It can be common for dogs to experience bladder infections just as we would and it is just as uncomfortable for your pup. Today our Yucaipa vets discuss what a bladder infection in dogs is and how it can be treated.
What Might a Bladder infection in Dogs Be Caused By?
While any dog can experience the pain and discomfort that comes along with bladder infections, they are more commonly seen in female dogs.
Some of the potential causes behind your pups bladder infection could be crystals, bacteria, diseases such as diabetes, and even some medications.
What are the symptoms of a bladder infection in dogs?
The most common signs of bladder infections in dogs include pain or difficulties urinating, blood in urine or in some cases you may notice that your pup is only urinating very small amounts but frequently. Other signs of bladder infections or urinary tract infections (UTIs) include:
- Straining to urinate
- Increased frequency of urination
- Blood in the urine
- Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
- Reduced quantity of urine
- Accidents inside your home
- Whimpering while urinating
- Licking the genital area
- Increased thirst
- Lack of energy
If you notice any of the above signs of bladder infection then you should contact your vet to schedule an examination as soon as possible. Bladder infections and urinary tract infections are very uncomfortable and often painful for your dog. When caught and treated early these infections can often be cleared up quickly and easily.
Can a bladder infection in dogs be resolved naturally?
While for humans there have been cases of bladder infections resolving themselves naturally, this is not likely to occur for your dog. 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. If your dog has a bladder infection that is left untreated this can lead to much more serious comlications.
It could also be the case that your dog's bladder infection symptoms are due to a more serious underlying condition in need of treatment. When it comes to your pet's health it is always best to err on the side of caution.
How will my dog's bladder infection be treated?
Antibiotics are the primary treatment for bladder infections in dogs, although in some cases your vet may recommend anti-inflammatory medications or pain killers depending on the severity and underlying cause.
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.