Today, our Lincoln vets will discuss the signs and treatment of bladder infections in dogs, which can make your dog feel uncomfortable and in pain.
What causes bladder infections in dogs?
Bladder infections can affect all dogs, but female dogs are more likely to get them. These infections can be caused by 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 sign of a bladder infection in dogs is difficulty or pain when urinating. Other symptoms of bladder infections or urinary tract infections (UTIs) to watch 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 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
The main way to treat bladder infections in dogs is with antibiotics. Sometimes, 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.
Because dogs can't tell us when they're not feeling well, it's important to take them to the vet if you notice any signs of illness. 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 often gets 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.