Hi - I'm hoping for some advice or maybe a little help from someone who might have had a similar problem -
I have a 10 year old Mini Schnauzer (Angus) I rescued when he was a year old, recently he started having trouble urinating - straining to go with little result, dribbling while straining to go even in the house (very unusual for him - he is very good about not going inside), pacing, wanting to go out over and over, etc.
We took a urine sample to our overly busy vet who found infection and crystals in the sample and sent home antibiotics (baytril) and Hill's W/D food (Angus was eating Canidae) -
After three days on the antibiotic, Angus was urinating normally for the most part, with only a little dribbling and frequency, but no more accidents in the house, he seemed much happier and playful - we switched him over to the new food over the course of a week and he seemed much improved -
But then, three or four days before his antibiotics were done, he started having some sort of spasm in his back end that is worse when he first gets up from laying down and after he has gone to the bathroom (urinating or deficating) - it seems to be some sort of cramping that causes him to hunch up his back, like he is having a stomach cramp, and he is unable to sit down or move much while it is happening. He often stops to sniff his butt or lick at his penis after it stops, and sometimes if he tries to move too quickly after it stops, he has another episode. He has stopped playing as often as he usually does, and somedays will not play at all.
He does not seem to be in any great pain when these spasms happen, he does not cry (and he can be a very vocal whiner), and he will wag his tail (or attempt to) if you go to him to see what is wrong. He sleeps all night with no problems or signs of the spasms. He has just finished his last antibiotic today and is urinating freely with no troubles that we can see, but he is passing a stool more often than he used to (I figured because of the increased fiber in the new food), but except for the occasional softer-looking stool, there is no diarrhia or defication troubles.
I told my vet about it and he seemed to think there may be kidney stones causing the problem and to give him aspirin for a week and get back to him if it did not improve, but the aspirin caused stomach irritation and didn't make any difference, so I stopped giving it to him.
I am wondering if anyone out there can help me figure this out - could it be the food causing cramps or gas? Or a side effect of the Baytril? If it IS kidney stones, why is there no trouble with the flow of urine? We took in another urine sample after a week on the new food and everything came out fine.
We love our dogs to death, but my husband was laid off from his job just before Christmas and we honestly cannot afford a lot of expensive testing or even Xrays - we are having a hard enough time just keeping these guys and ourselves on a decent diet (we like to eat organic and holistic food, but, alas, it is not always possible on a budget) - we are afraid if we can't figure this out on our own, we may have to put Angus to sleep (if he gets any worse) without knowing what the problem is - so any advice from anywhere is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading this, everyone!