Can dogs get a UTI?
Urinary Tract Infections, better known as UTIs, are fairly common infections in dogs. The most common UTIs in dogs are bacterial, and at least 14% of dogs will experience a UTI at least once in their lives.
UTIs are caused by bacteria named ‘Esterichia Coli’ that moves up to the urethra causing pain and occasionally can move to the bladder.
Any dog can suffer from UTI, however, there are some factors that can increase your dog’s chance of getting it.
- Female dogs
- Dogs with underlying health conditions such as Kidney disease, Cushing’s disease, etc.
- Dogs with immune system problems
Symptoms of a UTI in dogs
Although dogs can’t tell they are in pain, they certainly can express it. However, you need to pay special attention if your dog experiences:
Blood in their urine: If you find blood in your pup’s urine or you notice it’s getting cloudy, you should consider taking him/her to the vet for a check-up.
Fever: This could be a symptom of many conditions. However, if it comes together with other items on the list, it’s probably a sign of UTI.
Whimpering during urination: This is the classic sign of pain in urinary infections.
Frequent licking their genitals: They can lick themselves to try to alleviate the pain.
Urinating more often: If your dog urinates more frequently, inside and outside the house, it could be a sign of illness.
These symptoms can be mistaken with other diseases, so if your dog experiences any of these symptoms, contact your vet in order to run some tests (urine test first) and rule out more serious conditions. Some dogs experience symptoms and some are asymptomatic.
What can I do to alleviate my dog’s symptoms?
Just like UTIs in humans, treatment includes antibiotics that help eliminate the bacteria from your body, and occasionally, it can also include probiotics, in order to prevent future infections.
However, urinary tract infections can be very painful, so if you want to alleviate your dog’s pain throughout the process, there are a few things you can do.
- Give your dog a lot of water.
- Provide your pup with Daily-Multi Vitamins, which contain all the nutrients he needs to boost and support his immune system.
- Get him to exercise more often