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

As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Jan 16, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: she has blood where she urinates and has been licking it all night
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Answer:Blood in urine can mean many different things (urinary tract infection, bladder stones, crystals, clotting disorder, cancer, etc.) All of these are treated differently, so see your veterinarian for a diagnosis so you can make a plan for her.

Date: Jan 11, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: unable to release any urin
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Question:how or what can we do for this

Answer:This is a medical emergency - many things can cause this - see your veterinarian immediately.

Date: Jan 11, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Urinary tract infection
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Question:My cat is going to the litter box every 2 minutes. Is that a sign of a urinary tract infection?

Answer:Possibly - but it could be many other things like crystals that can plug up (especially male) cats and cause them to not be able to urinate which is a medical emergency so see your veterinarian for a urinalysis to see what is going on.

Date: Jan 7, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: poss UTI
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Question:our dog has been wanting to go out to potty at night more often than he ever has -hes a chihuahua mix about 8/9 yrs old --could it be a UTI and what can he be given

Answer:It could be a UTI, but it could be many other things, especially at his age (kidney problems, diabetes, Cushings disease, etc.) so see your veterinarian if it continues. Visible clinical signs of UTI will usually require medication from your veterinarian. Increasing his water consumption however you can (freshening water frequently, encouraging to drink, gradually adding canned food, etc.) may help. Most over-the-counter products help prevent UTIs, they don't treat, but a product like this may help a little: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html

Date: Jan 7, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy UTI
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Question:I recently just got a puppy, and we’ve noticed she has been squatting over her pee pad but she isn’t peeing like she usually was the first few days we had her. How can I treat the uti at home

Answer:Visible clinical signs of UTI will usually require medication from your veterinarian, so see your veterinarian if they continue. Increasing the puppies water consumption however you can (freshening water frequently, encouraging to drink, gradually adding canned food, etc.) may help. Most over-the-counter products help prevent UTIs, they don't treat, but a product like this may help a little: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html

Date: Jan 5, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: UTI
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Question:Hello, My dog was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection about 3 weeks ago. He has improved slightly but continues to urinate often but seems to also strain when urinating. His doctor did perform an X-ray, blood panel and urinalysis. The blood work and X-ray came back good but his urinalysis continues to show evidence of bacteria. I’m not sure if this is common or if I should get a second opinion

Answer:Yes, that is unusual for a male dog. Many things could be going on: resistant bacteria, stones that don't show up on x-ray, mass that didn't show up on x-ray, etc etc. If it persists, more tests (culture and sensitivity, ultrasound, etc.) and going to see a veterinary urologist are potential next steps.

Date: Jan 1, 2021
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Peeing on bed
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Question:So the past few days my cat has been peeing on my bed. More specifically the blanket. He peed on my bed about 10 this morning. I stripped the bed and left it that way all day. He peed in the litter box at least 3 times today and didn't appear to have any uti symptoms. He's not straining or appears in pain. And when he does pee either in the box or the bed it's a full amount. I put clean sheets on my bed left the room and came back to find a fresh pee spot.... I'm so confused as to why he's doing this!

Answer:The very first thing you want to do is have your veterinarian do a urinalysis to be sure he doesn't have an underlying medical problem. Male cats can slowly develop urinary crystals that can block them up suddenly and then they cannot urinate which is a life-threatening emergency. You want to catch this early.

Date: Dec 31, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Blood in urine,
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Question:My cat is having trouble passing urine, has blood in her urine.

Answer:Blood in urine can mean many different things (urinary tract infection, bladder stones, crystals, clotting disorder, cancer, etc.) All of these are treated differently, so see your veterinarian for a diagnosis so you can make a plan for her.

Date: Dec 29, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Smell
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Question:Hello! What would cause strong, smelly urine in cat box?

Answer:Cats that are intact (not neutered) males will have very pungent, strong urine. A urinary tract infection can cause an odor as well as some metabolic disorders, so if your cat is not an intact male, have your veterinarian run some tests (urinalysis and blood work) to be sure everything is ok.

Date: Dec 24, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: going to bathroom on floor & carpets instead of litter box
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Question:Have 16yo tabby cat. have started using floors & carpets as bathroom relief instead of litter box. Never done this before now. Has used same litter box about 12 years.

Answer:At that age, there is usually an underlying medical reason. Have your veterinarian check him/her out and run a urinalysis and some blood work. They will be looking for things like: a urinary tract infection, diabetes, kidney disease, etc.

Date: Dec 24, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Peeing in house
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Question:My well trained dog that I have had for 2 and a half years just started peeing in the house. At first it was just in the same place and when I was gone but now it happens when I’m here and in a couple of places in the house. The vet ruled out a UTI but now wants to do blood work. I am wondering if this could be behavior or if the blood work is necessary. I also have been working from home for the last 2 months. Which is a change for him as well. He is about 4 and takes fluoxetine for separation anxiety.

Answer:I would definitely go ahead and do the blood work - it will screen for things like kidney disease, diabetes, Cushings disease, etc. You should do it at least once a year if he takes the fluoxetine regularly anyway. Even if all the blood work comes back normal, it is good to establish baselines for everything the blood work checks for (red count, white count, platelet count, blood sugar, kidney enzymes, liver enzymes, electrolytes, etc etc.)

Date: Dec 10, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Foamy Urine
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Question:Our two cats have foamy urine and have pulled out all the hair on their abdomen.

Answer:Those 2 clinical signs are more than likely unrelated and both have many different possibilities so see your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis so you can make an appropriate treatment plan.

Date: Nov 30, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: crystals and high ph
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Question:What type of wet caned food do you recommend for high Ph and crystals in balder ? My 6 year old cat had good blood readings except the Ph was high / very high. All other readings were down the middle / good. I am changing up the dry food also. A vet here said no Kibbles... Thanks!

Answer:Right - canned is much better than dry. Use only the prescription foods, especially to begin with, until there are no more crystals and the pH goes back to normal (and ideally forever) - these are the only ones that have been proven to help & since this can be a life threatening issue for male cats, we don't like to take chances. There are a few options but you have to get all of them from your veterinarian because they require a prescription - Royal Canin, Hills (Science Diet) and Purina all make really good ones.

Date: Nov 22, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat on prednisone has started having blood in urine
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Question:On Friday (11/20) Pajamas was taken to the vet for an allergic skin reaction and was given a shot of Convenia (.59), Prednisone 5mg (8ct), and Bravecto. After 2 days of taking prednisone, he is peeing more frequently which we knew was a side effect but now his urine is pink w/blood. This has never happened before. Should we stop him from taking the prednisone until Monday when I can call his vet? Currently taking a 1/2 tab in the morning & evening.

Answer:No that is more than likely something unrelated but blood in a mae cat's urine can be a medical emergency, so go ahead and see your veterinarian when you can.

Date: Nov 13, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: 
Topic: Guinea pig UTI
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Question:My guinea pig has a UTI but I’m trying to find what I can give him?

Answer:I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in exotics for help with your ferret. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

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