Urinary tract infection can be as troublesome for your pet as it is for you. UTI in puppies and adult dogs is marked by an extremely irritating symptom - urinating at odd places despite the dog having been toilet trained. However, getting irritated and angry with your pet is not the solution since he is not to blame. In most cases you ailing dog may not even be aware of the dribbles as they pass out involuntarily. Severe instances of canine and feline urinary infection are mostly caused due to bladder stones that block the urethral passage. Despite a full bladder the dog is unable to urinate even when he tries hard. The back pressure of the urine often forces urine around the blockage to leak out in small quantities at a time.
Urinary tract infection in dogs is a fairly common condition. UTI can lead to the formation of bladder stones and bladder stones, in turn, can obstruct the free flow of urine and facilitate infection in the accumulated urine. Both UTI and bladder stones tend to recur frequently, which can make life quite uncomfortable for the ailing dog. However, if you take proper care from the beginning you can be instrumental in avoiding either of the problems and ensure an easier life for your pet.
Urine is normally sterile. Bacteria usually travel upwards from the urethral opening to infect the urinary tract. Keep your pet clean with increased attention to the genital areas. If your pet is prone to develop UTI frequently, wipe its bottom every time after urination, especially in the case of female dogs. This is because the female urethra is very small and bacteria can climb up to the bladder easily. Female dogs that have been spayed at an early age tend to grow loose tissue and urine tends to gather around it.
Dogs that drink less water urinate less. This allows urine to collect in the bladder. Stale urine inside the body is a sure invitation to bacterial infections. Give additional fluids to your dog. Sometimes, dogs refuse to drink water because of chemicals in the drinking water. It is advisable to give your dog filtered or spring water to drink. If possible, keep water bowls at his favorite places. If you still find that the dog is not drinking enough water, feed him moist foods or add a little bit of chicken froth or water to dry food.
Avoid giving foods that contain preservatives and additives. These can weaken the dog’s immune system. With restricted natural defense against bacterial invasion the animal becomes more vulnerable to infections. Home cooked and natural foods are best for overall health of your pet.
Home care and prevention reduces the risk of UTI in dogs to a great extent. Despite your efforts if you notice blood in the dog’s urine, straining to urinate or a bad odor in the urine, it is time to take him to the veterinarian for a check up.