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Natalie | 1 year ago
We Brought Mila, My 7 Year Old Mixed Domestic Savannah Chausie Female Spayed Kitty, Early This Morning …

We brought Mila, my 7 year old mixed domestic savannah chausie female spayed kitty, early this morning for emergency attention because she was moaning and groaning in pain last night and could hardly move. Prior to this morning she had been seen two weeks ago at the same emergency clinic and her primary vet. Both determined she had crystals and a UTI and prescribed medication which we’ve been giving as instructed along with keeping her on the strict urinary care diet from hills c/d.

She tried yesterday and this morning to use the litter box but was unsuccessful in relieving herself so we had to treat it as if she was experiencing a blockage which you know is very dangerous.

The Dr. was able to express Mila’s full bladder and found no blockage there, but said Mila was in a lot of pain while undergoing the procedure. She did not feel any stool so Mila is not considered to be constipated, but a good sized stone or crystal was visible during the ultrasound.

The Dr. strongly believes Mila still has a UTI and wants to get that under control first, so we were given the following medications:

Pradofloxacin (antibiotic)
Prazosin (for urethral spasms)

We were also instructed to increase the dosage of the Gabapentin from 0.3ml every 12 hours to 0.5ml every 8 hours since it didn’t seem to be doing enough in terms of managing Mila’s pain. She was previously on buprenorphine for pain but we were concerned that it was constipating her.

We need to bring Mila in as soon as possible to perform another urinalysis and culture as was recommended by the Emergency clinic. This was recommended to determine whether or not the bacteria from the UTI has spread to Mila’s kidneys.

We chose to decline those diagnostics at the emergency Clinic today as they were going to charge an additional $800 for an already expensive treatment and we felt more comfortable going through our primary vet for Mila (the diagnostics will cost a fraction of what emergency quoted.)

I want to do everything I can for Mila but we are now in the hole nearly $2k at the point between the two emergency visits and the primary vet visit, so wanting to know what is necessary now Vs. what can be phased in.

I hate seeing her in pain and I’m just worried that she isn’t improving.

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Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning-
Im sure you are getting her into see your vet right away. I would have a very in depth conversation regarding your budget and what you expect as well as your concerns and Mila’s overall comfort level. Years ago one of our cat’s had a urinary blockage and I do remember him being kept for a few nights, catheterized, and surgery to remove the blockage and Rx cat food for the remainder of his years. And it was expensive, and it was a long recovery, but he did well. I hope Mila does too.

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A. | 1 year ago
Do FEMALE Cats Need Bladder Flush? FEMALE Cat Only Pees A Tiny Bit. Keeps Running To …

Do FEMALE cats need bladder flush? FEMALE cat only pees a tiny bit. Keeps running to litter box. Trying to use it elsewhere. Doesn’t want to drink anymore. Antibiotics don’t help

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Sarah
1 year ago

This sounds like a possibly serious medical issue. I think you should speak to your vet ASAP and explain that current treatment (antibiotics that you mentioned) is not helping. I would also think they would do a complete check up and bloodwork. Hope things work out ok.

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MaryPat Feiss | 2 years ago
So We Stumbled Upon A 2 Yr Old Puggle Who Was Going To Be Surrender…

So we stumbled upon a 2 yr old puggle who was going to be surrender to the Humane Society. We were told that she is being treated for a UTI but was very healthy. The owners were keeping her in a cage for 12-15 hrs which would definitely cause the UTI. So we asked around and found a family member in NY that was willing to take her. Long story short, we took her to NY and got her a check up. She doesn’t only have a UTI but also a huge stone in her bladder which needs to be removed surgically. My mother in law cannot afford this surgery being on a fixed income. Being the owner of 5 of my own pets, I cannot afford it either. But we don’t want this sweet dog going back to the owner or shelter. Can you recommend somewhere that would consider doing pro-bono or discounted work for rescue pets? We plan on bringing her back to Maryland tonight.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
I’m sorry I don’t know of anyone who does pro bono work for owned pets. You can apply to foundations or borrow from friends. There is also the possibility of trying a diet to dissolve the stone. In some cases this works and most dogs need to be on a prescription diet to prevent the stone from getting larger or recurring anyway.

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Mary Kay Kloote | 4 years ago
My 8 Year Old Bichon/Lhasa Apso Mix Refuses To Go Outside When It’s Wet Or…

My 8 year old Bichon/Lhasa Apso mix refuses to go outside when it’s wet or raining. As a result, she either poops and pees in the house, or holds it in. She’s prone to bladder stones (she’s had two operations to remove them), so I know that when she holds in her urine, it makes her prone to form bladder stones. I want to try to train her to use piddle pads when it’s raining, but I don’t know how to go about doing that.

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3 years ago

Have you tried taking her out on leash?

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3 years ago

I don’t encourage the use of pee pads, because dogs tend to treat the whole house like a toilet once they know it’s OK to go inside. Since she’s already doing that, you don’t want to encourage it.
Will she go out if she has a coat on? What about if you go with her, and keep an umbrella over her?

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3 years ago

Okay. Bring her back in, put her in her crate for 10 minutes, then take her back out. She’s trained you, not the other way around. 😉 Time to retrain!

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Alina Hunt | 4 years ago
Hi, I Have A 6 Year Old Dachshund (Moka) With Ivdd. I Believe She…

Hi, I have a 6 year old dachshund (Moka) with ivdd. I believe she is either stage 2 or 3 in disease. We cannot really afford the surgery or the MRI so we’re trying the conservative treatment with crate rest. We are week 2 and this is the progresss we’ve seen. Moka can control her bladder better and dry minimally solid her bedding. She wags her tail when she is outside and we’re hold her up with a sling before urination. After her second session of acupuncture, we saw a real improvement in her energy and we even began to see a little movement again in her back legs. In the past few days however we haven’t seen any more movement in her back legs. We thought the improvement in her condition would continue to show each day but it is very very slow to appear. My question is how long before she starts to move more and to put weight on her back legs? What are the mile stones? Our vet says we could still opt for surgery because Moka never lost deep pain sensation. Is it too late at this point and won’t there be a lot of scar tissue? Like I said we can’t really afford it without putting ourselves in a dangerous financial situation but my husband and I are besides ourselves suffering because of Moka.
What is the prognosis for a dog in her condition? Should we have seen more improvement in 2 weeks than we have? Will she continue to heal? Is the healing in linear progression or will we see some improvement and occasionally lapses and then improvement again?
I truly appreciate all suggestions and advice. Moka does not seem to be pain and has normal appetite and thirst. Thank you!

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Julie Brader
4 years ago

IVDD has a long long recovery period even with surgery. It is often two steps forward and one step back, but with good carevening and management your dog should recover. There are precautions you can take to try and stop another disc rupturing when he does. The aim is to keep his spine straight and pressure off it as much as possible. Harness never collar (the Puppia Harness is recommended for IVDD) ; ramps to the sofa, bed etc.; raised feeding water bowl. Always lift him up keeping his back straight…one hand between front legs on ribcage and the other… Read more »

carrie Urquhart
4 years ago

I’ve seen some dacshunds do very well with rest and pain meds. But it takes alot of time. Months if care. I would definitely have a follow-up appointment with your vet and ask him all these questions. In the meantime I’ve heard massage helps as well. Good luck to you

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Megan Ley | 5 years ago
Hello, I Have A 2.5-year-old Female Chihuahua/puggle Mix Named Ruby. After Seeing An Increase In…

Hello, I have a 2.5-year-old female chihuahua/puggle mix named Ruby. After seeing an increase in accidents around the house, my mother and I took Ruby to the vet about a week ago. Her X-rays showed about 4 large and small bladder stones. We were given special wet dog food to help break down the stones and scheduled an appointment two weeks from then to see if the food was helping. The other day the vet called again, saying the urine sample they took from the week before showed a bacterial infection. They recommended antibiotics, but then started to suggest surgery. During the first visit, one of the doctor’s said the surgery (Cystotomy) runs around $1,200. Today when we get the actual cost of the surgery and all the extra costs, the total was $2772 (Range of $2102 – $2837). We live in San Diego county in California. I’m aware prices vary depending on location, but I feel like I am being over charged. I’m wondering what the average price of bladder stone removal surgery is in SD county? Any info/advice would be helpful.

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Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello, Did you ask the vet what kind of stone they think it is? And perhaps it might be able to be dissolved with time and diet change? If you are ever uncomfortable with the advice or estimate I recommend you ask for a referral from a trusted animal friend, local rescues and even go outside of large city limits to ask for prices there. At my clinic this surgery is about $600. In NYC it is about $3000. I am about 3 hours outside of NYC. Location matters with fee structure and even degree of expertise. Make lots of… Read more »

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Andrea Cox | 5 years ago
My 10 Year Old Cat Was Diagnosed By ER Vet With Cystitis And By Another…

My 10 year old cat was diagnosed by ER Vet with Cystitis and by another Vet with an Acute UTI. He had blood in his urine. ER Vet said he had struvite crystals but the other Vet said he didn’t have any crystals. His blood work is good. He has never been sick a day in his life. He stopped eating and wouldn’t go near the litterbox for 4 days. He just spent 2 days in the hospital. We tried Mirtzapaine appetite stimulant and that hasn’t worked. Normally had a great appetite. Hospital said he ate a couple bites one day but none the next. He is home now and acting like he feels better but he still won’t eat. He is not showing the typical signs of Cystitis or UTI such as trying to pee, or peeing small amounts, or peeing all over the house or crying while peeing, in fact he just avoids the litter box completely. The vets say he is not blocked. I asked my vet to please check him for Kidney or Bladder stones but he said it wasn’t necessary. I don’t understand why he couldn’t do this if I am willing to pay for the test and if I asked for it. He is an indoor cat and something caused this Urinary Kidney issue and I want to get to the bottom of it as I am not convinced that it was just bacteria. Could this be the beginning stages of Kidney disease? Could he have stones? The vet wants me to have him on prescription Urinary food but he wont eat anything. If he doesn’t eat in the next 48 hours im instructed to bring him back to the vet to try something else. Please any suggestions or experience on this situation. Thanks

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Shaun Lenet | 5 years ago
Still Squatting Several Times When Outside And Only Some Urine Comes Out The First Few…

Still squatting several times when outside and only some urine comes out the first few. She does sleep through the night though and can hold it like a champ. The vet also mentioned that her “area” looked a little swollen. They did a radiograph to rule out a bladder stone and said it came back clean but it can’t be 100%. What should we do? Thanks,

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Haley Lierman | 6 years ago
I’m 27 And Have Had My Dog Since College. He’s A 6-year-old Male Cockapoo Who…

I’m 27 and have had my dog since college. He’s a 6-year-old male Cockapoo who I adore, and who is normally in great health (besides the occasional ear infection). I take him on an hour and half walk daily, feed him a potato and duck based diet, and make every attempt to give him the best care possible (regular vet check-up, shots, etc).

A couple months ago I realized he was frequently squatting to pee, but nothing comes out. He urinates normally when first let out, but then makes a ton of other squats, prolonged squats, where nothing or just a few drops comes out. At times, its almost impossible to walk at all as he will continue to squats over and over again for 30 minutes. He hasn’t had any incontinence or more than normal desire to go outside (except for every now and then, when he’ll go out, pee once, then keep squatting over and over again and want to go out soon after- but that’s not daily). However, I woke up this morning to a couple drops of blood on the carpet, which I can only assume were from his many attempts. Previously, there has been no presence of blood in his urine.

I’ve been to the vet SEVERAL times, and spent the majority of my savings and money trying to figure out what’s wrong (even with vet insurance, I’ve spent almost all I have). He has had a cystoscopy (camera inserted) to check for urethral cancer (none), full abdominal ultrasound, plenty of x-rays and blood tests done. They have ruled out bladder cancer, his blood work is normal, and the x-rays show nothing except a slightly enlarged liver (though since blood work is normal so they think the was born with it). They have ruled out a UTI, bladder stones, and just about everything else you can think of that would seem obvious. The only abnormalities are really the dysuria, mildly protruding abdomen, the appearance of a layer of fluid on the outside of his bladder, and some abnormal bacteria.

Please help. I can’t afford much more and I really love my dog.

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