Bladder infections and other bladder issues are as common in dogs as they are in people and can be just as painful. Today, our Astoria vets discuss what pet owners should know about bladder infections in dogs.
Canine Bladder Infections
While bladder infections are more common in female dogs, any pooch can suffer from these uncomfortable conditions.
If your pup is suffering from a bladder infection it may have been caused by crystals, bacteria, diseases such as diabetes, and even some medications.
Signs of Bladder Infections in Dogs
The most common signs of bladder infections in dogs include pain or difficulties urinating, blood in the urine, or some cases, you may notice that your pup is only urinating in very small amounts. Other signs 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
- Whimpering while urinating
- Licking the genital area
- Increased thirst
- Lack of energy
If your pup is displaying any of the symptoms above it's time to head to the vet for an examination. Bladder infections and urinary tract infections are very uncomfortable and often painful for your dog. When caught and treated early these infections can often be cleared up quickly and easily.
Bladder Infections That Go Untreated
Although in some cases bladder infections in people clear up without the need for medical care, this is unlikely to be true for your dog. It is also the case that, since our canine companions are unable to tell us how they are feeling, it is best to have any symptoms of illness checked out by your vet. Left untreated, your pup's bladder infection could become much more severe and lead to complications that may require emergency care.
It could also be the case that your dog's bladder infection symptoms are due to a more serious underlying condition in need of treatment. When it comes to your pet's health it is always best to err on the side of caution.
How Canine Bladder Infections Are Treated
Antibiotics are the primary treatment for bladder infections in dogs, although in some cases your vet may recommend anti-inflammatory medications or painkillers depending on the severity and underlying cause.
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.