Are you just plain fed up with taking your dog to the vet for urinary tract infection and not being provided with a long-term solution? Stones in the urinary tract and inflammation of the urinary tract can result in painful urination for your dog. Your vet may prescribe antibiotics to treat the urinary tract infection but you’ve probably realized that while the treatment suppresses symptoms, it doesn’t keep the infection from recurring. Female dogs suffer from urinary tract infections more than males.
It’s important to realize that urinary tract infections in dogs can be prevented with diet and lifestyle changes as well as homeopathic treatment. However, it’s also important to take note that urinary tract infections can be life-threatening for your dog if they are not spotted in time. Here are 5 signs and symptoms to look out for in order to spot the condition early and prevent it from progressing to the point of no return.
1. Female dogs suffer from urinary tract infections more than males. Knowing your dog’s normal urination patterns is a good way to be able to spot urinary tract infection in dogs. If your dog is urinating more or less than usual, or your dog stops urinating altogether, these are all very likely signs of urinary tract infection in dogs.
2. Urinary tract infections in dogs can be classified as either upper urinary tract infection or lower urinary tract infection. These conditions each produce different symptoms. Upper urinary tract infection can cause weight loss, vomiting, and anorexia. Lower urinary tract infection can cause the urination abnormalities mentioned above.
3. Is your dog acting thirsty and drinking more liquid than usual? Dehydration is one of the most common symptoms of urinary tract infection in dogs. For example, if your dog is always thirsty and has a lot to drink in cold weather yet doesn’t exercise, this can be a sign of a problem.
4. If your dog is having a hard time urinating and it takes him a few attempts to be able to urinate successfully, you can suspect urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections in dogs need to be diagnosed early so take your dog to the vet if you notice these unusual symptoms.
5. If your dog is dribbling urine, has urine with a foul odor, or there is blood in his urine, you can be almost certain that your dog has a urinary tract infection. The best time to check for these symptoms is when you take your dog out for a walk. Also check if your dog’s bladder is tender. These are all late stage symptoms of urinary tract infection in dogs and are usually accompanied by pain. You might notice your dog cringing in pain when it comes time to urinate.
So there you have it. These are common red flags of urinary tract infections in dogs but for your information not all dogs show symptoms in the early stages. In order to prevent your dog from getting infections in the first place it is best that you, the owner, administer a natural homeopathic remedy, feed your dog vitamin and mineral-rich food, and take him on frequent walks or at least twice a day.
It may be necessary to have a veterinarian evaluate your dog if you suspect UTI but in order to help your dog achieve permanent recovery and prevent disease, regular treatment and care at home is important. By making lifestyle and diet changes and giving your dog a homeopathic remedy, you can prevent the infections from coming back and support optimum immune system functioning and health.