UTI update

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needy look while I was at the loo

Is the cranberry powder+greek yoghurt a success? Not really. I had to add in apple cider vinegar into my furry friend’s water bowl before the pH value in her urine becomes consistently neutral. I think Molly’s body is natural alkaline because I’ve never seem to be able to get it to be acidic. The best I could is getting it neutral, which will still clear her bladder stone(last year’s episode) & now this Urinary Tract Infection. The latest test I did was this morning where there was hardly any protein(blood) in her urine & pH value still neutral(what’s new?). I think I can breathe a sigh of relief & stop with all these regular tests.

One thing to note is that I had only given her the cranberry powder+greek yoghurt combination for a week before my husband started complaining about the smell(he isn’t very fond of milk products).Also, when my family members help with the feeding, they don’t add in the cranberry powder. I started kicking up a fuss 2 weeks ago – that I’m never able to successfully do a home remedy with Molly because none of them are co-operating with me. It was then I started adding in the apple cider vinegar into her drink. My furry friend doesn’t seem to like ACV laced water but since it’s the only source of water, she is forced to drink it. I’ll probably carry on with the cranberry powder since there’s plenty left & ideally, she should have a slight acidic urine.

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I’ve also changed the positions of my mother-in-law’s rags & stuff around so that the rags aren’t hung above her bowls. I always feel uncomfortable with that arrangement. Now that MIL is staying at her daughter’s place, I took the opportunity to shift things around so that Molly’s bowls will be at a cleaner location. I added in a dog sticker since I have one lying around unused (the sheet of wall sticker I bought for my Jurong home contained 2 dog stickers & I had only used up one). Hubby seemed happy with the sticker I added despite the clutter around the area. I think it brought a slight resemblance of the life we had in Jurong before moving in here.

Molly wasn’t so happy with the change though. It took her around 2 days to stop running to the old spot for her food (our feeding ritual has her sitting at one end of the kitchen waiting for the Go command before she can run to her food)

UTI – again

Yes, she got Urinary Tract Infection(UTI) again, for the 3rd time in her 7 years of life. I suspected she had it a few days ago when I noticed she started having a pungent smell. The next thing I did was to observe the colour of her urine, which looked too dark for my liking. As we bought a whole bottle of pH strips to monitor her during that worrying  bladder stone episode, I quickly ran a test on her urine the next morning. Thankfully, the results are not as bad as when she had her bladder stone(she had extremely high alkaline values) but it looked like she’s heading the direction of UTI so I told hubby to start sprinkling some cranberry powder in her food.

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The dosage I prescribed could be too low & due to my recent birthday celebration(me being out the entire day), my furry friend missed an entire day of dose. This morning, I found a pool of urine in the kitchen(Molly is housebroken so she won’t do the deed in the house unless unwell) so I stepped up on the dosage of the cranberry powder as well as adding a few spoonful of greek yogurt onto her bowl of kibble. I just did a test on her urine & it’s starting to look good. pH value seems to be neutral instead of the previous alkaline state & the amount of blood present seemed almost non negligible. We do have to try & let her out to clear her bladder more frequently than usual so that the bacteria can be washed out. I’ve yet to add apple cider vinegar into her diet yet as hubby detests the smell. I’m hoping the current remedy I’m doing will work.

Keeping my fingers crossed that her situation will improve so that a trip to the vet won’t be needed. I feel like a bad caretaker if my furry friend starts having regular trips to the animal clinic. Oh yes, the pH strips show no signs of sugar in Molly’s urine so this means there is no signs of her having diabetes. This is one of the reasons why I’m not rushing off to the vet at the 1st sign of her peeing at home. If any readers here have a pooch suspected of having UTI, do bring her to the vet for an analysis.

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IMG_2389After 2 days of anti inflammatory medication as well as pain killer, Molly was able to put weight on both her forepaws. We could see the joy in her face at being able to be mobile again. It was hard discouraging her from jumping around. You could see the disappointment in her face when we stopped her from expressing her joy.

Around this time she had finished all the food she won in last year’s competition so we put her back on her previous brand of kibble which include some glucosamine and less energy packed.

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However, according to the vet, the amount of glucosamine in kibbles is not enough to be of much help so I still have to get supplements for her. I did some research and found that a lot of the supplements in Singapore are overpriced($2-$4 per pill). If I’m not fussy with the brand, I could easily place a direct order from a supplier overseas and get the supplements at a much cheaper price($0.20 per pill). Before placing any orders, I examined the customers’ reviews of the product in amazon before placing the order at ebay.

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The one Molly is currently taking for the past 2 weeks

The shipping took around 3 weeks but since Molly’s inflammation has died down, there wasn’t really a great sense of urgency to rush to the nearest pet store and get a severely overpriced bottle for her. The glucosamine, when it arrived, did wonders. Just 2 days after taking it, she began playing with the dog we were petsitting for the past 2 weeks. A week later, she began bouncing around, pestering us to play with her. It is really nice seeing the playful spirit back in her once more but we have also toned down the more intense activities like jogging.

As she is a dog, we do need to keep her active.  I’ve seen that look of despair on her face when she realised she could not walk during that period of inflammation. Therefore, as long as the furry one can play fetch or go on short sprints without pain, we’re not restricting her. I’m still working on getting her weight down, She has lost 200g over the past 2 months. I’m not sure if I can get it down anymore since she’s still getting some loving from everyone in the house. I try to take over the feeding whenever I can because I tend to give less than more.

It’s my birthday tomorrow & it marks the 6th year I brought Molly into my life. I don’t really feel joyous when it comes to my birthday due to the way I was brought up but adopting Molly on my birthday 6 years ago sort of changed that. I still remember telling the owner that I prefer collecting her on another day but the lady insisted on 20 April. Haha. I guess it’s God’s way of telling me that He can actually bring joy on the most joyless day of the year.

Will update again.