Your dog can get a painful bladder infection that affects its overall health. Today, our Fort Pierce vets offer advice on bladder infections in dogs and how you can help.
The Causes of Bladder Infections
Any dog regardless of breed can suffer from bladder infections, but they do tend to occur most commonly in female dogs. These uncomfortable, often painful, conditions can be caused by crystals, bacteria, diseases such as diabetes, and even some medications.
Symptoms of a Bladder Infection
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 but frequently. Other indications of bladder infections or urinary tract infections (UTIs) include:
- Straining to urinate
- Increased/Decreased frequency of urination
- Blood in the urine
- Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
- Accidents inside your home
- Excessively licking (genitals)
- Increased thirst
- Lack of energy
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 caught 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.
Treatment of Bladder Infections
Antibiotics are the number one treatment for bladder infections in dogs, although in some cases your vet may also recommend anti-inflammatory medications or painkillers 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.