There are many problems that can affect a dog’s lower urinary system. Incontinence, bladder stones or crystals in the urine, bacterial infections, cancer, trauma or even obstruction of the urethra, the tube that allows urine to pass from the bladder to the outside of the body, can occur.
The most common lower urinary tract disease in dogs over seven years of age is incontinence related to a weak urinary sphincter muscle, allowing urine to “leak” out. Bacterial infections are also common. Endocrine diseases such as adrenal disease and diabetes mellitus can predispose dogs to bacterial infection of the lower urinary tract.
Older female dogs and dogs with diabetes are especially prone to urinary tract problems. There are different types of bladder stones that have a tendency to form under different conditions-some in older dogs, some in either males or females, and some in specific breeds under certain circumstances.
What causes UTI in Dogs?
The main factor causing UTI in dogs are specific kind of bacterial involvements. Most common of them are:
- E. coli, Staphylococcus, and Proteus spp. These three account for more than half of all cases of bacterial infections of the lower urinary tract.
Less common bacteria include:
Other Risk factors:
- Corynebacterium spp.
HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER MY DOG IS SUFFERING FROM UTI?
- Stones, crystals or debris accumulation in the bladder or urethra
- Bladder inflammation or infection
- Incontinence from excessive water drinking or weak bladder/hormonal issue
- Spinal cord abnormalities
- Congenital abnormality
- Prostate disease
The following signs may indicate that your dog is having trouble with his urinary tract:
- Inability to urinate or only passing a small amount of urine
- Bloody or cloudy urine
- Loss of bladder control, dribbling urine
- Increased amount and/or frequency of urination
- Straining and/or crying out in pain when trying to pass urine
- Soiling in inappropriate places
- Constant licking of urinary opening
- Strong odor to the urine
- Changes in appetite
- Weight loss
- Severe back pain
- Increased water consumption
Anti-biotics and symptomatically treatment.
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