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    Default How do you know if it is a UTI???

    As I posted earlier this morning Vegas pee'd in his crate first time in his 19 month old life! We have been up since 8 and it is now 3 and he has pee'd 5 times already today. VERY unusual behavior for him, I work 10-4:30, 4 days a week and he holds it while I am at work.

    He is acting all right, eating, drinking, playing but when I take him out he is on a dead run for "his spot that he picked to pee"

    Do they show any other signs or is it just peeing alot? I can not take off work tomorrow and our Vet closes at 5, I am very worried!!

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    Default Re: How do you know if it is a UTI???

    There will be blood sometimes in the urine and it will be very dark in color, not yellow but more orangy.....

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    Default Re: How do you know if it is a UTI???

    Oh and the amounts of pee will be less than normal, smaller puddles. You should try to catch his urine on a plate so you can take a good look at it. The smell is usually worse as well. He may also seem like he is straining when going pee.

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    Default Re: How do you know if it is a UTI???

    @desertskybulldogs, I will try to catch some, like I said he is eating, drinking (not more than normal) and playing. When he pee'd in his crate it was a huge puddle, same as outside, he does not seem to be in any pain but I am very worried! His pee did stink in his crate when I had to wash all the bedding, but that is the first time he has ever done that and so I don't know what his pee smells like since it is always in the grass. He is not staining to go either.. it is full force. I have had UTI's in the past but I usually ran a slight fever with it. I KNOW this is a stupid question, How do boy's get them? I know how girls can????

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    Default Re: How do you know if it is a UTI???

    Not sure, but I think it can happen from holding urine for too long. Boys can get them just the same as girls

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    Default Re: How do you know if it is a UTI???

    Ann reminded me that it could also be a bladder infection. Either way, sounds like a vet visit is in order.... dont worry yourself too much.

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    Default Re: How do you know if it is a UTI???

    @desertskybulldogs... can you give cranberry juice or pills to the dogs for this as a remedy for just in case like we use for people? I would thinkbeing just a fruit maybe it would be worth a try to give for a few days if it is ok for dogs to have. I know the few infections I have ever had the cranberry pills or juice always work fast.

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    Default Re: How do you know if it is a UTI???

    I am not sure.... I just know drinking plenty of water is important.... so even if you add some (unsalted) beef broth to their water to make sure they drink it is good. When mine had one I was given an herbal supplement along with antibiotics.

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    Default Re: How do you know if it is a UTI???

    Pet Supplies | Dog & Cat Supplies, Pet Meds | DrsFosterSmith.com Pet Products carries a cranberry supplement for the use of bladder health. We used it for a short time right after having Sadie spayed to help with the typical spay "dribbles." It worked wonders with no ill effects.

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    Default Re: How do you know if it is a UTI???

    The only sympton I know is frequent urinating so I don't really have anything to add that you haven't already heard, sorry I hope its nothing!

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    Default Re: How do you know if it is a UTI???

    hmm idk reaaly. Beefy had really stinky pee when i first got him and i gave him cranberry juice and a teasppon of applecider vinegar along with pedialyte and in about a week it was a normal color and no more foul odor. Is he fixed? Sometimes they can release pheromones in their pee and it smells horrible!!!!

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    Default Re: How do you know if it is a UTI???

    My friend's female German Shepherd just went through a bout with a UTI - the symptoms were, as desertsky mentioned, urinating more often, having the urge to urinate but not going much, painful urinate, blood in the urine. They are less common in males because they have a longer urethra but they can still get them nonetheless. If you go to the vet, they're going to try to get a urine sample, which they either try to get the dog to pee OR stick a syringe in to the bladder and extract the urine - which sounds really painful and of course, costs more money. Some vets will diagnose just based on the symptoms and it requires a cycle of antibiotics to clear it up. I would go to the vet and get to the bottom of it since the home remedies may or may not work and it sounds like he's already having some pretty definite symptoms.

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