Dog Health: Urinary Tract Infection

Dog | Urinary Tract Infection

An Introduction to Urinary Tract Infection

The urinary tract is made up of the kidneys, ureters (tubes that carry urine to the bladder), the bladder and the urethra.

The urinary tract is constantly producing urine (in the kidneys) and it is stored in the bladder, which is like a muscular balloon.

A urinary tract infection (UTI) most commonly refers to an infection or inflammation of the bladder.



Dog Urinary Tract Infection information

Causes of Urinary Tract Infection

The bladder and urine are considered to be a sterile environment.  However, there is a huge number of bacteria present on the external genitalia.  When bacteria migrate from the genitalia up the urethra into the bladder, an infection can result. If the infection remains localized in the bladder, it does not normally result in...
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Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection

  Frequent attempts to urinate

  May or may not be blood tinged

  Urine accidents/inappropriate urination

  Thirsty




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Treatment of Urinary Tract Infection

DIAGNOSIS

Your Vet will examine your dog and ask many questions about his/her toileting behaviour and history.

It is important to have a urine sample analyzed to determine if your dog has a bladder infection.

  Urinalyis.  A sample of urine is tested and many parameters are looked (pH, white blood cell count, protein...
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