Ask the Vet About Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs and Cats

Ask the Vet About Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs and Cats
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Dr. Michael Dym

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Date: Aug 2, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Possible interactions with Metacam and Zeniquin prescribed for cat
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Question:My cat was having trouble urinating. I took her to my vet and she prescribed Metacam and Zeniquin for her. I always look up drugs that are prescribed to my animals to make sure there are no interactions I should be aware of. Several online veterinary sites say that Metacam should not ever be given to cats as it causes renal failure and death in cats. Also, I read that the Zeniquin should not be taken within two hours of food that contain iron, calcium, magnesium or zinc and both her dry and wet food contain them. Are these drugs safe to give me cat and do I give them with food. My vet is unavailable today.

Answer:Using metacam sparingly in cats is ideal because of the potential for side effects. It has recently been approved for use in cats & works better than just about anything, so it should be fine for pain relief for her urinary issues. Then I have neevr heard that about Zeniquin, but I don't use it a lot, so contact the manufacturer for the best advice - Zoetis is the manufacturer and they are usually very helpful to pet parents. (Be sure a urinalysis was performed to rule out crystals and confirm a bladder infection. Also gradually changing over to canned food seems to help these kitties with urinary issues.)

Date: Jul 30, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Urinary incontinence
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Question:I have a 13 1/2 year old Shiba Inu. She has been fairly healthy up until the past couple of months. She has been suffering with urinary incontinence sometimes during the day but mostly at night. I began giving her Active Chews cranberry urinary health chews and VetriScience Bladder control tablets. Is it safe to take these two things together. I have not seen any improvement but it has only been a week. Thanks

Answer:Proin works nicely for this problem in our older female dogs. Your veterinarian will run a quick urinalysis to rule out a bladder infection and then they can prescribe it - here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proin-prod10304.html

Date: Jul 19, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: My cat is fixed and spraying
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Question:Why is my fixed cat spraying and what can I do to stop it

Answer:I always like to do a urinalysis on them to make sure there is no underlying medical problem because male cats have a problem with getting plugged up where they cannot urinate and this becomes an expensive life-threatening situation - it's uncomfortable fo rfemales as well. If it is caught early, it is cheap and easy to fix with prescription food (usually canned food to increase his water intake) that is formulated for urinary tract problems. If it is behavioral, start by getting more litter boxes that are different shapes and sizes and contain different types of litter. Here is a good article, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust with more pointers and advice about "inappropriate urination in cats": https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951508

Date: Jul 11, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Unable to urinate
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Question:My Chihuahua had bladder stone surgery removal on Monday unable to urinate after procedure on the following day. A catheter has been inserted to assist relief of urine. Has some clots from urine. No blockage or tumors in urethra. Why can my dog pee? He’s an Addison’s dog and on prednisone 1/4 of 1 ml. Also on thyroid meds.

Answer:With no access to his x-rays, records or surgery, it is really hard for me to guess - your veterinarian, who has access to all of that is definitely the best one to ask. You can ask for a referal to a veterinary urologist is his problems continue.

Date: Jun 28, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Urination issues
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Question:My two male cats keep peeing everywhere. Yes they are both intact so I do know they spray still. But they are squating down and urinated in large amounts. I got them both their own litterbox, unscented litter, they both seem healthy, I really dont know what else to do. Please help?

Answer:Have your veterinarian perform a urinalysis on them to be sure they don't have underlying medical problems (crystals, urinary tract infection, etc.) but it is probably because they are not neutered.

Date: Jun 21, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Female cat not peeing
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Question:The last few days I haven't seen any pee in my cat's litter box. I normally let her outside so I thought she might be peeing outside even though she normally comes inside to use her litter box. I kept her inside today and there is still no sign of pee in her litter box. She is eating normally and is still full of energy like usual.

Answer:Hard to guess what might be going on there - some cats just prefer going outside and will hold it for a bizarrely long time. Straining and going to the litter more often is more worrisome, but see your veterinarian to be sure nothing is going on if it continues.

Date: Jun 8, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Can UTI be controlled with diet
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Question:Looking to adopt a dog, but she has chronic UTIs and ear infections. Would they be able to be controlled by changing her diet? Had a sphincter reconstruction and urethral cytopexy when she was 5 months old.

Answer:Wow - that is really unusual to need that surgery - sounds like she had an ectopic ureter so I would not be hopeful that a diet change would help her - would depend on exactly what is causing the UTIs. A hypoallergenic diet might help the chronic ear infections, but that isn't a given either - most allergic dogs are allergic to more than just food.

Date: Jun 8, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Possible UTI
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Question:Hi! I believe my cat had a UTI previously. He was urinating outside the litter box and there was blood in it. We gave him some medicine and all symptoms went away for a couple weeks. Within the last day, I have noticed small amounts of blood on surfaces where he has been sitting, but no other symptoms. I?m not sure if I should just give him the UTI medicine again or if I should bring him into a vet. Thank you!

Answer:Male cats rarely get urinary tract infections - they very commonly become affected by a conditions called FUS or FLUTD, where they build up crystals in their urine and they can potentially plug up their urethra where they cannot urinate. This becomes a life-threatening (and very expensive) problem unless it is caught early so have your veterinarian run a urinalysis on your cat as soon as possible to determine what type of crystal so they will know what diet to recommend for him so he doesn't continue to build these crystals up. The urinalysis will also rule out a urinary tract infection as the cause of his problems.

Date: Jun 7, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Urinary Tract
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Question:My dog has blood in his urine and he is leaking urine and has diarrhea

Answer:We call this hematuria and there are many underlying causes: urinary tract infection, bladder stones, cancer, clotting abnormalities, etc etc. All of these are treated very differently so see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Keep him/her from urinating a couple hours before the appointment so they can collect a urine sample. The diarrhea is probably unrelated but needs attention as well so take them a fresh fecal sample to analyze when you go so they don't have to shove the rod up his rear and so they'll have a better sample.

Date: Jun 7, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: 2
Topic: 8 year old yorky
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Question:My did is passing blood in her urine. Any suggestions. There are no veterinary offices taking new dogs at this time in my location

Answer:Increase her water consumption any way you can - all dogs are different: refreshing the water frequently, adding a couple drops of tuna juice (in water not oil), doggie water fountain, gradually switching to canned food (don't upset her stomach by doing too fast, but canned is 80% water), etc. We call this hematuria and there are many underlying causes: urinary tract infection, bladder stones, cancer, clotting abnormalities, etc etc. All of these are treated very differently so see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Keep him/her from urinating a couple hours before the appointment so they can collect a urine sample.

Date: Jun 5, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Pet has little blood in her urine
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Question:I have a pug and I have noticed that when she goes pee there has been a little blood in it.

Answer:We call this hematuria and there are many underlying causes: urinary tract infection, bladder stones, cancer, clotting abnormalities, etc etc. All of these are treated very differently so see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Keep her from urinating a couple hours before the appointment so they can collect a urine sample.

Date: Jun 5, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Ciprofloxacin dose
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Question:My beagle is 47lbs and was prescribed Ciprofloxacin 500mg twice a day. He gets the shakes almost every time I give him the medication and has vomited twice in the last 3 days. Could this be a reaction to the medication or is the dose too high? Thanks!

Answer:That dosage is high - call your veterinarian and ask about decreasing it.

Date: Jun 5, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Smell
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Question:I just adopted a 1 year old male cat that has recently been neutered. He has been in my care for less than 12 hours. He has been very friendly and outgoing. He used the litter box for the 1st time about 9 hours ago and now my whole house smells or urine. I know he didn?t pee anywhere else. How do I dampen that smell?

Answer:IF he has recently been neutered, his urine will smell slightly better in a couple of weeks. Then using better, more expensive litter helps and/or a covered litter box and/or a self-cleaning litter box. https://www.1800petmeds.com/ScoopFree+Original+Self+Cleaning+Cat+Litter+Box-prod60937.html

Date: Jun 3, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Urinating
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Question:My dog has been on antibiotics for a bladder infection and she is starting to pee and poop inside just about 4 days off the antibiotics. She is 9 months old and was just spayed two weeks ago.

Answer:Pee and poop sounds more like a behavior problem but it may stem from all the medical issues she has had lately. Either way, strict potty training, like when they are tiny is in order so it doesn't become a problem. Here is a good article, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust about potty training: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=8569058

Date: May 30, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Possible Uti
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Question:Hi, I have 9 month old female cat that seems to have issues peeing every few weeks. She act fine, eats, plays ect. But every few weeks I see her squatting in the litter box for a long time and going from litter box to litter box and nothing happening. I have added Uti homeo drops in her food, which seems to help temporarily. Should she be on a special diet? I know the uti foods say for cats over a year. Thank you.

Answer:Have your veterinarian run a urinalysis on your cat to determine what is going on: it may show a certain type of crystal so they will know what diet to recommend for her so she doesn't continue to build these crystals up. The urinalysis will also rule out a urinary tract infection as the cause of her problems. These 2 things are treated entirely differently so you really need to know which she has. Gradually changing over to canned food, which increases her water consumption, is a good idea for either condition.

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