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Unfortunately not the owner, just the one who walks the dog every day, grooms it, cleans its teeth, takes it he to stimulate it as he is high energy oh and picks up all the poo in its garden as its owner leaves it always saying it’s to painful to pick up. If it’s not picked up the dog runs in it and it smells. I just don’t get the cuddles when I wake up or all the other times 😕
Thank you for taking the time to reply. I took the dog back for his final check up and the vet advised there were no crystals in the urine. Unfortunately the dog owner has little money and wouldn’t be able to afford an X ray at this stage. He looks healthy enough but as I walk him daily I will be keep a close eye on him and ensure he gets the best care should it be necessary.
Thank you for replying Cherie. We’ve only had a urine
Test in which they showed me the crystals. May be because of the fact the owner has little money they didn’t suggest any X ray but there was no blood in the urine just difficulty passing it. Eventually taking Oliver off the prescription food is a huge decision. I was reading struvite is only a problem if there is an infection too. I was thinking of looking to see if I can buy the urine testing strips. It’s a dilemma as no one wants to compromise a dog’s health. Thanks again.
Hi, I walk my disabled neighbour’s young male cockapoo and noticed he had a problem trying to urinate and by the end of the walk he appeared to be very uncomfortable. Short of it is the vet diagnosed struvite crystals by testing his urine. He did pass a catheter in but believe that was to ensure there was no blockage there. Gave him a week’s course of antibiotics and metacam and the dog has to go back in 9 days to see if they have dissolved. The owner has been told she he can have no other food other than prescription for life at the moment he is on Hill’s S/d which is very expensive. When he eventually goes onto Hill’s C/d if they have dissolved it will cost her £1300.00 pa without the boosters, grooming, de worming and flea care. She just hasn’t got this money and we are helping where we can but we are unable to keep paying.
I have read all the comments on the forum as regards the special dietary food and it will be a huge decision to eventually take him off it. The vet says these crystals can be life threatening in he gets a blockage.
My question is did you find out yours had struvite crystals in the same way I did, by the dog having difficulty passing urine?
We are very confused as to know what to do once we have confirmation of that the crystals have dissolved.