Dog Urinary Tract Infection: What Are the Symptoms of Canine UTI

Dog Urinary Tract Infection: What Are the Symptoms of Canine UTI

December 2, 2010 | Dog Health | Leave a Comment |

Causes of Dog Urinary Tract Infection

  • Not many pet owners realize that their dogs could actually develop urinary tract infection or UTI. A common misconception is that the ailment is only applicable to humans. Actually, around 14% of the total dog population has had UTI at least once in their life.
  • The ailment can be classified into 2: upper urinary tract infection and lower urinary tract infection.

Dog UTI Symptoms

  • Infections in the lower urinary tract will usually show signs of urination abnormalities. This could mean that the dog will have difficulty passing urine or may have the need to constantly urinate.
  • Frequent drinking and urination is one of the signs that the dog is having urination abnormalities. However, even with frequent drinking, the dog will soon exhibit signs of dehydration.
  • If the owner is aware of the dogs habits, it is easy to spot if the dog is urinating less or more often than usual. This also applies to the amount of urine – it could be noticeably less or more than the usual amount excreted in normal conditions.
  • Sometimes, the dog may also experience pain while urination.
  • Blood may be observed in the urine.

    At times, the urine will have a very foul odor. In these two cases, it is necessary to bring the dog to a vet immediately.

Treatment for Dog UTI

  • The affected dog will usually be given antibiotics so as to lessen the number of bacteria in the urinary tract. Sometimes, antimicrobial medications are given.
  • Pet owners who are uncomfortable with synthetic medications could apply home remedies to their pets. Among these remedies are apple cider vinegar and citrus juices.
  • Give the dog plenty of clean drinking water.

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