Check out Buddy, a 5-year-old Maltese Shih Tzu mix (also known as the Mal-Shi, Malti zu, or the Malt-Tzu). Recently, Buddy wasn’t acting like himself. He was limping, acting sluggish, and would whine when she picked him up.
Buddy is his mom’s best friend, and she would do anything for him. While Buddy’s mom can provide his basic care, and unexpected veterinary visit wasn’t in her budget. But, poor Buddy was clearly not feeling well, so she took him to the vet.
At the vet, Buddy had an ultrasound and an exam, and the vet determined Buddy had a UTI—urinary tract infection.
UTI’s are actually quite common in dogs, but it can be quite painful, so it’s important to know what to watch for in your pooch. When dogs get UTIs, they may strain or have difficulty urinating, it may be painful for them to urinate, and they may have blood in their urine, which you can see because the urine has an orange or pink color to it. If your otherwise house-trained pup starts going potty inside the house unexpectedly, that can be another sign. If your dog shows some of these signs, please take then to the vet:
• Breaking housetraining
• Blood in the urine
• Crying out while urinating
• Dribbling urine
• Frequently or obsessively licking the genital area
• Frequent urination
• Straining to urinate
Thankfully, all Buddy needed was some medication, and his mom reports that he’s already feeling better.
Fur Kids Foundation was recently awarded a $3,500 grant from the Banfield Foundation® to be used to help the Gillette, Wyoming charity with their emergency veterinary assistance program. This funding helped the Foundation grant money to help Buddy’s family with the vet visit. If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help families with animals, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. The money helps families during a time when they may not be able to afford adequate veterinary care. Check out more Success Stories.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
Your donation saves lives. It goes to work helping animals in Campbell County receive adequate veterinary care during a time when their family may not be able to afford it. Please contact the Foundation to learn more or donate now using PayPal.
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