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: Jun 14, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Spraying
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Question:My cat was neutered and still continued spraying after the fact. We tried giving him anxiety medicine which stopped it for awhile but then it picked up again. Could this be a further issue and if so what would it be?

Answer:Yes, you will want your veterinarian to perform a urinalysis now to rule out medical problems like crystals (and a urinary tract infection but that's not very common in males). Crystals are a serious concern because if they are not caught early, they can plug a male up and that can be fatal.

Date: Jun 9, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible urinary problem?
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Question:Our 13 pound1 1/2 year old Maltipoo all of a sudden peed on the bed. Totally pee pad trained and outdoors. First time since we had him from 6 months old

Answer:Often this will indicate an underlying medical problem - possibly something as easy to treat as a urinary tract infection. Have your veterinarian perform a quick urinalysis to see what is going on - keep him from urinating a couple of hours before the visit so they can get a urine sample. UTIs are not common in males, so they may want to run a few more tests on him (x-rays to rule out stones, etc.). If he is not neutered, that may be the reason.

Date: Jun 7, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Simplicef safe with CKD?
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Question:My vet just prescribed simplicef for my 13 year old dog with CKD (stage 1-2). Is it safe for her to take? Dose 200 mg for 45 lbs.

Answer:I would really need to know your dog's entire situation (like why she is taking the simplicef, etc.) and look at her bloodwork to say for sure, but in general, Simplicef is not very hard on the kidneys and that dosage falls in her range of appropriate dosages, albeit toward the higher end.

Date: May 30, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: UTI
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Question:My dog Abby has start peeing in the house, she's about 12 years old, a Cocker Spaniel/Maltese mix. I was wondering if she could have a bladder infection and could I buy some over the counter meds to give her. Can't afford to take her to the vet.

Answer:Once they start to show signs, they will often need antibiotics, which requires a prescription from a veterinarian that has met her face to face. Encourage her to drink more water and if seeing your veterinarian for a urinalysis isn't immediately an option, a product like this may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html/ This is more for prevention than treatment though, so seeing your veterinarian is ideal. Tell them that you have financial constraints and most can work to stay in your budget. Keep her from urinating a couple of hours before you go in so they can get a urine sample.

Date: May 23, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Urinating frequently
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Question:I think my car has a UTI. She is urinating frequently and very little comes out sometimes. She's 11 years old and also has started urinating on the floor sometimes. Is there anything over the counter I can give her.? Ty

Answer:There are many potential underlying causes for these signs: urinary tract infection, crystals, FLUTD, bladder stones, cancer, clotting abnormalities, etc etc. All of these are treated very differently so seeing your veterinarian for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment is ideal. Try to keep her from urinating a couple hours before the appointment so they can collect a urine sample. Once you are seeing clinical signs associated with a UTI, if it is that, they will almost always need prescription antibiotics. Until then, you want to increase her water consumption. This is easier said than done in a cat of cats, but refresh the water frequently, put out more water bowls, etc. Gradually changing over to 100% canned food helps most cats. Choose canned food "for cats with urinary issues". Then some pet stores have fancy water fountains that encourage cats to drink more, so if she has ongoing issues, you may want to get one of those. Over-the-counter products like this may help a little but they are more for prevention: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html

Date: May 13, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Urinary tract infection?
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Question:My dog is about 7 months old when she goes to the bathroom sometimes there's green slimy stuff that comes out of her vagina see also that's like it bothers her either hurts or Burns and she licks it and makes her uncomfortable been going on for a week now what do I do

Answer:Yes, it may be a UTI - go ahead and have your veterinarian examine her and run a urinalysis on her to be sure. Keep her from urinating a couple of hours before her appointment so they can get a urine sample.

Date: May 13, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bladder leaks
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Question:We have a 5 yr. old German Shepherd who leaks urine while sleeping. This is our fourth GS and we have never had one do this. We can tell it's a leak bk it is not a large puddle of urine. Not sure if we should be worried.

Answer:If she is a spayed female, this is relatively common and usually easy to treat. Have your veterinarian examine her and do a urinalysis. Keep her from urinating a couple of hours before you take her in so they can get a urine sample. Proin is a medication that they may prescribe which usually works nicely - here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proin-prod10304.html

Date: May 12, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Urinary Urge
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Question:I took my 1-yr old female to an emergency vet due to frequent urination. The culture found no bacteria but there was blood in the urine taken from the bladder. I've been instructed to feed her a diet formula and give her cosequin as the belief is stress, although I don't know why other than possible separation anxiety when I leave her. I don't understand the cosequin meds. Can you explain this?

Answer:They have found that the glucosamine in the Cosequin helps these cats bladder lining that have urinary issues that she does.

Date: May 11, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Partially Blocked Cat
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Question:Good Afternoon, About 5 months ago our 8 year old tabby boy had a partial block and it landed him in the emergency vet. Last night we noticed he seemed a little uncomfortable, and this morning he started experiencing similar symptoms (inappropriate urination, meowing from the litter box). He's still able to pass small amounts of urine, but he just seems a little unlike himself. We got him back on the urinary diet this afternoon (Royal Canin SO Calm), and we tried to contact the vet who saw him 5 months ago. Unfortunately, they're no longer with the practice and didn't leave any refills for prazosin. We're two weeks away from his pet insurance being active, do we need to take him in or can we leave him on the special diet and monitor him closely?

Answer:Since this can be a life-threatening situation, it's always going to be ideal to see your veterinarian. Be sure you are using the canned formula of SO to increase the water content, at least for the first couple of weeks, then he will need to eat the Royal Canin SO Calm to keep it from recurring in the future.

Date: May 10, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Prostate
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Question:What would be good for my dog for a swollen prostate, have a appointment for neutering in July, the vet said this should help?

Answer:If cancer has been ruled out, neutering is the only proven treatment.

Date: Apr 30, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Blood droplets in urine
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Question:My 100lb male Rottie has small traces of blood droplets dripping out. I believe it’s a UTI. Please help!

Answer:It is rare for a male dog to have a UTI, but possible, but there are so many other possibilities (prostate problems, cancer, bladder stones, clotting abnormalities, etc.), so it really is ideal to see your veterinarian for a diagnosis because all of these are treated differently. Keep him from urinating a couple hours before so they can get a urine sample.

Date: Apr 24, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy has UTI symptoms
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Question:My new puppy I believe is displaying all the classic signs of a UTI, so I was wondering, is there a remedy that I could buy from a local pet place? Or is antibiotics only?

Answer:Once they start to show signs, they will often need antibiotics. Encourage her to drink more water and if seeing your veterinarian for a urinalysis isn't immediately an option, a product like this may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html

Date: Apr 24, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: food/ nutrition
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Question:WHAT FOOD OTHER THAN ROYAL CANIN URINARY SO CAN I FEED MY 7 YEAR OLD CHIHUAHUA TO INSURE HER STRUVITE CRYSTALS DO NOT RETURN? SHE CAN NOT TOLERATE THE ROYAL CANIN.

Answer:Hill's Science Diet and Purina both make prescription diets - they require a prescription so you will have to get them from your veterinarian. Here is Purinas: https://www.proplanvetdirect.com/canine-dry-ur-urinary-st-ox

Date: Apr 5, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Infection
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Question:My 3 month old puppy has high leukocytes and no nitrates after 2 months of antibiotics. She still is not able to hold her urine very long and has sometimes she pees when just sitting down. She has started peeing for longer instead of little ones here and there. What could be wrong?

Answer:I would really need to see all of her records to really help you - a persist urinary tract infection at that age is unusual. She may have a conformational problem (like a patent) urachus) and may need to go see a specialist if the problem persists.

Date: Mar 27, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Bloody urine
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Question:My cat has bloody urine, she is an older indoor cat. She is eating and drinking. She sometimes appears to be in pain when urinating. But is not hiding or showing other signs of distress. I cannot pay a vet bill right now. It just is not possible. What can I do to help her?

Answer:If you are seeing overt, obvious blood in her urine, there is nothing over-the-counter that will really help, especially very quickly. It is really advisable to see your veterinarian - most will work to try to stay in your budget if you tell them that you can only spend a certain amount. It may be as simple as a urinary tract infection that needs antibiotics but it could be crystals or bladder stones or many other things that treated entirely differently. Increasing the water content is always helpful, no matter what is going on - especially long term. Gradually switching to 100% canned food does this nicely for a lot of cats.

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