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Old 02-24-2010, 10:02 PM
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Question Need your input!! Possible UTI? Why is she throwing up?

Alrighty, so I have a few questions for you guys!

I just got a new German Shepherd puppy that's 9 weeks old! I named her Marley (not after the movie, I haven't seen it actually). I picked her up this past sunday from a guy about an hour and half away. He fed Iams proactive puppy food, so I grabbed a 40lb. bag on the way home for her. When we got home, I realized I didn't ask him what kind of feeding schedual she was on. So I called him and he said he fed them once in the morning and once at night. Well, I don't think that's a good schdual for a puppy, and I was right. The first day or so we had her home she was lathargic and the way she walked I was seriously worried that she could have early hip dysplasia. Instead of twice a day I feed her smaller portions 3-4 times a day. Now her stomach isn't so bloated and her body is looking better porportioned. She had diahrea but now it's turning more solid and today she was VERY playful and frisky like a normal puppy should be! Also, she's moving around a lot nicer, so I think it was how he fed them.

Okay, so now for the questions. Is Iams a good puppy food? She threw up twice today, the first time just a little bit and it was just food. No nasty mucus or foam or anything. Also, she had just eaten like 30 minutes before. However, just a little while ago she threw up quite a bit of food and it's been awhile since she last ate. So I'm wondering if it's the brand, but I don't think it is because that's what he's been feeding them. So I'm wondering if she is eating her food too fast? She still goes after the food as if she was fighting over it with other siblings, and I'm giving her plenty so I know she can't be starving. Do puppies throw up if they eat the food to fast? She hardly chews it.

I noticed she pees a lot, but in not huge amounts. I take her out each time she wakes up from a nap and before and after every meal. We still manage to have accidents here and there however. I must say though, she's only pooped once in the house. Also, every once in awhile, I'd have to say once a day she has a little mucus hanging down between her legs that I have to clean up. It's not a lot either, but I'm wondering if it could be UTI? I have heard though that sometimes that's common for female puppies? Yet she does have a "inny" and I've heard females with innies are more prone to UTI than those that don't have them. I don't know, none of female puppies have ever had that.

We have water down for her constantly so could that be the cause of her constant peeing? I don't think I've ever had a puppy that pees so much. Should I moderate her water to try and get it better under control?

Tomorrow at 10:15 am I have an appt. with my vet to have a physical exam done on her. The receptionist said he would check for UTI and after that see if we wanted to have lab tests. How would he check for UTI though without testing? Just looking at her, she seems fine. It's not swollen or red or anything like that.

How much does UTI usually cost to diagnose and treat? I don't have a ton of money right now, so I'm wondering if I should hold off on the physical exam for a week or two and have her tested for the UTI? What would you do? Right now she seems perfectly healthy except for her excessive peeing and the mucus. And throwing up, but like I said I think that's from eating her food too fast. How could I get her too slow down? I can't keep food out all the time because we have an older lab that eats different food and he'd eat all of her food.

Sorry this is such along post!!! I thank anyone whom has the patience to read all of my jabbering then post too it!!!
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lol...don't apologize for the long post! usually i feel like we are all pulling teeth to get more info...

first... the vet visit is the most important thing... make sure you tell all of this info to your vet...

second, i'm not sure of the cost, of diagnosing a uti, but they would need a urine sample, if you can manage to stick a little cup under when she pees in the morning before you go in, that may help a lot.

third, i don't believe that vomiting is a symptom of uti, but i'm not sure, that and the fact that she was lethargic worry me quite a bit.... keep a very close eye on her...

also i don't really know what would cause the mucus... (sorry i suppose my response isn't very helpful...)

anyway... sending {{{healing vibes}}} to your pup... please keep us updated after the vet visit...



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I think you are blaming the food-but this dog sounds sick. Vomiting *is not* a sign of a UTI

Vomiting and lethargy-are indicators of distemper and parvo.
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How would he check for UTI though without testing?
Urinalysis is done

Don't moderate her water-she could have a UTI or under-devoloped bladder and the vet will find let you know what is wrong-but never ever restrict water. In fact-for a suspected UTI you should be 'pushing fluids'


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Tomorrow at 10:15 am I have an appt. with my vet to have a physical exam done on her. The receptionist said he would check for UTI and after that see if we wanted to have lab tests. How would he check for UTI though without testing? Just looking at her, she seems fine. It's not swollen or red or anything like that.

How much does UTI usually cost to diagnose and treat? I don't have a ton of money right now, so I'm wondering if I should hold off on the physical exam for a week or two and have her tested for the UTI? What would you do? Right now she seems perfectly healthy except for her excessive peeing and the mucus. And throwing up, but like I said I think that's from eating her food too fast. How could I get her too slow down? I can't keep food out all the time because we have an older lab that eats different food and he'd eat all of her food.
I'm extremely glad you are going to the vet in the morning! Phew!!

A UTI with tests and treatment for a rabbit is less then 200$ and they are considerably more expensive then dogs So I'd say your looking at less IF that's what it is.


And it could be-but I really really URGE you to tell your vet AND the techs and receptionist as soon as you arrive about the vomiting. [If your dog has parvo or distemper-they can put you in a room right away if you don't tell them and your dog is sick you could endanger other dogs as well] and get her checked out-they are serious and common illnesses in puppies and with early vet care chances are good-but make sure you mention the whole pictures and all the symptoms.
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sounds like parvo or another intestinal infection, with the mucus and all..

hard to say if its a uti...puppies do go often. It wouldn't hurt to have it checked.


Iams is not fantastic food, but I would keep her on whatever shes used to for now and switch her when she feels better.



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Ditto what everyone else said!

Hope your pup is feeling better soon!
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How did it go yesterday at the vet? How is she feeling?
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yeah... any update? i hope she is feeling better...



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yeah u failed to say if she had her shots or not as it sounds alot like parvo or tho there is normally blood in the stools when they have parvo and she would be way sicker with no treatment.
if she has had her needles there not covered properly for quite a while and she could of picked it up along the way and is fighting that.
my vet said when i had some sick pups that had been a big flat to go buy a hot roast chicken and feed them that and rice for a few days as it was easy to eat while off colour.
change the diet to a puppy food with rice and start adding it alittle at a time to her food she is eatting now
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