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Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am very sorry to hear about your dog. Do you know if his urine was cultured before the first round of antibiotics?
And what antibiotic was he on?
Did he actually have stones in the bladder, or just small crystals in the urine?
Ok. I will tell you that Clavamox is not the ideal antibiotic for that bacteria, which is why the infection likely didn't get cleared. I would highly recommend treatment with a more effective antibiotic based on sensitivity (if the vet did a culture and sensitivity with the urine sample) or choose something more effective with that organism such as Simplicef or Baytril. You can administer a probiotic at the same time if you are concerned about disrupting the GI bacteria with the antibiotic. Unfortunately there isn't a "natural" cure for a urinary tract infection, and you run the risk of the infection ascending from the bladder up to the kidneys if left untreated leading to pyelonephritis which is a much more serious issue, or you could develop bladder stones as a result of chronic infection. What we normally recommend is to culture first, start an appropriate antibiotic, culture in the middle of treatment to be sure the antibiotic is working (then we don't end up keeping them on an ineffective antibiotic for months), and then culture once completed to ensure the infection was truly resolved.