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
The bacteria usually enter through the urethra and may spread to the bladder,
ureters and kidneys.
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
* 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
* 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
Most lower urinary tract infections are not likely to recur on a
However, it should be noted that any of the
symptoms may be caused by a number of other medical disorders
Taking a Sample of Your
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.
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.