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uti in a 13 year old golden
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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also can I give her a drug called Phenazopyridine 200mg?
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assists you both today!

I am sorry to hear Becky is having signs of a possible urinary tract infection with increased water intake.

There are a handful of causes of increased water intake in a dog or polydipsia:

1.) A urinary tract infection
2.) Bladder stones that traumatize the bladder and cause bleeding
3.) A bladder tumor, most likely in a senior pet
4.) Kidney or liver changes
5.) Endocrine disease such as Cushing's

Ideally until you are able to get to your veterinarian, please increase water intake. You can do this by supplementing the dry food with water and flavoring the water (maple syrup or no salt broth for example) as well. Increasing the water intake will help "flush" out the bladder and reduce the pain associated with this condition.

Collecting a first morning sample in a tupperware container and refrigerating the sample if more than an hour old to have your vet evaluate the sample will help determine the cause of the blood in the urine.

Your vet will run a urinalysis, potentially do a urine culture to look for bacteria, an X-ray to rule out a bladder stone, and bloodwork to ensure there is not a metabolic cause or kidney issues causing the symptoms

Diagnosing the issue will help determine how best to treat the blood in the urine to get your pet comfortable swiftly

Below is more information on this condition in dogs:

http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/symptoms/polydipsia-and-polyuria-excessive-drinking-and-urinating-in-dogs

As far as using phenazopyridine for her, this is not a common medication used in dogs and will relay information in regards ***** ***** in just one moment but wanted to get you this information first and foremost

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

OK, unfortunately phenazopyridine can be toxic to dogs. It will cause methemoglobinemia/Heinz body anemia (is converted to acetaminopen in the body), liver toxicity, neurological problems and it will also discolor the urine to orange/red color . For these reasons, I would recommend not to use it. Please let me know any additional questions I can assist with tonight

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Hi Peter,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Becky. How is everything going?
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