Bladder infections and other bladder problems in dogs are common and can be very painful for your pooch. Today, our Ambler vets share the causes of bladder infections in dogs, signs that your dog may have a bladder infection and how this uncomfortable health issue can be treated.
What causes bladder infections in dogs?
While bladder infections are most often seen in female dogs, dogs of any size, breed, age or sex can suffer from this painful condition. There are a number of key causes of bladder infections in dogs including crystals, bacteria, diseases such as diabetes, and even some medications.
How do I know if my dog has a bladder infection?
The most common signs of bladder infection in dogs include pain or difficulties urinating, blood in urine or in some cases you may notice that your pup is only urinating very small amounts but frequently. Other signs of bladder infections or urinary tract infections (UTIs) 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 the vet. Bladder infections and urinary tract infections are very uncomfortable and often painful for dogs. But, 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.
Can a dog's bladder infection go away on its own?
Since our canine companions are unable to tell us how they're feeling it is best to have any bladder infection symptoms checked out by your vet. Bladder infection in dogs do not typically clear up on their own. 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.
Can you tell me how to treat bladder infections 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.
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 dog's condition, please make an appointment with your veterinarian.