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Bladder Infection in Dogs

Bladder Infection in Dogs

If your dog is suffering from a bladder condition then they are likely in a great deal of pain. Quick treatment will be key in these situations. Today our Toledo vets discuss bladder infections in dogs and how we use veterinary internal medicine to treat this condition.

How do bladder infections in dogs occur?

Typically, bladder infections and conditions are known to more frequently affect female dogs, however, we know that any dog can experience these.

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. 

What are the signs that my dog may have 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
  • Fever
  • 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 and visit with an animal internal medicine vet. 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.

Will my dog's bladder infection resolve itself?

While there have been confirmed cases of bladder infections that have resolved themselves on their own, this is highly unlikely to happen. 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 and schedule an appointment with a pet internal medicine vet right away..

What are the treatment options for bladder infections in dogs?

Antibiotics are the primary treatment for bladder infections in dogs, although in some cases your vet may recommend anti-inflammatory medications or painkillers 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. 

If your dog is suffering from a bladder infection and is in need of veterinary care please contact our vet internists in Toledo. We're here to help.

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