Benefits of Dog Pet Insurance
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A dog urinary tract infection (dog UTI) is one of the most common health issues dogs face. It occurs when bacteria get into the urethra and work their way up to the bladder. Approximately 14% of dogs develop one at some point in their lives.
While a dog UTI can affect all dogs, some dogs are more susceptible than others. For instance, female dogs are more at risk than males. Older dogs also typically have a greater risk, but younger ones can develop a UTI, too. Fortunately, there are dog UTI prevention steps that pet parents can take to reduce their dog’s risk and help them keep their dogs happy and healthy.
An untreated dog UTI can cause serious complications. The longer it goes untreated, the greater the health risks become. Along with being uncomfortable and causing painful urination, the bacteria that work their way into the bladder can trigger inflammation. That inflammation can then lead to bladder stones.
Eventually, the bacteria can even work their way into the kidneys. Once in the kidneys, a dog is at risk for a kidney infection and even kidney failure. Pet parents should contact their primary vet at the first sign of a UTI. Early treatment is key to preventing more significant complications and ensuring the dog’s health and comfort.
There are typically some dog UTI symptoms that can let pet parents know there’s a problem. These symptoms include:
A vet can run a urinalysis to determine the presence of a dog UTI and answer any dog health questions the pet parent might have.
Fuzzy members can use 24/7 Vet Chat to discuss their dog’s symptoms. They can also use an at-home wellness kit to detect a UTI.
In the presence of a UTI, a course of antibiotics can help clear up the issue. Pet parents will need to complete the medication as directed to ensure the infection goes away completely.
While UTIs are treatable, pet parents help to keep them from developing in the first place. Here are a few dog UTI prevention tips:
Urinary tract infections may be a common issue for dogs, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing a pet parent can do. By offering plenty of clean, fresh water, a well-balanced diet, and ample time outside, pet parents can reduce the risk for a dog UTI and ensure their dog’s optimal health.