Dog's UTI's, Bladder Stones Surgery and Incompetent Vets! Surgeries at Reg. Vet Vs. a Hospital.

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Barked: Sun Oct 2, '11 11:03am PST 
Do you know the signs of a Dog's UTI? How about a bladder stone? Looking back, I now know my Oscar was suffering from a UTI and I didn't even know it! Please, keep in mind--I love this dog and there is Nothing I wouldn't do for him! We don't have kids and this dog is our only "child"--he runs our household! I didn't know it was abnormal for him to urine 2-3x over night on his pee-pee pads and seem to drink more water at night (big clue--I learned). In the past, other vets felt he just had an over active bladder and drinking more water at night meant he would urinate more. On April this year, I saw small drops of bright blood. I took him and x-ray showed a small stone. He had it removed and ended up with Post Op Complications. I kept bringing back to his vet and he kept saying "he is fine" "it takes time to heal" or give him new antibitiocs. My gut kept telling me taking him somewhere else but my Husband and vet-staff would convinced me each time that the "Vet knows Best"! It was that kind of attitude that almost cost him his life! 10 visits, 7 urine samples, 4 x-rays w/o results & a bad dream that my dog was dying, I went somewhere else and then asked the new vet for a referral to a specialist--who did the ultrasound and showed "thickness of the bladder at prior surgery site" and lots of inflamation. His vet never thought of ordering a Urine Culture and an Ultrasound--the only 2 test he desperatly needed! Many sleepless nights, worried sick and argued over the dog's health out of frustration. The specialist (who is well known throughout the state) told us we brought him in just on time. If we had waited for his vet to act--he would be dead! There was so much inflamation his colon lining was glued to his bladder. He needed emergency surg. to cut out the infected part of his bladder. The specialist says it was an allergy or rare reaction to the sutures. MOPO, it was the STAPH infection. His bladder sample was sent out and came back positive for staph/mrsa. This whole deal cost us over $5000. My point is, Never assume the vet knows best! YOU know your pet Best! I knew something was wrong with my little paw! How? For one, he couldn't hold his urine. I'd have to get off the highway if the ride was longer than 30 mins in order for him to pee. He'd Hide under bed, he looked "sad" although he was eating (never lost his big appetite). I feel guilty I ignored my Mother's gut Instint and allowed others to convinced me "vet knows best". We have to stop that way of thinking! The vet never called to say: I'm sorry I didn't take your concerns more serious and didn't refer you to a specialist! Instead, he doubled down and denied it! He sent me a letter LYING that he had recommended we see this specialist "Numerous times". The guy is not only inept & dishonest but arrogant!! After I started a social media campaign to warn other pet owners about this vet, he had the specialist called me and asked me to stop the "Attacks". Out of respect for the specialist (who we have respect for and saved my dog), I agreed! So now, I am dedicating my time to share our experience in hopes it may help another pet/owner! It was a Horrific Exp. Depressing and painful to watch your pet mope around and you feel helpless. It is not like I ignored his symptons--I ignored by Gut feeling! We learned there is BIG differences when it comes to having your pet's surgery at his regular vet Vs. a Full Staff Hospital with care around the clock. With ultrasound machines, MRI's, and multiple doctors on staff to discuss each patient's case!! It will cost you a bit more--but in the long run, it could end up saving you & your pet from a horrific, painfull exp. not to mention money!. The bladder surgery at his reg. vet was $1000 vs. $1500 at the hospital. For us it wasn't the $$$ but the lack of knowledge!!! Keep a close eye on your pet post-op if we hadn't, we may had not notice his sad mood. If U have any questions, feel free to pawmail me regarding bladder problems. Now my poor dog is having problems with his Anal sac--packed-infected. It looks like he'll have to have a 3rd surgery to remove them this week! frown....

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Barked: Sun Oct 2, '11 8:22pm PST 
I'm so sorry to hear your doggie has been through all of this!
When we adopted Ralph from the shelter, it was pretty noticeable that he was having bladder issues. It took a long time for him to pee, and just a little urine would come out. He had little 'accidents', especially on blankets and bedding - anything soft.
We took him to the vet who took a urine sample, but there wasn't really any sign of infection. The vet said we could get an x-ray done, but that he couldn't palpitate any bladder stones, that he didn't feel an x-ray was necessary. He figured that Ralph must have had a previous dose of antibiotics, and that he just needed something a little stronger to kick the infection.
After the course of antibiotics there was no change in Ralph's urinary situation, and I took him back to the vet. Of course, the vet thought he needed a longer regimen of antibiotics. I knew something was wrong, and said we better do an x-ray. Poor Ralph had 2 stones lodged in his urethra. So of course there was nothing to feel in his bladder...it was amazing the poor guy could pee at all. He must have been in horrible pain.
My vet had no problem admitting his error and actually got down to look my dog in the eye and apologize to him. I think the world of my vet, but he of course doesn't spend time with my dogs like I do. Just like with children, 'Mom' knows when something isn't right, we have to speak for our furkids.
I hope Oscar feels better soon, poor little guy!

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Mitchell- Rapp "Black- Ops"

Barked: Sun Oct 2, '11 9:22pm PST 
A friend and client of mine was having on going problems with her cat urinating in small amounts all over the house, this had been going on for months, she kept taking him to the local (very old school) Vet so many times I have lost count, he rx'ed antibiotics, never did xrays, cultures or ultrasounds (I am real sure he does not have ultrasound equipment, way too old fashioned) only did u/a's. The cat never had bacteria in his urine, just blood. So, he always treated with antibiotics.
Well, while they were on vacation and I was watching him, I noticed he was straining in the litter box, I palpated his bladder and found that his bladder was huge, I knew he could not urinate. I loaded him into his crate and went up to the Vets I work with. One xray later we found 4 very large stones, one completely blocking his ability to urinate.
When we called the owner she stated that her vet "could not palpate stones so that quarantees there were not something to worry about". We had the records faxed to the clinic and sure enough that is what the vet had told the owner.
Well, fast forward to last week, when I saw my friend, she said that her cat was once again urinating all over the house, "sort of pinkish colored and in small amounts" I told her to get him to the vet, she said she had been back to the local vet and he once again put him on antibiotics and that he could not palpate stones. Geez, you would think she would learn. It will probably take another emergency to make her see the light.
Oh, and her vet is insisting on feeding Hill's C/D stating that since he is on hills he will never get stones, WHAT!!!
I am glad you got a second opinion, it saved your dogs life.dog