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    Ugh gosh, I'm SO sorry to hear this... I would do as the other's advised and get the urine culture done. Something else must be going on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddnene View Post
    Ugh gosh, I'm SO sorry to hear this... I would do as the other's advised and get the urine culture done. Something else must be going on...
    Good Morning Tracey, Willow, and Wally!! Hope you are doing well!!

    I agree there is something going on...but not sure what

    She JUST had one done on 19th of March when she saw her internal specialist, and she said it was negative for bacteria, and perfect otherwise.

    Ellie has had Standard and Contrast Xrays, and an Ultrasound of her bladder, and Kidneys, to make sure they are normal, and so far so good, bladder is shaped normal, and kidneys are good with no blockage, they also checked for stones, and she also had none of those

    Based on her ability to be able to "hold it" when she needs to, like when sleeping, and spending time in her crate, at this time, all 3 - YES three of her Vets agree that her Ureters (tubing from the Kidney's to the bladder) are ok as well.

    The last and most invasive testing that we have not done yet, and all the Vets are holding off on is a Cystoscopy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sunkissedpr1ncs View Post
    Ugh!! I hope your vet has some other suggestions tomorrow. It is sooo frustrating just when you think you've got it figured out for it to start happening again. That's what kept happening with Pippen. We would start her on a new med and she would be great for a few weeks and then bam, back to square one.

    We'll be praying for y'all! Keep us updated on what they say!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by sisters3 View Post
    Oh jeez Melissa.......Ugggg so sorry for you and Ms. Ellie!!!!! You know I'm new at this too, I sure hope some of the more experienced members can offer suggestions. Would her UTI's be considered chronic now, even at her young age??
    Not sure but I think they can be Cronic, definately something to ask tonight

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    Hey Melissa, would you be opposed to changing her probitoic? I remember looking at Fortiflora, and I didn't like something that was in, I can't remember for sure... If I could I'd look it up now, but I think it was animal digest & salt?? Maybe? Possibly?

    If you are not opposed try the Herbasmith - it was billions and billions of probiotics in it, had prebiotics and digestive enzymes. Here is the link in case you'd like to read up on it:

    https://www.amazon.com/Herbsmith-Mic.../dp/B009EUZ9LW

    I'd say if everything else health wise checks out, sadly it may be time for a diet change. I know you feed high quality kibble and that's wonderful, but perhaps something in it is causing this. I don't think its something that should be chronic.

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    Following along.... Similar problems with Pebbles, minus the UTI.. Does great for 4-5 days then pees in the house 4 times in one day.

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    I feel your pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TyTysmom View Post
    Hey Melissa, would you be opposed to changing her probitoic? I remember looking at Fortiflora, and I didn't like something that was in, I can't remember for sure... If I could I'd look it up now, but I think it was animal digest & salt?? Maybe? Possibly?

    If you are not opposed try the Herbasmith - it was billions and billions of probiotics in it, had prebiotics and digestive enzymes. Here is the link in case you'd like to read up on it:

    https://www.amazon.com/Herbsmith-Mic.../dp/B009EUZ9LW

    I'd say if everything else health wise checks out, sadly it may be time for a diet change. I know you feed high quality kibble and that's wonderful, but perhaps something in it is causing this. I don't think its something that should be chronic.

    Hi Jess and Tyson!!

    No I am not opposed to changing her probiotics, I will look into it, Fortiflora was just what the Vet gave me when Ellie had diarrhea, and I have stuck with it ever since, I have NO idea what to look for in a Probiotic

    Yes I have been super resistant to changing her food, for the main reasons as she no allergies, or aversions, and again I am clueless where to start to find her a new food to meet her needs to keep her from getting infections, outside of Vet Suggestions, and there is NO way I'm feeding Prescription food.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy T View Post
    Following along.... Similar problems with Pebbles, minus the UTI.. Does great for 4-5 days then pees in the house 4 times in one day.

    Buying paper towels in bulk

    I feel your pain.
    Hi Andy, How is old is Pebbles??


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    I was just thinking your dogs urine pH should be between 6 to 6.5 optimally, but no more than 7. Do you ever test it? Orijen original is the most allergenic of all the Orijens, containing chicken, so you should be ok to switch off of it. I'm not sure what your budget is, but switching to a raw or dehydrated or freeze dried raw is quite a bit more expensive,but maybe will save you vet bills in the long run. Honest Kitchen has a lot more carbohydrates than Vital Essentials, so it's not as good for a dog with struvite crystals you want to maintain with an acidic urine. Check out the 5 star raw foods here:
    https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-f...ws/raw/5-star/

    Fortiflora has only one strain of bacteria, enterococcus faecium, which is extremely stable in stomach acid and will reach the colon intact. I like the other probiotics better however since they contain multiple strains. Also, enterococcus faecium can be pathogenic to humans so wash your hands after handling it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dollys Owner View Post
    I was just thinking your dogs urine pH should be between 6 to 6.5 optimally, but no more than 7. Do you ever test it? Orijen original is the most allergenic of all the Orijens, containing chicken, so you should be ok to switch off of it. I'm not sure what your budget is, but switching to a raw or dehydrated or freeze dried raw is quite a bit more expensive,but maybe will save you vet bills in the long run. Honest Kitchen has a lot more carbohydrates than Vital Essentials, so it's not as good for a dog with struvite crystals you want to maintain with an acidic urine. Check out the 5 star raw foods here:
    https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-f...ws/raw/5-star/

    Fortiflora has only one strain of bacteria, enterococcus faecium, which is extremely stable in stomach acid and will reach the colon intact. I like the other probiotics better however since they contain multiple strains. Also, enterococcus faecium can be pathogenic to humans so wash your hands after handling it.
    I normally do keep a close eye on it, and do have a testing strips. I have been a little lax, since she was put on an acidifier (Petameth) and she had been doing well on it


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    If your dog is already on the methionine (Petameth) which acidifies the urine then there's no need to go to a high protein diet like I suggested before to acidify the urine, as a matter of fact the urine might get too acidic. So Honest Kitchen would be a good choice since it's higher in carbohydrates and lower in protein than Vital Essentials, unless you want to try to wean your dog off the Petameth.

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