Bladder issues are as common in dogs as they are in people and just as uncomfortable. In today's post our Huntersville veterinary team shares some of the causes, and signs of bladder infections in dogs.
Causes of Bladder Infections in Dogs
Dogs of all breeds and ages can suffer from bladder infections but they are most commonly seen in female dogs. These painful infections may be caused by crystals, bacteria, diseases such as diabetes, and even some medications to name a few.
Common Symptoms of Bladder Infection in Dogs
Pain, difficulties urinating, blood in urine, straining to urinate and urinating very small amounts but frequently are all common signs that your dog may be suffering from a bladder infection. Other indications of bladder infections or urinary tract infections (UTIs) include:
- Straining to urinate
- Increased frequency of urination
- Blood in the urine
- Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
- Reduced quantity of urine
- Accidents inside your home
- Whimpering while urinating
- Licking the genital area
- Increased thirst
- Lack of energy
If your dog is showing any of the symptoms above it's time to head to your vet. Bladder infections and urinary tract infections are often painful for dogs. That said, when diagnosed and treated early these infections can often be cleared up quickly and easily — so the sooner you can get your pup to the vet the better.
How to Treat Bladder Infection in Dogs
Antibiotics are the number one treatment for bladder infections in dogs. In some cases, your veterinarian may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications or pain killers depending on the severity and underlying cause of your pet's bladder infection.
While in some cases bladder infections in people will clear up without the need for medical care, this is unlikely to be true for your pup. It's also important to remember that, since our canine companions are unable to tell us how they're feeling it is best to have any symptoms of illness checked out by your vet. Left untreated your dog's bladder infection could become much more severe and lead to complications.
It's also important to note that your dog's bladder infection symptoms could be caused by a more serious underlying condition that needs veterinary care. When it comes to your pet's health it is always best to err on the side of caution and see your vet.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.
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