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Hi there. My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help with your question. Just like an in person consult, I have some questions of my own to help ensure I give you the best advice possible....
Do you know what antibiotics he's been on?
Do you know if they did a culture and sensitivity on his urine?
Have they done x-rays?
Have they done blood work?
Did they find stones or anything in the x-ray?
Have they done any other testing?
Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.
I absolutely think that seeing the specialist is the best plan. Crystals can be caused by lots of things...diet, some antibiotics and even the water they drink...when they go on as long as they have, the chance that the dog has developed actual stones is very high.
Some types of stones can be dissolved with a special diet (such as this one: http://www.hillspet.com/products/pd-canine-sd-canine-dissolution-canned.html ) and a long course of antibiotics.
It seems like your vet may not be as comfortable with this kind of problem than some others, so it's awesome that he is referring you to someone who can help Raffy feel more comfortable and stop urinating blood. The Lexicon is a good first step. Sometimes these dogs get so much inflammation going on that the antibiotics alone don't help...so getting him on something to get that under control is great.
I actually have a dog of my own who has had stones/crystals...it can be a tough thing to get cleared up...and it sounds like although your vet didn't quite have a good handle on things, he did the right thing by getting you a referral. Hopefully the Lexicon and new meds will get Raffy feeling better soon.
I'm not going to lie or sugar coat...it could be.
However, if they didn't see anything unusual in the blood work or in the urinalysis they did, then it's unlikely. Let's think positive and keep our fingers crossed for something like stones.
The one about whether it could be cancer?