PetMeds® Urinary Problems in Dogs and Cats

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 as polyps and tumors, especially in older dogs.

Urinary problems can usually be treated with antibiotics or natural cranberry supplements

While an animal guardian can try short term treatment by giving extra vitamin C in form of Ester-C to their pet, as well as cranberry supplements like Cranberry Relief to enhance antibacterial effect of the urine. However, any pet with severe or worsening symptoms should always be examined by a veterinarian. This is especially important in male dogs because there is always the risk of urethral blockage, which can be a surgical emergency.

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  1. My dog Patch’s urine has had a really bad smell for a long time. I tested his urine with a urine strip and it showed trace of leuk, protein, and mod bilirubin. My vet won’t do anything unless I bring Patch in for a needle going into his bladder to withdraw some urine. Do you think Cranberry relief and Ester c will help?

  2. Dog drinks lot. Urinates frequently. 8 1/2yrs old.

  3. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 5, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Many possibilities from diabetes to liver problem, kidney problem or hormonal problem. Go to vet for blood work and urine check to sort out possible underlying causes and best treatment plan.

  4. My dog has had e coli identified in her urine, as well as staph. She was treated for the staph, but not the e coli. The urine sample used was not a good sample and could have been contaminated. Now that she has completed her Doxycycline, her vet is sending off a clean catch sample to be retested by the lab. He did a urinalysis, and found some bacteria which he suspects is ecoli. What medications are ecoli sensitive to? A previous lab report only listed Cefotaxime, but ti must be given by IV and is very expensive.

  5. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Every strain of Ecoli is different so usually when a urine culture/sensitivity is done the list of antibiotics is usually given for that strain with that. Perhaps this strain is only sensitive toi cefotaxime.

  6. My cat is 8 years old, when I go on a trip or she gets nervous and scared about something she always goes to her litter box (sometimes any where she can find) and tries to pee or thinks she has to pee. She does this about every 5 or 10 minutes. She does not like loud noises (and she will do this) or if like i said she knows i am going somewhere she does it. I catch her so many times just going to a spot in a corner and she thinks she is peeing but nothing comig out, sometimes a little bit will come out. What causes this and what can I give her for this? I have in the past found at Pet Smart cranberry treats now I can not find them and if i give her 3 piecs she is ok, But I can not find these treats anymore. Can not find anything with cranberry but cat food. Can you help me..

  7. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 8, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    You can try the cranberry product from 1800petmeds. Also can consider cranactin from health food store. Your cat sounds like she may suffer from feline urologic syndrome or lower urinary tract disease, which can be triggered by stress. Try flower essences as well such as be serene from 1800petmeds which may help with emotional component with this as well.

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  9. They put the needle in so that the urine they test is not contaminated with other bacteria from outside the bladder. It’s nothing, my dog has it done all the time. She is very prone to bladder infections, as she is considered a “downer dog”, she can’t walk with her hind legs.

  10. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Yes putting needled into bladder is indeed a very benign procedure most dogs tolorate just fine.

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  12. My 13 yr. old female toy poodle uses the Pee Pads if she wants to pee during the day, even when we are home to take her outside, but at night, she pees frequently, even before or after she has been taken outside with her younger toy poodle brother. Is this an indication of an infection or a need for attention, even though she receives LOTS of love and attention? Do you recommend taking her to our Vet?

  13. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Yes a vet check is recommended for exam and urine analysis.

  14. Dr. Dym, Thank you. We will follow up and let you know the results. Appreciate your help. Beverly

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  29. my dog is a 2 year old wheaten terrier totally house broken, but from time to time he urinates in his sleep, he is always taken out before bed, sometimes he has water before bed sometimes not. he does not seem to have pain at all and he is very alert to pain a big baby when it comes to that 🙂 i just dont want it to be an underlying condition considering he is so young. never has accidents any other time only when hes sleeping every couple weeks or if he has water before bed. thanks so much!! chance appreciates it

  30. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Urine incontinence may occur in any spayed or neutered pet, and if persists, is easily treated with prescription medications like proin

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  32. My little 13.5 yr. old Westie has been diagnosed with TCC. I am giving her a specially compounded 3mg Piroxicam. I wondered if a Cranberry extract could be at all useful or if it would be detrimental. Can you advise?

  33. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Cranberry might help a little. also consider tinkle tonic from http://www.animalessentials.com Consider working with a holistic vet as well to help with nutrition and immune supplements To learn more see http://www.beyondflatearth.com or my website http://www.doctordym.com
    Many holistic vets offer phone consultations.

  34. I adopt a kitten bout 2 month ago. She is bout 5 1/2 month now.Super smart. When getting her she was very chai and scared by now she sticks to me 24-7. I took her to the vet for worm .after the treatment all was fine. Though I let the vet bath
    Her and cut her nails, clean ears before taking her home. Big mistake! Ones I got to the house with her I notice nothing but the next morning I seen lil spots of blood on my bed cover. I watched Schatzie and notice she ran to the box constantly. Then it got worse and she let it go on the floor.After seeing it was blood in the urine i took her back to the vet.Explaining before the bath she was fine. He said the bath had nothing to do with it. He checked her and gave me antibiotics for 10days. The 10days I had my poor girl in the bathroom cause it happent so much and we have light carpet.I felt terrible. After 5days it got less but was still there.Last day of meds I saw nothing all day but then right before last dose she sat next to me and let it go , as if saying :look ma is still there. I took a clean seringe and got up 0.6 and took it to the vet. Telling them to check the pee it still has blood in it. (Was upset cause they should had done that already). After the test came back they called me telling me it could be a blader infection or if worse kidney stones. I should take a blood test and x ray next. I told them ok. How ever I’m not rockefalla and they charged 75 just to be seen besides the meds and treatment. So I waited a day watching her. She did not do nothing the next few days. The I notice her keep jumping in the tub. Thought she might like a lil dripping so I turned the water on real lil. As soon as I done that she jumped out right infront the tub and let it go again. It still looked a bit discolerd but not as bad bloody as did… Is she doing this cause of Stress from the bath? What should my next
    Step be? A friend told me do the x ray before blood its more but they see all in her. She has not been doing nothing ans cleaning her box I seen nothing. But I’m scared it might be some else. We become very attached the vet bill put me to were I could not get grocery s. But I love her and know she hadiy

  35. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 18, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I would have x ray to make sure no bladder stones, as well as urine culture to make sure on resistant infection. Also ask your vet about adequan injections which can help with bladder lining, as well as I would ask vet for possible script for amitryptylline which may help as well. Stress can certainly trigger urinary problems in some cats.

  36. Hi. My dog had a stroke two weeks ago. His head was tilted, he was off balance and he couldn’t stand up or walk. The situation looked desperate but we decided to give him a chance.

    He spent 9 days at a rehab centre. He is now able to get up about 50% of the time on his own and he is able to walk around by himself.

    Unfortunately he has had a problem with his bladder since the stroke. He is not able to empty his bladder but he is able to defecate. Because the bladder is over-full it is constantly leaking. The bladder was only empitied for the first time yesterday by a vet using a catheter. The vet was hoping that he would start urinating by himself today but that hasnt happened. It is full and leaking again. I tried to express the bladder but he is clenching his abdomen and he refuses to let it be emptied.

    What do you suggest should be done so that he starts using his bladder again?

  37. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 27, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    You may want to consult with veterinarian in acupuncture which can often help these type of cases. I would also ask vet about prescription drugs bethanocol and phenoxybenzamine which can help with urinary emptying.

  38. Thanks very much for your reply.

  39. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 29, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    You are very welcome.

  40. Hi, My dog Bella who is 7 years old has been taking cortisone for an extended period of time because she has inflammation of the spinal fluid (chronic condition). The long term usage has damaged her liver. I have looked online to find something which could help as the milk thistle and Ursotan she is taking aren’t adequate. I have come across a compound called n-acetyl cysteine (sold as Somucol) which is used for liver poisoning. I have spoken to several vets here in South Africa but they don’t work with the product and are therefore are not experienced to use it. Do you know what is the maximum dosage that could be given to a 4,13kg dog as well as how to administer it to her.

  41. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 8, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I am not familiar with this product and the use of it so I cant comment for you. My favorite liver supplement is Liver Chews from the company Vetri Science, which I believe ships worldwide, and it does have acetylcysteine in it. I also love gemmotherapies for this kind of condition. My colleague Stephen Blake, DVM has written extensively on their use which you can access on line. The gemmos I would recommend for Bella are Common Birch, Black currant, Common Juniper and Rosemary. MAde by company Boiron, which I also believe ship worldwide.

  42. Thank you so much for your reply.

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