Re: Bladder infection
Aww. Poor baby. Did the vet examine her vagina? Not sure if this is helpful info or not but this is my experience with UTI's that lead to Bladder infections. Lucy had a few UTI/bladder infections in a row a while back. She was probably about 13 months old. Once it got so bad that I saw red urine/blood streaming out of her while she was urinating and I almost passed out from shock.
After a few courses of antibiotics our vet closely examined her girl bits. Our vet said that she had a slightly inverted vulva--which meant her girl parts curled in a bit which turned out to be the perfect place for bacteria to breed, leading to uti's and bladder infections.
The fix for us was quite simple. When I am cleaning Lucy's face wrinkles in the morning I clean her girly area with warm water (sometimes I uses a diluted baby shampoo mixture) but plain warm water on a wash cloth will do. Then I dry it . After she urinates I wipe her with a tissue to make sure her vagina stays dry. This sounds like a lot of work but it really isn't.
Our vet said that there is a possibility that she would outgrow this. As she matures the folds on her vagina would/may fall a bit--but I forget to ask him to examine it when she visits the vet. I have kept up with the routine of I mentioned and she hasn't had an infection since. She is a 2.5 now.
I hope this information helps you.
Re: Bladder infection
HI! Your poor baby. I’m a newbie who signed up with this site precisely because I thought my 2 1/2 year old bully’s experience with UTI’s and bladder problems would be of use to other bully Mom and Dads!!! (well, that and the pictures and stories!)
My bulldog Lupe I guess was born with an inverted vulva, basically it was totally abnormal. If breeders tell you about this, then you can wait for the first heat to see if it self-corrects. But we didn’t know, and Lupe just kept getting UTIs and bladder crystals.
We tried everything!!! Cranberries, apple cider vinegar in her water, and low protein diet. Plus, water in her food, cleaning her daily (she still lays down and rolls over when I bring out the warm washcloth) and right, just plenty of water. A vet prescription food helped the bladder crystals but not the infections. These infections can have a lot to do with PH but also something called “ascendant” bacteria, which means it travels into her body after she pees etc. because of the abnormal anatomy.
The biggest danger of course, aside from having an uncomfortable dog, is that the bacteria will set up in her kidneys. Also, now you know she’s had an infection, you might need to keep checking, like, monthly.
We finally opted for plastic surgery for Lupe’s vay-jj. It’s called a vulvaplasty. It’s not that dangerous other than the basic surgery concerns because they’re just re-locating her girly parts. We went to a specialty surgeon. Lupe was out in 24 hours, and I slept next to her for days. Uuuuggh.
This was stressful, several thousand dollars, but frankly, I feel awful that we didn’t do it sooner. I paid extra for a “scope” of her bladder and the vet said it was “inflamed and angry.” Lupe is now off all antibiotics, transitioning to normal food, no longer whimpers when she pees (that was HEARTbreaking), and has become even more giddy, sweet and happy than she already was. All the meds and vet visits/urine tests...it takes a toll, so I'm so happy we did this.
Good luck. I really hope your puppy doesn’t have as serious of a deformity as Lupe. When I researched this over the last year, it does seem people have luck with just daily cleaning and plenty of drinking water.