hopes the culture that was sent out today can be identified by next Tuesday. Until the infection can be ID'd positively, she does not want to start antibiotics. Partially because if it is a resistant strain, it will do no good and still cost us money, and partially because there may be a better drug available. Knowing what the infection really is will also make it easier to determine the dosage and length of treatment. Makes sense.
The vet is also concerned there maybe something else going on.
Because the urine had a ph of 9, she wants to get it back into the normal range of around 7. Science Diet is stocked by the vet clinic and there is a mail in rebate coupon worth $25.00 US available on the first bag purchased. A ten pound bag cost $23.99. Since she gets about 3/4 of a cup of kibble a day ( along w/ two 14 ounce cans of green beans, 3 unsalted crackers and 3 tablespoons of peanut butter) the kibble would last a very long time. The receptionist told me Baby would be on the W/D for life.
The vet says cranberry juice does not work. But I am going to try to find the Solid Gold berry balance and Colliodial Silver locally. The Solid Gold site appears to be a bit out of date because several of the stores it lists as carrying their products have been out of business for over two years or do not list the products in their on line catalogs.
As I was typing this, all three Labs were around me. I heard a yelp and a whimper, turned around to see Tina and Baby standing behind me. Could not determine who yelped. I reached out to pet Baby and she yelped twice and started whimpering. I asked if anyone needed out and she was first through the doorway headed for the front door.
I think this is going to be a long five days.
Thanks for the thoughts, advice, and prayers.
Sammi is only 3 but did have 3 uti's in her 1st 6 months of life- She was spayed after her first heat, only by chance, its a long story and really doesn't matter. I do give her a cranberry tablet everyday- she hasn't had one in over a 1 1/2- so whatever it is that is working I'm not changing anything- Hope your girl is feeling better real soon! Di
Andy, I suggest you be very cautious about using colloidal silver before using -- do some thorough reading about its side effects. Here's one link:
Puff also has an "innie" and I've long been worried about that potentially causing frequent UTIs. So far, she's never had one. Hoping it'd help, she does get about 2 TSPs of "Craisins" (brand name of sweetened, dried cranberries somewhat similar to raisins) every morning after her breakfast for the last 6 years. You might try it as a prophylactic once you get the UTI cured.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":