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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.
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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: May 22, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: blood in urine

Question:My 9 week old miniature schnauzer puppy is peeing blood. first notice it week ago. what could be causing this

Answer:That is very unusual at that age - i would see your veterinarian as soon as you can. Try to keep him/her from urinating before the visit so they can get a sample to analyze.

Date: May 21, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Infrequent urination

Question:My 12 yr old shih tzu has been urinating much less frequently although she is still drinking but not quite as much...I took her to an emergency vet and they did an ultrasound as well as blood work, neither showed anything remarkable...she has an appointment with an internist in two days but Iżm very worried about her because she is not herself, and a few nights ago she got up several times to urinate which she has never done before...what else could cause this frequent urination, followed by very infrequent urination, maybe twice per day with much coaxing...

Answer:With such vague symptoms, it's impossible for me to guess what is going on with her, especially without examining her and seeing her blood work. (Cushing's disease, bladder stones, bladder cancer, other cancer, etc. are a few things that run through my mind) - the internist will probably check for all of these with ultrasound and other tests.

Date: May 21, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic:  can alternate antibiotic be used

Question:My 5year old female domestic short-hair cat is in severe pain and is suffering from a UTI infection which a Vet diagnosed and treated with amoxicillin a couple of months ago, I no longer have any of that medicine: currently all local Vets are closed; I have some 500mg Levaquin tablets which obviously I would titrated down to perhaps 25-50mg dose ( she weighs about 25lbs.), but before administering the drug, I need to know if any studies have been performed relating to whether it would be toxic to her.

Answer:We don't use Levaquin in cats, so I wouldn't recommend it. Definitely have your veterinarian recheck her. It is rare for a UTI to cause them "severe pain" so they will need to check for crystals, bladder stones, etc. IF it is a UTI that is causing her that much agony, you will want your veterinarian to get a urine sample and send it off for a culture and sensitivity - this will tell you exactly what bacteria and which antibiotics it is susceptible to.

Date: May 14, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: urinary incontinence

Question:sometimes, usually in the evening or night, our 2 year old dog will urinate unknowingly. Our vet prescribed Proin? 25 mgs. twice a day. It seems to work. Do you have any other suggestions?

Answer:If Proin is working well, that is definitely the drug of choice for incontinence. Be sure to screen regularly for urinary tract infections. We use Incurin if Proin doesn't seem to work, but it has a lot more side effects, so Proin is preferred.

Date: May 14, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: UTI

Question:Our cat is using the litter box quite often and when she's done we can smell the urine on her... She has also been dragging her bottom on the carpet... This is unusual behavior for her...

Answer:Have your veterinarian check her out. They will need to get a urine sample so try to keep her from urinating for a couple of hours before you take her.

Date: May 12, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: UTI

Question:My lab/female 7 years having uti and her urine culture report is as follows A Heavy Growth of Organism(s) Isolated Escherichia coli Remarks Colony count: >1,00,000 CFU/ml is this life threatening condition? Can it cure easily after medication given by vety?

Answer:Most strains of E. Coli are pretty easy to treat. If they did a sensitivity with the culture that will tell you exactly which antibiotics will kill & how easily. Finish all antibiotics the vet gives - this is very important with bladder infections in particular.

Date: May 11, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sores at opening of prepuce

Question:I let my dogs out after arriving home from work and one had his tail tucked up. He has been licking his prepuce area frequently for the last hour and when I try to look he squirms away as if in pain. He has 2 little sores right around the opening and it is fairly red. He had a couple pieces of both watermelon and cantaloupe for the first time yesterday. Could this be a reaction from the fruit? Should I give him aspirin for the pain and swelling? Does this need an emergency vet visit?

Answer:No, that is probably not a reaction to the fruit. I can't tell what is going on from what you describe. Many things run through my head (prolapsed urethra, warts, infected warts, trauma, etc). It would be ideal for a veterinarian to check him out. I worry about his ability to urinate more than anything probably, so keep a close eye on whether he is urinating ok and if it is a normal stream.

Date: May 7, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Uti in male bichon

Question:My 14 yr old male Bichon is exhibiting signs of dementia. (Walks into things, stands in corner, walks into swimming pool, pees in house, sometimes without lifting his leg) He's been drinking lots of water for the past year. No sign of pain when urinating. Do males get UTI's? Vet just did a complete blood work up. Phosphorus was high, not in renal failure. Could a UTI be causing his dementia? What should I ask my vet to check for?

Answer:Could a UTI be causing his dementia? No, that would not be a common cause of dementia but it will cause them to drink and urinate more. Diabetes, Cushing's disease and kidney failure are the big 3 to try to rule out. More specific kidney testing may be his next step. A urinalysis is really easy and will tell you if he has a UTI. Bichons are predisposed to bladder stones as well so a quick radiograph (x-ray) will usually rule out those.

Date: May 5, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat pooping on bed

Question:My cat went to vet, they thought he.might have a UTI, i coulndt afford all the treatments suggested. But i bought the food to help with digestion, pain meds and hydration shot. Prior to this he was pooping on my bed instead of the litter box. While on pain meds he stopped, now he is starting it again.

Answer:I would really need to see him, his urinalysis results and analyze his feces to determine what exactly is going on with him to determine the next best course of action. I worry that he may have feline urologic syndrome which can be life-threatening if left untreated but that is more of an issue with his urine (crystals in his urine, they would've recommended a prescription diet for the rest of his life, etc). His problem may be something with his gastrointestinal tract too though, I really can't tell what is going on so have your veterinarian recheck him.

Date: May 2, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How long before meds work?

Question:We started our dog on a UTI antibiotic or antibacterial drug. I was an oral capsule, 3 times a day for 7 days series. He had his last pill 2 days ago and is still showing signs of UTI (just trying to urinate every few minute when completely empty bladder (just has a few drops fall)). We're wondering if the drugs are still working on the problem and he may improve or do they stop addressing the problem shortly after the last one is administered? He doesn't seem uncomfortable. At what point do we need to get more treatment? Thanks much! --Andrew

Answer:After a week he should be improving (actually he should ideally be back to normal when you stop the antibiotics) so see your veterinarian for a recheck. They will possibly want to try a stronger antibiotic or do a culture and sensitivity and/or look for underlying causes like bladder stones, etc.

Date: Apr 29, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Urinary tract infection

Question:My dog has had 2 urinary tract infections. Now she is peeing in the house again. What can I purchase through petmeds to help my dog

Answer:Over-the-counter products, like this one, are more to prevent urinary tract infections than treat them, so see your veterinarian when you can: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html With recurrent UTIs, your veterinarian will want to culture her urine to see exactly what kind of bacteria is present and what antibiotics it will respond to and take some x-rays to look for bladder stones. She will be on antibiotics for a long time - always finish all antibiotics, especially with UTIs or they will build resistant bacteria that won't go away.

Date: Apr 28, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat UTI

Question:I believe my cat has a UTI but I don't have money to see a vet. What can I buy to help her?

Answer:Cats with signs of a urinary tract infection many times have crystals, not infection, so a urinalysis at your veterinarian is ideal to see what is going on - crystals are more common. Most over-the-counter products, like this one, are for prevention of urinary tract infections and don't treat one, so definitely see your veterinarian when you can: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html

Date: Apr 26, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Incontinence

Question:Dog was already on Proin. When was not working as well, vet put her on Incurin. Incurin made the situation worse. So she is back on the Proin. I am quessing, you can't use both together.

Answer:You can but it depends on her blood work and overall health so consult the veterinarian who prescribed it because they have access to that.

Date: Apr 25, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Incontinence

Question:Is there a form of oxybutynin made for dogs?

Answer:Not that I know of - it may not help much with dogs whose problem revolves more around not having enough estrogen. Proin usually works really well and for the dogs that it doesn't, Incurin usually helps. Here are links to read about both, with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proin-prod10304.html https://www.1800petmeds.com/Incurin+Tablets-prod11742.html

Date: Apr 24, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: UTI or Bladder Infection?

Question:My 4 year old dog has started waking me up around 3-4 times a night to go to the bathroom. She is fine throughout the day while I am at work and doesnżt have any accidents in the house. I started limiting her water consumption after 7-8pm, but she still wakes me up to go outside. She is also licking her private area sometimes after going to the bathroom. She is still eating and drinking as normal. Clouds she have a UTI or Bladder Infection or am I just over reacting?

Answer:She could definitely have a UTI - they are really easy to check for - all your veterinarian needs is a urine sample, so keep her from urinating a couple of hours before her appointment. The urinalysis will also screen for things like diabetes and kidney disease. If her urine looks fine, they can talk to you about behavioral reasons she may be getting you up that many times a night.


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