|Toto, CD, RN, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!!
|Barked: Thu Sep 20, '12 5:53pm PST |
|Chance, your whole list HAS been ruled out, unfortunately, via xrays, ultrasounds and blood work. Short of exploratory surgery, which is now being talked about, everything tested has been normal.
My vets are trying to blame it on grain free food, but without any blood work to indicate he has kidney issues, it is a pretty hard sell since ALL my dogs, some older than he is, are on grain free and he is the only one with issues. Since he is an extremely skinny dog and will only eat grain free, they have agreed that this food is perhaps the only choice for him.
Yes, I did try him on premade raw but again, he wouldn't eat it so it isn't an option.
He does drink plenty of water, but is not an excessive drinker. While on antibiotics, he is 100% normal as far as urinating goes... within a few weeks of stopping the antibiotics, sometimes less, he begins urinating excessively and indicates to me he has a infection by his peeing on my bed AND by generally acting sick with a fever, listlessness and not eating at all.
We have repeated the urine culture a week after ending the antibiotics and he was fine, but sick again a few weeks later, so it does appear he is actually getting rid of them and then getting another.
Within four or five days of starting the antibiotics he is right back to his normal, happy self.
One vet tried to tell me he had kidney issues because of a mildy high BUN and Cl values on his last blood work (August 29th), but it was 90 degrees and he had been running chasing my chickens prior to the blood draw so, based on a low normal Creatine value and everything else normal that has now been attributed to being somewhat dehydrated.
He does not normally swim...yes, he kayaks frequently and visits the ocean about twice a year, but he rarely actually gets wet. Our ocean trips are only allowed off season so swimming is pretty much out on those since it is usually about 40 degrees. Interesting enough, he went for almost 6 weeks this Summer without a flareup, his longest time between UTI's in the last three or four years.
It is certainly perplexing!!!!