Did you know that urinary tract infections are more common in dogs than in cats? In addition, older female dogs, and dogs with diabetes are more prone to urinary tract problems. UTIs can be painful for pets, and if left untreated can lead to more serious medical problems like bladder and kidney infections, bladder stones, and if very serious, kidney failure.
Recurrent urinary tract infections are common in dogs and less so in cats, but can be frustrating causes of urinary tract symptoms in our companion animals. Symptoms may include painful or difficult urination, increased frequency of urination, inappropriate urination, as well as bloody urination. The most common cause of recurrent urinary tract infections in pets is inadequate length of appropriate antimicrobial therapy when treating initial infections. While many veterinarians will dispense […]
In many cases a client will come in and ask, “How would I know if my cat has a urinary tract infection?”The most common symptoms of cats with urinary tract inflammation and/or infection include: Straining to urinate often small amounts Frequent trips to the litter box Blood in the urination Vocalization at the litter box when urinating Many times cats can develop mucous plugs or crystals in their urinary tract […]
Often times, a cat owner will ask, “How would I know if my cat has a urinary tract infection?” The most common symptoms of cats with urinary tract inflammation and/or infection include straining to urinate often small amounts, frequent trips to the litter box, blood in the urination, vocalization at the litter box when urinating, etc. Many times cats can develop mucous plugs or crystals in their urinary tract which […]
A common presentation in dogs is those with increased urgency or difficulty in urination, inappropriate urination, and/or bloody urination. If the dog is an intact male dog, than a prostate infection should always be considered, which can only be diagnosed by appropriate veterinary medical exam, urine analysis, and rectal exam. In other situations, either a urinary infection, urinary tract stones of the bladder, kidneys or urethra are possible, as well […]
While many cat owners may have heard of cats diagnosed with “presumed’ urinary tract infections, the answer to this seemingly simple question is actually a big NO. When looked at overall, especially in younger cats, the incidence of true bacterial infections in cats is actually very low, even when cats have a history of bloody urine, straining and frequent trips in and out of the litter box often producing only […]