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Hi Folks,

I'm hoping some people may be able to help or have had experience of the same problems.

Jester, our 13 yr old Dalmatian started just over a fortnight ago to have urinary flow problems.

At that point he presented with having trouble squeezing down to urinate (he's a push down kinda guy instead of cocking his leg up). His legs were locking up and he was losing balance after having put so much tension in his hind legs.

So...we brought him to the vet, his urine indicated a high white blood cell count and some blood, they prescribed painkillers and a strong dose of antibiotics daily for a period of one week to be reviewed at the end of it.

For a day or two on those meds he seem to be doing fine but it had went back to normal, they tested and prescribed another week of antibiotics which we've now passed and still he's no better.

His legs aren't locking up now but his retention is next to none, he has a constant drip, poor stream on attempting and last night being the first worst night were his bed was soaking from continually dripping out.

We're not having great faith in the Vets at the moment and having had some operations over the last year and his bit and combined with his age..any operation is a daunting prospect.

We've just changed his dog food to something of a better quality to see if it makes a difference, particulary if his pH is out and he's developing crystals..

All in all I'm out of ideas....a continual course of antibiotics should kill of any infecting bacteria but this is over two weeks with no change.

Does anyone have any clues, advice, experience?

Is this now a case of old age incontinence?
 

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Just an update..

Between posting this and now Jester regrettably passed away after emergency surgery last night. He had large bladder stones and a traumatized bladder which had ruptured. He was rushed after "phasing out and losing his feet" due to a build up of potassium in his blood.

The emergency vets did say he had had these for quite sometime...including a stone in his urethra and quiried the meds and if any tests had been done. By their understanding they thought a blood test should have been taken a week on... but it wasn't...

If there's a word to the wise, if your dog presents with urinary issues, particularly if it's a dally who are prone to a recurrent stone that is untreatable...then ensure you vet is doing absolutely everything within their power to test.
 
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