Did you know that a Urinary Tract Infection, if left untreated, can spread to the kidneys and develop into a life threatening illness? Therefore, it’s imperative that you are able to identify the symptoms of Urinary Traction Infection in your dog. This is especially true in your female dog as she is more likely to develop an Urinary Tract Infection. Why? Female dogs have a short urethra which makes it easier for bacteria to navigate their way through her body.
What are the symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection in my dog?
If your dog displays any of the following symptoms, a prompt visit to the vet is a must! Delaying medical treatment will only serve to keep your dog uncomfortable for a longer period of time and you are putting your dog at risk for a serious and possibly fatal situation. Your veterinary doctor will perform a series of tests such as an x-ray and urinalysis. Routine blood work may also be performed.
- Frequent urination
- Painful urination
- Urinating inside the house or inside his/her own bed
- Excessive thirst
- Blood in the urine
Urinary Tract infections are the result of an overgrowth of bacteria. A high quality diet is very important. A meat based diet is considered a great preventative because it will make the dog’s urine slightly more acidic. An acidic environment makes it more difficult for bacteria to survive. On the other hand, a grain based diet promotes more alkaline in the urine. Alkaline is the perfect, cozy environment for bacteria to grow. It’s also important to always provide your dog with clean, fresh water. Bacteria breeds in more stagnant or old water. Your dog should have plenty of exercise and play time each day as this helps reduce infection, inflammation and disease. Additionally, your dog should not have to go long periods of time between potty breaks as this is not only uncomfortable but promotes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Urinary Tract infections can spread to your dog’s kidneys and lead to a seriously fatal illness. This is completely unnecessary. Always seek proper medical treatment for your pet. For more about how to naturally prevent Urinary Tract Infections in your dog, please visit Natural Health Remedies.
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