Urinary Tract Ailments and Your Dog

Your terrier Pepper sure runs to the bathroom a lot lately. Also, every time you take Pepper out, he only pees a small amount of urine, and seems to be straining to get out each drop while he yelps in discomfort. When Pepper comes back inside, he licks around his urinary area like his life depends on it. Clearly, something’s up with Pepper’s urinary tract, especially the lower regions that prepare and transport the urine for removal from his body. It’s time to get Pepper to your Colorado Springs veterinarian, who can analyze your pooch’s symptoms and recommend appropriate treatment.


Urinary Ailment Symptoms

Besides Pepper’s urination difficulties, his urine might seem cloudy or bloody, and might smell very pungent. He might also dribble from loss of bladder control. Pepper might drink water like crazy, but eats less than usual, resulting in noticeable weight loss. Your active pooch might also lie around like a couch potato. Finally, Pepper might develop a fever and start vomiting, giving you another appetizing substance to clean up at 2 in the morning.


Potential Causes

Pepper’s urinary ailment can be caused by stress, a bladder infection or inflammation, bladder stones, or incontinence from massive water consumption. He might have experienced physical trauma to his urinary system, could have a spinal cord abnormality, or could have an emerging congenital problem. Pepper could also have developed prostate disease or urinary system cancer.


Diagnostic Process

First, your vet wlll give Pepper a thorough physical exam, focusing on his kidneys and bladder. Your vet will also order diagnostic tests, beginning with a urinalysis. He might also request blood work, urine culture, x-ray, and ultrasound results.


Treatment Options

Depending on the condition’s cause, your Colorado Springs vet might prescribe antibiotics or other medications and/or supplements. Your vet might recommend that Pepper change his diet and drink lots more water. If Pepper has an underlying illness that feeds his urinary issue, such as diabetes, your vet will treat that condition, too. Finally, surgery could be in the cards if Pepper has bladder stones or a urinary system tumor.


If Pepper’s symptoms aren’t addressed, a treatable bladder infection can migrate to his kidneys and cause a fatal infection. Bladder stones can lead to partial or total urethra blockage, resulting in a bladder rupture and/or kidney failure, and possibly death. Avoid this terrible outcome by getting Pepper diagnosed and treated quickly.

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