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Bladder Infection in Dogs

Bladder infections and other bladder issues are as common in dogs as they are in people and just as painful and uncomfortable. Today, our Des Moines vets share the causes, symptoms, and treatments for bladder infections in dogs.

What causes bladder infections in dogs?

Any dog, regardless of breed, is susceptible to developing a bladder infection; however, such infections are more prevalent in female dogs. Crystals, bacteria, diseases like diabetes, and even certain medications can all be the cause of these unpleasant and frequently 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
  • Fever
  • Increased thirst
  • Lack of energy

In the event that your canine companion displays any of the symptoms described above, it is imperative that you take him to the veterinarian. Infections of the urinary tract and the bladder are the most unpleasant and frequently painful conditions that can affect dogs. However, if these infections are detected and treated at an early stage, they can frequently be cured in a short amount of time and with little effort. Therefore, it is best to take your dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible.

How to Treat Bladder Infections in Dogs

Antibiotics are the most effective treatment for bladder infections in dogs; however, depending on the severity of the infection and the underlying cause of your dog's infection, your veterinarian may also recommend anti-inflammatory medications or painkillers in certain instances.

In spite of the fact that bladder infections in humans can sometimes be treated without the need for medical intervention, it is highly improbable that this will be the case with your dog. Because our canine companions are unable to convey how they are feeling, it is in your best interest to have your veterinarian examine any symptoms of illness that they may be experiencing. If you do not treat your dog's bladder infection, it may become more severe and lead to complications.

It is also important to note that the symptoms of a bladder infection in your dog could be the result of a more serious underlying condition that requires that your dog receive medical attention from a veterinarian. If you are concerned about the health of your pet, 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. 

Is your pet showing signs of a bladder infection? Contact Des Moines Veterinary Hospital today to book an appointment with one of our experienced and compassionate vets.

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