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Bladder Infection in Dogs

Bladder infections and other bladder issues are a somewhat common occurrence and can be quite painful. In this post, our Irvine vets discuss bladder infections in dogs including the causes, signs, and treatment options.

Bladder Infections in Dogs

While bladder infections are more common in female dogs, any pooch can suffer from these uncomfortable conditions. The causes of bladder infections in dogs can include crystals, bacteria, diseases such as diabetes, and even some medications. 

Symptoms of a Bladder Infection in Dogs

The most common signs of bladder infections in dogs include pain or difficulties urinating, blood in the urine, or some cases, you may notice that your pup is only urinating in very small amounts. Other signs of bladder infections or urinary tract infections (UTIs) may include:

  • Straining to urinate
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
  • Reduced quantity of urine
  • Whimpering while urinating
  • Licking the genital area
  • Fever
  • Increased thirst
  • Lack of energy

If your dog is displaying any of these signs, head to the vet to have them examined. Bladder infections and urinary tract infections are very uncomfortable and often painful for your dog. When caught and treated early, there shouldn't be any trouble clearing them up.

Untreated Bladder Infections

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. Since our canine companions aren't able to physically tell us they aren't feeling well, you should have them checked out by a vet at the first sign of any symptoms. Your pup's bladder infection could become much more severe and lead to complications that may require emergency care if it is not treated.

It could also be the case that your dog's bladder infection symptoms are due to a more serious underlying condition that needs to be treated. 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. That being said, in some cases, your vet may recommend anti-inflammatory medications or painkillers depending on the severity and cause of the infection.

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. 

Is your dog showing any signs of a bladder infection? Contact our Irvine vets to have your pup diagnosed and treated.

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