UTI's are irritating
What is a UTI and what causes it?
A UTI is an infection anywhere in the urinary system, kidneys, urethra, or bladder. Commonly, UTIs are caused by a pathogenic bacterium ascending to the external genitalia and urethra causing inflammation. The bacteria in the urinary system, can cause inflammation, crystals, and stones in the kidney and/or bladder in your pet.
What does a UTI look like in Dogs?
UTI warning signs in dogs include:
Accidents in the house
Urine with a strong smell
Needing to go outside more frequently
Straining or whimpering during urination
Bloody/ cloudy urine
Dogs that may be predisposed to UTIs
Some dogs are more likely to develop UTIs than others. For instance, dogs with a weakened immune system due to medications or medical conditions like Cushing’s Disease or Hyperthyroidism. Likewise, dogs who hold their urine for an extended period of time will likely cause UTIs to form. Other types of dogs who are more likely to develop UTIs include:
Dogs with diabetes
Dogs who are overweight
What does a UTI look like in Cats?
UTI warning signs in cats include:
Straining to urinate
Crying out in pain while urinating
Increased licking at the urinary opening (genitalia)
How to help prevent UTI’s in Dogs and Cats
Here are some of the ways you can prevent your pet from developing a UTI. Giving your pet access to clean drinking water at all times. Be sure to check your pets’ joints as well. If your pet has arthritis, then they may position their body to not fully empty their bladder when relieving themselves. This will cause leftover urine to stay in the bladder which can contribute to infections to occur. If your pet is elderly or you suspect they may have arthritis, try adding joint support supplements to their diet.
Additionally, other ways to prevent UTIs include:
Let your dog outside as often as possible
Feed your pet wet food (raw, canned, etc)
Wet food has a higher water content and can support a healthier bladder
Keep your cats’ litter box clean and sanitary
Another way to prevent your pet from getting a UTI again include grooming. For those cats with long hair, grooming the area around their genitalia will allow for urine to flow freely without getting stuck near the urethral opening. When urine sticks to the pet’s hair, it is likely to cause infections within the urinary system. You can also try changing your pet’s diet to include some of the following ingredients and dietary elements:
Consider switching to a raw diet for added moisture or seek out urinary formulated food that supports a healthy pH
If a pet is susceptible to UTI’s add urinary acidifiers to your pets’ diet add, on a maintenance level, weekly to keep unwanted bacteria at bay. Acidifiers include cranberry extract, vitamin C, Methionine, and D-mannose
Use ingredients such as marshmallow root and glucosamine to promote a healthy bladder
Use supplements that support urinary tract health
If your pet shows signs of a urinary tract infection, please visit your veterinary for confirmation and assistance. This article was put together by our staff as an informational piece only. We are not veterinarians, nor do we claim to be. Thank you for reading.