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Old 01-02-2010, 04:12 PM
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A couple weeks ago, I started a thread about one of my beagles who had blood in her urine. She had a UTI and it's been treated, and it's fine now.

When I brought in her second urine sample, I brought in a urine sample from my other beagle just for the heck of it.

Vet called and said that "a bacteria" showed up in his sample, and he wanted to put him on antibiotics. I pressed him and asked him to explain more about bacteria. He never really gave a precise answer to what the bacteria was. He said he could culture the bacteria to get more specifics, but said he had prepared a medication for him. I told him I was hesitant to put him an antibiotics if there wasn't a pressing need. He said that he didn't have "a burning desire to put him on antibiotics" and the decision was up to me.

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Old 01-02-2010, 04:27 PM
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Update: I'm leaning towards having the lab culture the bacteria to see exactly what it is.
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:31 PM
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I'd probably do the same thing. I would be wary of medicating a dog for a bacteria that can't be named.
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:34 PM
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I'd probably do the same thing. I would be wary of medicating a dog for a bacteria that can't be named.
Yeah, it was weird. He was very vague. This is a new vet because we just moved to a new state. I think he expected me to just say 'ok'. However, he doesn't realize that I'm crazy protective dog owner.
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:37 AM
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I would hold off on the meds until the bacteria is NAMED. I mean what if the bacteria is one thing and the meds are for another thing? If I where you I would look for another vet.
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Old 01-03-2010, 08:29 PM
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You cant really "name" any bacteria by just looking at it under a microscope. You have to culture it first and spend alot of money.

Personally, if it were my dog i would hold off on everything if he isnt showing signs and bring in another sample in a couple weeks. Some dogs normally have bacteria in their urine that doesnt do any harm, or the bacteria could of been a contaminate from the container or the stain used. Did your vet find any white blood cells with the bacteria? If not then there likely isnt an infection. I would not freak out at this point.
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:09 PM
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You do realize the culture is going to take a week at the soonest to get back, oft times 2 - 3? In which time the UTI is just going to get worse?
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You do realize the culture is going to take a week at the soonest to get back, oft times 2 - 3? In which time the UTI is just going to get worse?
It's her other dog who had the bacteria--not the one that had the UTI
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:10 AM
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Right but if the dog has bacteria in its urine, that's a UTI.

Anyhow I'd just ask them if they did a Gram's stain to confirm if you're worried about them misdiagnosing and unnecessarily treating. That's the most expedient, informative test and should be one they can do right there in the clinic without you (and the dog) having to wait weeks for a reply.
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