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Be careful NOT to use a human product that contains Xylitol, as it is not safe for dogs.
There have been other cases here where a pet is showing symptoms of UTI, yet nothing showed on the urinalysis. I don't know why, but it happens. Sometimes the vet will go ahead and prescribe antibiotics based on the symptoms in spite of the negative test.
EDIT TO ADD: Here is a video from Scout's House, a rehab facility. The video does not play automatically for me, so I hope you can make it work for you. I had to click the gear/cogwheel in the upper right corner and click Download and play it using Windows Media Player. They demonstrate expressing 4 different dogs. The third dog (just past the halfway mark) begins to urinate, then the tech helps him by squeezing his abdomen.
https://s995.photobucket.com/user/scout ... ort=4&o=13
I am going to try and stay calm through the night and make a decision about the ER tomorrow. We will see. He is very relaxed, alert, doesnt seem to be in pain. He has been eating and drinking. All good signs, but still so worried.
If you can get that video link to work, they show how they do it with an older male dog. If you read between the lines when you listen to the way they describe him, he may be opinionated, too.
Four times a day would be nice, but it is that much more work for you, and he's a big dog. If you could squeeze him empty enough and just make 3 trips, that would be less carrying him up and down 2 flights of stairs and putting him in and out of the cart.
A compromise might be 3 trips outside per day, and only do the additional squeezing on the first trip of the day and the trip at bedtime, and let him do it all by himself at lunchtime.
I am really glad he is not thrashing when you carry him down the stairs now. What a relief that must be. I was worried about you guys carrying a 60-lb dog down the stairs 3 or more times a day and you can't really see your feet and then he wasn't holding still. Maybe he is getting past whatever discomfort he had. What do you reply when he growls as you pick him up? Sounds like he's saying, "Be careful there," and I'd be tempted to say, "I am, I am."
The good news is, don't worry too much about atrophy in the hind legs. It is muscle. And it COMES BACK!
https://handicappedpet.net/helppets/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=4346&p=22532&hilit=musclebound#p22532 wrote:Most people get worried about loss of muscle in the back legs. That seems logical but it turns out that isn't such a problem either, it comes back. I can tell you from experience, my dog was very badly injured. She had a spinal fracture in which the two parts of the spine separated and one part tried to leapfrog over the other, pinching the spinal cord in between. She had surgery to put the spine back together and she couldn't stand up for 9 months. You can imagine how skinny her back legs got. But she is musclebound now, I can tell you.