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Recognizing Bladder Infection in Dogs

Thursday, March 11, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Cystitis is an infection of the lining of the  bladder. Urinary stones can also result because of cystitis. Some causes can include increasing age, diabetes and being on corticosteroid therapy.  In sexually active males, there may also be preexisting prostatitis.  Dogs who go long periods of not urinating have an increased chance of getting a bladder infection.

The main sign of bladder infection is painful urination. The urine may appear cloudy and have an abnormal odor. Females with cystitis may lick their hind area and have some vaginal discharge. The diagnosis is determined by your vet. If the urinalysis shows white and red blood cells and bacteria in the urine, then it’s Cystitis.

Cystitis should be treated promptly to prevent kidney infection.  Your vet will prescribe an oral antibiotic that is effective against the bacteria.  The antibiotic is given for two or three weeks, then the urine is checked again.

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