Urinary Tract Disease

Urinary tract disease is uncomfortable for dogs, and can be the first sign of other underlying diseases.

When a dog has a UTI, any of the following symptoms may be present:

  • Straining
  • Frequent urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Licking of urine

Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria when they gain access to the bladder. Antibiotics generally clear UTIs with little fuss, but it is important to test a urine sample in case there is a more serious condition going on, for example bladder stones, or bladder cancer.

Urine samples are easiest to collect first thing in the morning, using a clean container or ladel. The sample can be poured into a pot, provided by us, and handed in for testing.

Recurrent bladder problems will need further investigation in case there is a resistant infection or another condition is present.

Once diagnosed correctly most urinary tract diseases are medically managed using either tableted medication or dietary change – the remainder (such as growths or bladder stones) require surgical intervention.

Dog feeling sorry for itself

What Should Be Done?

If your dog is experiencing problems when toileting, you should seek veterinary advice. We are always happy to answer your questions.