I also posted this in health and nutrition, but thought more people might see it here.
What brought me to JL for the first time in August was Cinder and her UTI's and urine leak. She has been pretty good since we cleared that one up and started her on Proin. She also gets cranberry tablets daily. Well, she has had a couple of accidents in the house after being left alone for short amounts of time, like 30 minutes to 2 hours, since Friday so I brought her to the vet today and she has another UTI. She does have an inverted vulva and today the vet mentioned the surgery to remove extra folds of skin and kind of pull her vulva to where it should be (not medical terms, but you get the picture) . Has anyone opted for the surgery for their dog? If so how was it and would you make the same decision if you could do it over? Has anyone not done the surgery and if so how has that gone? Does anyone have an opinion based on anything else?
Also, my cat just happens to have had a UTI from two weeks ago and I brought her in for a recheck at the same time and she still has it and it's not much better. They are sending a culture out and they also think that next time she comes in they will do an xray to make sure she doesn't have stones. They did ask if the cat and Cinder had been grooming each other. The cat is upstairs and Cinder is downstairs and never the twain shall meet. It just seems like a strange coincidence that they both have UTI's at the same time. Could there be something going on?
As a tidbit for amusement, I also brought Millie in at the same time. (The little girl seems to have pulled her stitches again so this time they stapled her.) I looked like a freakin' circus getting out of my car!!
How old is Cinder? Oona had three UTIs before she was 1. Every time we had to put her on a special food, (Wathan's) in order to get her ph levels back to normal. Once they reached a level ph we changed the food to something else. We also gave her a tablespoon of yogurt everyday with one of her meals.
Is Cinder already spayed?
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Yes, she was spayed before her first cycle.
She was spayed before her first heat. She is three now. Her first year she had many UTI's but we were never told she was an innie until this summer. It was from a vet that is not our usual one, as she was leaking urine when we were at our lake house. They did do a culture on her and we go back in two weeks after she's finished with her antibiotics to have a recheck.
It sounds like you are living my life with Kallie..LOL..We too had her spayed and didn't find out until this summer that she had an "innie"...Luckily Kallie has only had two UTI's in her two years...I give her a urinary tract supplement daily in her food...So far so good...Our vet has discussed with the surgery to remove the folds but he did tell us that he wasn't 100% sure that would solve her problems...so for now we have opted to not do the surgery b/c she is doing well..Her licking led to a horrible staph infection that we battled for almost 6 months..it was not pretty...For now we wipe her and watch her when she licks we move her or redirect her to whatever we can..we also use a cream(I don't have the name of it with me at work but I will let you know when I get home)on her..not on her vulva but around it which discourages her from licking...it works well...we started using it twice a day but now we don't even use it every day..if I find that she is licking more and more I start the cream for a few days and she gets the hint!!! I'm sorry you are going through this but I definately hear you..Good Luck to you and Cinder!!!!
Poor Cinder! Sending my healing thoughts for her.
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