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Old 02-01-2014, 04:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone,

I have read lots of threads on URIs here on forum and how important it is to detect them ASAP before it gets worse. My question is what to do if it gets worse? Will antibiotics work? My hedgie has a problem with blood in urine, I focus on that, check his urine with blood detection urine strips, keeping her worm etc. I underestimate other symptoms such as sneezing. It started about 2 months ago, at first I though she just got dust stuck in her lil nose. She got a dose of antibiotics for two week on December 26. The sneezing stopped, however, she still has blood in urine. The sneezing is back. She sneezes and even sprays me when I feed her meal worms, she stopped peeing, and she even has tiny bubbles on her nose and even mucus. I am going to call the vet tomorrow as soon as I wake up, I would like to know whether the UTI antibiotics are different from those doctor prescribes when dealing with URIs? She used Clavamox drops for her UTI. What if antibiotics do not work for her URIs anymore? What should I do then please? Any suggestions?
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Old 02-01-2014, 10:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Clavamox is an antibiotic used for URIs, but it's possible it wasn't strong enough or that she has something that requires a different specific antibiotic. Definitely take her to the vet as soon as possible (tomorrow or the day after) and see if the vet can do a culture & sensitivity test to find which antibiotic would work best. I'm sorry your poor girl has so many issues going on right now! Hopefully between the culture test on her nose and the fine needle aspiration to check for blood in her bladder, you guys will get some answers in your next visit. Keep us updated on her situation!

(Also, it might be a good idea to choose one of your topics on your situation & start updating & asking questions only on that. It can help people commenting to know what's already been said, tested for, found, etc. when that's all in one place. )
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There's plenty of different antibiotics, depending on the severity of the URI. My Astrid had very early signs of a URI. My vet had me give her doses of doxycycline for 10 days, her URI actually didn't go away so I had her on another 10 days of the doxycycline. Your's might just need to be on it longer and given a stronger type of antibiotic. It's more money from our pockets, but totally worth it for our little ones
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Baytril is good for URI's as far as I know, and for my hedgie her URI was gone in two weeks on it.

It can also work for UTI's and actually Clavamox and Baytril can be given together so you might want to try a combo since it's been going on for so long, You also should ask your vet to double check dosages because a lot of vets, even those experienced with exotics tend to under dose small animals. They tend to be very scared of over dosing them...but under dosing is just as bad in my opinion because all you are doing there is making the bacteria resistant.
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Thank you very much GoldfishAtHeart & Ceopet for your amazing answers I always copy the good ones to MS Word file, print it and take it to the vet. Your experience is priceless and it's better to know what works as just get her prescribed another low dose of Clavamox. Thank you again I was very worried she might have developed pneumonia, but she is active, eats a lot, so I am taking her to the vet next week. I will keep you updated how it;s going for us
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you very much Kelsey, I wanted to keep it just one post, but because there are so many issues going on and nobody except for you was really answering me, I created 2 instead of 1 post. I will create one more where I explain the situation + the findings. Thank you very much
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