Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) in Pets
Imagine how our pets must feel when suffering a urinary tract infection. Our animals don't understand why they feel bad and can't tell us. That's why it's important for us, as pet owners, to recognize the signs in our pets and know how to help.
The Lakewood Pet Vet Animal Hospital in Lakewood, CA, invites you to visit us if you suspect your pet has a UTI. We are a state-of-the-art facility experienced in urinary health issues. Keep reading if you’d like to know more about the signs of a UTI.
Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection
Knowing the signs of urinary tract infection in your pet can help you to get treatment quickly and prevent further complications. Symptoms include a few of the following listed below:
- Peeing in the house
- Blood in the urine
- Difficulty urinating
- Frequent urination
- Strong or unusual odor
- Increased thirst
- Decreased appetite
If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, contact our veterinarian immediately.
What Causes Urinary Tract Infections in Pets?
A urinary tract infection means an infection somewhere in the urethra. It could be caused by yeast or fungus but more often comes from bacteria on the skin or feces that have managed to enter the urinary tract. Other factors that can cause your pet to be more susceptible to a urinary infection include:
Females are more prone to these infections since the urethras are much shorter and more exposed than males. Some conditions, like prostatic disease in male dogs or hormonal imbalances, can affect gender-specific risk factors.
Older pets are more prone to infections of all types. Young, middle-aged, and senior pets can all develop UTIs, but age-related changes can influence susceptibility.
Holding Urine Too Long
If pets cannot relieve themselves regularly, our pets will be more prone to UTIs. If a pet does not fully empty the bladder during urination, residual urine can create an environment where bacteria can thrive.
Skin or Anal Gland Issues
These issues cause excessive licking and rubbing, which can spread bacteria. The most common cause of UTIs in pets is the invasion of bacteria into the urinary tract. Escherichia coli (E. coli) is often the culprit, but other bacteria can also be responsible.
How Can You Treat a UTI in Pets?
Our veterinarian will perform a urinalysis to determine if an infection is present and how severe it may be. We will prescribe an antibiotic and possibly some pain medication for your pet. Your pet should feel better within 24 hours of starting the medicine.
Give Us a Call
UTIs can worsen and lead to more severe complications if left untreated. Our vet will perform a physical examination, analyze urine samples, and recommend appropriate treatment, typically involving antibiotics and addressing any underlying factors contributing to the infection.
Our friendly and caring staff at Lakewood Pet Vet Animal Hospital in Lakewood, CA, is here to answer any questions. Don't hesitate to contact us at (562) 925-2300 or visit our website. We are also an urgent care provider.