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Old 02-04-2012, 02:16 PM
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so it turns out it wasn't a bladder infection after a urinalysis the vet said he has a high white blood cell count which could mean a kidney stone he goes in for xrays on tuesday any thoughts
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High White Cell count in the urine test or did he do a blood test as well?
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What signs was the puppy having? can you give me a detailed history of the problem?

I don't know the clinical signs and history of the patient to give an input on the veterinarians next steps but if stones are suspected I recommend you go through with further diagnostics.

Was bloodwork performed?
What were the results of the urinalysis? Was the increased WBC count in the urine or the blood?
Had any medication been perscribed previously (if so what)?
Any improvement with medication?

I ask because sometimes when the urinalysis is performed you can see crystals in the urine and there may be evidence of an infection through identified bacteria and white blood cells found in the urine. Infection can somtimes be seen in combination with stones. Was any medication given for your puppy?

If your veterinarian is suspecting stones this suspicion would be based on results of the tests performed and clinical findings then I would advise you to go through with the radiograph. This will easily rule out stones. There are different types of urinary stones and treatment is different for each and I can provide you with further information regarding different types of stones if you'd like.

If you are doubtful, it never hurts to get a second opinion from another veterinary practice. They can do an exam on the puppy and review the history and previous tests performed if you give consent to transfer files. However, I would not leave this untreated because it is evident there is a problem of some sort going on that does require veterinary attention immediatly.

Good luck and please keep us updated on your puppy.

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What signs was the puppy having? can you give me a detailed history of the problem?

I don't know the clinical signs and history of the patient to give an input on the veterinarians next steps but if stones are suspected I recommend you go through with further diagnostics.

Was bloodwork performed?
What were the results of the urinalysis? Was the increased WBC count in the urine or the blood?
Had any medication been perscribed previously (if so what)?
Any improvement with medication?

I ask because sometimes when the urinalysis is performed you can see crystals in the urine and there may be evidence of an infection through identified bacteria and white blood cells found in the urine. Infection can somtimes be seen in combination with stones. Was any medication given for your puppy?

If your veterinarian is suspecting stones this suspicion would be based on results of the tests performed and clinical findings then I would advise you to go through with the radiograph. This will easily rule out stones. There are different types of urinary stones and treatment is different for each and I can provide you with further information regarding different types of stones if you'd like.

If you are doubtful, it never hurts to get a second opinion from another veterinary practice. They can do an exam on the puppy and review the history and previous tests performed if you give consent to transfer files. However, I would not leave this untreated because it is evident there is a problem of some sort going on that does require veterinary attention immediatly.

Good luck and please keep us updated on your puppy.
he was urinating a lot and it was clear the vet thought it was a bladder infection and we tried clavamox and that made the urination less frequent the vet called to see how he was doing we still said it was kind of frequent but not as much he had a bpring in a urine test and it showed that the wbc was high he said that it might be a stone and to bring him in for an x-ray on tuesday no blood work has been done yet
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First of all, the urine sample should be cultured to see if he does, in fact, have an infection. Even if the urinalysis didn't show bacteria, WBC in the urine could still indicate that, especially since he was on antibiotics before the urine test. Did they see any crystals in the urine? Did the vet palpate anything in his bladder? How long was he on the Clavamox?

I think you should do the x-ray and I also think you should do general bloodwork along with another urinalysis AND a urine CULTURE, but I also think you should get a second opinion. Either there are parts of the story missing or this doesn't 100% make sense.
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First of all, the urine sample should be cultured to see if he does, in fact, have an infection. Even if the urinalysis didn't show bacteria, WBC in the urine could still indicate that, especially since he was on antibiotics before the urine test. Did they see any crystals in the urine? Did the vet palpate anything in his bladder? How long was he on the Clavamox?

I think you should do the x-ray and I also think you should do general bloodwork along with another urinalysis AND a urine CULTURE, but I also think you should get a second opinion. Either there are parts of the story missing or this doesn't 100% make sense.
I agree 100%.
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I agree 100%.
He was on the clavamox for a week. He did do a urine culture and did confirm an infection. He's not sure why there is still an infection. And suspects stones. On Tuesday he's getting blood work and an x ray. He did have giardia but that has since been taken care of. He's also on a prescription food for gastro health for his gas and soft stool. and that has worked great. Other than that's he's completly normal. Big appetite and more energy then any one knows what to do with. He's even starting to learn commands that my other dog has demonstrated for him. Pretty cute. Lol. The one with health problems is a 3 month old beagle bull dog mix. Thank you both!
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He was on the clavamox for a week.
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That right there is the problem. One week of Clavamox is usually not enough for a urinary tract infection. Did he culture it after the clavamox was finished? How did he get the urine for the culture, from the sample you brought in or did he catheterize the puppy?


I'd still go ahead with the other testing because for a MALE puppy to get a urinary tract infection is VERY weird and there is probably something underlying going on... or he didn't have an infection to begin with...
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We took a sample in that we caught in a measuring cup. We took the sample in less then 15 mins from getting the sample. He thought it may have been a bladder infection.And yes he took it after the clavamox. It's all got me worrying like crazy
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So they sent out blood work and the x rays his wbc is six points to high and they put him on simplicef for 12 days. The vet said he's not sure what's causing the infection
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