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My previous dog Sasha was a rescue, she was a mix of who knows what [terrier, lasso, yorkie?]. She suffered from frequent UTI's & bladder crystals. We found out that she had crystals in her urine when she got very ill after a stone became stuck in her urethra. She underwent surgery to remove the stone and recovered from it. We kept her on Prescription Diet CD for the remainder of her life and limited her treats to simple things like egg and chicken and the occasional greenie. One time, I gave her a greenies too many days in a row and she got a horrible UTI with blood in her urine. After that I was more strict with her diet and her UTI's became less frequent. I know its not the best food, but in Sasha's case I think it helped her stay healthy. I don't want to worry you.....as Sasha was much older and had some other health problems. You are catching it at a young age. Who knows how long Sasha had this problem before I rescued her. We lost her to lymphoma almost a year ago.....so it wasn't the crystals that caused her to be ill. If the crystals get large, it can be dangerous and require surgery. So you definitely want to do what you can with her diet to keep them from forming/break them up. If your vet can't help you choose a better food, maybe another vet can? Or maybe there's a specialist in your area that can give you a consultation on diet for crystals?
You asked what to look for... I knew when Sasha had a UTI when she would pee frequently on a walk. Not just the usual marking....but squat to pee every few steps and not much would come out. Or sometimes there would be blood in her urine.
Good luck with Bella!