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Amber: Poor you and Cassidy! You said you spoke to your vet. Did he actually examine her and run urine tests? I am thinking urinary tract infection which can cause a pup to pee constantly and indiscriminately. My Maggie did have urinary issues as a result of her spaying and I honestly can't remember how old she was when she was diagnosed but, when I rescued her, she was a year old and it was not immediately after that so she was definitely older than Cassidy. I know Jen's Jersey has similar urinary issues -- I'm sure she will weigh in as to when they started with Jersey.
 

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Amber, I feel for you both. I would have your vet do a urinalysis to confirm that Cassidy does not have a bladder infection. If it just suddenly started, that sounds to me like the most likely culprit. As Judy mentioned, Jersey has bladder control issues. They started out slowly, when she was about 6 months old. First, I'd find a wet spot on a chair after she'd been napping there. Then one or two times at night while sleeping. Always on days when she'd been to the park, at day care or just out and about a lot, so she was super tired. I didn't know for sure if it was urine, because it didn't have a strong smell. I didn't know if it was drool or if she'd just been licking at the bed, etc. Then one day she was napping on the couch and the urine was just running out of her. We took her to the vet, he ran some tests and determined that she had bladder control issues related to her spay. Once they're spayed, they stop producing hormones needed for bladder control. And, if they are young and haven't had their first heat, the bladder walls may not have fully strengthened. Like humans, the dogs bladder and uterus are right next to each other and share a muscle wall. Long story, I know. But the solution was simple. Jersey is on a drug called Phenylpropanolamine (PPA). She gets 12.5 mg 2x per day and we have no problems anymore. Judy used a product called Leaks No More with Maggie and had great success on it. It's a natural remedy instead of a pharmaceutical. I hope this helped you.
 

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Originally Posted By: AmberI would like to note that Cassidy has been on antibiotics for 3 days for UTI, but it has not ceased, which leaves me to believe its bladder oreinted....he has not however run urinalysis...
Amber -- I'm a bit confused, primarily by your vet. Running a urinalysis for the symptoms you described is Vet 101 -- it takes 10 minutes to read in the office. The best way to get a clean sample is for the vet to do a cystocentesis -- sounds painful but Maggie never, ever minded them and she had a very low tolerance for pain. Basically, the vet inserts a needle directly into the bladder to get a sample. As an alternative, the vet tech can show you how to get the best clean sample at home to bring into the office(first urine in the morning, letting a little bit go and then collecting the rest). If the urinalysis is clean, then the vet looks for other reasons. If there is a huge amount of bacteria, then a culture would be the next step, particularly, as has been said, to find out the exact antibiotic to which the bacteria responds the best. To put a dog on antibiotics without any testing whatsoever seems very odd to me -- dogs, just like people, develop a resistance to antibiotics and they shouldn't be prescribed unnecessarily.
If Cassidy is on antibiotics currently, then three days is not long enough to clear up a UTI. (Also, if Cassidy is currently on antibiotics, then any urinalysis/culture would have to wait until the full course of antibiotics is completed and some time passed after -- I think it is 7 days -- to make certain that all the antibiotics are out of his system. Otherwise, any test results would be skewed by the antibiotics themselves.) My Maggie had a long, long history of repeated UTIs and the usual course of treatment was for 10 days. If her vet saw bacteria in the urinalysis results, he would start her on an antibiotic immediately and, if he needed to send it out for a culture (dictated by the amount of bacteria present), then he would, if the culture results indicated, either change the antibiotic or add a second one when the results were in. The culture usually takes at least a week to grow.
Do you like this vet? If I were in your shoes, I would be looking for a new one ... I am always telling folks to be as proactive with your pup's vet/health as you are with your own, possibly even more so because you are your dog's voice.
 
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