Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs are among the most common afflictions treated by veterinarians.
Roughly 14% of all dogs will suffer from this condition in their lifetime, so it’s essential to know the signs. Besides causing pain and discomfort, UTIs in dogs can also affect their biological functions and behavioral patterns. If you notice any symptoms of a UTI in your dog, the vets at Animal Care Center of Castle Pines can help you get a diagnosis and treatment.
What Causes UTIs in Dogs?
A urinary tract infection in dogs is a bacterial infection of the urinary tract. They typically occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and multiply in the bladder. The symptoms and severity of the disease will depend on the type of bacteria causing the infection.
Certain factors, such as a weakened immune system or prostate diseases, may increase the risk of infection. UTIs in female dogs are more common than UTIs in male dogs, as female dogs have shorter urethras.
Five Signs of UTIs in Dogs
More Frequent UrinationOne of the earliest signs of a UTI in dogs is a greater need to urinate. An increase in urination can be from drinking more water than usual, but it could also indicate an underlying condition. You may notice that you have to open the door for your dog more often to let your dog out or take them for more frequent walks.
Excessive Licking of the Urinary OpeningDogs do not only lick themselves to clean their bodies; they also lick to soothe pain and irritation. If you notice that your dog has become much more focused on licking themselves around the urinary opening, they may be experiencing pain from a UTI.
Accidents in the HouseHouse-trained pets do generally not urinate indoors. They will generally be relaxed and capable of signaling that they need to use the bathroom before relieving themselves. If they do have an accident, it could hint that something is wrong.
Straining When UrinatingListen to the sounds that your dog makes when they urinate. If it appears that they are straining to urinate, or whimpering in pain, a UTI or other serious condition is likely to be blamed.
Bloody or Cloudy UrineThe surest sign that your dog is suffering from a UTI (or something worse) is blood in their urine. If you ever spot blood in your dog’s urine, then you need to take the time to have them tested by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Have You Seen Signs of a UTI in Your Dog?
If you’ve spotted the signs of a urinary tract infection in your dog, don’t wait to have it treated. For your pet's sake, you need to take immediate action and see a veterinarian that can treat the condition and help your dog heal. Animal Care Center of Castle Pines is prepared to offer holistic, expert diagnostics, determine the best treatment, and assist in your pet’s recovery. Contact us today to schedule a visit—your pet will thank you!