Is your perfectly housebroken cat or dog eliminating where he/she shouldn’t be? Does he seem to have to go more than usual? Your pet may have a urinary tract infection. Learn more about them here and find out what you can do to help.
What is a urinary tract infection?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria enters the urinary tract, which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. A UTI is painful for your pet. Be aware of symptoms of infection so you know when to take your pet to the veterinarian.
What can cause a urinary infection?
How often has your dog jumped into a questionable puddle of water? Bacteria is unavoidable, but when it gets near your pet’s urinary tract it can cause an infection. Cats are most commonly infected from fecal matter in their litter box. Overweight pets with skin folds around their genitals are also at risk. Senior cats and dogs are more susceptible, but UTIs can affect any pet at any age, especially those with weak immune systems.
What are the symptoms of a UTI?
Your pet might have a urinary tract infection if you notice any of the following:
- more frequent urination
- accidents in the house
- blood in the urine
- crying out while urinating
- Straining to urinate
- licking the genital area.
What can I do?
If you suspect your pet has an infection, bring him or her to the vet immediately. A UTI is not only painful for your pet; if left untreated, it can lead to a bladder infection or bladder stones.
How is a UTI treated?
Your pet will be examined and have a urine test. A blood test, X-ray or ultrasound may also be necessary Once your pet’s condition is determined, he/she will be put on antibiotics for several days. In some cases, your dog or cat may need to switch to a prescription diet to manage more frequent urinary tract infections. Some diets can change the pH levels in your pet, thus making them more susceptible to UTIs. A prescription diet can help to manage the pH of your pet’s
urine, which will help stop urinary tract infections.
How can I help prevent a UTI in my pet?
Keep your cat’s litter box clean to avoid bacterial contamination. Bathe your dog after a romp in a new area. Supplements such as UROMAXX™ can be added daily to your pet’s food to prevent future infection. Always make sure your pet has access to fresh water, which helps flush any bacteria out of your pet’s system.