Thursday, October 23, 2008

BLADDER INFECTIONS IN OLDER DOGS

Woof everypups, cats and hamsters, Desert Pup's Mom here. I know this is probably going to embarrass Scuba a bit, discussing this during her birthday party, but I was wondering if anyone has a dog that gets frequent bladder infections? The older Scuba gets the more bladder infections she gets. The Doggie Doctor prescribes Clavomox and that usually takes care of it for awhile but then the infection seems to always come back. I've tried different diets but Scuba is turning out to be quite the finicky eater in her golden years. If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
pee-ess: we're still working on the party photos and will post them as soon as possible.

25 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

I know your mom had to be the reason woo hadn't visited!

My mom said look into khranberry khapsules -

She'll paw woo a message!

Khan't wait to see the pawty pikhs!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh my...we terriers missed the pawty...and we NEVER miss a pawty!!We loved the pix of Scuba as a young puppers!!! (Ur mom scubas in the desert....oh my...WHERE???)

Happiest belated barkday wishies ever!

And we're sooooooooo glad that Toby is feeling better too!!!!!

Can't wait to see ya at the Halloween Pawty!!!!!!!!!

Hmm...as for the recurrent bladder infection...are they doing a culture on his pee after he finishes the antibiotics?? He may have a low grade infection in there where the symptoms go away, but the bacteria is still present. Seems like his pee needs to be more acidic too...but ya have to watch with older pups cuz high levels of acid can cause some kinds of stones...sorta a catch 22...I guess ya have to make sure the infection is really and truly GONE!

Love and kissies...

Nurse Lacie

the 4 Bs said...

sometimes when i, Brody, or Baxter get these pesky skin infections from allergies, the vet makes us takes clavamox for a really long time - like 6 weeks. that seems to knock the infection out totally. but that's all we know.

we can't wait to see more party pictures. it's such fun to party with you kiddos!

woofs.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

We haven't had this problem with the dogs, but Pooh Bear the kitty got a lot of bladder infections when she got older.

Lady Kaos said...

My mom had a saint bernard that got lots of bladder infections and our vert told her to give her some sort of cranberry thing eery day. I don't think it was juice, but I can't remember for sure what it ws. It seems like it was a vitamin of some sort that my mom bought at the health foods store and put it in her food at night. I wish I could remember what it was, all I can remember is it was cranberry with dinner every night. Hope that helped a little bit.
Hilary

Peanut said...

we have no advice but poor Scuba

Sunny,Scooter,Jamie said...

Seems like they should try to get a sample to see what's up. See if it's concentrated, ph,if she has bladder gravel, bacteria present, wbc, rbc...sorry mom got carried away. But that could tell you better what to do.....
Hugs
Sunny & Scooter

River said...

Our old dalmatian had bladder crystals. Diet definitely makes a difference. Happy birthday, Scuba!

love & wags,
River

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

No bladder infections here. I guess we are not much help... Hopefully they will figure out what is going on...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Thor and Marco Polo and 3 Kats said...

WOO WOO

Mom said she really doesn't know but Mama has been on special food because of her infections ? We hope that Scuba finds something to get rid of the problem!
Hugs
Thor and Marco Polo

Charlie Daniels said...

Sorry I can't help with this one. I've never had one!

Cheers

Charlie

Maggie and Mitch said...

We're never had a bladder infection but it seems like you're getting lots of good advice! We hope they're a thing of the past for you soon, Scuba!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Raising Addie said...

I'm sorry to hear that Scuba is have trouble.

Out of all the health issues that I have had to deal with in my dogs, I have not had that one.

We will keep our paws crossed that you will find something new to help Scuba.

Kisses
Addie

Moco said...

Poor Scuba. Does she drink enough? Maybe she doesn't get the antibiotic long enough. Maybe it isn't the right antibiotic. Sometimes we check the Merck Vet Manual for info.
Can't wait to see the pictures.

Bee Bee said...

Hiee Desert Pup's mom

My Doc said the same thing about cranberries (to be of help) as well. She also mention drinking lots of water. Hope Scuba will be ok, take care ya~

Cheers
Bee Bee

Dannan and The Girl said...

We don't know about in doggies, but in people, The Girl had heard about cranberries helping... Hope you can find something that helps, poor Scuba!

Brown dog kisses,
Dannan

The Devil Dog said...

The pug who came before, Bridget, had that a lot in her older years. So mom knows what you mean. As for prevention, she's not sure what to tell you.

Roxy

Eduardo said...

I don't have any info...& I think I missed the party...:(
Hugs & Snugs
Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

Suka said...

hey Desert Pups,

Nothing to be embarrassed about Scuba. It happens to the best of us! With old age comes wisdom, and unfortunately some health issues. We are all here for you dude! Seems like lots of your friends have given some great advice. Good luck!!

Suka

sami said...

Woof...happy birthday....sorry to hear of your problem...I am to young to help you I think but my human says she's going to keep her eyes and ears open for any info...

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

Oh Nooooo!

I wish I knew a cure for bladder infections! There is a section called Vexed on the DWB website that lots of people check on and may have some good advice...

Is she drinking lots of water?

Slurp!
Mr. T-Bone Beasley

BenTheRotti said...

Hi everypup,

its already been said but Mum would recommend cranberry capsules and plenty of water, my bridge bro got them a lot in his twighlight years and thats what Mum always used

love and tailwags,

Ben xxxx

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

So sorry that I can't be any help but I agree with Ben above.
One of my cat sister had frequent bladder infections before. It was so bad it bled.
Please come visit me to share my happiness, I have to shout out loud my love, I'm deeply in love, buddy!
I'd like you to visit Dino, a friend of mine in Taiwan, the new post was about a poor pug that so touching that my eyes leaked
http://ilovedino.blogspot.com/
Cheers!

Pedro said...

Well, I don't know about bladder infections in dawgs but my cat sister Libby get them alot from crystals and is on antidepressants to prevent them! A cat on antidepressants??? That's just weird...

Pedro

chasingsquirrelswithrusty said...

Poor Scuba! I hope it gets better and stays better. Wish I could say something to help.

Well, Happy Happy late birthday!!