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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Had a litter of 3 pups 6 months ago. Has urinary distress

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Bitch had a litter of 3 pups 6 months ago. Has urinary distress and probably discomfort.Also loss of spirit, energy,etc.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.


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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Can you clarify "urinary distress" for me, please? In most cases that implies stranguria - frequent attempts to urinate little or no urine which suggests a simple bacterial urinary tract infection in most cases in a young dog such as Bella. There shouldn't be a relationship to her whelping 6 months ago. Bella's initial testing should involve a urinalysis performed on urine obtained by cystocentesis - percutaneous aspiration of her bladder through her abdominal wall. If bacteria and/or abnormal numbers of either red or white blood cells are seen in the urine, her vet has the option of prescribing a broad spectrum antibiotic expected to be effective or performing a bacterial culture and sensitivity on the urine in order to identify the specific bacteria involved and the best antibiotic for addressing those bacteria. A culture and sensitivity is especially important if Bella's urine is quite dilute. Such urine poses the problem of our seeing small numbers of bacteria or blood cells in a urinalysis.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.