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Hello,

I adopted Sophie in December. Things are going well, behaviorally; but we have some medical issues. I'll give you the full run down in the event that something is connected.

She had a mild UTI a few weeks ago. She peed in her crate and it smelled fishy so I brought a sample to the vet. He prescribed antibiotics which cleared it up. No more peeing in the crate. She was on them for 10 days (stopped about 2 weeks ago). Last week she started peeing in her crate again. 5 of 7 days last week. Sometimes it has a more potent smell than others; but either way, it's pee.

I took her to the vet this past weekend for another issue and brought another sample - we got the results last night. The pH is 7 (vet says it should be 6 and we need to get it more acidic, possibly with vitamin C) and there were struvite (spelling?) crystals in her urine. Her createnine is 1.7.

This past weekend she was diagnosed with megaesophagus (mild case) and just started the Cisapride tonight. She does get a fair amount of water in her kibble to soften it; but she's taken out three times in the am and three times after work. Sometimes she doesn't go, though. We can literally walk for 45 minutes and she won't pee; but she will in her crate a few hours later, and it's a flood.

Any advise would be great!

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How was her megasophagus diagnosed?

 

Were the urine samples you brought in from the very first catch of the day?

 

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Megae was diagnosed with a barium series and symptoms. It took 15 minutes for the food to start to get to her tummy and three hours later all of the barium had still not made it to her stomach. Vet said it may also be an esophageal spasm (we have video of her neck / throat doing some weird stuff). She would regurgitate her food either immediately after eating it or, rarely, hours after. Also occasional vomiting in the middle of the night - she would bring up a few chunks of cookie not even barely digested with a little bile.

 

The urine catch was the first of the day.

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Bring in a first catch urine in a sterile container. Catch it mid-stream and clean her off before she goes out so the sample will be as clean as possible. Have the vet do a culture and sensitivity. It sounds like she might still have a UTI and the antibiotic that they used may have helped a bit but was probably not the best antibiotic to use - the culture will tell the bacteria she has and the sensitivity will tell which antibiotic is best to use.

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Thanks for the tip, MaryJane, I will bring one to the vet later this week and will ask for those specific tests - culture and sensitivity. It does seem like she's having UTI issues since the problem stopped with the antibiotics, is back now, and didn't present at all until the first instance of peeing in the house.

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Ragysmum, typically I take her out three times in the morning and one of those times is a walk (about a mile). To try to accommodate her I'll work from home for a while, take her out for the last time around 1030 ish and she will pee in her crate around 2 ish. Sometimes when I walk her, she won't go at all, even on a longer walk.

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You just need a different antibiotic AND probably a different food if she's forming crystals--at least for a while. Unless you rid her of the crystals, she'll likely have chronic UTIs.


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