Hi. I posted a question a while back about my puppy Ipsy. We were concerned about getting another dog as a companion for her, but she was having trouble being housebroken. At her presurgical for her spay, she was just over six months old, I expressed my concern to the vet about her urine issues, frequently urinating, small amounts of dark urine, and not making it outside on time, so he took a urine sample. She had a severe UTI. She was put on 2 antibiotics for 2 weeks. He says she has a recessed vulva, which could cause frequent UTI's. He suggested getting the vulvaplasty and the spay done at the same time at the university, but also said that since she was only six months, she may grow and develop more, and we should know by nine months if it's going to be a problem. I opted for just the spay, because I didn't want to put her through the other surgery if it could be avoided. The spay went well and she healed nicely. Antibiotics worked well, for three weeks. She is back to the same patterns of urination, pre-antibiotic. Monday, I am going to get a urine sample and take it to the vet to test for UTI. I have several questions: 1. She will be eight months old next week. If she does, in fact have a UTI, is that an indication that she will need surgery? 2. What happens if a dog has a UTI? Is there pain? And if so, are there things she could eat to alleviate some of the acid in her urine? I, fortunately, have never had one, so i don't know what it's like. 3. Is it harmful for a dog to take antibiotics over a long period of time?
4.Could you reccommend a website containing information about the surgery? I have scoured the internet and cannot find useful information. My vet won't be handling the surgery. He can only give me the number of the vet at university.He can only give me the number of the vet at university.
Thanks so much in advance. I I know these are a lot of questions, and I have more, but I don't want to be greedy.