Bladder infections can cause your dog discomfort and pain. Today, our Santa Cruz County vets discuss the signs of bladder infections in dogs and how they are treated.
What causes bladder infections in dogs?
All dogs can suffer from bladder infections, however, female dogs are more susceptible. There is a range of causes of bladder infections including crystals, bacteria, and some medications. Conditions like diabetes can also lead to an increased risk of bladder infections.
What are the signs of bladder infection in dogs?
The most common symptom of bladder infection in dogs is pain or difficulty urinating. Other signs of bladder infections or urinary tract infections (UTIs) that you may notice are:
- 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 your dog is exhibiting any of the symptoms above it's time to contact your veterinarian. Bladder infections and urinary tract infections are very uncomfortable and often painful for dogs. When caught and treated early these infections can often be cleared up quickly and easily so the sooner you can get your pup to the vet the better.
How to Treat Bladder Infection in Dogs
Antibiotics are the primary treatment for bladder infections in dogs, though in some cases your veterinarian may also recommend anti-inflammatory medications or pain killers depending on the severity and underlying cause of your dog's infection.
Since our canine companions are unable to tell us how they're feeling it is best to have any symptoms of illness checked out by your vet. Bladder infections in dogs do not typically clear up on their own and require professional veterinary treatment. Left untreated your pup's bladder infection could lead to serious health consequences.
If your dog suffers from frequent bladder infections your vet may recommend switching your pup's diet to a prescription diet that's specifically formulated to promote urinary health.
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.