I have a poodle mix puppy, Sofie, who is 4 months old and weighs about 14lbs (body condition 5/9). Last month I got a

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Customer: I have a poodle mix puppy, Sofie, who is 4 months old and weighs about 14lbs (body condition 5/9).Last month I got a urinalysis test done because she was licking her vulva and I suspected she might have a UTI. The urinalysis results confirmed a urinary track infection and she was treated with clavamox for 7 days. Another urinalysis was ordered 7 days after her course of medication was finished. The 2nd urinalysis suggested a slightly elevated WBC (4-7), but no bacteria was presented and other measurements were normal. Sofie was prescribed with Carprofen 15mg for 4 days then close monitoring until the 3rd urinalysis 30 days later. The result from the third urinalysis was normal, except her WBC remains elevated (14-20).I am concerned about the continued WBC elevation. What is the possible diagnosis and what is the next screening that should be done?Her behavior is normal and she is eating well. She currently pees on a pee pad and I have not noticed any blood, etc.
JA: The Expert will know how to best address the UTI. What's the Poodle's name?
Customer: Sofie
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: No, I included everything in my question.
Answered by VetKristen in 10 hours 2 weeks ago
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Hello, I’m Kristen and I will be your Veterinary Assistance today, and as always, it’s my pleasure to assist you today. I may ask for some preliminary information to help me determine the condition or symptoms.

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I need to clarify the following to help me understand further.

  1. Has Sofie had any blood tests carried out in addition to the urinalysis?
  2. Is she behaving normally now and not showing any sign of being unwell?

Raised levels of white blood cells in a dog can be caused by a few different things but the usual one is an infection of some kind. White blood cells are used in the immune system to fight infection within Sofie's body so if they are raised, it would indicate that there is still an infection present in her body.

Other reason can be problems with inflammation in the body and certain cancers or an allergic reaction to something either in her dit or her environment.

The next usual step would be to have a full blood work carried out on a blood sample taken at the vet. Some vet surgeries have the ability to do this 'in house' but often they will need to sent out to a local lab so it can take a few days for the results to come back

* in her food or environment

She has not done blood test, i will ask the vet to order a bloodwork panel for her. But what measurement in the blood panel should I pay most attention on? (Maybe SDMA?)
Should i perform am ultrasound? And what information the ultrasound result can give me?
She is behaving normally at home

The first thing you need is the bloodwork as it will then direct possibly what the next stage, if any would be before you would order an ultrasound.

If the original problem was urinary then yes, you could concentrate on that initially but it would be much more beneficial to have a full blood count done. It would save if the sdma were not to show anything, having further ones carried out. Best to get the full work up done in one go and then you and your vet can get a clear picture as to what is going on.

thank you for your help

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