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pinkdeedee is offline  
Location: Blackpool, UK
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01-06-2017, 06:46 AM

UTI and urinary stones

Hi everyone
I'm looking for a little advice, I have a 5 year old yorkie x Lhasa who recently started with blood in her urine. It's not every time she goes just occasionally. We took her to the vets who had said she has urine crystals - dipstick showed pH 8, high protein and high blood. She's given us Marbocyl P 20 Mg tablets for 10days (which she does not like taking) since having the tablet she has become very sorry for herself and taking herself off into a different room and just curing up (normally she loves to sit with us and curl up next to us). She's also gone off her food and now won't even eat her favourite treats. The vet has said that if after 10 days of the antibiotics things haven't improved then it's looking like we'll need an x-ray or CT scan, just wondering if this is right? Also she's talking about a new diet (previously we've fed her boild chicken, rice and veg (she's very fussy with food and doesn't like conventionally dog food) we're wondering also if it's something we've done by giving her the chicken? (We also sometimes give her liver or a doggy topper as a treat) Tried having a look online but everything seems to contradict itself. Normally when she goes off her food we give her puppy milk (our go to food) but we don't know if this will cause more damage or not. Looking for some advice on what we should or shouldn't be feeding her or if there is anything else we can do. We're really worried about our princess.
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01-06-2017, 05:09 PM
Pretty simple advice here. If you go to the conventional vet route, the next step is to X-ray to see if there are bladder stones. Most vets should be able to do this by palpating the bladder with their hand, but nowadays we like to jump into taking X-rays as it helps pay the bills. If there are stones, they will likely advise to have them surgically removed where they will remove them and send them to the lab to be analyzed. Once they have the lab report they will recommend you feed a prescription diet for the rest of your pet's life. If the stones are struvites then it will likely prevent recurrence, if they are oxalates they will likely return. They might even recommend a supplement to acidify the urine since the ph was 8, which is too alkaline.

The other route is to go to a holistic vet that will focus on the problem from a different perspective, give some treatment/supplements to dissolve the crystals/stones and correct the underlying imbalances. They will suggest a wholesome, non-processed food that will be in the best interest of your pet and not put her on a commercial kibble that is likely linked to the problem in the first place.

Hope this helps. Good luck.
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