Bladder infections and other bladder issues are as common in dogs as they are in people and just as painful and uncomfortable. Today our Somerset County vets share the causes, symptoms and treatments for bladder infections in dogs.
What causes bladder infections in dogs?
While bladder infections are more common in female dogs any pooch can suffer from these uncomfortable conditions.
If your pup is suffering from a bladder infection it may have been caused by 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 infections 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 pup is displaying any of the symptoms above it's time to head to the vet for an examination. Bladder infections and urinary tract infections are very uncomfortable and often painful for your dog. When caught and treated early these infections can often be cleared up quickly and easily.
Can a dog's bladder infection go away on its own?
Although in some cases bladder infections in people clear up without the need for medical care, this is unlikely to be true for your dog. 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 could also be the case that your dog's bladder infection symptoms are due to a more serious underlying condition in need of treatment. When it comes to your pet's health it is always best to err on the side of caution.
How are bladder infections are treated in dogs?
Antibiotics are the primary treatment for bladder infections in dogs, although in some cases your vet may recommend anti-inflammatory medications or pain killers depending on the severity and underlying cause.
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.