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my dog is taking Baytril 68mg for a E.coli infection..she is having many more wetting accidents...why?

Posted by kathy

I have spent almost $1,000.00 at the Vets....urine tests, cultures, blood tests, cultures, x-rays...countless exams -another anitibiotic and now Baytril 68mg....she is having more accidents than ever......she is a 30 lb Westie - 8 years good health other than the E.coli infection....I'm at wits' end ...not to mention an empty wallet....>Thank you.....Kathy
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Although all urine looks alike to most people, urination serves two purposes: one physiological and one behavioral. Further complicating matters urinating for behavioral reasons may lead to medical problems and vice versa.

All dogs, male, female, spayed, neutered or not will mark their territories with urine. Some dogs of both sexes will lift their legs, others will leave puddles. These animals use urine marks the way we humans use "No trepassing!" signs. It's a very common animal way of signaling a willingness to fight to protect what the animal sees as his/her property.

The pattern associated with marking is usually different from that associated with an infection. Marking animals tend to urinate in a few specific places such as by doors, in the owner's or baby's room, under the dining room table. Where they mark can often be used to determine the source of the animal's stress. On the other hand, a dog who is house-trained who has  strictly a bladder infection will often squat and go anywhere. Other times you can see a trail of urine as they try to make it to the door but they can't.

Re: the relationship between the two. Marking dogs are stressed. One of the primary stress hormones is cortisol, the repeated secretion of which can undermine the immune response and set the animal up for an infection. From the other end, dogs with bladder infections are vulnerable and may be compelled to mark if their relationship with their owners isn't such that it relieves them of any protective responsility. Also, if the urine eliminated by a dog with an infection isn't thoroughy cleaned up, the dog may keep returning to those places drawn only by the scent. Because it only takes a few molecules of scent to attract a dog, that means cleaning up a lot more thoroughly than we might normally.

Re: the increased urination on Baytril. Once again, it could be either a physiological or behavioral effect of the drug. I'll defer to someone smarter than I regarding any bladder related side-effects. I do know that Baytril can cause behavioral changes in some dogs, including hallucinations which suggests it can alter perception in some ways. In that case, this could make a dog who already feels vulnerable for medical and/or behavioral reasons  feel even more so.  Such animals might then mark or mark more if they're already marking in an  attempt to protect themselves and their territories.

What I'm going to say is totally based on personal experience and not any scientific backup. I foster dogs all the time. last year I fostered a dog with demodex mange who was put on Baytril for secondary skin infections. she started peeing and marking all over the place. I called the vet and they said it's not related to Baytril. As of last month, I've been ofstering a new dog. He was put on Baytril last week and he started drinking and urinating quite excessively. I mentioend it to the vet again and was dismissed. His Baytril ran out two days ago and now his peeing frequency is back to normal. Call me crazy but i'm pretty sure increased urination has something to do with Baytril.

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