What is a canine urinary tract infection?
It is possible for dogs to acquire infections in their lower urinary system. Other medical issues that can affect the urinary system in dogs include incontinence, bladder stones, and cancer. Some of these bladder problems in dogs may share the same symptoms as urinary tract infections so it is important to know what to look out for.
What causes UTI in dogs?
It seems that small breeds are more prone to urinary tract infections than larger breeds. Bladder infections in dogs are typically caused by bacteria which enters the body through the urethra. In rare cases, bladder problems in dogs can be caused by fungi, viruses, or algae.
What are the symptoms?
There are recognizable symptoms of UTI in dogs. The symptoms include incontinence, frequent urination, urine that is cloudy or has an odor, blood in the urine, fever, vaginal discharge, and discomfort. You should be taking your dog for regular veterinary check-ups because some dogs might not show any symptoms.
If your dog shows symptoms of a bladder infection, it is important to get help right away. Untreated urinary tract infections can lead to more serious infections in the kidneys.
What are the treatment options?
The most common treatment for bladder infections in dogs is antibiotics. Your veterinarian will order blood tests and a urinalysis to confirm the diagnosis. There are also homeopathic remedies you can try to ease your dog’s discomfort. Our UTI support can be a great supplement to the treatment procedure prescribed by your veterinarian.