Pet owners know all too well that dealing with illnesses in dogs and cats can be especially difficult. Since our furry friends can’t tell us how they’re feeling, we often end up playing a guessing game by observing our pet’s behavior, asking friends and family, or searching the internet. This leads to incorrect, amateur diagnoses that can do more harm than good.
What is a urinary tract infection?
One of the more serious conditions that can affect our pets is urinary tract infection (UTI). UTIs occur when bacteria enter the otherwise sterile urethra and travel up to the bladder. Occasionally, the bacteria will affect the kidneys as well.
A UTI can be very painful and stressful for any pet, but fortunately, is curable. Knowing the causes and symptoms of a UTI will help you identify one early in your dog or cat, so you can get the appropriate treatment fast.
If you believe your pet has a UTI, it is a medical emergency, don’t hesitate and contact us as soon as possible.
Is my dog or cat at risk?
UTIs are very common in cats over 10 years old and female dogs of any age. However, this does not mean that younger cats or male dogs cannot contract a UTI.
It is possible for a dog or cat with a UTI to show no clinical symptoms, but most pets do show signs of illness. If you notice a combination of the following symptoms in your dog or cat, suspect a UTI as the culprit:
- Urgent need to urinate
- Frequent need to urinate
- Blood in the urine
- Straining while attempting to urinate
- Strong, pungent odor to urine
- Attempting to urinate but not producing any urine, or only producing a small amount
- Urinating in unusual places
- Unable to hold urine
When the UTI affects the kidneys, these more serious symptoms may also present:
- Pain in the lower abdomen or back
- Lack of appetite
In pets that have not been spayed or neutered, reproductive system symptoms may come into play.
UTI treatment for dogs and cats in Tampa
If you suspect that your dog or cat has a UTI, time is of the essence. Call us right away at (813) 279-6500 or contact us online for an appointment. We’ll complete diagnostic testing to determine the exact cause of your pet’s symptoms, then develop a treatment plan that gets your pet back on their feet as quickly as possible. Our experienced team of vet professionals will treat your pet with care and compassion while including you every step of the way.