Bladder Problems – Rhodes 2 Safety

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Bladder Problems – Rhodes 2 Safety

What pointers might you see to indicate a bladder or urinary tract infection? 
Well, there are several questions you might ask yourself when considering bladder problems – the same ones your vet is likely to ask of you if you do decide you need a professional opinion.  The sort of questions to consider are:-
Is urine being passed more or less frequently than normal?
Is the amount normal, increased or reduced?
Does the dog strain to pass urine?
Does the dog cry/whimper when passing urine?
Is a steady stream of urine produced?
Is there any blood present? (collect a sample if possible)
Is the dog’s bedding damp?
Has the dog been urinating in the house overnight?
Is this the first occurrence of symptoms?
If not the first occurrence, when did symptoms last occur?
Is he “off colour” and out of sorts?
Does he seem agitated?
Are there other symptoms eg increased thirst, weight loss, poor appetite or vomiting?
Does he have any discharge from the tip of the penis or from her vaginal area?  A milky/greenish discharge from the tip of the penis is normal in unneutered males but if this seems more than normal or if your dog has been neutered and you are seeing this discharge for the first time, then a bladder or urinary tract infection may be possible.
A urinary tract infection is incredibly uncomfortable and an appointment with your vet should be made as soon as possible if you have any concerns.  Your vet will examine the dog physically, check his temperature and will very likely require a urine sample to aid with the diagnosis and to enable him to prescribe the correct antibiotics for the particular bacterial infection he has.

COLLECTING A URINE SAMPLE:

The sample should be as fresh as possible as changes can occur if it is allowed to stand.

In an ideal world, it is preferable for you to obtain a sample jar from your vet into which put the urine sample.  However, any container can be used to collect a sample so long as it is absolutely clean and dry. Confusion could easily result if for example traces of sugar were present in a bottle or jar. This may lead to the mistaken finding of glucose in the urine (a symptom of diabetes). The bottle should be washed in hot detergent, rinsed repeatedly and then allowed to dry before it is used for urine.

Do not collect the very first urination of the day as this will be a very strong sample and if possible try to obtain a “mid-stream” sample from your dog, ie not the very beginning or end of the urine flow.

As a rule, male dogs are easier to collect from than females.

You can purchase specific tools to help you collect a sample such as this one from www.petzhealth.com

Collecting a Urine Sample "tool" courtesy of www.petzhealth.com
Collecting a Urine Sample
“tool” courtesy of www.petzhealth.com

If you do not wish to purchase a special tool for the job, you may be able to slide a margarine tub or shallow cake tin under your dog during urination.  You might also try taping a wide-neck container or a plastic bag (without holes in it) to something like a badminton racket or a child’s fishing net.  The extra length of the handle can help you pass the container under the bitch while she squats or into the dog’s urine stream without getting too close and disturbing them – obviously, this container must also be sterile so as not to contaminate the sample.

If you MUST store the sample, enclose it completely in 2 plastic bags which are tied and sealed, and keep in the fridge, preferably in an air tight container.

EXTRA TIT-BIT OF INFO

I found this interesting “home treatment” via E-How which I did think was worth a quick mention too: “You can try treating the infection at home, but if your dog doesn’t respond to the treatment or begins straining to urinate, you’ll want to get her to a vet immediately. The infection can travel to her kidneys and cause a serious illness if it is not treated. Your vet will likely prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection.

Just like cranberry juice can help a person with a urinary tract infection, it can help a dog with the same illness. Cranberry keeps bacteria from sticking to the bladder, and some reports suggest that it also acidifies the urine to create an inhospitable environment for bacteria. It will likely be difficult to convince your dog to drink cranberry juice, but you can add an extract capsule to his food, about 20mg per pound of body weight.


Cantharis

Cantharis is a homeopathic remedy made from the Spanish fly and used for treating urinary tract disorders. It is said to provide comfort from the pain and burning that accompanies such conditions. The cantharis pellets can be given to the dog inside peanut butter or another treat to encourage him to swallow them.”
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