A urinary tract infection, or a UTI, is a bacterial infection of any part of the urinary system. In pets, UTIs most often involve the urinary bladder, but can sometimes go as far as the kidneys. No matter what organs are affected by the UTI, they are painful and make life miserable without treatment.
UTIs are more common in dogs than cats, especially female dogs. A UTI in a cat under 10 years old is rare.
Diagnosing a UTI in your pet can be difficult because the symptoms are the exact same as symptoms of other common conditions! You must look at your pet’s situation from a holistic perspective to determine if a UTI is the cause of its symptoms.
The most common symptoms in pets suffering from a UTI include:
- Frequent urination
- Straining to urinate
- Foul-smelling urine
- Urinating in odd places
- Difficulty urinating
- Posturing to urinate without any urine coming out
- Excessive licking of the genital area
The more severe UTI symptoms in pets include:
- Crying or howling
- Abdominal pain
- Lack of appetite
- Blood in the urine
Pets that have not been spayed or neutered may also show symptoms in their reproductive systems.
No matter if your pet’s symptoms are mild or severe, they need treatment immediately. If caught early, many of the most painful effects of a UTI can be avoided.
UTIs can be life-threatening and must be treated with urgency. Left untreated, a UTI can quickly progress into more serious conditions, such as:
- Kidney and bladder stones
- Blood poisoning
- Kidney failure
- Long-term urinary tract dysfunction
And in the most severe cases, the pet can die from an untreated infection.
If you live in the Tampa area and notice any of these signs and symptoms in your pet, contact Pet Urgent Care of Wesley Chapel immediately at (813) 279-6500 or online to schedule an evaluation for your pet. Our team of animal lovers will assess, diagnose, and treat your pet with the same love and compassion with which we treat our own.