The symptoms of bladder infection in dogs are generally not all that difficult to spot. As a pet owner, you may know something is wrong but simply not realize that a potentially serious problem is brewing. But as is almost always the case the more you know the better your chances of recognizing the symptoms of bladder infections in dogs before they get out of hand. In this article, we will help you to learn more about what to look for as well as providing a few ideas about how to avoid future or recurring attacks of a bladder infection (cystitis). Let’s get right to it.
So you just woke up only to find your dog’s water bowl empty. You think to yourself did I just forget to fill it up yesterday? You are almost sure you did but really can’t say for sure. You go to work and come home only to find the water bowl empty again. Is the bowl leaking, is it evaporating, perhaps a mouse got in and drank it, or is your dog simply drinking an unusually large amount of water. After checking for leaks, ruling evaporation out, and realizing that the mouse idea was just stupid you come to the conclusion that your dog is drinking the water bowl dry almost as quickly as you can fill it up.
If your dog is constantly thirsty, especially when there is no reason to be, a problem with bladder infection could be brewing. There are other symptoms of bladder infection to keep an eye out for as well. Is your dog experiencing pain while urinating or has his urination habits changed in some way? Does your pet’s urine contain blood, is cloudy and/or foul smelling? These are all signs of dog bladder infection.
If you recognize the above common symptoms of bladder infection in dogs it is time to take action. While it is generally true that bladder infection (cystitis) is not considered serious, without treatment it can lead to the very dangerous and difficult to cure the condition of kidney infection.
Your vet will likely run a urinalysis to confirm your suspicions and then prescribe a round of antibiotics followed by another urinalysis in about 2 weeks to confirm the cure. The downside to repeated treatment with antibiotics is that antibiotics kill the bacteria lining the urethral wall that acts as the gatekeeper against bacteria and other invading organisms.
While antibiotics are probably the best course of action some pet owners would rather implement home or natural remedies for treating symptoms of bladder infection in dogs. This can be done affordably and effectively but it important to point out that if symptoms don’t improve in 7 days or less or if urinary blockage or incontinence becomes obvious you must quickly get your vet involved.
The natural approach to treating symptoms of bladder infections in dogs should include a herbal UTI remedy containing uva ursi, increased water intake combined with extra bathroom breaks, regularly adding either blueberry juice or cranberry juice to your pets water, considering a vitamin C supplement as a natural anti-inflammatory and keeping the area around the anus clean and groomed to prevent re-infection.
In summary, recognizing the symptoms of bladder infection in dogs early is an important first step for curing the condition before it gets out of hand. It is also important to recognize that this is a very common condition impacting almost 2 out of every 10 dogs at some point during their lifetime.