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    DefaultUTI in 5 1/2 month old :( advice please

    Good morning all!

    Yesterday my fiancé and I noticed Shelby squatting extremely frequently when outside to pee or poo and it Was very sad to watch...only a few drops came out and she only took a few steps before squatting again. she also had an accident on our tile which was extremely abnormal as she hasnt had an accident indoors jn months. i felt so bad for her and I took her to the vet because I suspected a UTI and sure enough she has one. Vet prescribed an antibiotic for the next 2 weeks.

    I had looked around the forum at UTI posts and I noticed some people mentioning cranberry capsules or craisins for prevention of further infections as well as plain yogurt mixed with food after she's done with medication to encourage good bacteria. Are either of these options safe as wel as common? And are they okay for an almost 6 month old? I just want to cover my bases and keep my girl healthy in the future.

    also off topic we are decreasing her food to 1 cup twice a day from 1 1/2 cups twice daily. Vet said could have been caused by too much food richness due to her puppy food.

    Thanks everyone.

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    cranberry should be safe and i hear many people use it.

    Do check if she has an inverted vulva. If that is the case you want to wait until after her first heat before spaying her to see if it corrects itself.

    what kind of food are you feeding? How is her weight?

    Reducing a young pup's food by 1 full cup a day is drastic, start with just half a cup less please (like 1 cup in the am and 1.5 cups in the evening). But if she is keeping a good weight I would NOT reduce quantity of food or she will loose weight.

    Info on inverted vulva: Recessed Vulvas - A Must Read!!!

    While this link covers inverted vulva there is also info on how to prevent them as you were asking: Recessed/Inverted Vulvas and Chronic Infections | Hearty Pet Talkin' Tails Blog
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    Thanks Tanya, vet check that and is not inverted. Shelby eats wellness super 5 mix large breed puppy. She was 39.2 lbs yesterday when she was weighed at the vet. Se said she thought she was on the chunky side. Shelby is also English so she has a stockier build so I always thought she was fine. It's so hard to tell with having a puppy because they grow so fast. I guess I just figured she was growing. I certainly don't want to overfeed or underfeed her. Just going by advice from vet. I am sorry I typo'd that 1 cup..I meant we are reducing by a 1/2 cup. It'll take her from 1 1/2 cup twice daily to one cup. Does that sound right for her weight and age?

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    if you go from feeding 1.5 cups twice a day (total of 3 cups) to 1 cup twice a day (total of 2 cups) that is a reduction of 1 cup over the day. I personally think that is a big jump. I would start with going from 3 cups to 2.5 cups and see.

    With a puppy you can have a bit more padding but you should feel the ribs. With an adult you want to easily feel them, I think with a young dog you can have a touch more padding but not too much. If the vet said she was fat then that is another thing.
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    JMO, but I have often heard people say their vets called a bench bred Lab, (English), puppy "chunky". At 6 mos and 39 lbs she does not sound fat to me at all. I totally disagree on putting a puppy on a diet, bad idea IMO. That is normal amount of quality food for her age. My almost 2 year old still eats that amount and if I notice him putting on weight I would feel comfortable reducing it now but definitely not before now!
    Do NOT feed her anything with raisins, you mentioned " Craisins" and if I remember correctly raisins are in that. Plain cranberry caps are perfect.
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    I will try reducing by 1/2 cup total! Yes her ribs can be felt and there is a little padding. She used the term "a bit on the chunky side". I was immediately annoyed, protective mama issues. I do want her to be healthy though. I also wondered if I start mixing in some yogurt...how much of it?

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    Honestly, I wouldn't worry about yogurt now.

    ETA - I would add 1/2 cup green beans to her food to help her feel full!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tammyhuffman View Post
    JMO, but I have often heard people say their vets called a bench bred Lab, (English), "chunky". At 6 mos and 39 lbs she does not sound fat to me at all. I totally disagree on putting a puppy on a diet, bad idea IMO. That is normal amount of quality food for her age. My almost 2 year old still eats that amount and if I notice him putting on weight I would feel comfortable reducing it now but definitely not before now!
    Do NOT feed her anything with raisins, you mentioned " Craisins" and if I remember correctly raisins are in that. Plain cranberry caps are perfect.
    Thanks Tammy! I'm sorry I didn't see your post in there before Tanya's. someone in another thread mentioned dehydrated cranberries and called them Craisins. I think they meant the brand. it's just a brand as well. I know raisins are bad
    thanks about the diet advice. I attached a photo I took just now with the iPad. She's in good spirits
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    I'm not a vet and I've not seen your dog, but that doesn't sound like enough calories for a growing dog. I would stick with the 3 cups. Why food "food richness" cause a UTI? That doesn't even make sense to me.

    This calculator calls for 3.5 cups of that food (336 calories/cup) for her weight and age. I believe it figures 2x RER for a dog this age.
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    Just saw your pic....that puppy does not look like it needs a diet.

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