|Under the weather Athena snuggled with me all day Wednesday!|
The vet checked Athena's lady parts, conducted an ultrasound, and sent out a sample of urine to the lab for a urinalysis. Besides a hint of green in Athena's urine (a sign of a UTI), the vet didn't notice any other problems that may be causing Athena's issues. While waiting on the results of the urinalysis, Athena started on a 10-day antibiotic.
The results from the urinalysis came back on Wednesday afternoon and they ruled out a possible UTI. However, the vet suspected that Athena has a case of vaginitis (a.k.a. doggie yeast infection). She's fine to stay on the antibiotic for the remaining week, but if her symptoms continue afterward, we have been instructed to head back to the vet.
|She seems to be back to her normal self now that she's on the antibiotics|
Ever since we got Athena nine months ago, we've always known that her bladder isn't the strongest, but we manage by frequently taking her outside to relieve herself. I recently read into female dog incontinence, specifically with dogs who have been spayed. Did you know that 20% of dogs who have been spayed develop urinary incontinence? I was shocked to read this. I'm just hoping that Athena's current condition actually is a yeast infection and not something more serious like incontinence.
We've looked into a few different products for bladder strength and I'm wondering if anyone out there has tried any similar products.
This is a daily supplement powder containing cranberry extract to support the urinary tract as well as the kidneys. Similar to humans, dog UTI's can be cured with cranberry. We've never tried this product, but we've heard good things and are interested in testing it out in the future.
|Photo via Cranimals|
Easy Peesy Tea
A tea for dogs that supports normal function of the urinary tract. We own this product and have given it to Athena only a couple of times. She actually doesn't really like it. I would hate for it to go to waste though, so I intend to make some tea cubes with it soon to stuff into Kongs.
|Photo via Honest|
Has your dog ever experienced any issues with their bladder? What remedies have you used?