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Possible UTI or something else?

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Truman has started peeing a lot in the house in the past 24-48 hours. He is also scheduled for his neuter on Monday. He is 7 months old. He seems to squat for a long time outside and then come in and pee again on the floor within 20 minutes. He also peed in his crate today. Accidents have not been an issue for 1-2 months, so we are of course worried. I don't see any blood in the urine, but it definitely smells worse than usual.

I assume if he has a UTI they will postpone his surgery. He is acting normally, very playful, chasing the cat etc. Has anyone experienced this in their Hav?

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Yes, my Chloe had a UTI a couple months ago - same symptoms - peeing a lot and in the house and squatting for a long time outside back to back. She had to go through two rounds of antibiotics. Once she finished first round a couple days later she started the same process again. I would clear the UTI up first before getting neutered. The vet would want to get a urine sample to confirm.


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We ended up at the urgent care vet last night. Later in the evening we found blood spots in the urine. He has a UTI, dehydration and struvite crystals. They gave him pain meds, antibiotics (shot and pills) and subcutaneous fluids. They said to definitely postpone the neuter appt and we will follow up with our regular vet Monday. Our poor Truman

Has Chloe had any recurrence? Did you have to change anything to prevent them?

We provide water at all times, except when in crate (which most days is a couple of hours tops and then nighttime). So I am not sure why he was so dehydrated. And if he continues to have crystals then we will have to change his diet. I am paranoid/worried because we had a male cat with crystals leading to multiple obstructions despite diet changes and it was a horrible experience for all involved.

Now the fun is to get him to take the pills. He's not interested in the peanut butter LOL...

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My last dog was a Bichon who ended up needing surgery for bladder stones. She was put on a prescription diet, Hills G/D, that she had to remain on until she died at 14 1/2 yrs. old. The diet did keep her urine at the proper ph and she never had a problem with crystals or stones after that. Good luck with your little one.



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It is also important to make sure Truman is getting enough moisture in his diet to keep the urine dilute. If you are feeding him kibble you can add some water to it or supplement with some canned food for added moisture. Dogs that eat kibble tend to be mildly dehydrated which is not good if they have crystals in their urine.



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canned food is much better for delivering water. Kibble's biggest problem is lack of water.

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Thx everyone. We will go back to adding Merrick Puppy Plate soft food to his hard food. He is super super picky with his food and we have been experimenting to figure out what he likes. He loves the Canned anyway but I thought it wasn't as good for dental health? But obviously is rather get his teeth cleaned than have him go through this again.

He is resting today but hasn't had any dribble accidents. So I think that's a good sign. And who said giving a dog pills is easy LOL? We tried peanutbutter and the Cannes food and he just are around the pills. Any advice on that? We ended up putting the peanutbutter in the back of his mouth so he had no choice. But maybe there's a better way.

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When I recently had to give Molly pills I used fat free american cheese. I made it into a little ball around the pill. Then I first gave her a little ball of just plain cheese that she swallowed. I followed it up with the ball of cheese with the pill and she swallowed it easily. After that she got another little piece of cheese. She liked this so much she was actually excited when it was pill time.



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Thanks! Will buy American Cheese today

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Boursin soft cheese is great for hiding a pill also
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