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Shelby has yet another urinary tract infection. We took her to the vet, and after a different test on her urine sample, it was confirmed that this is the same type of infection that she had a month prior. He put her on a different antibiotic which should be very effective, and instructed us to bring her back a week after we run out of pills so that they could test Shelby again. Yes, it is very expensive, however I want to get to the bottom of this. I'd rather not have the bacteria develop immunity to the medicine, so we are being diligent about following the vet's intructions.

So every morning and evening, Shelby gets a wad of peanut butter which hides a pill.

August 5, 2005 | Permalink


Just curious ... what are they symptoms of a UTI in pugs? My little pug, Olive has been a little off her schedule and I was thinking there might be something wrong.

I love your site! I check in at least once a week to see Shelby's adventures. :)


Posted by: Melanie | Aug 5, 2005 7:19:25 AM

Poor Shelby. We hope she is better really soon. If she wants to share any of the peanut butter, we could help her out. :-)

Posted by: Pooh Bear, Marvin & Sandie | Aug 5, 2005 10:55:33 AM

Ummm.. Peanut Butter. I'm sorry that you aren't feeling well. I wish I would have known I could get a treat when I take my medicine. I just ate the pills plain. I'm going to spit out the pill next time. I hope they get your infection take off care quickly. Get well soon!

Posted by: Samson | Aug 5, 2005 11:06:09 AM

I always have to hide Daisey May's pills in a peanut butter sandwich(of which she gets the pill bite and Chloey gets the rest) if I just put it in the plain peanut butter, she spits it out!! Can't put one over on her!!

Posted by: Lisa | Aug 5, 2005 3:12:05 PM

I don't want to alarm you but last year my Tonka kept getting "bladder" infections. Frequent urination and having accidents in the house, something she hadn't done since she was 9 weeks old, were the symptons. After several antibiotics and no improvement the vet took xrays. The poor thing had bladder stones! I found this out a week after my 10 month old male pug was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor. It was my summer from hell. They both had surgery and came through with flying colors. Both are now very healthy. Tonka has to be on a special diet to prevent a reaccurance of stones. I get it at the vets, Hill's Science Diet-Prescription, It's $29 for a 20 lb bag but she's worth every penny.

Posted by: Rosemary | Aug 5, 2005 7:32:07 PM

Yes, our vet mentioned the same thing. He said that if this round of anitbiotics doesn't work, then we should start searching for other causes of infection. There are possibly environmental factors. We've kept a close eye on Shelby's water sources. There's also the possibility of a bladder or kidney stone.

As for symptoms, Shelby doesn't complain much, but we will notice that she needs to pee more often than usual. And sometimes when she sits on us, she'll leave a stain. That's the most obvious sign.

Posted by: Winnie | Aug 5, 2005 8:12:12 PM

Tonka had the same symptoms. One symptom she had that we didn't realize until after the surgery was she didn't jump up on or down off the sofa. We always joked that she didn't do those "dog" things because they were beneath her. She's a bit of a diva. She wasn't jumping because it was painful. After the surgery she jumps all the time. Also 3 days before her surgery she started to have blood in her urine. I really freaked. The vet said he was surprised that with the amount of stones she had(14) that there wasn't blood alot sooner. Some how they determined that Tonka's stones were a genetic thing. Since she's predisposed to get them she needs to be on the prescription diet. Hopefully Shelby just has an infection that needed stronger anibiotics. Still it's always good to know the symptoms of other health problems so you can keep an eye out for them.

Posted by: Rosemary | Aug 7, 2005 9:41:56 AM

You should try marshmellow fluff instead of peanut butter. My pug praline has a sensitve stomach, so to rule out anything she might be allegic to her, peanut butter is out but marshmellows are in. And they work wonders for pills. Except for the few times she has managed to hid the pill in her cheek and spit it out later.

Posted by: Christina | Aug 8, 2005 7:19:32 AM

You should ask the vet (or someone who knows how) to show you how to stuff a pill down a dog without PB or jam or cheese or anything else. Even if you give the pill in food, dogs can somehow manage to spit it out after eating the treat. If you don't find the rejected pill, you might not know if the dog is taking all the medicine. We had to give our Labrador Vanectyl from August through November every year due to ragweed allergies and consequently, learned how to pry open her mouth and shove the pills down to the base of the tongue without missing a beat. They don't come back up if you do it right and it's fast. Good luck!

Posted by: Julia | Aug 8, 2005 8:45:45 AM

Hi! I just found your site by typing "UTI's and pugs" in google! I have a pug and her name is Shelby too! She's 5 years old. She's on antibiotics right now for a UTI. This is the first time she's had any problems. We hide her pill in a bit of cheese. I love your peanutbutter idea! I'm just a little worried because the vet thinks he may have felt a stone so we are waiting to see. My Shelby is the best dog in the world and I bet you think the same of your Shelby! Best of luck with your cute puggy!

Posted by: Suzanne | Aug 25, 2005 11:15:22 AM

We've had our sweet Rose for a year this past August. We got her from a reputable breeder, she is a retired show dog. She is now three years old and has had UTIs almost constantly since we got her. As far as her veterinary records indicate these infections didn't begin until she came to live with us.
We didn't change her diet or eating habits until she came down with her first infection so I'm wondering how we can keep her healthy once this infection is cleared up. The last time we had her in to the vet she did an ultrasound and didn't -see- any stones in her bladder but cannot think of any other reason as to why she keeps getting sick.
She gets very yappy for about a week before she has any physical signs of illness. Then she starts peeing around the house to show us she feels unwell... the urine has blood in it and smells terrible. Anyone know what else may be causing the health problems?

Posted by: Rosie's mom | Nov 14, 2005 6:19:44 PM

Shelby's infections have cleared up. I think the thing that did the trick was controlling her source of water, and wiping her down with a baby wipe 3 times a week before bed.

We used to let her drink from whereever she wanted, particularly the dog park fountain. Now we give her filtered or drinking water only. Also, after a visit to the dog park, or any other areas that might be germy, we rinse her off when she gets home. She's been UTI free ever since (knock on wood).

Posted by: Winnie | Nov 14, 2005 8:34:31 PM

Hi...I was just doing a google on blood in urine on Cinese Pug, because my Ruby has had some lately, and frequent urination, and accidents in the house (which is unusual). After reading your info, now I'm really worried. Could you tell me what antibiotics you've had perscribed for Shelby? I'd like to go into the vet's office informed.
Thank you from Care'and Ruby

Posted by: Care' | Nov 23, 2005 2:52:06 PM

I didn't keep the bottle, so I'm not sure what kind of antibiotic we gave Shelby. I do know that the vet tried two different types. If you're concerned, do take your pug to the vet. They can test the urine for bacteria.

Take care, and all the best to Ruby.

Posted by: Winnie | Nov 23, 2005 7:32:52 PM

My Peeps has a UTI about every 2-3 months.
I find that making sure her anal gland is emptied every couple of months helps also.
She is usually on antiboitics but she has no idea since it is in a block of cheese.
There is also a topical spray that my vet gave me last time that helps with the irritation. Peeps was doing the butt rub every time she was infected making the problem worse.

Posted by: Dawn | Jan 5, 2006 6:54:58 AM


Posted by: barbara ACEVES | Mar 1, 2006 11:31:10 AM

Hi I have a 5 year old black girl pug named Lucy. Lucy has a reoccuring UTI. she has been on antibiotics 3 times in the last 7 months. We are trying a naturopathis approuch to fight this. have you had any luck with the antibiotics?


Posted by: Gosia | Mar 23, 2006 11:55:52 AM

Yes, the antibiotics worked. But what really worked was giving Shelby filtered water, and rinsing or wiping her off after visiting potentially bacteria filled places. If Shelby has "gone potty" at a tree that a lot of other dogs use, or if she visits the dog park, I rinse or wipe her down.

Also, we only give her filtered water. I'm highly suspicious of the fountain at the dog park.

Posted by: Winnie | Mar 23, 2006 12:19:43 PM

I have a 2 year old black pug named Lucy too! Today is the first time I have seen blood in her urine so we are going to the vet in less than an hour. I am worried but am hoping it's nothing more than a UTI. She is such a little pug though, only about 10-11 lbs, but she isn't acting like she is in pain. I'll keep you posted on her progress.

Posted by: Cyndi | Sep 29, 2006 2:24:23 PM

Hi there,

I found your site because my dog (a vzsla) has been getting somewhat recurring UTIs - aout 3 over the past 8 months or so. Usually she does a round of Clavamox and it goes away. They've tried ultrasounds, etc... and so far its come up clean (knock on wood). They actually suggested that she might have a little more skin than usual around her lady parts that could lead to making it easier for bacteria to get trapped in there, etc... leading to UTIIs. They said that they've occaisionally had to do corrective surgery to get rid of some of the excess skin. She just got the symptoms again so I'm going to take her back to the vet tomorrow or saturday.

How have things been going with you and Shelby?

Oh - Sasha is 2.5 years old.



Posted by: alex Rainert | Oct 12, 2006 7:29:33 PM

Shelby's now almost 3, and she's doing much better. This was the last in her series of UTIs. We don't let her drink from random water sources anymore, especially not the dog water fountain. We give her filtered water only. And we also give a tablespoon of yogurt with her breakfast. We're hoping that keeps her good bacteria up. (not sure if this is effective, but Shelby likes the yogurt, so I guess it doesn't matter.)

Posted by: Winnie | Oct 12, 2006 7:47:42 PM

Just found out yesterday that our little puggie, Beans, has bladder stones. She is on Clavamox for her UTI, had her anal glands expressed and now we have to make the decision whether or not to have surgery. My poor little princess!

Posted by: Carol | Oct 14, 2006 4:05:32 PM

I hope that Beans is OK. Ddi you guys opt for the surgery? I have a 6 year old pug Maggie Mae who is going to the vet tomorrow and I am already afraid of surgery. She has a UTI in June and has been on Clavamox ofr 10 days but there is still blood and straining.

SoI would dealy like to hear about pugs who have had bladder stones.Surgery scares me b/c of the anaesthetic!


Posted by: Sheila Carnall | Nov 12, 2006 6:02:46 PM

I think my pug may have a UTI, he had some yellowish discharge on his pee, pee.

Posted by: JEN | Feb 5, 2007 12:28:34 PM

How much does it cost to have the surgery to have the kidney stones removed? And is Science Diet the best or IAMS?

Posted by: JudyBusch | Feb 10, 2007 8:27:39 PM

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