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Shepherd/Lab: makes her want to pee at least 2x

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My Shepherd/Lab female is 10.5 years old. She is fed Royal Canin Urinary SO for the prevention of crystals. She already has a stone and it makes her want to pee at least 2x an hour. She drinks plenty of water but I have noticed in the last couple of weeks her urine has a smoky smell to it. I also feed her Taste of the Wild which has Pacific Salmon and is grain-free. Is this odor natural? Could it be a symptom of a UTI (she had one about 2 years back). She is otherwise healthy but is overweight by about 25 pounds.
Good morning,Customer Thank you so much for your question this morning and I hope I can be of some help to you!

To get right to it, based on your description, I would be VERY concerned that your dog has a UTI, for these reasons:

1) It sounds like she currently has a stone in her bladder, which makes dogs extremely prone to secondary UTI's
2) She is going potty very frequently
3) Her urine has a strange odor

It is very easy to screen urine for an infection, so it would be well worth it in her case to bring in a sample to your vet and have it screened for possible infection. Perhaps she doesn't have an infection, but again it's very easy to check for and would be a good next step.
Here is some information on bladder stones and infections:

The article mentions struvite stones. Dogs usually have one of two types of stones, struvite or calcium oxalate, which are treated differently. If your dog is on SO I suspect her stone might be struvite. These stones are very related to infection and often these dogs need to be checked for infection regularly.

I hope this information helps--let me know if you have more questions!

Dr. Marcia :)
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Wow! Thank you for your kind words and generosity!
I'm so glad you can get your dog to the vet today.
You certainly can do a "follow-up." I will post this as an "Information Request" which will keep this question open so you can respond later. After your vet visit, if you have any questions or want to give me an update, you can just reply to this information request and I will be happy to further help if needed.
Thanks so much,
Dr. Marcia
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Dr. Marcia, I am delighted to have found this website and your consideration and competence is much appreciated. Of course you know how people can become

so attached to their pets--just as valued as human members of the family, and some-

times more so. I did take Xela to the vet that morning and she is now on a regimen of Cephlexan 2 500mg twice a day for the standard two weeks.

I am also going to shave her areas of potential infection and keep them as clean as possible; a daily cleaning with "wipies" will help.

The vet also suggested, SLENTROL dirlotapide as a dietary aid. I have been reading the brochure on it and it seems effective but I am concerned with the side-effects. Xela has already lost 5 pounds and has approximately 25 more to lose, putting her at about 65 pounds. I would rather use diet and exercise than SLENTROL; meds all have their side-effects and at over 10 years old I don't wish to tax her heart or other organs. Do you have any suggestions?
Thank you so much for your help, Dr. Marcia. You have my deep appreciation.



<p>Hello, Michael, </p><p>so nice to hear back from you! I am so glad that Xela is now on antibiotics, I assume for urinary tract infection. I hope those symptoms are much better. </p><p> </p><p>I appreciate your further questions. Weight management in dogs can be difficult (Just like with ourselves, I'm afraid!). </p><p>I have not used the Slentrol product, although having done a little research, it appears to be a possible option for dogs that have not responded well to typical weight management help. You will see some information on Slentrol in the second link below. I tend to agree with you, that I prefer not to use medications unless all other avenues have been explored. </p><p>The first thing to be sure of, which I imagine your vet discussed with you, is that there are no medical reasons for weight gain, such as low thyroid function, or other hormonal disorders such as Cushing's disease. Some simple blood testing can typically rule out these possibilities. </p><p>After that, not surprisingly, it comes down to the usual concerns: diet and exercise! </p><p>For the diet, the important considerations are the type of food and treats, and PORTION CONTROL. It makes a huge difference to measure out the food with a measuring cup and be very strict about it.   A special diet can be used as well to help promote weight loss. I know you have had your dog on some diets for urinary tract issues, so a diet change may not be possible. In that case, strict portion control and reduction of the amount of food is important. Your vet should be able to help you determine an appropriate amount for gradual weight loss. </p><p>Treats should be avoided, or you can use fruits/vegetables in moderation. I also have a link below for a few healthy dog treat recipes. </p><p>Exercise: Swimming is the best for a heavy dog, but if your dog doesn't care for water, walking is great too. Good for us owners as well. :) With summer on the way, hopefully you could get Xela out for a few long walks every day, which would be ideal. </p><p>I have several more links below that go into further detail and give more helpful weight loss tips for dogs. The first link gives some great ideas at the beginning of the article. </p><p>The 3rd link gets into detail about types of weight reduction diets, and what you should look for in a weight reduction diet if you do end up using a special food. </p><p>As you have likely realized, I love these types of articles! I always figure, the more information and ideas you have, the better. It's really nothing magical to get dogs to lose weight, but it takes committment and everyone has to be on board.   Again, much like us humans :). </p><p>Here are the links:</p><p><a href=""></a></p><p><a href=""></a></p><p><a href=""></a></p><p><a href=""></a></p><p><a href=""></a></p><p> </p><p>Hope this helps, and let me know if I can further assist you and Xela in any way!</p><p>Have a lovely day!</p><p> </p><p>Dr. Marcia</p>
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