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 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.

Date: May 30, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Dog pees blood has for awhile now
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Question:What would cause this she eats good dose not act sick age around8

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: May 30, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Urinating
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Question:Hi, I have a mixed jack russel she?s about 11 years old. I?m concerned all of a sudden she can?t control her urine he?s always urinating all over the place and would like to know what I need to do to help her.

Answer:Have your veterinarian do a urinalysis on her - she may just have a urinary tract infection. Keep her from urinating before you take her in so they can get a sample. They will ideally run some blood work as well to check for other things that might be going on (diabetes, kidney problems, etc.). 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: May 20, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: 1
Topic: About my cat
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Question:Hi. I would just like to ask about the situation of my cat. He's been peeing everywhere for the past months and just recently I have been noticing that he's always trying to pee but everytime I would check it, there is no pee. And just an hour ago, he was making noises whenever he's trying to pee then he would lick his part and start meowing angrily. My researches led me to articles that said he may have UTI. What medicine should I give him?

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: May 18, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Detecting uti
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Question:It there a home uti detection kit for dogs?

Answer:Yes, they make them - I don't see that we carry one for dogs but they are available - Google "home uti detection kit for dogs" and a bunch will pop up.

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