At last we have the details.
On September 1st, I published an update on Ruby’s condition with regard to her UTI. This was because Ruby had had a re-occurrence of blood in her urine. Dr. Jim took an xray and also wanted Ruby’s urine sent across to Three Rivers Hospital for a culture. As I explained in that post, using information found online:
A urine culture is a test to find germs (such as bacteria) in the urine that can cause an infection. Urine in the bladder is normally sterile. This means it does not contain any bacteria or other organisms (such as fungi). But bacteria can enter the urethra and cause a urinary tract infection (UTI).
A sample of urine is added to a substance that promotes the growth of germs. If no germs grow, the culture is negative. If germs grow, the culture is positive. The type of germ may be identified using a microscope or chemical tests. Sometimes other tests are done to find the right medicine for treating the infection. This is called sensitivity testing.
Late on Tuesday afternoon, the Clinic rang to say that the full results were in.
So yesterday morning, the air still heavy with the smoke from the forest fires, we called in to Lincoln Road.
The report from Rogue Regional Medical Center, as in Three Rivers Hospital, offered the following:
VET URINE CULTURE
SPECIMEN SOURCE: URINE
COMMENTS TO MICRO: URINE
CULTURE RESULTS: 20,000 CFU/ML PROTEUS MIRABILIS
REPORT STATUS: FINAL 09/02/2017
That translated into Ruby’s medicine being changed from her present course of Amoxicillin antibiotic to Enrofloxacin (Two 136 mg tablets by mouth every 24 hours for 10 days.)
A quick web search produced this (in part):
Enrofloxacin (ENR) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic sold by the Bayer Corporation under the trade name Baytril. Enrofloxacin is currently approved by the FDA for the treatment of individual pets and domestic animals in the United States.
Onwards and upwards!