Professor Daisy on urinary tract infections
Ohai! You caught me about to use the litter box. So much for privacy! Just give me a moment to take care of some business…
As long as we’re in the restroom, this is a good time to discuss an important subject: urinary tract infections. There are different urinary tract problems like stones and obstructions, but a urinary tract infection happens when bacteria gets into the urinary tract. Any cat or dog can get a UTI, so do not feel embarrassed if you get one. The important thing is to get quick treatment. An untreated UTI can lead to a blockage which is a medical emergency!
Let me put on my lab coat so we can discuss this in more detail. Hey, I look GOOD! Since you can’t tell your mom or dad that you are having a problem, these are the signs that you might have a UTI:
- Having trouble passing urine
- Frequent visits to the litter box
- Blood in the urine
- Accidents outside the box
- Strong smelling urine
What should your mom or dad do if they think you have a UTI? Take you to the vet, stat! Your veterinarian will probably steal some of your urine to examine. If you are diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, the most common treatment is a course of antibiotics. I know, medicine tastes yukky, but it is important that you take all of your medicine. Sometimes, getting a treat after taking your medicine makes pill-time easier. Besides, all Good Cats and Good Dogs deserve treats!
How can you prevent getting a UTI in the first place? That’s a tough one! Start by eating a healthy diet of grain-free canned food which has a higher water content than dry kibble. Try to drink lots of nice, fresh water. A pet drinking fountain might entice you to drink more! Consider a cranberry supplement to help maintain and support a healthy urinary tract. Make sure your mom or dad keeps your litter box nice and clean. Here’s an idea to consider: keep a Cranimals Pet Home UTI Test Kit at home so your urine can be tested at the first sign of potential trouble. That can help you get to the vet as soon as possible!
I wish you the best urinary tract health!