Canine Urinary Infections and Symptoms

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Canine Urinary Infections and Symptoms

by Maria Hausle

When bacteria get into the urethra or the bladder, a urinary tract infection, or UTI, can develop. The urethra is the tube that transports the urine from the bladder to the outside of the body where it is expelled. A urinary infection can be very uncomfortable and may make urinating very painful. Canine urinary infections and symptoms are rather easy to spot, and if it is caught in the early stages a veterinarian can run a simple test to make sure it is a UTI. If the test is positive, the vet can treat the urinary infection as long as it is in the early stages. However, if a urinary infection is left untreated for too long, it can be life threatening to the dog.

What Are The Symptoms Of Canine Urinary Infections?

When you look for canine urinary infections and symptoms, there are a few specific things that you should note:

  • Frequent urination (usually in strange or unusual places)
  • Straining or difficult urination (dog may whine or yelp while trying to urinate)
  • Frequent urination without passing much urine * Blood in the urine * Cloudy urine
  • Constantly licking genitals
  • Urine that is very foul smelling
  • A seeming inability to control urination
  • The lower abdomen is tender (near the area of the bladder)
  • Fever
  • Lethargy or not as playful

What Are The Treatments For Canine Urinary Infections?

Depending on the actual cause of the infection, antibiotics may be prescribed to treat the dog's urinary infection. This method can work rather quickly to alleviate the dog's symptoms and give it some comfort. The downside to this is that antibiotics can cause an overall weakening of the entire immune system and this can lead to other problems as it opens the dog up for additional illnesses. This is particularly true if the dog has recurring infections where antibiotics are prescribed on a regular basis. There are also some herbal and homeopathic treatments that are on the market and are intended to treat the symptoms as well as the causes of canine urinary infections.

How Can Canine Urinary Infections Be Prevented?

Do not allow your dog to become dehydrated and make sure that he or she always has access to clean, fresh water. Keep the water bowl clean and keep the water clean. Give your dog a place to urinate whenever he or she needs to go. "Holding it" for too long can lead to urinary infections and bladder problems, just as in humans. You can also make sure that your dog has a balanced diet that has plenty of raw and unprocessed foods. Keep your dog away from toxins and chemicals that may cause problems, even second hand cigarette smoke can be injurious. Keep your dog's diet balanced and make sure that he or she gets plenty of exercise every day (find excellent suggestions in this area and combat another serious problem at Dog Weight Problems). Finally, reduce the stress that may occur in your pet's environment. Give him or her a place to relax and unwind. Once you are able to recognize canine urinary infections and symptoms, you can effectively treat it and keep your dog healthy and happy.

My name is Maria Hausle and apart from writing articles, I'm interested in so many things it's hard to trim down the list. So for now, let's just say I'm a true animal lover with a dog and a cat that run my life and I'm serious about making their lives better.

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