My Female Cat has been diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and they have found some crystals. She has spent the night at the Vet hooked up to an I.V. as she was dehydrated. The Vet will release her later today but she needs to be administered antibiotics. He has suggested that if orally is too difficult he can give a shot that is used for dogs and it will last for 2 weeks. Does this sound like a good way to go?Thank you for your advice.Phil
Hello, May I get a little more info?How old is she?Did your vet tell you what kind of crystals she has or discuss a diet change with you?Did the vet find crystals in the urine or actual urinary tract stones in the bladder or kidneys?Thanks and I await your response!
She is 10yrs old. He says she will have to go on a special diet. The crystals were in her urine.
Hello again and thanks so much!Crystals are a very common problem and prescription diets are the most effective way to treat them. Sometimes there is a secondary urinary tract infection. The injection your vet was probably referring to is called Convenia and is a cephalosporin. It may or may not be effective against a urinary tract infection. The only way to know for sure is to run a culture and sensitivity on the urine and get the results to know which antibiotics will be effective. Otherwise, you have to wait until you have finished the treatment period and recheck the urine to see if the infection has cleared. There are oral medications that are generally more effective against urinary tract infections, but if you are unable to administer them, then the injection may be a good first option. There are also tablet antibiotics and treats called pill pockets you may want to ask about. Some cats will take the medications in the treats and never realize they are receiving a pill. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
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