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Old February 22nd, 2008, 03:49 AM
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one more pic, here he is just after enjoying a swim

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Old February 22nd, 2008, 12:28 PM
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I love the beach pics.

Maybe Guinness will drink some chicken broth. Boil some chicken for an hour or so or you can use the canned or powdered stuff but dilute it really well because of the salt content.

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Old February 22nd, 2008, 06:03 PM
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He LOVES the water! I wished I lived near some, all the pics like that were taken on vacation. Of course he gets to go with me most of the time, but we battle carsickness... (both him and I).

So the vet called back with lab results. His CBC was for the most part normal, with only one liver enzyme value high. Nothing else was even close to being borderline. The vet didn't find this very alarming as all the other liver enzyme values were normal. Also, all his kidney values were normal. The urinalysis showed high white blood cell count and trace amounts of blood. I can't see the blood anymore but the other day, after a day a daycare, his urine was bright red. Now, he seems a bit dehydrated so has more yellow urine than normal but really, no obvious blood. So the plan is to give him another round of antibiotics and check his urine after that for blood. If it shows up, then he'll get the ultrasound... I think it is odd that he was essentially bleeding out of his urinary tract, bright red blood, after a day of running around, almost like something was getting irritated in there. I said that to the vet and she agreed, that he may have something going on with one of his kidneys and even said the normal kidney values don't necessarily mean his kidneys are fine. A normal kidney can compensate for one that is dysfunctional and cover it up for awhile. I almost want her to do the ultrasound now... I know this is going to come back. Maybe I will start another post about this... I've had a dog with bad kidney's but if mine has a bad one, this isn't the same thing at all.

oh, by the way, he is doing much better!! yay! he is drinking water and eating his bland diet canned food, and just seems more alert. He's still tired, but definitely much better than yesterday. So glad, I wasn't sure what i was going to come home to tonight.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 01:41 PM
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Glad to hear that his CBC was pretty much normal and there is no more blood in his urine. Is it possible that he had bladder or kidney stones that he managed to pass by himself?

How is he doing today?
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 01:50 PM
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Maybe he did pass a stone... he's not been showing crystals in his urine, but the vet said that doesn't mean there are no stones. Would the x-rays detect stones? I wish I knew if he had stones, because then I'd probably want to be changing is diet? I still haven't seen any blood in his urine (nothing obvious, it isn't even brown). strange... last time this happened it took several days for the blood to go away. He also wasn't sick that time (not vomiting).

He's doing pretty good today, thanks for asking... seems almost back to normal. He is still a bit tired, but we went for a walk and he wasn't sluggish at all. He's been eating his canned bland diet and asking for more, which I'll give him in a bit.
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I think the stones would show up on the xrays. How is Guinness doing now? Is he on a grain free kibble? I read somewhere that it's best to feed grain free if they are prone to bladder/kidney stones.
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He's doing great, thanks! He's not as tired as he has been and eating well. No more bloody urine or puking... He's on Wellness - fish and sweet potato. It isn't grain free, and I plan to switch him when this bag is gone. He gets bored with his foods and I'm not entirely sure if this food isn't contributing to his problem. I do top his dinners off with various canned foods, which he loves.

There were no visible stones on his xrays, but maybe they are too small or couldn't be seen because he passed them? Not sure.
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When does he get his next urine test?
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His next test is after he is done with his 3 weeks of antibiotics.
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update

Yay, Guinness' urinalysis yesterday came back all-ok. Hopefully this doesn't happen again If it does, then I guess that means there is something else going on causing infections. He is now eating Wellness Core Ocean formula kibble and he gets canned food on top of that too. He's been fine for awhile, unlike last time when he was pretty lethargic during treatment, I think probably from the antibiotics. This time he was on a different one.
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