Urinary tract infections in dogs are completely normal. My dog, Kylie, develops a UTI (urinary tract infection) at least two or three times per year. Each time she is treated with antibiotics and is back to her old self in no time at all. Dogs that constantly develop urinary tract infections may have a bigger medical issue and should be examined by a veterinarian in order to be diagnosed properly.
As mentioned above, recurrent urinary tract infections are NOT normal. Below are several conditions that can cause UTIs in dogs (or UTI like symptoms).
A tumor growing in a dog’s bladder can cause a UTI (or UTI like symptoms) to develop. Symptoms include blood in the urine, straining to pee, or urinating small amounts over and over again (in a short amount of time). Most tumors are diagnosed quickly using an ultrasound machine or x-ray (with dye contrast).
When a dog has a certain type of bacteria in their urine, it is possible for a urinary stone known as a struvite to form. This and other types of stones can lodge in a dog’s kidney, urethra or bladder causing the same type of symptoms that occur when a dog has a urinary tract infection (painful urination, blood in the urine and frequent urges to urinate).
It can be difficult to diagnose a kidney infection because they are often mistaken for a simple bladder infection. A kidney infection develops when bacteria travels up the ureter and infects a kidney. A dog with a kidney infection may have a fever, back ache, lethargy, loss of appetite and blood in the urine. The good news is that canine kidney infections are treated (most of the time successfully) with a lengthy course of antibiotics.
Birth defects of the bladder or ureters can also cause constant urinary tract infections. Diseases such as Cushings or diabetes can also cause UTIs to occur because conditions such as these weaken a dog’s body making them less resistant to infection.
Being proactive when it comes to your dog’s healthcare is very important. Just because your dog develops the occasional urinary tract infection does NOT mean he or she has a more serious condition (such as a bladder tumor or kidney stones). However, it is important that you take your dog to the vet so that the veterinarian can thoroughly examine your pet and make the proper diagnosis. That’s it for now my dog loving friends. Until next time! Woof!
Additional Note: While doing my research for this post, I came across the word ureter. Now if you are anything like me, then you don’t have an extensive knowledge of medical jargon. So here is the definition of ureter (I had to look it up): Noun – A muscular duct or tube conveying urine from the kidneys to the bladder.
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