Does Your Dog Have a Urinary Tract Infection? Learn the Symptoms
Dogs can develop several types of urinary tract stones which can form along with bladder infections.
Dogs of all ages can be affected, but vulnerability increases with advancing age. In such cases, stone formation, prostate disease, and tumors are frequently seen. Additionally, female dogs are more susceptible to bacterial infections of the lower urinary tract than males.
Some dogs may be asymptomatic with a urinary tract infection. Signs that a dog is suffering from a bacterial invasion can vary, depending upon the extent of the infection and whether underlying diseases are complicating the illness. If you feel that your dog is having difficulty urinating, or is exhibiting any of the following behaviors, take him to the veterinary clinic without delay.
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Urinary tract infections are more common in dogs than in cats. Overweight pets with extra skin folds are at risk. Some female pets may have inverted vulvas that lead to bacterial buildup and secondary urinary tract infections. Very often, pets with weaker immune systems including geriatric pets as well as those with dental disease will more likely be prone to urinary tract infections. Chronic diseases such as , , cancer, and immune suppressive viruses in cats such as (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) may lead to urinary infections as well. Pets with a history of urine dribbling and involuntary urination also should be evaluated for urinary tract infection prior to starting medications such as (for dogs) for urine incontinence.A dog with a urinary tract infection will feel an increased need to urinate. You may notice your dog repeatedly expressing a need to go back outside to relieve himself. He may also begin to have "accidents", such as urinating indoors. If the frequency of your dog's urination increases, be very sure he doesn't have a canine urinary tract infection before you assume it's a behavior problem. You may also notice your dog nervously pacing around, indoors or outside. If not identified and treated in a timely manner, a canine urinary tract infection can endanger your dog's life, especially if the infection spreads from your pet's urinary tract to the rest of the animal's body. But with early detection and proper treatment a UTI doesn't have to be life threatening. If you've ever had to deal with a urinary tract infection, you can definitely relate if your dog is diagnosed with a UTI. (If you haven't they're uncomfortable and painful.) Our dogs rely on us to ensure that they are being properly cared for so it is very important to be able to recognize and treat UTIs immediately.