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Old 11-04-2012, 02:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys...first time posting here and i'm looking for advice. I have a 3 year old spayed female boxer that has had a UTI 3 times since she was a puppy, once was in February of this year. Last week she started peeing more frequently, drinking more water and her urine was a little darker yellow...sooo we took a urine sample to our vet who diagnosed her as having the typical UTI. He prescribed her 10 days of antibiotics, some pain pills for any discomfort and told us to bring her to see him in 3 weeks for a follow up. Well she is on her 7th day of antibiotics and everything seemed to improve until tonight....we went to take her out and her urine is now brownish and we saw a few flecks that resembled dried/old blood. Has anyone experienced this and what could be causing this after her being on meds for 7 days? We plan on calling our vet tomorrow and taking her in as soon as we can but any feedback is appreciated!

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Old 11-04-2012, 08:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would say the dark color would be normal. I know my urine is darker when I'm on an antibiotic. As for the blood, I have no clue, you've def come to the right place though for an answer! Hopefully someone can redirect you or you can figure it out at the vets. Keep us posted!


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Old 11-04-2012, 08:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What meds is she on? Some antibiotics will change the color of urine. Also, how is her water consumption. Lack of water will concentrate urine and make it darker. Did the vet do a culture of the urine? If she is backsliding in her recovery, she may be on the wrong medication.
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The vet did do a urine culture and said high white blood cell count and traces of blood...she is on cephalexin 500mg... she seemed to be doing well on it until last night. I panicked when I saw the super dark urine and what seemed to be old blood but this morning she peed and its dark yellow and seems more normal. Shes acting fine and eating normal I was just hoping this wasnt an emergency since our usual vet probably cant see her until monday. Has anyone ever had it take more than one course of antibiotics to get rid of a UTI? What are the signs of maybe passing a bladder/kidney stone?

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Old 11-04-2012, 09:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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If she has frequent UTIs I would consider giving her Organic Apple Cider Vinegar 1/2 teaspoon with her meal daily. You can also give her cranberry capsules. Dosage is 400mg per 20 pound of dog. These can be given daily as a preventative.

I would take another sample of her urine into the Vet just to make sure everything is ok and the cephalexin is doing its job.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I agree. Sometimes vets, like drs prescribe antibiotics right away, before the results of the culture or urinalysis have come back, which is fine, but only means this bacterial infection maybe not be sensitive to that specific kind of antibiotic. Cephalexin is a great antibiotic, but may not have worked w her. I would def take another sterile and fresh urine sample to the vet Monday. A couple things I would consider, you may be already doing them, but this helps a lot w preventing UTIs - wash food and water bowls once to twice a week, preferably in the dishwasher, but hot soapy water is also fine, consider giving her bottled water to drink, ESP if your city water has either a lot of minerals in it, or is softened -- these can contribute to dogs forming urinary bladder stones because of the minerals , don't feed anything like cheese or anything really high in calcium regularly, because this can cause calcium citrate stones to form. And absolutely don't let her drink out of the toilet or standing water anywhere. I have never given a cranberry supplement, but I agree w what the others have said- maybe she needs one. I always make sure the food I feed does have cranberry in it, but knock on wood I've never had to give extra. I know how miserable having UTIs are. Ugh my mom had a bad one when she went into labor with me, and I was almost consistently on antibiotics for about the first 8 yrs of my life with on and off UTIs- sooo glad I grew out of it. I can only imagine how ur poor girl feels


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Old 11-04-2012, 11:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Also, I just thought of this-- does she have an ear infection or bad teeth-- lots of tarter? Lots of times other small localized infections - ESP ear infections can migrate down to the kidneys, or if they dig their ears and then lick their feet-that bacteria goes back into their body and can cause them to get a uti. The tarter and bacteria from their mouths that they swallow can also contribute to kidney probs because its nasty bacteria. Just a thought as to what is causing so many UTIs. But honestly, sometimes you never know. It seems very seasonal, like in humans. When the weather starts to change drastically and or pets and humans get stressed, add a little bacteria in the mix and UTIs come up pretty quickly :/


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Here is another UTI story: My father has prostate issues (I know, TMI!) and after a procedure came down with what the Dr. thought was a typical UTI. He did a urinalysis but not a culture and sensitivity. Well, after two weeks on two different antibiotics it did not go away - it got much worse. Finally, the Dr. did a culture and lo and behold my father has a type of Pseudomonas. The bad kind that could kill if let alone. He is on a week-long IV of a major, big-guns antibiotic.

The moral to this story: If your gut is telling you that things are not normal then call the vet. It may be nothing or it may be something. Never hurts to ask.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the replies! I will take another urine sample to my vet tomorrow but in the mean time Ill start giving cranberry and apple cider vinegar. To answer the question about her teeth... they are extremely clean(we brush them) and at her last checkup the vet said they look great... however she did have a yeast infection in her feet and she was licking and chewing them constantly. We treated her feet with apple cider vinegar and selsun blue which seemed to clear it up but not before the UTI came on.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Just an update....took Bailey in for an X-ray today to check for bladder/kidney stones and they came back negative. She did have dried blood and bacteria in her urine which the vet said could be the cranberry working and attaching itself to anything bad in her bladder and trying to flush it out. She has little blood drops come out after she pees so our vet thinks the bacteria also may be resistent to the cephalexin, so they started her on another course of cipro for 10 days to see if it improves.
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