Kidney Stones

Avoiding voiding trouble

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
It would depend on why the vet is recommending the surgery. Regulation of red blood cell synthesis C. The sooner you get it to the vet, the better. However, you can help keep your dog safe from infections by giving it home remedies. After thorough consideration of all options available to them, many patients elect to remove their stones at a time when it is convenient for them. It is important to recognize that most cases of urinary incontinence are caused by nonorganic problems, but since there are organic causes, physicians may evaluate affected children with some basic studies. The urinary system removes a waste product called urea from your blood into the kidneys for processing and formation of urine, which is stored in the bladder prior to elimination.

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Urinary Incontinence in Children

Clean by starting at the urethra and then moving outward to avoid any spread of bacteria. Identify the balloon port of your catheter. The tubing of the catheter will have two ports.

One port empties urine into the urinary bag. The other allows you to drain the small water-filled balloon that holds the catheter inside your bladder. The balloon valve should have a colored valve on the end. You may also see numbers printed on the balloon valve. Deflate the catheter balloon. The small balloon inside your bladder will need to be drained, or deflated, in order to remove the catheter.

Your medical provider should have provided you with a small 10 ml syringe. This syringe should fit precisely into the balloon port. Insert with a firm push-and-twist motion. Slowly and carefully, pull the syringe away from the port. The vacuum effect will pull water from the balloon in the bladder. Continue until the syringe is full. This should indicate that the balloon is empty, and ready for removal.

Do not pump any air or liquid back into the balloon as it could burst and injure your bladder. Always make sure the amount of fluid withdrawn from the balloon port matches the amount of fluid infused prior to attempting removal. If you are unable to withdraw the appropriate amount of fluid seek professional assistance. If possible, clamp the catheter tube with artery forceps or a rubber band to keep any urine from flowing out of the catheter while you remove it.

Then, gently pull the catheter out of the urethra. It should come out easily. If this is the case, you will need to put a syringe back into the balloon port and take out any extra water like you did in the previous step. Men may feel a stinging sensation as the balloon travels down the urethra.

This is a normal experience, and not a cause for concern. Inspect the catheter to make sure it's intact. If it seems to have broken or cracked, there may be pieces left inside. If this is the case, contact your medical provider immediately.

Keep it for your medical provider to examine. These syringes are not considered to be contaminated with biological waste because no bodily fluids are present in this line unless the balloon has burst. These syringes can be disposed of through normal means in a secure, hard plastic container with a lid. Throw away the used catheter and urine bag. Once you have removed the catheter, place it into a plastic bag. Seal the bag, then put the sealed bag with your other household trash.

If there is any sign of pus or blood, contact your health care provider immediately. Remove your gloves and wash your hands once you are done. For a pain-relieving effect, you can apply some lidocaine jelly to the area around your urethra. Check for signs of inflammation or infection. Signs of infection include reddening, swelling, or pus around the area where catheter had been removed.

Fever may also indicate the presence of infection. Continue to flush the area with warm, salty water. Bathe and wash as usual. While you may have discontinued baths when your catheter was inserted, showers are fine. Now that you've removed the catheter, you can take baths as well. Your urine should be clear or light yellow. Presence of light pink urine is also normal for the first 24 — 48 hours following catheter removal, as a slight amount of blood may have entered the urinary tract.

Urine that is dark red in color is a sign of blood, and foul-smelling or cloudy urine may indicate infection. If either of these are present, contact your medical provider immediately. You may experience a slight rash on the area where your catheter has been removed.

Cotton underwear allows for freer airflow to the area which aids healing. Keep track of the time when you go to the bathroom. After removing a catheter, it's important to keep track of your urination patterns. If you have not urinated within eight hours of removing your catheter, contact your health care provider.

It's normal for urination to become a little irregular once your catheter is removed. It's common to find yourself needing to urinate more frequently than normal. You may experience a slight discomfort when urinating. If this persists beyond 24 — 48 hours following catheter removal, this may indicate infection. You may also find that you have difficulty controlling your urine flow.

This is not unusual. Keep track of incidents that concern you, and ask your medical provider about these incidents at your next visit. Keep a urination diary to help your doctor determine whether or not any further steps are needed on the path to your recovery.

Drink plenty of fluids. Drinking six to eight cups per day of water will help aid recovery of your urinary tract. Drinking a lot of water can help to increase your urine volume while also flushing out any bacteria or microorganisms in your bladder and urethra. Drinking too much liquid in the evening may wake you up during the night. Elevate your feet when seated, particularly in the evening. Remove a catheter permanently after its use has come to an end.

Urinary catheters are inserted temporarily following many surgical procedures. Follow your medical provider's post-surgical guidelines and recommendations. These will be individualized to your health care situation. Change your catheter regularly if you need your catheter for a long period of time. Your catheter will only need to be replaced if you cannot independently empty your bladder. People who get a catheter because they have a chronic illness or incontinence a condition where you have a problem holding urine inside that has been caused by an injury may need to have a catheter for a long period of time.

For example, if you suffered a spinal cord injury that has caused you to develop incontinence, you will need to have a catheter in place for a long period of time. Replace your catheter with a fresh one every 14 days or as directed by manufacturer or physician recommendations.

Remove your catheter if you start having unwanted side effects. Some people experience complications when they get a catheter. One of the most common negative side effects is developing a urinary tract infection. If you see any pus near your urethra, or have cloudy, bloody, or foul-smelling urine, you may have a urinary tract infection.

Your catheter will have to be removed and you should talk to your doctor about treating your tract infection. You may also notice a large amount of urine coming out from around the catheter. If you do notice this, remove the catheter. It is most likely defective. If there is no urine draining into the catheter, there may be an obstruction in the device. If this is the case, it needs to be removed immediately and you should go to the doctor right away.

Do not irrigate your catheter without first consulting a healthcare professional. TS Timothy Sherman, R. If you are having any sort of difficulty with your catheter, seek assistance with removal from a healthcare professional. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 9. What could cause pain while inserting the catheter as well infrequent painful urination? Pain is normal with catheter insertion but if you are having increased pain different from previous insertions it may be due to local irritation or trauma.

I have a pitbul and she has a kidney infection with some blood in her urine and i would like to know how much cranberry juice or dried cranberries or cranberry sauce to give her she is 4 years old and weighs 75 pounds and how much apple cider vingar to give her and how often on all thank you. Because she has blood present in her urine, you need to be watchful.

If she is going a little, then stopping, then starting again, this is a sign that she is in pain. She stops because it hurts. This would warrant a trip to the vet, too.

You can give her apple cider vinegar by mixing it with water. For a lb dog, mix 1 tablespoon in her water bowl. Because cranberries are a bit tart, an easier way to go is to use cranberry extract capsules. Hi, I noticed two days ago now that my 1 and a half year old male pitbull is having trouble urinating.

He takes forvever to urinate and very little comes out at a time. He squats down low and looks uncomfortable doing so.

My dog is potty trained but has urinated in the house multiple times inside the house for the last two days. He still has a good appetite and still drinks plenty of water. I did however, mix some cranberry juice no sugar added to his wet food and he did eat it. But drank it while mixed in with his food.

How long does it take to see some improvement with his maybe UTI after drinking the cranberry juice? As a result, they will pee multiple times and only a little at a time. In this case, cranberry will not help.

Cranberry creates an environment that makes it more difficult for bacteria to thrive. However, your boy may have crystals and cranberry will not help.

So you should have your vet check him out. This may be cheaper as a vet tech may be able to perform the test. Collect a urine sample in the morning in a clean container and take it in to your vet for evaluation. The sooner you get it to the vet, the better. Morning samples are best as they are the most concentrated and reflect what is going on with the bladder.

Your vet can prescribe the appropriate antibiotic. And they may recommend a change in his diet. It can also be painful. AZO is not recommended for dogs. You could try a cranberry extract chewable for dogs usually at petsmart or pet stores. Encourage her to drink more to flush her bladder. You can do this by adding water to her food or purchasing her food in canned formula to increase flushing of the bladder.

But this should not be done for long term. Can cranberry capsules be given to 12 week old puppies? I adopted a Boxmas and she was urinating all over the place yesterday and had blood in her urine today. I took her to the vet and he prescribed antibiotics. Is it okay to give a puppy cranberry capsule? You can but because of her small size, dosing can be difficult so you risk altering the pH of her urine to be too acidic.

This can create new problems. What dosage of cranberry capsule for my 13kg dog prone to cystitis. Would u recommend wiping her with baby wipes after urinating? You can buy testing strips that you touch to her urine stream to monitor. You can certainly try them. You might also add some moist food to her diet as the increased moisture should make her urinate a bit more and flush out her kidneys more often so bacteria will not have time to form and grow.

Generally, the vet will prescribe an amoxicillin-based antibiotic like clavamox. You can purchase amoxicillin from a pet store where fish products are served. It is labelled for fish tank usage and is called Fish-Mox, but it is the same amoxicillin that the doctor prescribes. Animals that are allergic to penicillin should not, under any circumstance, take Amoxicillin.

Where it says citrus juices can be used is a little unclear. So everyone knows, My 11 yr. Apple Cider Vinegar in her water bowl, and she drank it with no hesitation. Blood stopped next morning.

I am going to let vet help her in 3 days, pay day. I would say the antibiotic would completely stop it, I am just temporarily helping it. Last UTI was last year, she squats during urination where she touches ground, so I started wiping her hiney with baby wipe after she urinates. Just hoping maybe that will in courage her to help me keep it clean and debris free! Your posts have been VERY beneficial to me and my pack!!!! Coconut oil to detangle the matted hair?

I think your best bet is to trim it away using blunt nosed scissors and cutting from the body outward to the end of the mat. My dogs like coconut oil, so they would lick it. This could just make a tangled mat worse, I think. She certainly sounds like quite a tom boy! Hi Isaac, Last week i have seen few small blood drops on the floor, didnt think much about it as my husband is a handyman lol: Im concerned, cause i know its not normal, but we just had vet regular check up last month and everything was fine.

We did not do the blood test this time. I dont know if it can be related but he has had 2 hot spots before our vet check. Has been trated with antibiotics and his dermatitis has resolved.

Any idea where the blood is coming from exactly? Do you suspect a urinary tract infection? Or could it be from another part of his body? Urinary tract infections are often related to diet.

The pH level of their urine becomes too alkaline and allows infection to take hold. They sell pH strips for this.

Most healthy dogs have a neutral to slightly acid urinary pH between 6 and 7. You want to keep him in the right range. Our 6 year old sigh tzu has been diagnosed with struvite stones. She always has water available to her and she drinks a lot. Her infections go away with treatment but then will come back. I teach high school and am constantly busy with our 2sons…not a lot of free time in another words. Any suggestions for long term?

By monitoring it, you can see when he might be developing a problem and do some dietary changes. Also, given how small your dog is, you might consider home-cooking her meals.

Here is a sample meal:. This diet provides approx. You can also substitute 2 to 3 cups of potato, cooked with skin, or 2 cups of cooked macaroni for the rice. You can get these from your veterinarian. Be sure she is allowed to go at least every 6 to 8 hours.

This was the last of what I can safely afford…. Its been 4 days since the last visit, and his urination stream is very very weak, followed by a few drops of thick blood.. Any advice is appreciated. There are two types of urinary crystals: In simplest terms, both are generally related to diet, so if you can get the diet right, you can reduce the problem.

There is some great info available on this page. Cranberry is acidic and is believed to prevent bacteria from adhering to the walls of the bladder.

The unflavored solutions of Pedialyte have an average pH of 4. Raw ACV is the only vinegar that is alkaline-forming to the body. All other vinegars white, balsamic, red wine, etc are acid-forming.

Your vet might prescribe some meds to alleviate this that you can administer as needed. Perhaps he is drinking less because of the liquid you are adding to his food which I think is a great idea. Changing his diet to change his chemistry takes a bit of time.

My 6 month old puppy keeps getting uti with ecoli present. Should I treat her with vinegar or give her the amoxicillin I have for myself in hand? You can give her some amoxicillin, but ultimately you want to find the source of the ecoli else the problem will come back. Is it related to her food? The concern with the juice is the sugar content. Sugar can feed the problem.

If you want to use juice, try to get the one with the least sugar in it. Of course, once you do that, it becomes pretty bitter so you will have to add it to their water or food gradually.

Sometimes capsules are easier because of this. We took our lab to the vet yesterday and she did exray also wants a urine sample but today there is no blood just clear pee. So wondering if we could use cranberry juice and if so how much and how often. Cranberry contains a property that seems to prevent bacteria from adhering to the walls of the bladder. Free floating bacteria will be flushed out of the bladder the next time a dog urinates.

So rather than curing a URI, it works best as a preventative. Juice-wise, look for a juice that does not have sugar in it as the extra sugar can feed bacteria. You might also look at cranberry supplements like: For dogs and cats prone to struvite crystals and bladder infections, this product helps balance the urinary tract pH and dissolve struvite crystals. I was thinking of giving her sit-down baths rather than bathing her with the detachable shower I usually use.

Is there something I can put in the water that will soothe her urethra? Thank you so much for your help in this matter. What are the signs you are seeing? Did your vet prescribe any meds after the first visit? Why did the vet feel more tests are needed? How old is your dog? Cranberries contain a substance that is believed to prevent bacteria from sticking on the walls of the bladder.

So the bacteria is flushed out in their urine. It is more beneficial as a preventative than as a treatment of cystitis. Some people do have better luck feeding the berries — or mixing them into food — than putting the juice in their water. If it is dry and irritated, you might try a very small amount of neosporin ointment.

My pug 1 year old is having acute uti. He had catheter inserted for 4 days and still his problem continues. Iam really worried about his bladder getting full and tight. It sounds like he may be blocked. That can be a life-threatening situation. It is important that you take your pet to your veterinarian immediately. The most common cause of not urinating is that something is blocking the urethra , preventing the bladder from emptying the urethra is the tube that connects the bladder to the genitals for the removal of fluids from the body.

Some reasons for urinary obstruction include:. Bladder stones — Hard or calcified deposits of minerals that form in the urinary bladder. Bladder or uretheral mass — A lump or tumor found on or around the bladder or along the urethra. Mucus plug — Made up of mucus, protein and crystals that can block the urethra of a male cat. Not being able to urinate can cause the urine to back up into the kidneys, which can then lead to kidney failure very quickly.

Kidney failure allows toxins to build up in the bloodstream which can cause heart problems and other organs to fail. This occurs most often in male cats but can happen to female cats and dogs of both genders, too. She loves the juices and they definitely helped with her uti.

Dogs will typically not drink cranberry juice, so giving tablets or capsules is a good option option. Also they are super concentrated. Give one mg capsule per 10 pounds of dog each day. If you go this route, add it to their food or water at an amount they will tolerate, then increase it over time.

Or you can mix it with something like plain yogurt and squirt it down their throat at an amount of about 1 tablespoon 2x per day.

I have a question, I have a 12 week old puppy she is 26 pounds. How many would I give her? I take them and the powder inside is very bitter. I have been giving her dried cranberries in her meals and she gobbles them up. If you want to use the capsules, perhaps you can bury the powder inside food — like canned dog food or even a bit of sour cream.

I found your article to be especially helpful. I am wondering what the ratio is of Apple Cider Vinegar to water. For my chickens, i use 2 tablespoons per gallon of water. Thanks for the help so far, Theresa. So mix it with enough water that your dog will drink it. You can start with less and build up to the desired amount as your dog gets accustomed to the flavor. We have taken Megy off the loxicom and decided to give her the pardale alone as you suggested however it is a nightmare trying to get Megy to take the pardale as she finds it very unpalatable and so we wondered if perhaps there was a more palatable pain killer for treating pain whilst maintaining the efficacy of pardale, please?

We have already tried first thing this morning the cat food as you suggest and she ate a little which was encouraging. We also tried the pardale in this also but no luck as she has become so cute to the fact we are trying to disguise it and she hates it…!

We are cooking the menu from recipe one as I write and looking forward very much to seeing her eat something that we now know will be beneficial for her and we will keep you posted. You would need to check with your vet to see if there is an alternative to pardale. Have you tried wrapping it in cheese — those individual slices you use to make grilled cheese sandwiches?

Glad to hear the cat food worked, even a little. I hope the home cooking was a hit, too! Thank you so much for your kind and very prompt reply. We were told it was a transient cell carcinoma and that it was very advanced. We did consider the biopsy of course for a definite diagnosis but were told that it was highly inlikely to yield any additional information.

My instinct was to have the facts however when you are faced with professionals who think that because your treasured pet is 15 years old, that you should do the decent thing, give your pet a cuddle and say goodbye…. Even the fact that we asked for a scan made us feel guilty that we were going beyond the cultural norm and putting Megy through unnecessary procedures…! Sorry for ranting but we are limited in our options for a second opinion…! We do however intend taking her off the loxicom and sticking with the pardale as you suggest.

Can you suggest an alternative which maybe more palatable please? Thank you very much for the recipes for kidney failure and we will try this immediately. In recipe one there is the addition of fish oil, is this ok to use when Megy has pancreatitis?

It does seem that sometimes people diminish the value of a life when that life speaks a different language, but our life is the only thing in this world that is genuinely ours. It certainly deserves respect and care. Fish body oil, such as salmon oil or EPA oil not cod liver oil , may seem counterintuitive at first, because of its high fat content, but it can actually help lower blood lipid levels both triglycerides and cholesterol. Studies have also found it to be beneficial in treating acute pancreatitis, while its effects on chronic pancreatitis are unknown.

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