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Ask the Vet About Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs and Cats

Urinary Tract Infections in Pets
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Ask the Vet About What Causes Urinary Tract Infections in Pets?
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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 23, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Frequent urinating

Question:My male cavalier is peeing more than usual in frequency. He is 2 years old so I was wondering if its possible if he has a uti or is just drinking too much water

Answer:It is very rare for a male dog at his age to have a urinary tract infection but the only way to know for sure is to have your veterinarian analyze his urine, so see them if it continues or worsens. Keep him from urinating a couple hours before his appointment so they can get a sample from him.

Date: Jan 22, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Small dog with possible UTI

Question:We got a small dog from Oshkosh, Wi who came there from a kill shelter in Kentucky. When we picked her up in Oshkosh, she was weak and her poop was water and she had Kennedy burns on her feet. She is under 2years old. When took her straight to the Vet when we got home and she was given fluids for 2 days and treated for the diarrhea. We got her in mid November. It is now January. Im the past 2-3 weeks she is drinking every drop of water we will give her and she will now pee on the floor if we dont watch her close and take her out lots. Do you think it is a UTI and what can we do to treat it? Thank you

Answer:A UTI that is causing that much drinking and urinating will need a prescription antibiotics - anything over-the-counter you may hear about is to prevent urinary tract infections rather than treat. But what is more more worrisome is that it may be a sign of kidney problems or diabetes, so having your veterinarian check her out is ideal any way. Keep her from urinating a couple of hours before you take her in so they can get a urine sample.

Date: Jan 20, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Pyuria

Question:Hello there, I have just found out that my dogs urine is white. He must have pyuria. I just want to know what kind of medication should I give it to him.

Answer:Visible pus in urine will require prescription medication from your veterinarian - nothing over-the-counter will provide relief if it is that bad.

Date: Jan 17, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Duscussing my cst

Question:How can you tell if your cat has an urinary track infection

Answer:The only way to know for sure is to have your veterinarian run a urine test - it is important to distinguish that from FLUTD or FUS, which is usually what male cats will end up having and is a life-threatening issue.

Date: Jan 15, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Urine testing

Question:Hello...I noticed that on several occasions it was recommended that we stop our dog from urinating about 2 hours before going to the Vet. Can you make suggestions on how to stop my dog from urinating?

Answer:All dogs are different, but keeping them inside and carrying them to the car and carrying them into the vet office usually does the trick - if they are too big to carry, just walk quickly and don't let them stop to urinate.

Date: Jan 14, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Medication

Question:What medication do I need for my 7 lb cat

Answer:It depends on his/her symptoms/what exactly is going on with him/her.

Date: Jan 11, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible UTI

Question:I have a beagle boxer mix and he is 21 months old. Recently I saw actual blood at the end of him urinating. Then some dark yellow and pink. I gave him antibiotics for a week and also bought cranberry chews that have cranberry and apple cider vinegar, etc...in them to support a healthy urinary tract. He has been on these a little over a week now. There has been no more blood or other symptoms of an existing UTI that he has exhibited. But today after urinating there was a yellowish almost green mucus on the end of his penis. I am very financially burdened right now and not sure what to do. I know it's best to go to a vet, but the test alone besides office visit I know will be well over a hundred dollars. Do you have any other suggestions?

Answer:Urinary tract infections in young, healthy males are very, very rare. If he is still intact (not neutered) the discharge you are seeing may be normal male discharge (smegma) - the blood is a little worrisome and needs to be rechecked if it recurs but may just be from sexual activity, with or without a mate. There are MANY other possibilities: infection, stones, crystals, clotting abnormalities, conformational abnormalities, etc. so have your veterinarian check him if he strains to urinate, asks to go out more often or the blood recurs.

Date: Jan 9, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Incontinence

Question:My 14 yr old cat has been urinating for a few weeks on our new carpet. She uses her box but will just sit on the carpet and uri ate as well. She has lost some weight over the last year. She eats fine and has normal bowels. What signs would she showing she had a UTI?

Answer:Those could be signs of just a urinary tract infection, which is easy to treat, but they are also signs of kidney disease, diabetes, etc, so definitely have your veterinarian check her out, do a urinalysis on her (at a minimum) and ideally run some blood work to see what is going on.

Date: Jan 9, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Leaking urine

Question:What can i give her i cant afford to go to the vet

Answer:You filed this question under cat. Honestly it is so rare for a cat to be incontinent, your veterinarian will have to run some tests to see what is going on. Tell them that you have financial constraints and most will work with you to just do the bare minimum.

Date: Jan 9, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Bladder Infection

Question:I've just noticed tonight (after vet office hours of course) that my cat is visiting the cat box every 10 minuets and urinating only small amounts of urine. She is walking around the house and crying, her ears are warmer than usual. My animal thermometer battery is dead so I can take her temp. She is licking her lady bits. I can't get into a vet right away. What can I do here at home to make her more comfortable while I wait for her appointment?

Answer:Honestly, nothing. Human NSAIDs can be fatal to cats, so definitely don't do that. Try to get her to drink more water and make an appointment with your veterinarian right when they open tomorrow. All of the over-the-counter products that contain like cranberry, etc. are for prevention of bladder issues not treatment.

Date: Jan 8, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: dishcarge coming from cat

Question:I have a cat who has discharge around her anus and genitals. I have determined it isn't fecal matter and appears as closer to blood. She won't let me clean the area and she won't allow me to give her a pill to sedate her. Are you aware of any alternatives to benadryl in pill form that are effective and over the counter?

Answer:I really can't recommend Benadryl or any over-the-counter alternatives until I know what is going on with her. I doubt an antihistamine will help what you are describing, especially if it is blood from her urinary tract (or gastrointestinal tract). Urinary tract infections that are causing blood need oral antibiotics that you will need to see a veterinarian in person for so have your veterinarian check her out when you can.

Date: Jan 5, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: constipation

Question:Can I give my cat some mineral oil to help her poop? How much?

Answer:Use hair ball medication instead - they are laxatives, made for cats and they taste better to them, like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Laxatone-prod1342.html

Date: Dec 29, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat UTI

Question:My cat has a UTI that I just discovered. Will putting them with the right food be good enough or do they need to see the vet right away?

Answer:If your cat is male, they should be seen immediately. IF they are female, your veterinarian should still check their urine to see what kind of crystals they have (if any) so you know what food is best. 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: Dec 27, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Use of Proin

Question:Our Vet Has Chloe one of our Newfoundland on Proin and she has been on it for three years. I was wondering if she could be immune to Proin? She still has leakage and leaking the area

Answer:Have your veterinarian check her for a bladder infection - sometimes that's all it is. If not, they may need to use a stronger medication like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Incurin+Tablets-prod11742.html

Date: Dec 27, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Leaking urine

Question:Is it normal for a 5 year old dog to dribble urine after voiding?

Answer:No


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