Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs
All dogs are subject to getting health conditions especially as they start to age. One problem you may find yourself running into is a dog catching Urinary Tract Infections.
Here is a comprehensive guide giving you the meat and potatoes of what to do when you run across this problem in the future. Symptoms, treatment, what to do, diagnosis, and no treatment consequences.
Just for reference a UTI is when bacteria is in the Urinary Tract. Conditions are common among dogs of any age, but older female dogs who are spayed will get them more than male dogs.
According to The Veterinary Journal UTI’s will happen to 14% of the dog population with a recovery time of a few weeks on average. Same journal states that incidents affect females more than males as well.
This is not common with cats, but dogs get them at a higher frequency. Side effects can cause the dog to become ill and unable to stop vomiting.
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs
Licking Themselves – constant licking of the area is one of the signs that the dog may have a health issue. Cleaning the area is fine but when dogs are favoring the area pay close attention for other symptoms.
Cry while urinating – whimpering and making uncomfortable sounds while peeing is a signal that you need to pay closer attention to the dog and determine if you need to take them to the vet.
Blood in the urine – common symptom that everyone should be aware of. Instinctually when someone sees their dog urinating blood, they will look for professional guidance.
Small Amount of Pee – to limit the pain some dogs will choose to release the smallest amount possible. Noticeably different from how they would pee under normal circumstances.
Urinating in Strange Places – when a dog is consistently using the bathroom in places in an uncharacteristic manner, they may be unable to hold it until you take them out.
Exhaustion – fatigue is a great way to find multiple health problems and one of them is the urinary becoming infected. Rest after a long run or walk is fine but lack of energy in general is not acceptable.
Throwing Up – losing weight and changing the amount they are willing to eat is a clear signs that the dog may need to get some help.
Treatment for UTI in Dogs
There are 18 different medications you can give your dog according to a research article “Antimicrobial Use Guidelines for Treatment of Urinary Tract Disease in Dogs and Cats”.
Some are used to treat uncomplicated and complicated UTIs. There are different routes you can take to fight the infection. If infections come back three times or more in a year then it will be a bigger health problem.
Antimicrobial therapy is the recommendation when it comes to curing the infection. Amoxicillin is something that is prescribed from the vet on a regular basis.
Dogs that get these multiple times per year you should caution with any therapy at this point because they are unproven without evidence. Side effects of therapy may not be worth the risk.
Cranberry juice has no scientific basis and should not be in use with any dogs because it only works for humans. Only use methods that have support from a medical perspective.
What to Do If Dog Has UTI?
Take your dog to the vet right away or as soon as possible. If you think they may have it, I would get them in front of a professional to determine if they have this after testing is done.
Due to the serious of this being an underlying issue to a disease, failure of body parts, or an urinary full of bacteria you need to find out and treat at your earliest convenience.
How Does the Vet Find Diagnosis?
Urine sample is the best way to determine if the dog has a urinary tract infection. One of the ways they determine the condition of the dog is by a microscope viewing of what’s inside of the sample.
It is worth mentioning that the urine sample will have to go to the lab to be looked at. Past medical history will help a bit at this stage because some issues can lead to frequent UTIs.
What Happens When You Don’t Treat Dogs UTI?
There are a few conditions the dog will most likely suffer if you ignore this and hope it will go away on its own. Here are the few that you should be aware of.
Kidney Stones – are actual stones in the kidneys made by calcium and oxalate according to Milliken Animal Clinic. Raising levels of calcium in the blood while causing a series of side effects.
Kidney Failure – is not a common health problem for dogs but they’re if they get a lot of UTIs. They have a lot of the same symptoms and when you test for one you will know the status of the other.