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I think she has a uti - she is trying to tinkle a lot but not able to much. I have given her some cranberry juice but she does not like it! I have azo cranberry pills but wanted to be sure that was ok

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Veterinarian's Assistant: Where does the dog seem to hurt?

She doesn’t! She is just trying to urinate often but is only going drops

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Belle -8

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

I am so sorry to hear that your dog Belle is having issues with urination. I would not advise use of Azo in your little girl. AZO, being available OTC at pharmacies, may seem harmless. But this product's efficacy for your dog is largely unknown. It could be harmful. In fact, AZO may cause certain dogs to experience Hemolysis which is the destruction of red blood cells.

There are a handful of causes of straining to urinate:

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.) Trauma- hit by car, muscle trauma of some kind

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 the a potential infection.

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 her symptoms.

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 her symptoms and get your pet comfortable swiftly

If she begins to strain without production and is panting, restless, and unable to get comfortable please consider a veterinary er to rule out a urethral stone causing an obstruction which is a true emergency. It is uncommon in female dogs but possible

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

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

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both

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

Good evening, I wanted to check in on Belle to see how she is doing after you asked your question yesterday? I would love an update when you are able

If the information I have provided was helpful I would be grateful if you would rate our chat with the five stars at the top of the screen so I am compensated for my time. Thank you and best of luck to you both, truly!

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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