Things have been going very well with Addie as of late. No cold paw incidents, she is eating well, and is about as active as a 13 1/2 year old girl can be! She does have some stability issues, but I believe that is caused more from losing muscle mass from age and her vestibular incident last year.
However, over the past 2 weeks, we have noticed that she cannot hold her bladder as long as normal. She occasionally has to get up in the middle of the night and can only go about 5 hours. Not like when she has had urinary tract infections (UTI’s) in the past though. She also was drinking a lot more water.
We took her to Dr. Friedly last week to see if he could find the cause. We were thinking the worst.. not sure what that was, but possibly kidney issues. He ran blood work, and all was relatively normal. We then did a urinalysis today. Major infection. Another UTI. Although a major infection is not great, I will take it over kidney failure, etc.
So our girl is on antibiotics and some other UTI meds, to help her out. Going forward, she will also be getting some holistic UTI chews to help keep more infections from occurring. This is probably her 4th UTI within the last 18 months. The vet said not much we can do to help prevent them, it is just her less-effective immune system, but hopefully the meds and chews will help.