Urinary tract infection (UTI) is not only common in humans. It is common in dogs, too. This is most common in female dogs because of their short urethra, but UTI in male dogs is also probable, although rarely. In its early stages of development, UTI in dogs may not necessarily be harmful and may not exhibit obvious signs. In addition, urinary tract infection in some dogs may resolve itself within a span of time even without medical intervention. But if UTI in dogs is not treated for a long period of time, it may cause further infection and damage to the dog’s urinary system.
Early detection of canine UTI is possible. All you need to do is observe the dog’s behavior and urinating habits. An irregularity of his behavior and urinating habits could be a sign of dog UTI. Other initial symptoms of canine UTI include the following: 1. Bloody urine 2. Pus in the urine 3. A foul smell in the urine 4. Cloudy urine 5. Crystals or stones in the urine 6. Fever 7. Listlessness and lethargy 8. Frequent licking of the genital area. (This act could signal pain in the dog’s genital area). 9. Incontinence or the inability to control urine 10. Frequent and excessive urination 11. Straining and yelping in pain while urinating 12. Making an effort to urinate but producing none or little urine 13. Urinating in inappropriate areas 14. Tenderness of the lower area of the stomach
These signs are closely associated with canine UTI but may also be symptoms of other urinary problems in dogs. In some instances, dogs which have already been diagnosed and treated with dog UTI contract a recurrence of the disease. This happens when bacteria have developed immunity to the antibiotics and treatment given. In cases such as these, the veterinarian would have to perform appropriate course of action to prevent another recurrence of the disease.
Urinary tract infection is a painful experience for the dog. Now that you have an idea of why and how UTI in dogs happens, it is vital that you take precautionary measures to prevent your dog from contracting another case of dog UTI. Prevention of UTI in dogs is as simple as ABC, as long as you take regular action of the following tips: – Give your dog ample amount of clean water everyday. – Give your dog a regular bath, taking note to especially wash its genital area. – Give your dog a regular dose of homeopathic remedy. – Wash the dog?s food and water bowl with clean water regularly. – Regularly take the dog out for a morning or afternoon walk. Exercise can help stimulate its bladder. – Encourage your dog to urinate regularly. Regular urination is essential to flush out the bacteria that may have accumulated in the dog’s bladder.
Urinary tract infection in dogs can cause a lot of discomfort to the dog. As an owner, it pays when you have an understanding of how this condition happens, as well as how to prevent and treat it. As with other disorders, it is always wise to seek the help of the vet when any of the symptoms arise.
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