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Are These Trips To The Vet Normal?
(Federal Way, WA)
My Aussie is 5 months. She has had a problem with frequently urinating, yelping occasionally and running off. Squatting and walking while peeing in the yard every 20 ft or so. We took her to the vet and they said she had 2 infections. 1 was a staphylococcus treatable with antibiotics and the other was ecoli in the urine. The vet said this test has to be taken by needle from her bladder and sent out to grow it. $200 per test.
She said the ecoli in the urine is resistant to the antibiotic that she gave to treat the staph infection usually but the type of meds they normally use for the ecoli is used on adult dogs and can cause issues in pups with their joints. She wanted to treat her for 2 weeks and then test again, which we did today. Another $200. She said the medication my pup would need is very expensive but we'll wait and see if she still has it. (If its usually resistant to the first antibiotic, I'm not sure why we are even trying it). She said the ecoli can be caused from bacteria from stool getting on her urethra. She is do for spaying in a week. $379 plus the vet wants to do explore and look at her bladder, kidney and the tube running to her bladder to rule out anything that didn't develop correctly in case that was what was making her piddle at times during excitement or upset. Total bill for spaying and taking a look at her bladder, etc $696.00.
My question is, does this sound normal at all? Or am I getting taken advantage of financially? This is a new vet as my old vet didn't even detect an infection. Ugh! Tired of the money continuously flowing out! Has anyone had this issue? I don't know what to do at this point. I just want my dog and us to all be happy and healthy. Is there a light at the end of this tunnel?