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Urinary Tract Infection

I think Dilly now has her 2nd uti in 2 weeks. She is asking to go out every 5-10 minutes and going more than once while we are out.

Last time we were given antibiotics and some type of science diet food and of course a huge vet bill. I can't believe it is back again.

Any one with experience with reccurent uti's? Am I doing something wrong? Is there anything I can do to help prevent them?

She gets Canidae kibble food. Free access to water during the day. I am always careful when I bath her to rinse that area very well.

Any advice?
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Kim, I had the same problems with Lily a while ago. She would sit for 60 full seconds before peeing. We even started to have some accidents in the house. The vet ran the usual urine tests and also did a sonogram and found she had crystals in her bladder, which if left untreated, could result in kidney stones. Ever since she has been on a special vet diet , only getting distilled water. They explained that it is that her body cannot bread down certain minerals , which in turn create the crystals. Have your vet check for that. Lily is healthy as a horse now that she has been on the special food and water for a few years now!! Good luck and let us know!
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I'm glad Laurie posted.

Has Dilly been tested for the crystals in her urine too?

Is Canidae one of the really high protein kibbles?
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Kim,

You've got some great advice from Laurie about checking for bladder stones. If there are none, she could just be prone to UTI/bladder infections. My female standard poodle had three UTI within 5 or 6 months period, so after the infection was cleared (she doesn't have any bladder stones) I put her on a daily regiment of cranberry supplment and it seemed to have done the trick for her (knocking on wood). I also give a the same supplement to my 10.5 year old female persian, as they are know for bladder/kidney problems and being proactive doesn't hurt.

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Kim, I'm sorry to hear about Dilly, but I agree with the others, you should check for crystals to see if it isn't more serious! Good luck and keep us updated!


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Thanks for all your responses.

Laurie--Thanks, I will have them check for crystals. What kind of food do you use?

Kimberly--The bag says 24% protein. I am not sure if that is high or not.

Julia--- What kind of cranberry supplement do you use?

Thanks for all your help.
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