NeylasMom Posted July 8, 2016 Share Posted July 8, 2016 (edited) So we had this issue pop up in December. I noticed Skye (my mixed breed) licking herself a lot. Took her to the vet, ran bloodwork, all clear. I think I put her on a supplement, UTI Stat Strength (a 10 day "course" - you're not supposed to use it for longer than that) and she seemed okay for a little bit. Back in March (I think?) because she was doing it again, another U/A - a little bacteria but not enough to indicate infection, everything else looked good. Put her on a course of ABs anyway and then I followed up again with the supplement for another 10 days sometime after that. I vaguely remember being unsure whether the ABs did anything, but thinking the supplement did. Fast forward to recently - I've noticed her doing it more and more. It's been in my head to get her to the vet, but with everything going on with Zuri I just haven't prioritized it. So very recently it's happening so much more frequently, she'll even stop to lick herself right after she pees on our walks. So I looked closely last night and the area around her vagina is bloody. I feel like a horrible dog mom for letting this persist so long. I don't know if something about her urine is irritating her (too acidic?) and she's licking to soothe it or if the licking started for another reason and now she's licking it raw. When we did the ABs my vet said if it persisted to bring her back and we'd do a culture so I will take her in for a new u/a and culture, but I can't get her in until Monday or Tuesday unfortunately. So 2 questions - is there anything I can do until then to help clean up the area and soothe it? I can probably deter her from licking for a period of time, but I can't assume she won't lick it eventually so I want to make sure whatever I use is safe for her to ingest small amounts of. Also, anything else I should have my vet do while we're there? Could she have more of a skin infection that wouldn't show up on a u/a that we should do a swab/culture of or something like that? I don't want to mess around with this anymore. I feel like a real jerk for letting things go on, but to be fair my vet was very blase about it and said she probably just needed cranberry in her diet, but her diet hasn't changed since I got her 4 years ago and these symptoms are new so I think there must be something more going on. Regardless, I don't want to delay a diagnosis so whatever might help us figure this out, I will do it. Her insurance will pay for a lot of it anyway. So if anyone has experience with anything like this, I would love to hear suggestions. Edited August 4, 2016 by NeylasMom Quote Jen, CPDT-KA with Zuri, lab in a greyhound suit, Violet, formerly known as Faith, Skye, the permanent puppy, Cisco, resident cat, and my baby girl Neyla, forever in my heart "The great thing about science is that you're free to disagree with it, but you'll be wrong." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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