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Dog Urinary Tract Infection -Bladder Infection

Dog Urinary Tract Infection - Cystitis
Dog Urinary Tract & Bladder Infections


Dogs can acquire a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) when bacteria invade the urinary tract system. The most common type of UTI is acute cystitis often referred to as a bladder infection.

The urinary tract includes two kidneys, two ureters, a bladder, and a urethra.

The bacteria usually enter through the urethra and may spread to the bladder, ureters and kidneys.

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in dogs

* Blood in dog's Urine, or urine may have a pink tinge
* Dog attempts to pass urine more frequently than usual
* Dog Strains to pass urine but only passes a few drops
* Urine Dribbling or Urine Incontinence
* Dog may display excessive licking of penis or vulva
* The dog's urine may have a strong or unusual odor
* A house trained dog may urinate in inappropriate places


Treatment & Diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs - Bladder Infections - Cystitis

Your veterinarian may suspect a bacterial urinary tract infection based on any of the symptoms listed above.

Your veterinarian will often prescribe an appropriate antibiotic based on the symptoms.

Usually, antibiotic treatment fixes the problem.

Most lower urinary tract infections are not likely to recur on a regular basis.

However, it should be noted that any of the above symptoms may be caused by a number of other medical disorders

Taking a Sample of Your Dog's Urine
For a more accurate diagnosis a urine sample would be sent to the laboratory for culture and sensitivity. If an infection is present the report will come back from the lab identifying which particular organism is responsible for the infection and advise the veterinarian which antibiotic will best deal with that particular bacterial organism.

This urinalysis will also give your veterinarian more information to provide you with possible causes of the symptoms your dog is displaying.

If your dog frequently suffers from Urinary Tract Infections your veterinarian may need to do additional tests to ascertain the underlying cause.


Additional Information regarding Dog Urinary Tract Infections and Bladder Infections

Bladder Stones. Some types of stones can contribute to bacterial cystitis and infection of the bladder.

Tumors of the bladder may contribute to bacterial urinary tract infection.

Dogs with Diseases such as Diabetes and Cushing's Disease have a greater predisposition to Urinary Tract Infections.

Dogs on Cortisone Drugs which suppress the immune system may also be be at risk of Bladder Infections

Bacterial urinary tract infections are more common in females because the urethera is shorter than a males. The bacteria have a shorter distance to travel to cause harm.




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