How to recognize, treat and cure dog bladder infection.
Bladder infections are a common health problem caused by bacteria getting into a dog’s urinary tract, bladder, or kidneys.
In the early stages, it can be hard to identify the symptoms of a dog bladder infection, but as the infection progresses, you’ll see signs that the dog is in a great deal of pain when he urinates.
If you notice these symptoms get the dog to a vet immediately because, not only is it very painful, an infection that spreads to other organs is potentially fatal.
Dog Bladder Infection Symptoms
Common signs of a urinary infection are, a dog needing to go to the bathroom much more often than normal, straining to urinate, and crying or whining while doing so.
The urine itself will have a fetid and unhealthy odor, and possibly a different color. Blood and pus might also be present in the urine if the infection has spread.
The dog will lick their genitals constantly, and may begin to urinate in the house due to loss of control over their bodily functions.
Dog Bladder Infection: Which dogs are at risk?
Any dog can get a urinary tract infection, although smaller dogs and female dogs are slightly more at risk due to their low position to the ground when urinating.
Dog Bladder Infection Treatment
Immediate vet treatment is necessary to treat a bladder infection. The vet will most likely prescribe antibiotics which need to be administered as instructed. Be sure to complete the full course even if the dog appears to have recovered.
Give your dog a lot of water and lots of walks as it encourages them to evacuate the bladder. It is also believed that a vegetarian diet will help speed up the healing process of a dog bladder infection, but speak to your vet before trying this.