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Tesmamma 01-07-2014 03:28 PM

at wits end
 
Tess my gorgeous 9 yr. old Purebred GermanShepard has been back and forth to the vet since last june (2013) for what was diagnosed a a UTI. In that time period I have put over 2 thousand dollars on my Visa card...She has had three routine urinalysis two xrays..and a sterile sample of urine drawn from the bladder sent for analysis.
They have put her on every antibiotic they had repeatedly beginning with amoxiycillin...not just once but twice because "oh well mavbe we'll just try her for a little longer" (I would have thought if two weeks did not work 4 weeks would not either but I'm not the vet right")...they then switched her to Novolexin...again some improvement and I mean just a bit while she was on it then as soon as off back to blood and puss and dribbling....While they were doing all this dicking around my un neutered dog came down with pyrometria requiring emergency surgery...after which she was put on Cinadmycin.....after the drug was finished the urinary infections began again.....back to the vet this time...okay this is our best drug yet...Ciprofloxacin...My poor Tess is still dribbling in the house and begging to go out even though today with the wind chill factor we are in a deep freeze of -40....I only let her out a few minutes then scream my head off to get her back in and follow her with a mop. I recently phoned this "wonderful" animal clinic..which by the way is not just one vet but several and although I remained polite I informed them that I have given them over 2 grand so far and I am tired off this and they are slowly killing my dog. Their equally polite answer was to tell me to take her to a specialist. I am 60 yrs old with advanced spinal arthritis..unemployed and have been living off of the bit of savings I had after my husband walked off 4 yrs ago, there is NO MONEY LEFT..I cannot put any more on Visa because I cannot now even make the minimum payments..I will be calling Visa later today to ask them to freeze my card to allow me to skip payments..i hope. the house I am in which I have half ownership of is a giant old farm house out in the sticks of southern Ontario and has been for sale for over 3 yrs...life is pretty grim right now..to make it even worse my little darling toy poodle Cara..14 who has been sick with Cushings and I have been treating holistically to try to at least ease some of the awful symptoms (she had to have her eyes removed two years ago which I put on Visa along with what I have been ordering for the Cushings disease ) wandered out the kitchen door which blew open on Jan 1st while I was upstairs using the bathroom. I was only upstairs for less than 5 minutes.......I searched from

3 in the afternoon until past 10 at night screaming her name until I was horse and the batteries went dead for my flashlight. I searched for 3 days after in the bitter cold and cannot even find her little body to lay to rest. I swear to God I would hang myself if I didn't have Tess and Espie (Cara's eski poo daughter) to look after. I have no income of any kind and was turned down by welfare because my "ex" pays for the roof over our heads (the agreement he made when he left until the house sells) and that puts me over the allotment for housing support even though I can't touch a dime for food or gas or even garbage tags.....oh god I'm blathering so sorry...I found a site that recommend apple cider vinegar and yogart mixed in Tesses food...I just got her to eat some now...thank god I have both in the house because there is about 4 feet of snow surrounding my car so I can't go anywhere....does anyone else have any ideas besides telling me to "find a new vet'"?? That is no longer an option..and please don't anyone give me **** about..well you should have found a new vet before please bear in mind this clinic consisted of 5 vets..none of them helped...I lowered myself enough to even beg in person in the office after all the money I gave them asking for them to try to help her now...sorry...nothing more we can do...take her to a specialist.....thankyou anyone for taking the time to read this...Tess's Mamma

MadLab 01-07-2014 03:53 PM

Sorry for your troubles.

A cheap solution for UTI's is vitamin C, Cranberry extract, Golden seal tea.

Add meat stock to her water to encourage her to drink more.

Also Apple cider vinegar is very good for this and general well (being mixed with water).

You can also improve diet by adding some raw and find better water supply for her. You want soft water free from calcium and lime. I also think Kelp is a good nutrient for dogs in general.

More on UTI's

Canine Kidney Stone and Bladder Stone Prevention - Whole Dog Journal Article

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...er-stones.html

Tesmamma 01-07-2014 04:04 PM

Thankyou...I can't get out to go anywhere now...I mixed two tablespoons of ACV and two tablespoons of greek yogart in her food..I cook for my dogs...if a piece of meat comes in this house it goes to them...I will tear my freezer apart now and see if I have overlooked a bit of something and give it to her raw....I'm sure she has a fever...been there bfore..just lying around...what can I give her...I know asprin is out of the question...I truly am snowed in and no there are no "freindly farmers" around here that would come and plough me out...oh by the way no crystals ever showed in any of the urine samples or xrays...

MadLab 01-07-2014 04:05 PM

Discovery Health "7 Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections"

Here Baking soda is also recommended. Again if the dog won't drink it try adding some meat stock.

You probably don't have these lying around but they also help fix UTI's
  • Cleavers (Galium aparine) has a long history of use in treatment of urinary infections.
  • Marshmallow root (Althea officinalis) has very soothing demulcent properties. Best used in "cold infusion." Soak herb in cold water several hours, then strain and drink.
  • Buchu is a soothing diuretic and antiseptic for the urinary system.
  • Corn silk (Zea Mays) is a soothing diuretic.
  • Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is an astringent and mild diuretic with tissue-healing properties.
  • Usnea Lichen is very soothing and antiseptic.

MadLab 01-07-2014 04:13 PM

You can give aspirin to dogs.

I think 1 every 12 hours would be fine.

Twyla 01-07-2014 04:49 PM

The following list may be able to help with some financial aid. I haven't checked the links lately so there may be some inactive links.

Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care? : The Humane Society of the United States

AFRP Financial Assistance for Pets

Saving More Lives Together : Asheville Humane Society

ANIMAL ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF ORANGE COUNTY

FAQ | ASPCA

Speaking for Spot: Dog Health Care Tips & Veterinary Advice | Financial Assistance for Veterinary Care

Find financial assistance with veterinary care | RedRover

Vet Bills: Organizations Offering Financial Help | Truth4Dogs

http://www.voicesforanimals.org/links/vetassistance.php

Did the vet(s) ever do a culture or was it just a urinalysis? A culture from a sterile sample is the method that should be used to determine which antibiotic will clear the bacteria in a UTI. Judging by your post, they were just throwing antibiotics at her and hoping? Sometimes it can take more then 2 weeks to clear up. Next question is did they just do xrays or was an ultrasound done? It took doing an ultrasound before the stone was found in my lab.

Check the label on the yogurt you are giving your dog. It should be plain yogurt with live culture. Double check it doesn't have any of the fake sweeteners in it (some of them can be deadly to a dog).

Twyla 01-07-2014 04:54 PM

Additional aspirin and other OTC info:

Dog Pain Medications: Aspirin (And Other NSAIDs), Ibuprofen, and More

OTC Medications

Tesmamma 01-07-2014 05:11 PM

thankyou i will try to find these

Tesmamma 01-07-2014 05:13 PM

thankyou...I have low dose asprin because I also have angina would that be ok mixed with her food (I'll put it in whole) every 12 hours??

Tesmamma 01-07-2014 05:15 PM

You are very kind to take such trouble to list all of those places that offer assistance for financial help for Tess. Unfortunately I live in Canada...Soutwestern Ontario as a matter of fact..my nearest big city is London which is an hour away....wish I lived where you are now...thankyou though...Oh Twyla...they did three routine urine checks where they just test for pus and blood cells (honestly you could do that with your eyeballs) and no crystals showed in the urine...when they did the xrays they inserted a needle into my poor dollies bladder for a sterile sample and sent that off for anaysis...that's when they came back and gave me the cpirofloxacin.....I'm down to praying on yogurt and acv cause that's what I've got and i give up on doctors and their miracle drugs


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