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We have a 12 year female Labrador retriever that has been developing UTI's a little to often. Our vet seems to think that if she had vulva surgery to put everything in place that it would fix the problem. I'm making this short because I'm curious as to has anyone else been through this ? I mean surgury especially at this age. They suggested we go on the Royal Canin Urinary SO which makes them urinate more. There have been times when she's sound asleep and she pee. She's also on Carprofin for arthritis pain. At this point there suggesting an ultra sound and some internal medicine doctor. WE ALL LOVE are "KIDS" that's how we refer to her and her brother. If anyone has any suggestions we would be very appreciative. Her spirit just keeps you going. Both her and her brother are just so dam cute and smart and clowns.
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Are you sure they are uti’s? Has your vet taken a urine sample? Long story short. We had a golden who treat for what seemed to be a uti. Antibiotics did not help. What tipped me off was they found transitional cells in her urine. After further testing she was found to have transitional cell carcinoma of the urethra. Get a copy of any test results and look them over. Get another opinion. We went to a specialty clinic and it took them 3 months to figure it out. Our dog was 9 yo. Older dogs can have many things. Please look into this. I don’t mean this to scare you but it is worth checking out.
 

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Are you sure they are UTIs? Has your vet take a urine sample? Long story short. We had a golden who-treat for what seemed to be a UTI. Antibiotics did not help. What tipped me off was they found transitional cells in her urine. After further testing, she was found to have transitional cell carcinoma of the urethra. Get a copy of any test results and look them over. Get another opinion. We went to a specialty clinic and it took them 3 months to figure it out. Our dog was 9 yo. Older dogs can have many things. Please look into this. I don’t mean this to scare you but it is worth checking out.
Do I know for sure? Based on what the doctor's Vets told me is the only information I have. She has an appt for an Ultrasound which I'm even questioning and then try and get into seeing a specialist. They have also said it may be because the vulva is more inward instead of outward so urine maybe stays inside. I doubt they'll give me copies of the urine results or lab culture results but I'll ask.
 

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Do I know for sure? Based on what the doctor's Vets told me is the only information I have. She has an appt for an Ultrasound which I'm even questioning and then try and get into seeing a specialist. They have also said it may be because the vulva is more inward instead of outward so urine maybe stays inside. I doubt they'll give me copies of the urine results or lab culture results but I'll ask.
There is no reason why you can’t have the result. I have requested copies of our dogs’ lab results many times over the years. That also applies to X-ray and ultrasound interpretations. It is your dog and you are paying for them. This also applies to people and their results on tests. You will then be able to read what is actually being done and what each lab test reveals and which results are in range and which ones are not. It gives you more knowledge of what is being done. You must be your dog’s advocate. Look at the results and ask what those results mean. My dog’s results showed transitional cells and that is what tipped me off. The specialty clinic didn’t pay much attention to it and we lost precious time. I can’t stress how important it is to get copies in these unsure circumstances.
 
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