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Old 06-18-2019, 04:58 PM
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I have a 15 year old Bichon/Japanese Chin that is having urinary/bladder issues. I have been to the vet about four times now and she had a urine test done that showed a very bad infection, crystals, and blood cells. They put her on medicine for two weeks and when we went back, they did another urine test and an x-ray for bladder stones because the medicine didn't help. They didn't find bladder stones so they did an ultrasound and didn't find anything. They sent her blood and urine out but nothing negative came back. They also put her on an anxiety medicine to see if that helps but it is pretty much unsuccessful. She is constantly peeing in very small amounts all over the house and always wants outside. She was also throwing up some but it was white foam and grass. She is a very healthy dog and has never had any real issues. She is super spunky and always happy.

I don't know what else to do because they can't find anything wrong with her and it's driving me nuts that she has to live this way. Does anyone have any suggestions?? Thanks!

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Old 06-18-2019, 08:08 PM
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Sorry you and your dog are having such troubles. Senior dogs are so very special, but might need a bit more love and care than they have in their younger years.

As to your dogs issues, you could try getting a second opinion. Perhaps hormone meds could help. She is a senior dog, and for female dogs incontinence or bladder issues are a common problem (as it is for humans as well). Muscles just aren't as flexible and tight as before, and sometimes hormone supplements can help.
Heavier body weight can also contribute to the incontinence issue, have a look if your dog could be having a little extra weight.

Diabetes is another condition that can cause more frequent urination. Do you know if your vet has tested for that? Unchecked diabetes can damage the kidneys. Blood in the urine can also come from the kidneys.

I am unclear if the meds your vet prescribed were for the infection, and if so, if that medication did not help. If it didn't she would need a different antibiotic to clear that up.

In the meantime, I would invest in some doggie diapers, at least you will have more peace of mind, that your house will not become contaminated with dog urine everywhere.
I hope your dog will feel better soon!
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:08 PM
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They did check her for diabetes and she is not overweight. She is actually at a very healthy weight!

The medicine they gave her was to help clear up the infection but as said, they didn't work? I also thought they should give her a different antibiotic but they didn't 😔

I will have to look into the hormone meds!
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