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“My dog is acting nuts,” I told the vet’s office lady over the phone.
“What do you mean?”
“She’s not behaving normal – just crazy,” I responded.
“What’s going on?” the lady asked in a tone that suggested I was the crazy one.
I know my dog . . .
If you have owned a dog for a while, you know their personality, their quirks, and their behaviors. I knew she wasn’t behaving normally (for her). I made an appointment for the next afternoon.
So, What Was the Crazy Behavior?
My 12-year-old pitbull, Lacey, doesn’t like to go out in the rain. She’s a big baby.
The weather was sleeting, and it was cold. Lacey wandered through the doggy door to the outside, down the steps and laid down. She wouldn’t come back in. I’d call her and she seemed confused. She’d start to walk to the deck stairs, pace back and forth, then turn around and lay back down.
She was now cold and completely soaked.
I hustled outside and brought her indoors. I wondered if she was getting dementia. Later, I found her standing with her head in the corner – again very weird.
Later that evening, she sat next to me on the couch and pressed her head into my chest rubbing up and down. I thought, “Aww, how sweet.” But then, as I ran my hand down her side, I could feel it tightening like contractions. Instantly, I knew my dog was in pain.
Urinary Tract Infections: Common Symptoms
The typical UTI symptoms usually include:
- blood in the urine
- cloudy urine
- strong urine odor
- trying to pee, but not able to get much out
- dribbling urine in the house – can’t control it
- excessive licking of the genital area
- loss of appetite
- crying in pain while urinating
- drinking more than usual
Know the Quirkier Symptoms
- off-balance, dizzy, possible falling or tripping
- unusual behavior
- walking with an arched back
- sleeping in unusual postures
How Does a UTI Get Diagnosed?
First, you’ll need a clean urine sample; ask your vet for a collection container.
Take the sample to your vet to run a:
- urinalysis; or
- urine culture (this takes a couple of days).
This will tell the veterinarian what kind of bacteria or fungi your dog may have contracted, and which antibiotic to use (should you choose that route). You want to eradicate the infection the first time because having to use additional rounds of antibiotics can cause antibiotic-resistant bacteria which you really don’t want.
(I prefer the urine culture because it determines the specific cause of the UTI infection, bacterial or fungal. The treatment can then be targeted for that particular cause.)
Do NOT Let a UTI Go Untreated!
If left untreated, a UTI can turn into a serious and possibly life-threatening problem (once it travels to the kidneys). At a minimum, get a urinalysis or culture to see what your dog is dealing with and then treat it with prescribed antibiotics or holistic alternatives.
Once you know whether you’re dealing with a bacterial or fungal UTI infection, get your canine on an appropriate treatment immediately.
If you decide to use holistic options, only use organic, pesticide-free herbs on an empty stomach.
Effective herbs for addressing UTIs include:
You could also use amino acid methionine. When used along with cranberry extract, it can be as effective as an antibiotic. Consult with a holistic vet versed in herbal treatments for proper dosing.
A Final Note
Whether you choose traditional or holistic treatments, the idea is to properly diagnose and treat your dog quickly.
I believe that holistic treatments and traditional treatments can work harmoniously. I use holistic treatment options on a regular basis with my dogs. But at times, you may opt for a traditional approach with antibiotics.
If your vet doesn’t offer holistic veterinarian services, search online for a holistic veterinarian near you. You can use the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) to search.
Whether you have access to a traditional or holistic vet, you must make the best decision for your dog.
No judgment here.
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Photo by Pamela Morrison
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Photo by Pamela Morrison
Meet our Guest Blogger
Pamela Morrison is a professional copywriter for the pet industry including marketers, pet product and service providers, veterinarians and holistic pet practitioners. She does home visits for a local rescue when she can and has been a dog foster mom. She lives in western Michigan with her husband and two dogs, Lacey and Zadie. Pam enjoys walking her dogs, reading, and drinking lots of coffee!
No one likes to expect the unexpected.
But when you’re faced with a life-threatening emergency requiring K9 CPR, proper preparation may be all that stands between life and death for that dog.
It’s December and the Season for Giving!
It’s also a wonderful time to think about our local animal shelters.
For most of us, the holidays come with colder weather. As I write this, here in Wisconsin, it’s only 6 degrees! Sadly, this time of year also sees an increased number of dogs and cats in need of shelter. Since shelters usually operate from donations, whatever you can give goes a long way in helping homeless pets.
Ideas for Giving to Your Local Shelter
Your Time – All dogs and cats need attention, cuddle time and exercise. Especially during the holidays, shelters and rescues are always looking for extra volunteers to help keep the animals feeling loved and well-cared for.
Food – Both canines and felines eat at least twice a day. That is a lot of food for a shelter! Depending on age and diet needs, they typically will accept a variety of quality foods both dry and wet along with treats. Other foods a shelter can typically use include peanut butter (please make sure it’s xylitol-free), fresh veggies and fruits, canned baby food and tuna. Call your local shelter first to see what they are currently accepting.
Spare Blankets, Pillows and Towels – Shelters can always use these items for their crates and bedding. They also need rags, newspapers and kitty litter.
Toys – Shelters can always use toys to help the dogs (and cats) stay happy, mentally stimulated and active. Kong toys, balls or puzzles are great, so are gently used stuffed animals! Do you have toys that your dog or cat refuses to play with? Donate them!
Crates and Carriers – Both dogs and cats love a secure den. Are you no longer using your dog crate or cat carrier? Donate it! You can help a shelter animal feel safer, especially in a busy shelter where things may seem scary and overwhelming.
Other items you could give include:
- Food and water bowls;
- Grooming supplies; and
- Office items.
Obviously, you can always donate money to a shelter; but there are other ways to help if you don’t have the extra money (especially at this time of year)! Extra items or those going unused at home could be very useful at a shelter. Again, call a shelter first to see what items they need and will accept.
I am in high hopes that this blog helps our animal shelters receive extra donations during this Season of Giving. Also, keep your local shelters in mind, not just over the holidays, but throughout the coming year!
A big thank you to all our animal shelters and may all the pets find forever homes!
Not sure where to find YOUR local shelters?
Just pull out your smartphone and google “animal shelters near me!”
Meet our Guest Blogger
Holli Burch is a blogger at The Dog Connection focusing on Connecting Humans and Dogs; Mind, Body and Soul. She likes to focus everyday on giving back and uplifting dog lovers. You can follow Holli on Facebook.
Dogs communicate in a variety of ways including
well-established body language, barks and even growls.
But is it always a bad thing when your dog growls?
Click here to learn more at Your Pet AuPair‘s blog post: https://tinyurl.com/y2lyrh7a.
And please share with a fellow dog owner!
I thought I had heard it all when it comes to the trouble our dogs (and even cats) can get into. Well, I stand corrected, because recently I learned about a common danger that exists at this very moment in almost every household (probably including yours)!
I’m talking about empty snack bags that contain:
- Cookies and MORE!
And PLEASE, share it with a friend to protect other curious dogs, cats and pets!
Can you open your home and heart to a hard-to-adopt shelter dog today?
Join Subaru and ASPCA and SUPPORT all the “underdogs” and MAKE a difference!