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    moonbutt is offline Junior Member
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    Defaultcystitis and struvite crystals in 11 wk old female puppy

    any one have experience with cystitis and struvite crystals in a puppy/dog? i am recently fostering a little choc. lab. her human mom took her life. it has been a struggle as she leaks urine while laying down and a sleep. first vet said she probably had a birth defect ectopic ureter which of course i freaked on. second opinion....urine sample found tons of struvite crystals.
    looking for some hope, experience and alternatives to help her. she has been on antibiotics for 6 days and new vet has her on a special non protein diet and distilled water to flush system.
    finding her a home under these conditions is not promising and heart breaking she has to go thru this.

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    The crystals are not uncommon in a dog with a urinary infection especially one that went untreated for a bit. Your vet should repeat the urinalysis to recheck for crystals after she is done the antibiotic. Once she has finished the antibiotic, not in addition to, start giving her plain cranberry capsules daily. You can buy them in any drugstore, the human variety. She will be just fine, don't worry. Search the forum for inverted vulva and check to see if this applies to her. If so she will need to go through at least one heat as this often self corrects after a heat cycle.
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    I would think the vet would notice the vulva. she has been on antiobotics for 7 days and no change. still incontinent. I was hoping someone who had this kind of experience would reply further on theirs but it appears not so.

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    Post it in the Lab Chat section so more people read it and can help you out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonbutt View Post
    I would think the vet would notice the vulva. she has been on antiobotics for 7 days and no change. still incontinent. I was hoping someone who had this kind of experience would reply further on theirs but it appears not so.
    I'm pretty sure that Diesel Dawg (Roxy) had a problem like this with her dog when he was a puppy. Not the incontinence, but the crystals. Due to dehydration. You might PM her.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    And many vets DON'T notice vulva problems leading to many dogs being spayed early and their UTI problems becoming lifelong issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrownDog View Post
    And many vets DON'T notice vulva problems leading to many dogs being spayed early and their UTI problems becoming lifelong issues.
    Definately! This pup didn't happen to come from a shelter and is spayed already?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvBrown View Post
    Definately! This pup didn't happen to come from a shelter and is spayed already?
    I've gotten involved in fostering for rescues lately and subscribe to a number of feeds from Texas kill shelters. It is astonishing to me how many puppies are being desexed at 8 or 10 or 12 weeks of age. Just so sad!
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    she came from a breeder and to my knowledge not desexed. looking at her vulva myself it doesn't appear to be inverted but what do i know....

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    Do you have the breeder's contact info? Reputable breeders require that puppies be returned to them if the original owner cannot keep them. They may be of some major assistance in rehoming the puppy and should be able to advise you on this medical issue.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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