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From: Callie (
Subject:         GOOD extra and ...
Date: January 21, 2010 at 7:23 pm PST

In Reply to: absolutely everything Callie said, and a bit about Chis posted by ellie on January 21, 2010 at 12:47 pm:

Your reminder that if we humans screw up EVEN ONE TIME we have reinforced the wrong behavior. That is SO important.

With regard to the UTI -- **ask specifically** for the vet to do a culture and sensitivity test with the urinalysis. NOT NOT NOT just a "strip" test.

You want to know if there are crystals or rods or casts or similar ... you want to know what the specific gravity is to watch for future problems.

But a culture and sensitivity goes a step further -- if they find bacteria they actually culture it in a Petri dish and GROW whatever they can. That way the identify for sure what bacteria it is **and** they then divide it up and treat it with different antibiotics so they will **KNOW** what antibiotic they need to use to kill it for sure.

Often vets just do a strip test -- which is cheap and fast but it is NOT all knowing. It misses **a LOT** and when you have a dog with a problem you need all the information you can get.

Yes, as an owner you can ***ASK*** for such a thing -- don't let them say "oh well that's probably not necessary" ... just say "You know -- she's run them twice since we've had her ... let's find out FOR SURE what we're dealing with and get this FIXED!!!"

Often vets are so concerned about saving you money (and other vets seem to just want to spend it) -- but they will cut corners that ... in the long run ... aren't smart to cut.

Keep track of how much she drinks. If both of you set water down either keep track of it or MEASURE it. It sounds dumb but my "dog water bowl" is a big Anchor Hocking graded clear glass bowl so I know not only how much water is IN it .. but I can see how much water is being consumed as the day progresses.

Also -- keep track of WHEN She drinks. Does she drink EVERY time she pees? Does she drink EVERY time she gets in the house? OR ... is she deliberately not drinking at all?

Dogs aren't dumb and often these things can clue you to a medical problem you'd otherwise miss.

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