Dogs can experience a number of urinary tract concerns, one such condition is bladder infections. Today, our East Setauket vets talk about the signs and symptoms of bladder infections in dogs and how these issues can be treated.
What Causes Bladder Infection in Dogs?
While bladder conditions occur more frequently in female dogs, they can develop in dogs of any sex, breed or age. The typical causes of bladder infections in dogs can include:
Symptoms of Bladder Infections in Dogs
The most common symptoms 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 in very small amounts but frequently. The signs of a bladder infection in dogs may 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 your dog is exhibiting any of the symptoms above it's time to head to your veterinarian. Bladder issues in dogs can cause a number of symptoms that can be very painful as well as complications if left untreated. 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.
How to Treat a Bladder Infection in Dogs
If you are considering the treatment options for bladder infections in dogs, the first step should be to visit your vet for a diagnosis.
Once diagnosed with a bladder infection your vet will offer recommendations for treating your dog's condition. 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.