Little Bear update

Didn’t expect to be writing an update so soon. I hoped either the filtered water or the course of antibiotics would eventually straighten LB out, but certainly not so soon or so sudden.

He appears to have had a urinary blockage, which cleared on its own. I noticed last night that he could suddenly make a big splashy gush, where for the past several days it’s been more of a drawn-out and rather effortful trickle. This is only the second full day of antibiotics, and he’s been drinking RO filtered water exclusively for maybe four. That can’t be enough time to actually affect either a UTI or a blockage, so I’m thinking it’s spontaneous.

Of course blood in the urine is a great bacteria incubator, which means he might have been starting a lovely infection even if it wasn’t contributing to his symptoms. Also stopping antibiotics while there might still be bugs to kill is bad medicine – even I know that. Plus I’ve got this big stack of dog food cans here. So he’s going to continue on the meds for the full two weeks unless there’s some reason to stop, and he’ll just keep drinking the same water I do for the duration.

But for the record his little problem seems to be clearing up.

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9 Responses to Little Bear update

  1. Ben says:

    If it works that quick, I need to get myself some of that water!

  2. Claire says:

    That’s great, Joel! Still, I wouldn’t dismiss the effect of the antibiotics; it’s possible for them to work quickly. In any case, good on you for continuing for the full two weeks and what a relief this must be for poor LB. Thanks for keeping us posted.

  3. Judy says:

    If antibiotics are going to work, they do so quickly. The problem is stopping too soon, because of the residual bacteria that is not dead yet, mutating into a super bug. Good to hear you are going to give LB a full round of antibiotics.

    Wish there was a way to filter the water you have, that was cost effective, so you didn’t have to haul twice as much water.

  4. MJR says:

    Oh Joel you have mde my afternoon. I’m glad that it looks like a simle issue. I guess it’s time to start saving those nickels and dimes for a big burkey water filter.

  5. B says:

    If he was clogged, he will be again. They make special dog food to acidify his urine so that won’t happen. It isn’t terribly expensive, and you can likely dose him once a week or so .

  6. I’m glad he is getting better. Having a sick dog is like having a sick kid.

  7. free.and.true says:

    Glad to hear the good news about LB!

  8. doubletrouble says:


To the stake with the heretic!