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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Grim, UTI, Some Crystals, some protein, No blood

Just got the call from the vet. Routine physical - no problems. Bloodwork fine. He is fine energy wise and is moving very well.

He was neutered last fall due to enlarged prostate-He is 9.5

Vet is calling in an antibiotic so we can get started tonight and is mailing me an herbal (she is a good distance away) supplement to help then recheck after course of antibiotics.

Any insights there?

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Complete guess...

I wonder if he's having a hard time completely emptying his bladder? For instance can he squat or lift his leg long enough? I was just thinking of the issues he's had over the last year with his legs and back?
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Well he does squat and seems to do ok with it, and only recently he has gone back to lifting his leg.

I may need to encourage him to drink more water - he has not been a big drinker

But now that you mention it we used to be in awe of how long this dog could urinate-don't laugh it was like an endless stream. It seems to be coming out ok (no dribbling, steady)

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I have had success with my UTI/crystals girl in using cranberry capsules. 400mg per 20lbs body weight. Abby will eat anything so pilling her is a breeze, but you can break open the capsules and dust it over food for a more finicky dog. I also always add water to her food.

Be aware that the urine will burn out your grass
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The back yard is all woods. I will ask about that after - we use it for my mother who is in a wheelchair. The vet is holistic.

Yes I add water to his food, may be going to add even more. He will eat anything but I think because I do add water, he does not drink much at all. Toby was my last dog who was finicky - Grim, I can even hold a pill in my hand and he will take it.

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Vet called back after I mentioned the constipation yesterday and she is sending a homeopathic for this said it brought forward a new constllation....she said UTIs can be sneaky and cause other symptoms. Grim is such a happy dog he really has to feel very bad to act not right. And he has been acting so fine.

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Hope Grim is going to be O.K.

Below is a read about types, causes and treatments

Treatment and Prevention of Kidney and Bladder Stones - Whole Dog Journal Article

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Thanks that looks like a very in depth article I can read before I return for the next urinalysis. ............

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Got a copy of the test results and one of the things the vet gave me is a kidney support (Resources Urinary Tract Support) that contains, among other things, cranberry.

His CBC and Chem panel was normal with the exception of a very slightly elevated BUN (ref range 9-27, value 28) but I think that is typical of a dog fed a higher protein diet.



This is what was on the urinalysis:
Color-Yellow
Clarity-Hazy
Nitrate-Neg
Urobilinogin-Abnormal>0.2
Protein-1+
Ph 7.5
Blood-Neg
Sp Gr 1.038
Ketones 1+
Bilirubin Negative
Glucose Negative
Microscopic, 0-2 EPIs-- No RBCs--0-2 hyaline casts--2+ triple phosphate crystals --No bacteria -- No other formed elements noted.

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Got a copy of the test results and one of the things the vet gave me is a kidney support (Resources Urinary Tract Support) that contains, among other things, cranberry.

His CBC and Chem panel was normal with the exception of a very slightly elevated BUN (ref range 9-27, value 28) but I think that is typical of a dog fed a higher protein diet.



This is what was on the urinalysis:
Color-Yellow
Clarity-Hazy
Nitrate-Neg
Urobilinogin-Abnormal>0.2
Protein-1+
Ph 7.5
Blood-Neg
Sp Gr 1.038
Ketones 1+
Bilirubin Negative
Glucose Negative
Microscopic, 0-2 EPIs-- No RBCs--0-2 hyaline casts--2+ triple phosphate crystals --No bacteria -- No other formed elements noted.
His PH is 7.5 - does the vet think the high alkaline responsible for crystals? 6.5 is the dogs PH, especailly would be more acidic if high protein diet, does vet have thoughts on what the cause of that (alk.) in of itself?

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