|Barked: Tue Jan 29, '13 10:09am PST |
|So the past couple weeks Samson has started peeing in the house. And it is definitely peeing, not marking, the volume is SO MUCH MORE than just marking. He's already ruined an expensive set of insulated drapes, a basket, and a cat tree. He's on 100% leashed supervision while indoors now, no exceptions. He HAS marked in the house in the past before (been a very long time though), so I know the difference in volume.
He was on antibiotics off and on for about a month and a half due to an ear infection we COULD NOT get rid of.
I know the last one was an oral antibiotic, Baytril. He was on a week of that, but it has probably been two weeks since he was off that (right when the problems started).
The one right before that were ear drops, "TMP-SMZ." I honestly can't remember what the first med was, though - but it was an ear drop, too, different antibiotic though.
I know being on antibiotics for so long has probably really screwed up his gut flora, and I know it can mess up "healthy" bacteria in the urinary tract - but he's not acting at all like he has a UTI (he's had them before). When cleaning up the mess he made last night (which was the last straw - that's what led me to impose a 100% leashed in the house rule, though he's still allowed to roam free in my room, where he's never peed), I noticed it smelled very...alkaline? I don't know if that is the word. He's always killed grass where he pees though, so that might be normal for him. Just trying to think of any details that might help.
I'm going to go to the grocery store today and try to pick him up some yogurt to help repopulate his gut with good bacteria.
Part of me wonders if this is behavioral, I mean he won't pee at all in my room, which basically doubles as his "den" - but the rest of the house all of the sudden seems to be fair game. He's given multiple opportunities to go outside a day, and does pee when he's let out. There's no symptoms of a UTI. But this is so far out of the realm of his normal behavior, and there's no other indications to suggest a behavioral problem is going on that I'm still wondering if it is medical.
Any ideas? Is it just going to take some time for his body to recover from the antibiotics? I know Baytril is a really powerful one and if I understand correctly is not normally given as a first course, so maybe that just really wrecked the good bacteria in his system and is making him feel off?
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