Dogs and Urinary Tract Infections

By Refadoc, Posted on : Monday, 09 March 2015 - 11:10 am IST

Just like people, dogs are also known to suffer from UTI’s and Bladder Infections. These infections are often caused due to the bacteria present in the urethra and the lining of the bladder. Since these infections are often quite painful, your dog could be exhibiting the following signs and symptoms:

  •          Difficulty during urination
  •          Passing out blood in the urine
  •          Cloudy urine, with an abnormal odor
  •          Frequent urination in small amounts
  •          Urinary incontinence

Treating a UTI in case of dogs is very important as it could prevent serious medical complications such as the development of bladder stones or could spread to the vital organs such as the kidneys and the heart. Although any dog could suffer from a UTI, female and older dogs are known to be more prone towards developing UTI and bladder infection.

However, one must not worry. UTI’s and bladder infections can be easily treated. With a complete physical examination coupled with a urine sample of the dog, the doctor will be able to identify the type of the bacteria which could be causing the infection. This also paves the way to look out for the most favorable treatment option for the UTI.

Make sure that you follow the prescription of the vet in order to go for a steady cure. Do not change or stop the treatment of your dog without seeking prior permission from the vet. Follow up with the vet until he is sure that the infection has been treated completely. Dogs which suffer from a reoccurring UTI may need to be screened for additional testing such as blood work, X Rays and Ultrasound test in order to check for the presence of bladder stones or other reasons which may be causing the infection time and again. 

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