Bladder infections and other bladder issues are as common in dogs as they are in people and just as painful and uncomfortable. Today, our Statesboro 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 dog has a bladder infection, it could be due to crystals, bacteria, diseases such as diabetes, or even some medications.
Symptoms of Bladder Infections 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 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 dog exhibits any of the symptoms listed above, it's time to take him to the vet. Bladder and urinary tract infections are extremely uncomfortable and often painful for your dog. When detected 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 bladder infections in humans can resolve without medical intervention in some cases, this is unlikely to be the case with your dog. It is also important to note that because our canine companions are unable to communicate their feelings, any symptoms of illness should be evaluated by your veterinarian. If your dog's bladder infection is not treated, it can worsen and lead to complications.
Additionally, your dog may have symptoms of a more serious underlying condition that requires medical attention in addition to a bladder infection. Always err on the side of caution when it comes to your pet's health.
How are bladder infections treated in dogs?
Dog bladder infections are typically treated with antibiotics, but depending on the severity and underlying cause, your veterinarian may occasionally advise anti-inflammatory drugs or painkillers.
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.