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1) no x-rays, urinalysis
2) doesn't want me to change anything to see if killing the bacteria with the antibiotics will also take care of the struvites. She said if it doesn't my Babe will have to be on perscription diet the rest of his life. We are supposed to test again in 10 days.
He went from a puppy bouncing off the walls with his litter mate sister, to an 80 year old man with severe arthritis in all his joints...overnight.
Thank you for the additional information.While I can not judge the way another vet opts to treat I can tell you this would not likely be the way this is handled in our office.I am very concerned that he is in this much pain and it would be reasonable to do x rays just to be sure there are no bladder stones in addition to the crystals which could cause this level of pain.We would also put him on Hills s/d in addition to the antibiotics for 10 days to dissolve the crystals Click here Normally the anti inflammatory medications are more then sufficient for pain control the fact that he is so painful that he does not want to walk would really warrant making sure there are not stones.If there are stones this can actually block the urethra making him unable to urinate.It may be worth getting a second opinion so you can see if you can get him some relief.This just does not sound like a normal UTI with crystals to me.I hope this helps. Please reply back if you have additional questions or concerns and I will be more then happy to help.Candy