So my little pug has already had 3 surgeries to remove bladders stones.
First she developed struvite stones because her urine was too alkaline and she was also getting UTI's. We had those stones removed, and then it happened again. So we put her on a special diet, started bringing her in twice a month for urinalysis to watch for UTI's, and surprise stones again for a third time and another surgery. That's $7000+ in vet bills already btw with those surgeries and all those repeated tests.
We really do not want and cannot really afford to do another surgery so I need to stop those stones from growing since we can't dissolve them.
We found that this time her urine was too acidic and we suspect the new stones are calcium oxalate because thats what forms in acidic urine.
The root cause is having her spayed too early...and she does not drink enough water. She has lots of bacteria in the lady parts because of the folds and what not. The only real solution is constant baths, trying to make her drink, monitoring PH, and monitoring for UTI's.
So I finally came to the conclusion that I really need to check her urine EVERY DAY. The only way I can afford that is to do it myself.
Thanks youtube, it's not hard to learn.
Sure enough after a week of checking daily, I spotted yeast... but no bacteria. The next day the urine was flooded with bacteria... but the vet was closed.
So on Monday I checked again already planning to call the vet and there were tons of calcium phosphate crystals, yeast, and bacteria.
I delivered the sample to the vet and he agreed she needed antibiotics right away.
I've also been monitoring PH and adjusting her supplements to keep it at 7.
So I went from a month to discover a UTI and paying many dollars for urinalysis twice a month to daily checks at no cost to me, with just few simple tools.
This will save me a ton of money and my pug will live longer hopefully.
I checked today now that she has been on antibiotics and I saw no bacteria or yeast... but I also sort of screwed up my sample so I'll test again in the morning.
YEAST (WHITE STRANDS OF BALLS), BACTERIA (TINY BLACK LINES) AND WHITE BLOOD CELLS (LARGE ROUND OBJECTS)
SMALLER WHITE ROUND OBJECTS ARE JUST BUBBLES - AmScope B120C - 1000x
YEAST, BACTERIA, AND CRYSTALS - American Optics Microscope - 400x
LOTS OF CRYSTALS - 400x
Edited by Tom Stock, 12 September 2019 - 11:28 PM.