Friday, June 28, 2013

1486. EMAIL QUERY. Recurrent UTI in dogs can be frustrating to the owner

On Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM,> wrote:
> I've read your findings on the corgi with recurrent UTI.  My dog has been having recurrent UTI also.  Ultrasound and X-ray showed no bladder cancer or stones. She's been on C/D diet for at least 6 months, yet she has another UTI with Blood in urine and struvite crystals.

What should be the next step. I'm seeing my vet again but I'm losing some confidence in the doctor because his workload may be keeping him from being able to make an appropriate diagnosis. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
> Thank you,


Thank you for your email. I am Dr Sing Kong Yuen from Toa Payoh Vets.
In recurrent UTI, you will need the dog to be examined again (physically and more lab tests to be done).
There are various causes of UTI other than stones and cancer in the bladder. The stones can be present in the kidneys, ureter and urethra in addition to the bladder or there may be developmental defects in the urinary system in which contrast radiography is needed. UTI may be due to management factors.

I presume the X-ray and scan were done 6 months ago and therefore outdated. Try to work with your vet or seek another opinion.

Best wishes

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