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Bladder Infections in Dogs - What You Need to Know

Bladder infections and other conditions affecting the urinary tract are common in dogs. What causes bladder infections in dogs? What are the signs of bladder infections in dogs? How can dog bladder infections be treated? Read on to find out.

Causes of Bladder Infections in Dogs

Any dog regardless of breed can suffer from bladder infections—sometimes called urinary tract infections or UTIs - although they tend to occur most often in female dogs. Some of the most common causes of bladder infections in dogs include crystals, bacteria, diseases such as diabetes, and some medications.

Signs of Bladder Infection in Dogs

If your dog is suffering from a bladder infection you will likely notice signs of pain accompanying bladder issues such as difficulties urinating, blood in their urine, or, in some cases, urinating very small amounts frequently. Other symptoms of bladder infections in dogs can 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
  • Fever
  • Increased thirst
  • Lack of energy

Is your dog exhibiting any of the symptoms above? If yes, then it's time to head to your veterinarian. Bladder 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 pup to the vet the better.

How to Treat Bladder Infections in Dogs

Bladder infections will not typically clear up on their own, and since they are painful it is important to seek veterinary care for your dog as soon as symptoms appear.

Antibiotics are the primary treatment for bladder infections in dogs, though in some cases your veterinarian may also recommend anti-inflammatory medications or painkillers depending on the severity and underlying cause of your dog's infection.

Since our beloved pets are unable to tell us how they're feeling it is best to have any symptoms of illness checked out by your vet. Bladder infections 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.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet for an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition.

Is your dog showing signs of a bladder infection? Contact our San Jose vets today to book an examination for your pup.

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