Bladder Infection in Dogs
The bladder and urinary tract infections in dogs are very low and roughly 2- 3 percent of all dogs have a possibility to have one of these infections in their lifetime. The female dogs are significantly more vulnerable to these kinds of disease than the male dogs. As in female dogs, the urethra is shorter and wider than the males, it is the primary cause behind the higher incidences of bladder infections and urinary tract infections happening in female dogs. The other types of dogs all more prone to bladder infections are the spayed female dogs, non-neutered male dogs and the older dogs.
Symptoms of Bladder Infection in Dogs
The most frequent signs associated with canine bladder infections are diagnosed through the urinary output of the dog. In order to detect the problem quantity of urinary output and the frequency of the urinary output of the dog should be considered. When a dog suffers from a bladder infection, he or she will pass small quantities of urine much more frequently. This situation can lead to a total cessation of the ability of the dig to urinate. This can cause dehydration in dog, as well as uremic poisoning and acidosis, all these conditions can lead to death.
The symptoms of bladder infection in dogs are easy to detect if you are familiar with your dog’s urinating habits. In the initial stages of the disease, the dog might not show any indications. The most frequent symptoms of bladder infection in dogs comprise:
• The dog has frequent urination and your dog urinates several times, but the urine quantities are little
• The dog starts urination in the house as the dog needs to urinate more often than usual and if he is not able to go outside he will urinate inside the house
• There is dribbling in urine.
• The dog has to strain to urinate and urination becomes painful for the dog
• The dog has bloody urine, when the infection comes at a later stage.
• The dog has cloudy urine; the color of your dog’s urine is a good indicator for any irregularities
• The dog becomes lethargic; a dog with a bladder infection becomes weak and he won’t have the strength to carry out its regular activities
• The another symptom is depression; this may be caused by the pain which happens
• Stress is another symptom as this condition may cause stress in dogs
• The dog starts vomiting.
• There is a loss of appetite; due to the ache and vomiting, the dog will not be interested in taking food and may also lose weight
• There is an increased thirst
• Dog may have fever.
• The dog starts liking genitals; a dog will unconsciously lick his genitals in effort to ease the pain produced by urination.
Treatment of bladder infection in dogs
For the treatment of bladder infection in dogs veterinarian will prescribe an oral antibiotic which is effective against the bacteria in causing the infection. The Antibiotics are given for two to three weeks to the dog, after which the urine samples should be collected checked again to be sure the infection has gone completely. The Chronic forms of cystitis may necessitate the use of urinary antiseptics or long-term antibiotics to be given at bed time to the dog.