Bladder infections and other bladder issues are as common in dogs as they are in people and just as painful and uncomfortable. Today, our Mechanicsburg vets share the causes, symptoms, and treatments for bladder infections in dogs.
What causes bladder infections in dogs?
Bladder infections can affect any dog, regardless of breed, but they are more common in female dogs. Crystals, bacteria, diseases such as diabetes, and even some medications can all cause these unpleasant, often painful conditions.
Symptoms of Bladder Infection in Dogs
The most common signs of bladder infections in dogs include pain or difficulties urinating, blood in the urine, or in some cases you may notice that your pup is only urinating in very small amounts but frequently. Other indications 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 exhibits any of the symptoms listed above, it's time to take him to the vet. Bladder and urinary tract infections are extremely unpleasant and often painful for dogs. However, if these infections are caught and treated early, they can often be cleared up quickly and easily, so the sooner you get your dog to the vet, the better.
How to Treat Bladder Infections in Dogs
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 bladder infections in humans can resolve without medical intervention in some cases, this is unlikely to be the case for your dog. Because our canine companions are unable to communicate how they are feeling, it is best to have any symptoms of illness checked out by your veterinarian. If left untreated, your dog's bladder infection could worsen and lead to complications.
It's also worth noting that your dog's bladder infection symptoms could be the result of a more serious underlying condition that necessitates veterinary attention. When it comes to your pet's health, it is always best to err on the side of caution and consult with your veterinarian.
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.