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Ask the Vet About Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs and Cats

Urinary Tract Infections in Pets
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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: Aug 18, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bloody urine

Question:My dog is peeing what looks like straight blood. Its very dark. It smelt fishy shes now inside on her bed and randomly will just leak a bunch more while laying there. I checked to see if she is dehydrated and she kind of is but wont drink anything. And she barely ate. I was gone this morning and my stepdad took her on a 3 to 5 mile walk this afternoon Im sure without water. This just started happening with in the last hour. Could she be dehydrated or have a uti?

Answer:Sometimes walking and dehydration can cause kind of brownish looking urine but it should not look like straight blood, so I think something else is going on. 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: Aug 17, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Proin vs incurin

Question:Can the two be given together? Is one better than the other? Tia has been incontinent since being spayed. Was controlled with Proin. Shes now 12 and showing signs of leakage when in deep sleep.

Answer:Yes, they can be given together. Your veterinarian will want to run blood work first to be sure and then will want to continue to recheck her. Most dogs respond to Proin and it has less side effects, so we start with Proin.

Date: Aug 16, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Uti

Question:My male cat had bacteria in his urine and is frequently going to the litter box. He start on clavasept antibiotics and I felt he wasnt getting better after 4 days so took him to an emergency vet. He is not blocked and they gave him a injection antibiotic and now its been 7 days since that and he is still frequently going and not passing a lot of urine. Im taking him back today. My question is maybe he is resistant to that antibiotic? Or could bladder stones be causing the urge to pee?

Answer:Either of those is possible but crystals that can eventually block them up are still more common in a male cat. 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 recheck the urinary tract infection as the cause of his problems.

Date: Aug 13, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Blood in pee

Question:I gave a cat that just started pees alit in areas he didnt before, like he goes more often and he has blood in pee. We did smell his pee and poo smell stronger than usual. Im not sure what he has or what to do. We are trying the natural treatment like 1/4 of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of chicken broth with wet cat food.

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: Aug 12, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat

Question:My cat has had a uti before and I think he has it again. Is there any I can do without taking him to the vet

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: Aug 11, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Special Food

Question:Our Vet. has had our Ragdoll on Royal Canin Urinary SO canned food and dry. Is it possible to buy it through you without her writing a prescription, which she refuses, our would you have something that would do as well without a prescription? Our cat is 17, and the Vet keeps adding additional fees each time we buy another case. Thank you.

Answer:No, it requires a prescription from a veterinarian that has met your cat in person. Sorry! And, unfortunately, nothing over-the-counter works as well as SO.

Date: Aug 9, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Continuous purulent discharge from vulva

Question:Good Evening Doctor, I have a 4-5 week old kitten that has a continuous vaginal/vulva discharge. It is white/creamy/chunky in nature. I have addressed this with my home vet, and without looking at it she has dismissed it as vaginitis. Now, as far as the kitten is concerened, she does not have a fever, and has consistently been in the 101.5 range. Her appetite on the other hand has been decreasing from last weekend. Every 4-6 hours I have to remove a large dried cap that has been formed from this discharge, and when I do get enough out of the way that the vaginal area is visible more puss comes out. At my behest, my vet did put her on Clavamox, and she has been on it now for a little over 24 hours. My main question here is what should we be doing. How do we rule this out as vaginitis vs a roaring UTI that could potentially kill her? I need some answers here Doctor. Please help me. Sincerely, Joshua Smith

Answer:All of that is really odd in a 4-5 week old kitten. I would really need to examine her to give you any kind of useful information and even then it may be some strange conformational problem that needs to be seen by a specialist, so if the clavamox doesn't help, have your veterinarian recheck her.

Date: Aug 9, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Incontinence

Question:7 yr old female Lab born with incontinence issues. Has been on Proin 50 mg virtually entire life. Still issues. Wondering if adding Tinkle Tonic to diet (in addition to Proin) would be possible.

Answer:I have never tried (or heard of) Tinkle Tonic, but it looks like it got decent reviews online, so it may be worth a try. Let me how it works for her if you try it. You will want your veterinarian to do a quick urinalysis on her - chronic infections can really worsen incontinence. Then sometimes I have to use a product with a little estrogen in it, like this one, if they continue to be incontinent: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Incurin+Tablets-prod11742.html

Date: Aug 8, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Can not go pee

Question:2 year old fixed inside male can not go pee looks like in some pain. Nearest vet about 100 miles

Answer:This is a medical emergency if he cannot urinate so get him to that nearest vet as soon as you can.

Date: Aug 6, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Urinary tract infection

Question:What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

Answer:Here is a link to our article about "signs of a urinary tract infection": https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/urinary-tract-infection-symptoms-dog-cat-35.htm

Date: Aug 2, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Decreasing Incontinence medication dose

Question:My 10.5 yo German Shepherd Dog is on Incurin for urinary incontinence. Once she the medication began to work, we were instructed to begin to reduce the dose from 2mg to 1mg and then 0.5mg if tolerated. If it is working, why do we need to decrease the dosage?

Answer:It, like many medications, can have adverse side effects - with a lower dosage you decreases her risk for adverse side effects.

Date: Jul 30, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: urinary tract infection

Question:Are dogs more likely to get urinary tract infection if they are living and playing on artificial grass.

Answer:No - there is no link between playing on artificial grass and urinary tract infections.

Date: Jul 29, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: urinary tract infection

Question:Im away and my cat peeing on clothes all of a sudden and not eating or drinking. need antibiotics asap. Help?

Answer:It could be behavioral, crystals, UTI, FUS, FLUTD, etc so you ideally need a diagnosis before treating with antibiotics. If your cat is male, 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: Jul 25, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Yeast

Question:I believe my puppy has yeast infection leading to UTi a d other stuff. I am homless unable to go ro vet. Can i give her bactrum and. Amoxicillin

Answer:She doesn't need both of those at the same time. Start with the Amoxicillin.

Date: Jul 24, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Female cat

Question:I have had my cat 6 months. I have 2 male cats that torment her. She uses her litter box in day but else were at night. I have 3 litter box. What do i do to stop her peeing else were

Answer:Have your veterinarian screen her for medical problems (urinary tract infection, crystals, etc) even if it's just with a urinalysis. If it is behavioral, the animal behavior specialist recommend "one more litter box than you have cats", so in your case, they would recommend 4 litter boxes - in different places in the house, filled with different kinds of litter - different types of litter boxes as well (covered vs open vs automatic cleaning vs high lip vs low lip, etc).


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