Just like humans, dogs and cats are susceptible to issues that affect the urinary tract. These problems can range from mild discomfort to serious medical issues. The urinary tract, which consists of the kidneys, the bladder, the urethra, and the uterus in females, can easily come into contact with bacteria, fungus, and parasites. Although dogs are much more likely to suffer urinary problems, cats can have them, too. The team at Wheaton Animal Hospital wants to help you learn to spot urinary problems so you can get your pets the help they need before these problems have a bigger effect on their health:
How Urinary Problems in Dogs and Cats Begin
Bacteria is present throughout your pet’s body and usually does not cause any major problems. If it somehow travels to the urinary tract (especially bacteria in fecal contamination), however, it can lead to infection. Bacterial culprits like E Coli, proteus, and streptococcus are often involved when a urinary tract infection occurs in dogs or cats.
Older pets are at a much higher risk for developing urinary problems than younger pets, but certain younger animals could be affected as well, especially if they have inverted vulvas or secondary health issues like Cushing’s disease or cancer.
How to Spot a Urinary Problem
Paying close attention to your dog or cat’s daily behavior is an important way to spot issues like urinary tract infections before they cause any major damage. If you notice any of the following, you should schedule an appointment with the veterinarian to see if there is a urinary problem at play:
- Frequent urination
- Problems urinating
- Blood in the urine
- Urinating in unusual places
- A strange smell to the urine
If the infection is affecting the kidneys, symptoms like vomiting and lethargy might be harder to pin down to a urinary issue.
Treatment for Urinary Problems
If you suspect your pet is dealing with a urinary problem, it is important to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible. In most cases, a short round of antibiotics can clear up an infection and get your pet back to his or her normal, healthy self. Animals with more severe infections might need to be on antibiotics for a few weeks.
Whether you think your pet has a urinary problem or it’s simply time for his or her next wellness exam, the team at Wheaton Animal Hospital is here for you. We are dedicated to helping your pets live their happiest, healthiest lives. Visit our website to learn more about our veterinary services.