This one is closer to home!
Back on the 11th August Jean and I took Ruby into Lincoln Road Vet because there was blood in her urine. Ruby is one of our six dogs that we have at home. Ruby is the last of the Mexican ex-rescue dogs and is an eleven-year old Sharpei mix.
Here she is staring up at me to the right of Oliver in the picture below .
Because of Ruby’s age and background and the fact that there was significant blood in her urine we were bracing ourselves for some bad news.
Once checked in it wasn’t too long a wait before we were shown in to Dr. Jim’s room.
There Jim took some urine for analysis and then started examining Ruby. Jim was worried that Ruby might have kidney stones.
However, and thankfully, the urine test revealed an infection, nothing worse! A urinary tract infection or UTI.
Therefore, the first move would be to start Ruby on a course of Amoxillin.
Jim explained that Amoxillin was an antibiotic that he thought would be good for Ruby and would quickly determine whether or not Ruby had a simple urinary tract infection (UTI) or if it was something more challenging (my words).
Wikipedia offers a good description of Amoxicillin, from which I offer the opening paragraph.
Amoxicillin, also spelled amoxycillin, is an antibiotic useful for the treatment of a number of bacterial infections. It is the first line treatment for middle ear infections. It may also be used for strep throat, pneumonia, skin infections, and urinary tract infections among others. It is taken by mouth, or less commonly by injection.
Maybe my initial reluctance to publish this Visiting the Vet post was down to me not wanting to do that before the results of the antibiotic treatment were clear.
Ergo, Jean and I are overjoyed to report that the Amoxicillin course did sort everything out and that Ruby is over her UTI and back to being her normal, healthy, happy self.
When Jim called us at home a week later he was just as pleased to hear the good news!