It’s quite common for dogs to develop an infection in their bladder. The difficult part is they won’t be able to tell you when they are already afflicted with the ailment. As a warning, look out for any of these symptoms:
- Unquenchable thirst/irregular water consumption
- Lethargy and fatigue
- Licking or chewing their urinary tract
- Whining or whimpering
- Straining or crying when peeing
If your dog’s urinary track infection has reached the advanced stage, aside from aforementioned symptoms, they might also suffer any of these:
- Appetite loss
- Visible occurrence of urine blood
- Smelly urine
- Frequent urination in small amounts
Take note that female dogs are more susceptible to urinary tract infection due to their urethra which is considerably shorter compared to that of male dogs. All of these symptoms, once they have been manifested by your dog, should serve as your warning to take your pup to a vet visit.
Bladder infection treatment
Once your vet identifies bladder infection as the cause of your dog’s symptoms, your pup will be prescribed with a dose of antibiotics. Aside from this, your dog might also be provided with pain and anti-inflammatory medications to be taken within a 24-hour period. If you see that your dog is going through so much pain and discomfort but your vet has failed to give you any pain medication, do not shy away from discussing the matter.
On top of the usual remedies, you could also discuss natural treatment with your vet. One such treatment is giving your dog supplements made with cranberry essences. If administering any natural treatment, get your vet’s advise on the proper dosage.
Here’s how to aid in your dog’s recovery.
- Give your dog consistent and easy access to a clean bowl of fresh water. During recovery period, give your dog a diet of wet food so as to further increase their liquid intake.
- Strictly follow your dog’s medication schedule. Even if you notice that your dog is feeling and looking better than before, make sure to follow through their medication up until the end.
- Expect peeing accidents to happen. Be more lenient to your dog and more understanding of their situation. Such is what they need while they recover. To protect your furniture, you might want to cover them with “piddle pads”.
- Call your vet ASAP if you do not notice your dog responding positively to their medication even after a 48 hour treatment window.
- Make sure to take your dog out to pee consistently. An infected bladder is worsened when the affected canine tries to hold their pee for extended periods.
- Strictly follow your vet’s recommendation if in any case they prescribed any diet specifics.
- Let everyone in your household, including your hired sitter, know your dog’s medical situation. It is also necessary that they know about the tips included in this list.
- Soon as the treatment course has ended, visit your vet for another checkup.
Follow these tips as strictly as possible. Your dog’s recovery relies on your level of commitment to these expert-approved guidelines.