Mandy became ill quite suddenly. She became lethargic, didn’t want to get up, and didn’t want to eat.
Mandy was a nine-and-a-half-year-old female German Shepherd. Considering her age, she was in good shape until this happened.
It was apparent Mandy was not well.
Besides losing her appetite and strength, she was extremely thirsty and started having potty accidents at night. This lasted an entire holiday weekend.
Even though Mandy looked better by the time the veterinary clinic opened, her dad brought her in. She looked so badly before; he wanted the veterinarian to check her out.
The veterinarian examined Mandy and checked her urine. Mandy did have some arthritis but she walked out of the clinic with a diagnosis of a urinary tract infection (UTI) and the following medicines
- NSAID (to decrease inflammation and pain)
- Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) for urinary incontinence
Would you agree with the UTI diagnosis?
Mandy’s symptoms that could point to UTI included
- excessive drinking
- urinary accidents
- changes in appetite
- possible back pain
Typically, urinary accidents, increased drinking, smelly, and cloudy urine should alert a pet parent to an infection before the dog becomes severely ill and lethargic.
One way or another, the medications helped with Mandy’s potty accidents. However, the next day the problem returned.
Mandy was unable to get up and looked severely ill.
The veterinarian suggested her dad stop giving the PPA but it didn’t help. Could it be the antibiotics?
That’s what Mandy’s dad thought and took her off them. It was a risky move. If I suspected meds, my money would have been on the NSAIDs.
Nonetheless, Mandy has improved yet again.
The veterinarian admitted he was somewhat baffled but prescribed a different antibiotic for Mandy.
The roller coaster ride continued.
This time Mandy crashed even harder and wouldn’t move at all. She stopped having pee accidents–she stopped peeing altogether.
Something was very wrong and the veterinarian didn’t have an answer. I urged Mandy’s parents to get a second opinion.
What do you think was wrong with Mandy? What would you do if it was your dog?
Read Mandy’s story here.
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