You mentioned her little mid-air squat when you go to express. You may start to notice her "helping" when you express, especially if you give her a verbal cue when you are about to start.
I like the fact that the therapist was suspecting it, and was right. That kind of gives confidence about the therapist in a way, don't you think?
Healing continues for a long time. Not weeks, or even months, but literally years. So glad for the good news!!!
I don't know what will come next, but I'm hoping she will begin to move one or both hind legs in hydrotherapy? Do you get to actually watch her when she goes to her session? Do you know if she's using her hind feet in the water yet?
Standing up is a pretty complicated thing, and I have never seen anything scientific about what I am going to say, but I *feel* like a long-bodied, short-legged dog has an easier time standing up because less balance is needed, while a more square built dog with shorter back and longer legs needs more balance to stand up because the center of gravity is higher off the ground. I could be wrong. If there is any truth in that, it's another reason why hydrotherapy is a help. Actual swimming requires no balance. The treadmill requires different degrees of balance depending on how high the water level is.
That makes sense about standing I feel like she is square bodied. I hope she can start to notice her feet again. I am sure that will be a good start.
Hopefully it's not another UTI, especially if the symptoms are different, but I agree I would probably get it checked or ask about it if you keep noticing it. I've never heard of green with a UTI, so I hope you will update if you find out what it was.
There is another supplement called D-mannose which helps keep bacteria from adhering to the lining of the bladder. It sounds too good to be true, but if you research it you can see it is supported by reputable vets. Here is one example.
https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/h ... -dogs.aspx
One of our moderators was a university chemistry professor and she also recommended it.
In my experience with 2 paralyzed dogs, the incidence of UTI has been about 1 per year without a diaper and one every 2.5 years with a diaper. It can depend on so many things, including how hard the dog is to express and what position the dog drags in (for example legs trailing behind would get less dirt on the bottom than moving in a seated-with-legs-forward postion.
It also depends on the environment. For example one person here had a working dog that herded livestock in a wheelchair and loved to swim in the creek, and was getting exposed to bacteria in the creek, but the dog loved to swim. It can take a while to figure out where the dog is picking up the germs.
I used to even wonder about our beloved PT place. I loved it and loved the gals that did the PT and loved everything about it, but I think people walked through the rest of the hospital and probably picked up normal or hospital bacteria on their feet and then tracked some of that into the rehab area onto the mats. But that's just another example of why it's good to express when you come home from anyplace.
Is Stella spayed? I can't remember if you said. My dog got UTI's when she was in season, but since she's been spayed we don't have that problem any more.
For what it's worth, most dogs do not end up having long term problems with UTI's, which is probably little comfort right now when you are wondering if there is one. We had one male dog here named Waffles who was hard to express and had to be catheterized for a long time, and he was on a low dose of antibiotic for over a year, if I remember correctly. There have been a few people here (Pam and her dog Riley is one example) whose vets had their dog on antibiotic pulse therapy, which is one week on and 2-3 weeks off. I don't know how common that is, usually it isn't needed.
I'm still hoping she will get to where she can start helping you express, and with both of you doing it she can get even more empty and the problem may largely take care of itself. If you go to express and either count down or give a verbal cue, (I use "Ready, Freddy?") and then express, she will know when to help if she develops some ability to do so.
Don't blame you for wanting to stick with one vet if they didn't even read the record apparently. *sigh*