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Hello my name is***** but you can call me Dr. H, and I am a licensed veterinarian.
I understand that your pet Bella has a bladder infection that has not responded to 2 different antibiotic therapies and is caused by a Staph Aureus infection. Staph Aureus is actually quite uncommon in dogs, so this is quite an unusual presentation.
Was this confirmed with a bacterial culture?
And how long was your pet placed on Chloramphenicol treatment? Were you compliant with giving the meds as scheduled on a daily basis?
- Dr. H
Ok. Typically bladder infections are treated for a total of 14 consecutive days and sometimes up to 4 weeks of therapy is needed for resistant bacteria like Staph.
Did the infection initially get better then relapse? Or did the UTI signs remain persistent throughout treatment?
Blood in the urine indicates cystitis (inflamed bladder). 1 common cause of cystitis in dogs is urinary bladder stones. I would definitely recommend following up with your vet for an abdominal x-ray to rule in/out bladder stones as another possible cause of the relapse.
Probiotics have also been implicated to help pets recover from UTI infections. If bladder stones are ruled out then giving daily probiotics (Culturelle over the counter or a pet formulated probiotic like Fortiflora or Proviable) can help. Especially if a longer course treatment of antibiotics is implemented.