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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