From the desk of Sharda Baker.
Hi and welcome everyone!
This is Sharda bringing you a pet care newsletter update.
A certain question that frequents my inbox is if it’s possible for dogs to develop Urinary Tract Disease (UTI).
So, to answer this questions, YES, it is possible for dogs to develop this type of dog health problem in their lifetime.
The only way you can do to avoid this condition is to understand this condition properly. Let’s start shall we?
PET CARE – DOG HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS (UTI)
PET HEALTH QUESTIONS – WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?
UTIs often recur and can lead to more serious kidney infections if left untreated. Symptoms include straining to urinate, painful or difficult urination (dysuria), constantly licking genitals, frequent urination without much being passed (pollakiuria), pink or red urine indicating the presence of blood (hematuria), strong or foul smelling urine, increased volume of urination (polyuria), cloudy urine, fever, urination in inappropriate places, fever, excessive thirst (polydipsia), pus in the urine (pyuria), crystals in the urine (crystalluria), and lower back (lumbar ) pain.
PET HEALTH QUESTIONS – WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are uncomfortable and extremely painful. They tend to be more common in cats than dogs and can be caused by bacterial infection, bladder stones or urolithiasis (stones in the urinary tract).
PET CARE- THE CONVENTIONAL TREATMENTS
For the treatment of UTI's your vet will run tests to determine what the specific cause of the problem is. In a great many cases, antibiotics will be given. Although they do give your animal quick relief, they may weaken the immune system, particularly if your dog has recurring UTI's.
Anti-inflammatories are also usually prescribed to relieve discomfort and decrease inflammation of the bladder. Your vet may prescribe a specific urinary diet for your pet. This will usually be the case if there happens to be crystals in the bladder.
The diets work by changing the pH of the urine to either become less or more acidic. Some, but not all crystals can be dissolved if the correct diet is found but in certain cases surgical removal of the stones and crystals may be the only option.
PET CARE - HERBAL REMEDIES THAT MAY ASSIST YOUR DOG'S UTI PROBLEMS
PET CARE INFORMATION FOR YOUR DOG AT HOME
Ensure your dog has access to fresh water at all times. It should be filtered or bottled and does not have fluoride or chlorine in it. Also offer foods that are moist and high in water content e.g. chicken broth, yogurt, soup and cottage cheese.
Provide easy access to a place your dog can pee when he needs to. Holding it for long periods of time can lead to chronic bladder problems.
Diet in these cases is really crucial to assist his system in healing and maintaining a healthy balance. Try to avoid dry foods and do not give your dog anything containing sugar. Try a raw diet if you are able to, or a high quality commercial food with all the needed ingredients.
Take your dog out more frequently to pee to help him with his urgency problem. Take him on more walks to help him get more exercise and increase the frequency of urination. The more he urinates the better it is.
When urine remains in the bladder for a long time, bacteria can multiply and your pet will be more prone to infection. Try to reduce stress in his environment if possible.
So, there you go!
Remember to consult your vet immediately if you notice some symptoms or signs of this condition in your dogs.
I hope that this pet care newsletter update was indeed helpful to you and your dog’s health.
All the best and take care