I feel like reasonably often I see the suggestion of a UTI as the potential cause for housebreaking problems. So I wanted to share what an actual UTI looked like for us, in case it helps someone. Willow was fine until about 4pm yesterday. She has been doing well with housebreaking. Then we went outside and all of the sudden she was peeing every 15 seconds. She even seemed to be trying to walk and pee at the same time. This went on and on and on. There was no mistaking what was going on. I would not have seen her do that in the house and thought we had just regressed in potty training. The part I thought was so strange was the rapid onset. It seemed to come on in an instant. But maybe something was going on before and it just got worse? I'm not sure.
But of course it was late enough in the day that we couldn't get into our vet. Honestly, I didn't even try. First I thought, this isn't emergent, we can wait until tomorrow morning. But then, she seemed uncomfortable and self-servingly I wasn't that excited about cleaning up after her all night long. I had seen on FB (see? it's good for something!) That there is a clinic that just started offering after hours walk in appointments. Not full on emergency care, just regular vetting that came up after everyone else closed. So we checked it out and I was very happy with them. I had her started on antibiotics within about 3 hours of her first symptoms and we managed to both get some sleep. Added bonus, I can still afford my mortgage this month. I'm not sure it was more expensive than my regular vet at all.
Today she's about back to normal. The vet told me that it usually only takes 1-2 doses to see an improvement in symptoms. I've never had a dog with a UTI before, and hopefully it doesn't become a recurring thing. But I really like the after hours business model.
Now my only question is this: I've had her on probiotics since she came home 2 weeks ago. I was just getting ready to transition her food. Should I do that now, or wait until we're finished with the antibiotic thing?