Similar to people, bladder infections and other bladder issues can afflict dogs, and be painful and uncomfortable. Here, our Park Pet vets list causes, signs, and treatments for bladder infections in dogs.
Causes of Bladder Infections in Dogs
While any dog regardless of breed can suffer from bladder infections, these issues do tend to occur most often in female dogs. These conditions are often painful and may be caused by bacteria, crystals, diseases such as diabetes, and some medications.
Symptoms of Bladder Infection in Dogs
Many owners whose dogs have bladder infections notice their pups have pain or difficulties urinating. There may be blood in the urine or in some cases a dog may urinate frequently, but in small amounts. Other indications of bladder infections or urinary tract infections (UTIs) include:
- Accidents in the home
- Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
- Straining to urinate
- Reduced quantity of urine
- Increased frequency of urination
- Blood in urine
- Lack of energy
- Increased thirst
- Whimpering while urinating
- Licking the genital area
If your dog is exhibiting any of the symptoms above, it's time to head to your veterinarian. Bladder infections and urinary tract infections are very uncomfortable and often painful for dogs. That said, when diagnosed and treated early, these infections can often be cleared up quickly and easily, so the sooner you can get your pooch to the vet the better.
How to Treat Bladder Infections in Dogs
Antibiotics are the number one treatment for bladder infections in dogs, although in some cases, your vet may also recommend anti-inflammatory medications or pain killers depending on the severity and underlying cause of your pup's infection.
Although in some cases bladder infections in people will clear up without the need for medical care, this is unlikely to be true for your pup. 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.
It's also important to note that your dog's bladder infection symptoms could be caused by a more serious underlying condition that needs veterinary care. When it comes to your pet's health it is always best to err on the side of caution and see your vet.
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.