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Hi there,

I have an 8 year old shi tzu/bichon mix named Bella. She had a UTI about a month ago and was presenting with licking and agitation after she peed. We brought her to the vet and they did $400 worth of tests and then the results came back negative. A few days ago Bella started licking a lot down there again but I really wanted to avoid an unnecessary vet visit so I didn't take her to the vet. Now I am worried because it has gotten significantly worse. She licks almost every 30 seconds, there is a fishy smell coming from her "area", she is very lethargic, and today one of her legs was shaking vigorously from the pain. The only vet nearby is closed on the weekends, and it is a Friday night. She has an appointment first thing on Monday but I am afraid that will be too late. Is there anything I can do to ease the pain or fight the infection a bit using home remedies or over the counter medicine? Please help, she is in a lot of pain.

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Amanda
 

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There's some missing information in your story so it is hard to follow... you said she had a urinary tract infection... but then you said the vet said she didn't. What happened? Was there one or not? Did she get treated in any way? I am assuming she got better somehow or this incidence would just be a continuation of the last one... what did you do that helped make it better?

Something doesn't sound right with a UTI this time (if not last time, too). Most dogs with UTIs are squatting to urinate frequently, often have blood in their urine (not always), drink excessive water (not always) but a fishy smell is not normally what one complains about when their pet has a UTI... sounds almost like she may have an anal gland infection (that DOES produce a fishy odor, pain and can make dogs ill, much more often/likely than a UTI would). You say she is licking her 'area'... that can cover a lot of parts of her body. Is she licking her vulva, or around her anus? Dogs with UTIs rarely need to lick their vulva... they just urinate more often. But dogs with infected anal glands are always trying to lick, often scoot, and are constantly irritated by their sore tissues.

Dogs with urinary incontinence will often get a nasty rash around the vulva thanks to urine leaking onto those tissues, and the area will smell like stale urine (hard odor to mistake) and cause dogs to lick constantly and be painful as well... but incontinence is not a urinary tract infection and needs to be dealt with differently.

Either way, can't give you any suggestions about over the counter meds for pain, just that you should avoid most since they can be very dangerous for dogs. If you look around her anus and see a red, raised, swollen area, you can put a warm compress on it to help it open up and drain... but it if is a UTI, there is little to be done buy antibiotics, once you find out for sure that's what it is.
 
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