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Bladder Infections in Dogs

Bladder Infections 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 Bellevue 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 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 some signs & symptoms of bladder infection in dogs

The most common symptoms of bladder infections in dogs include pain or difficulties urinating, blood in urine, or, in some cases, you may notice that your dog is only urinating very small amounts, but more  frequently than usual. Other signs of bladder infections or urinary tract infections (UTIs) in your dog 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

If your four-legged pal is displaying any of the symptoms above, it's time to head to the veterinarian for an examination. Bladder infections and urinary tract infections in dogs are very uncomfortable and often painful for your dog. When caught and treated early, these infections can often be cleared up quickly and easily. Some bladder infections in dogs can even constitute a veterinary emergency, so it's best to err on the side of caution.

Can a dog's bladder infection go away on its own?

Although in some cases bladder infections in people clear up without the need for medical care, this is unlikely to be true for your dog. It is also the case that, since our canine companions are unable to tell us how they are feeling, it is usually 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 and the associated 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.

How to Treat 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 pain killers, 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 experiencing pain or other severe symptoms of a bladder infection outside of your vet's regular hours contact Sawtooth Animal Center. Our veterinarians provide New Jersey pets with emergency and specialist care.

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Sawtooth Animal Center Bellevue is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Bellevue companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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