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Urinary Tract Infection

Dogs can have problems in their lower urinary system. One of those is urinary tract infection.

What Is A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?

When too many bacteria get into a dog's urinary tract it can lead to infection. This happens more often in females than males - they have a shorter urethra, so bacteria can accumulate there faster.

How Do Urinary Tract Infections Harm Dogs?

In the early stages, UTIs are often not harmful. A lot of dogs have them for a long time without showing any symptoms. Sometimes the infection can go away without any medical treatment. However, if left for too long, it can cause a more severe infection and move to other organs, making your dog very ill.

How Do I Treat My Dog's Urinary Tract Infection?

It's best to have your veterinarian check any signs of a urinary tract infection in case your dog does need treatment. If your dog is diagnosed with a UTI, the treatment will vary depending on the cause. If bacteria are involved, antibiotics may be required. Sometimes a change in diet is recommended. If bladder stones are involved, surgery may be required.

Additional Information

Veterinary Partner
The Pet Health Library: Urinary Tract Infection
Dr. Wendy C. Brooks, DVM, DipABVP

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