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Eleanor
17th August 2011, 08:23 AM
My 4.5 month old pup is onto her second urine infection in a month and I was wondering if this is a common problem in Cavaliers.

She had a urine analysis to confirm the first one was indeed an infection and two weeks of liquid antibiotics (clavulin, I think) and then another urine test to confirm it was gone (it was) and only a week later she has the same symptoms (frequent small pees, tiny bits of blood in her pee, etc.). We're taking in more urine tomorrow for another analysis. Also, she has epilepsy (unsure still if it's juvenile or standard epilepsy - or really epilepsy at all, although SM, CM, other neuro disorders, liver shunts, etc. have all been ruled out with an MRI and extensive testing), but it's very well controlled so far by very small doses of Phenobarbital.

My vet doesn't seem to think it could be caused by the medicine since her pheno levels are so low. I suppose I just want to know if anyone else has experienced something similar. Or if anyone knows what else could be causing these infections.

Thanks!

waldor
18th August 2011, 05:32 AM
What are you feeding her? Our Cavalier had two or three UTIs as a puppy, two years ago. My vet recommended vitamin C. We feed raw, so I added a balanced multi-vitamin supplement instead, and she's done great ever since. This topic has come up before here, and another member's post suggested the B vitamins are more helpful. When I read that, I realized that perhaps it was the B vits in Sophie's vitamin supplements that are probably making the difference, and not so much the C.

There are probably a number of things that can cause UTIs in female puppies. We had Sophie checked out by an internal medicine vet specialist who could find no reason for the UTIs. In our case, I think the vitamin supplement to a raw diet is what made the difference.

Zumie05
18th August 2011, 07:25 PM
We had a hard time housebreaking Coco as a puppy and came to find out months later she had UTI, probably the entire time :(

I think she is prone to them because she squats incredibly low and dirt and bacteria can get all over easily. That is my theory at least!

Eleanor
19th August 2011, 10:25 AM
What are you feeding her? Our Cavalier had two or three UTIs as a puppy, two years ago. My vet recommended vitamin C. We feed raw, so I added a balanced multi-vitamin supplement instead, and she's done great ever since. This topic has come up before here, and another member's post suggested the B vitamins are more helpful. When I read that, I realized that perhaps it was the B vits in Sophie's vitamin supplements that are probably making the difference, and not so much the C.




I hadn't thought about food, waldor, so thanks for that. She eats Nature's Variety dry food and we'd love to switch to raw but I need to do a bit more research first. I'll definitely ask my vet about B vitamins, too.

And that's a good theory, Zumie05! My pup squats pretty low, too! Although she mostly pees on pads (something we really need to train her out of now that she's had all of her vaccinations!).