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Breitbach343 02-15-2014 03:27 PM

Real life nightmare
 
Our worst fears are coming true and we donít know what to do. For the past few months we have been battling constant UTIís with our now 6 month old GSD. We have been working very closely with our vet, other specialists and we have yet to find a solution other than an antibiotic to keep the infection from spreading. We have changed her diet to a grain free all natural dehydrated food (the Honest Kitchen), we have been giving her vitamin C tablets, and the antibiotic in an effort to lower her PH level. Our vet is constantly talking with other vets and specialists and we still donít have any clue on whatís going on with our little girl. I spoke with the vet and our next step is a urine culture at $175 and blood work $151-$183 and thatís on top of the already $900 weíve spent in the last 2 monthsÖ Our vet has only seen one case like this before in his 35+ years as a vet, the owners have spent over $2,000 over the last 6 month and they still havenít found the source of the problem. I donít know at what point we wonít be able to afford tests and medications, and that scares the crap out of me. I love that little poop head, sheís a brat that whines all the time and has health issues but sheís my brat and Iím doing everything I can to help her. The thought that I might not be able to give her what she needs to be healthy is horrifying. Ever since I was a little kid all Iíve ever wanted was a GSD, when it was time to get one I did all the research I could on training, behavior, and food but now Iím looking at something I never thought could happen.

Blanketback 02-15-2014 03:43 PM

A long time ago, one of my dogs had this problem too. This was back in the '90s so I really can't remember very much except that my male was passing blood and I had to have his urine cultured because the first 2 different abx didn't clear it up. After testing and trying a 3rd abx, he was fine. Please don't get discouraged - I hope my story helps you to stay positive :) Good luck!

llombardo 02-15-2014 03:50 PM

Some people might not agree, but my female showed all signs of UTI when she was younger and symptoms stopped once she was fixed.

Nigel 02-15-2014 04:25 PM

I hope you can get some answers soon, sorry you have to deal with this.

Chip18 02-15-2014 04:38 PM

In cats it's diet control. Two types of crystals can happen My cat(male) eats Royal Canin S/O for life mixed with can and water.

So two types of crystals possible can't remember what they are. But what might actually be helpful... the vet says he only feeds his cats canned foods and has never had a problem with crystals in his male cats.

Maybe a raw diet would be helpful for her?

Breitbach343 02-15-2014 05:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Chip18 (Post 5026978)
In cats it's diet control. Two types of crystals can happen My cat(male) eats Royal Canin S/O for life mixed with can and water.

So two types of crystals possible can't remember what they are. But what might actually be helpful... the vet says he only feeds his cats canned foods and has never had a problem with crystals in his male cats.

Maybe a raw diet would be helpful for her?

We have started to feed her raw with her meals. We started with chicken necks to see how she liked it and now we are feeding her raw chicken whole wings and breasts. Its only been a few days since we switched to the wings and breasts so we are hoping it helps.

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Originally Posted by Nigel (Post 5026874)
I hope you can get some answers soon, sorry you have to deal with this.

Thank you :)

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Originally Posted by llombardo (Post 5026762)
Some people might not agree, but my female showed all signs of UTI when she was younger and symptoms stopped once she was fixed.

Ill bring that up to the vet, i know we had talked early on about getting her fixed but he wanted to try and fix the problem at hand before fixing her and possibly creating another. but maybe now after all this he might think it could work.

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Originally Posted by Blanketback (Post 5026714)
A long time ago, one of my dogs had this problem too. This was back in the '90s so I really can't remember very much except that my male was passing blood and I had to have his urine cultured because the first 2 different abx didn't clear it up. After testing and trying a 3rd abx, he was fine. Please don't get discouraged - I hope my story helps you to stay positive :) Good luck!

Thank you for sharing. Itís hard not to get discouraged but every time i look at her i getting that needed hope back, if she's willing to fight this while being such a great dog, than i can continue to fight with her. i just hope we find answers soon.

Mocha 02-15-2014 05:47 PM

Try switching to 100% raw. Look up the Raw Feeding Community on Facebook. They have awesome advice. From what I've learned creeping there, raw seems to do some magic :)


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rickaz80 02-15-2014 06:47 PM

We had some problems with UTIs. The meds seem to help but did cause other problems. At one point we did change the food and made a home made food to supplement the dry food. We haven't had a problem since. Our food has honey, cranberry, apples, oats, brown rice, carrots, celery, and ground turkey. Let me know if you would like more details.

Breitbach343 02-15-2014 06:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Mocha (Post 5027218)
Try switching to 100% raw. Look up the Raw Feeding Community on Facebook. They have awesome advice. From what I've learned creeping there, raw seems to do some magic :)


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Thanks, i sent a request to join the group.

Breitbach343 02-15-2014 07:41 PM

Well my roommate pick up a urine sample kit so we can gather her urine from home and we have an appointment to get her blood work done on Monday. Luckily because sheís a puppy the blood work will only be $50 but the culture is still $175. Also the vet made in a technician appointment to draw blood so we wonít have to pay for the visit. So in 2-3 days we will have the blood work back and 5-10 days on the culture. So Iím praying that 10 days after Monday we will have found the problem and have a plan in action to fix it.:fingerscrossed:


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