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I have a 15 year old pug. She has had uriniary tract

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Hi. I have a 15 year old pug. She has had uriniary tract infections most of her life. Now we just got rid of one and it is back within 1 week of stopping the antibiotics. I hate giving her the antibiotics. Any suggestions?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. There are all sorts of infections the pug can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. What is the pug's name?

Xena.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the pug?

Not that I am aware of. We go monthly to have her annual gland surpressed.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thank you.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

So, there are several potential causes for repeated urinary tract infections.....problems with anatomy such as extra skin over vaginal region called hooded vulva (which requires surgery to repair), urinary tract stones, diets that cause high pH of urine, diseases that suppress the immune system such as hypothyroidism, and other causes....

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

There are drugs that are made specifically for people and animals that get repeated infections....

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
What drugs?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Nitrofurantoin...

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

It is an antibiotic used in women that get repeated urinary tract infections....

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

The way it is used is by starting it after antibiotic is used to get rid of UTI and then this drug typically given just once daily to prevent recurrence.....

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

also cranberry can be used at opposite time of day with this....

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thank you. Unable to talk now.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

no problem...more coming...

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

so in other words....treat UTI then start Nitrofurantoin in am with breakfast and cranberry at night with dinner and then a probiotic right before bed....used this way it is usually very safe....you should talk with your vet about this...

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

This can help prevent recurrence....

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Usually works regardless of cause

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Can I answer any other questions for you or explain in more detail?

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

do you have any other questions?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Not at the present moment.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

If you have any other questions please let me know...I check my computer nightly....DRB

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Please remember my answers do not replace or supersede the advice of your veterinarian as my answers do not create a valid client patient relationship as I am unable to examine your pet. Thank you very much! DrB

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

If you need any further help just reply and let me know....Cheers! DRB

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thanks!
Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

sure thing....

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr B, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Would you mind rating me? I would greatly appreciate it! DRB

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