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Signs of Bladder Infections in Dogs & How They Are Treated

Many dogs suffer from bladder infections and other issues affecting the urinary tract system. What causes bladder infection in dogs? What signs should you watch for? How do vets treat bladder infections in dogs? 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

Bladder infections or other bladder issues in dogs can cause a variety of symptoms such as pain, difficulties urinating, blood in their urine, or, in some cases, urinating in 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

When to Contact Your Vet

Is your dog exhibiting any of the symptoms above? If yes, then it's time to head to your veterinarian - as soon as possible. Bladder and urinary tract infections are very uncomfortable and often painful for dogs. But, when caught and treated early these infections can typically be cleared up quickly and easily. 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. 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. Left untreated your pup's bladder infection could become much more severe and lead to complications, or recurring infections.

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 loyal companion'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. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet. 

Bladder issues in dogs are serious health concern that cause pain and can lead to serious complications. Contact Guilford-Jamestown Veterinary Hospital right away to book an urgent examination for your pup.

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