Archive for the ‘Kidney and Urinary’ Category
Doctor Brown, To keep our 14 year old black chow cool we recently purchased from a catalog a pad with a gel inside that keeps the pad about 5 or 10 degrees cooler than the room’s temperature. Last night was the first time he slept on it with his full body. Today, for the first time ever, he urinated in the car. Is it possible for that cooling pad to create a cold in the bladder? Thanks for your help.
Hi, I adopted an approx. 5 year old male long-haired chihuahua. He is about 4 lbs. He had not been neutered until the rescue group received him at the end of July. His penis protrudes rather considerably from the foreskin. I have had him groomed & checked for fur/hair blocking the foreskin. There is no sign of infection. All his stitches are gone now too.
Do you recommend surgery? I have read a stitch or two can cure the problem.
My Papillon recently had surgery for bladder stones, calcium oxalater. The vet want him to drink more water but he doesn’t want to drink that much. I was thinking about adding this all natural flavoring to his water.Please let me know what you think about it. He’ll only need about 3 drops or so.
Thank you for your help,
Lately, my cat has good days and bad days. On the bad days she walks back and forth for hours on end, seeking for a place to urinate. When she finds the place, she sits at it for a few moments before getting up having left a few drops of urine behind.
What is causing this and can I treat her at home without having to take her to the vet(not that it would be easy to capture her if I needed to. She’s semi-feral and when she doesn’t feel well, she runs away from me)?
What would cause her the least amount of stress and possible harm, waiting out her symptoms in the quiet and safety of her home, or whatever procedures veterinary treatment would entail? Until now the answer was always clear, but now that she appears to be in distress, I’m no longer sure what’s the best thing to do for her. Can you please advise?
Dr. Brown, my kitty was treated last month for u.t.i. and is now solely on the c/d dried and canned food but beforehand always got greenies and other cat treats and still begs for them now but my vet had told me not to give him any treats and didn’t know of any that would be safe to give now so i wanted to see if you knew of any that would be ok?
I have a cat that just had a urinary infection with crystals present, but luckily I was able to ward off a blockage by giving him a lot of water and getting him to a vet. My question is about food. He doesn’t like wet food much, and believe me, I’ve tried. I give him some every day mixed with some water. He’ll lick the gravy and drink some water and that’s it. The other problem is he only likes the less quality food, like fancy feast dry. It’s tough. And I have 3 other cats making it even more difficult, since they won’t eat the urinary tract food either. I saw some supplements sold by Wysong for uti health and was wondering if they help and if giving him those supplements would make up for his diet. Or, if you could suggest any other foods or ways to get him to eat them (I’ve tried all the common ways, like mixing in a little at a time, etc), and how to do it with 3 other cats around, it would be very appreciated. The last question would be, can I give him the uti food and give him as “treats” just a little of the food he likes, or will doing that negate the effect of the uti food. Please help! He stares at me for treats and I feel so bad! He does seem upset his routine is changed. Thank you so much for being here to help.
I have a 4 year old male nutured cat. Until about 4 months ago he went in his litter box. The litter box is a hooded one. He now urinates on throw rugs and he has bowel movements in the middle of kitchen floor.I keep the litter clean and smelling fresh. He uses this box with another cat, that he has been with all his life. I thought maybe that something scared him while in the box, so now I leave the top off of it. He still does his business wherever he wants. He has been to the vet and dosn’t have a UTI. Any suggestions?
We just adopted a 8 week old pit bull catahoula mix puppy and we have her for 2 weeks now she pees in the house about every 30 to 45 minutes even after going outside to pee. we have 2 other dogs in the house and they play a lot together. we are crate training her and she has even had accidents in her crate. any suggestions would be great.
Hi there, we recently rescued a 3 yr old pug/russell terrier in early April of this year, his name is Bosco, he is just a great little guy very affectionate, and loving, hes great with the kids the only problem we seem to have is he continuously urinates in the house, on beds, couches, walls, you name it he’s peed on it, we walk him every hour, hour and half, theres always someone home so he’s really never alone, even after just having gone out, he will still do it in the house. I thought maybe there was a problem with his kidneys, so I had our vet check things out and hes fine, do you think he’s just not happy here? I’m at a loss if you can give me any advice at all on how to teach Bosco the difference between a tree and a couch I would be grateful. Tammy
I have a 3 year old female yorkie and she has always had a problem urinating when company comes and talks to or pets her. It seems to have gotten much worse lately to the point where when company comes around we have to put her in her pet taxi. Is there anything that can be done about this? I have done lots of research but nothing has helped!
Hello Pet Vet,
Our 5 year old cat started urinating on the rug after our older cat (who passed away) urinated once on the rug. Our 5 year old cat (named Gitsie) has been urinating on the rugs ever since. We actually got new rugs in the area and sealed the wood underneath before the new rugs came. We have had to have the new rugs cleaned twice and have laid tin foil along the perimeter of the rooms. That is where she urinates. She never did this before and the vet suggested putting her on Prozac? IS this common or do you have any suggestions for us? I love Gitsie and just do not know what to do. I cannot afford new carpets again. Thanks so much! Patty Snyder
Good Morning Dr. Gaylord, I am a very big fan of your show here in Canada and hope that you can help us. My Mom has a 5 yr. spayed female Havanese who is pee pad trained, as she lives in a Condo. When she was 2 yrs. old she had a bladder full of stones (struvite) that were successfully dissolved throught the special Science Diet CD (SD)? canned food. She also passed a few while urinating, and avoided getting any surgery done to remove them. She has been stone free now for 3 yrs., however she only pees 1X per day (she has done this since she was a puppy) and tends to get UTI’s a couple of times a year, that are treated with antibiotics. We know when she has an infection as there will be blood in her urine, and then off to the Vet we go to put her on antibiotics. She is now on Royal Canin Canned Urinary SO food, but we hate feeding her such a low quality food. We also give her cranberry extract 1X per day, mixed in her food to hopefully help her sustain a healthy urinary tract. We realize Tiffany’s problem is that she only pees 1X per day, but we just can’t get her to go more often. She also had an ultrasound done and everything looks normal. My two questions for you are:
Is this normal for some dogs to only urinate once per day, if so, could this cause her more serious problems in the future?
We would like to put her on Innova EVO Turkey & Chicken canned food as we’ve heard dogs with UTI issues should eat “grain free” food, is this true?
Any other suggestions / recommendations you may have would be greatly appreciated as we are very concerned about our little Tiffany :0)
I have a 13 yr.old pure bred yellow lab. She had one litter at age three and was fixed a few years later. she is now 13 and it looks like she has a tumor or testicle with a slit where she voids urine. My friend is an OB/GYN and she looked at it and said it was her bladder. It has dropped out. She said it is not bothering her and not to worry.
I had her in to a temp. vet for a different problem and he said he had never heard of a bladder dropping out like that. What do you think it could be? She does not seem bothered by it, and urinates just fine.
My 19 yr. old cat was urinating everywhere (was some blood) a couple of mos. ago. My vet ran tests and said the results indicated a urinary tract infection. He put her antibiotics for two months, and the urination problem got better, but still hasn’t completely stopped. After the second round of antibiotics, I stopped giving them to my cat because I’ve always heard that it could be dangerous to extend antibiotics for long periods of time. She is now also having some constipation problems.
The vet told me that my cat’s kidneys are not good, and that she also has cancer of the spleen (did CRT scan). I chose not to opt for a biopsy/radiation and put my cat through all of that. They only thing the vet suggested is feeding my cat a kidney cat food and mix cranberry poweder into it.
I have been looking onlilne at various herbs to help my cat’s urinary and constipation problems, as well as products for her overall health and kidney problem.
What would you suggest?
New York, NY
charlie is our 12yr. old shepard collie mix, just leaks pee all day and poop just comes out, in the house he acts like he dont even know, we keep a male strap on him cause he cant hold his pee either he dont evan know it is happening.he can be sleeping and poop just comes out, all hrs. of the day and night, and we think he has hip problems, he cant squat to poop, as he’s walking poop just comes out. please help…this is a terrible thing… also our vet says he has degenerative myelopathy thank you, linda
Hi, my question is about cat behavior. Smokey, my shorthair male cat, is 4 yrs. He has a tendency to twitch back legs, appearing as if he just stepped in water or something sticky, and he’s shaking it off his toes. It’s usually after he finishes eating and walks away from his bowl. It does not look like a pain response. My concern is as follows: Smokey had kidney injury early in life from trauma in the wild – lack of food/water, exposure to freezing temps. For a couple years his rehab included IV fluids to assist kidney function, though we have discontinued those, experimentally; our vet regularly monitors his creatinine & BUN. And his diet is formulated for kidney health. Question: Could something associated with compromised kidney function cause his legs to tingle or fall asleep when he sits in one place to eat? I’m speculating about the nervous system in his rear quarters. I notice that in the winter, on cold linoleum, he’s more likely to ‘shake a leg’. To clarify, the behaviour is not constant or chronic. I see it once or twice every couple of days. There seems to be a mild level of discomfort or distraction, but no pain. I really appreciate what you do for animals, doctor, and for all of us who love them. Thank you.
My male cat jumps in the tub to drink the bath water around the drain. He has fresh water in s clean glass bowl.
My 12 year old belgian shepard has had a recurring bladder infection for at least 2 years. I’m in Chicago and my vet has tried a variety of antibiotics during this time, including cephalexin, amoxicillin, SMT, enrofloxacin, cipro, and gentamicin. A recent urine culture indicated that a strain of E. coli that seems to be at the root of this infection is resistant to 18 out of 21 antibiotics tested for sensitivity. The three that were indicated as being possible options were macrodantin, amikacin, and imipenem. Macrodantin was administered first and was discovered to be ineffective after a follow-up urinalysis. 10 amikacin injections were given next, and were found to be effective, but did not clear the infection completely. I’ve heard of bacteria being able to invade transitional epithelial cells and survive antibiotic administration and am wondering if this is the case here. The paper I’ve attached details that situation. I have two questions:
1) Would it be possible to administer antibiotics through injection to the areas where the bacteria might be “hiding”?
2)Are there any recommendations that you could make to my vet regarding this case?
Thanks in advance.