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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: Oct 17, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: UTI Treatement Questions

Question:Hi so I believe my cat has a UTI or it could also possibly be cystitis. My cat is 1.5 years old, he is a male orange tabby and weighs 11 pounds. His symptoms started 3 days ago and the first day he peed in places he doesn't usually pee like on my bed and carpet. His urine also has a pinkish red color and he's been having frequent urination. I have been giving him Dr King's Natural Pet Urinary Tract Irritations Formula for 3 days now and he is now peeing in his litter box and isn't peeing as often but he still is having pinkish red urine. Do you know which antibiotic I could try out for him? Also what dosage and amount would you recommend and for how long? I'm worried I may choose the wrong one but i also can't afford to have his blood work or urinalysis done at a vet as it is very costly.

Answer:Male cats usually have crystals, not a urinary tract infection, so treating with antibiotics won't help at all and if you wait too long before having him diagnosed, he may block up and not be able to urinate and then you are talking serious money (anesthesia, hospitalization, sometimes major urinary surgery, etc), so I highly recommend getting him to your veterinarian for at least a urinalysis because you are seeing blood in his urine. Office visit + urinalysis = shouldn't be very expensive.

Date: Oct 17, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Incontinence

Question:Anna Bella takes pro in which seems to work any other tips for us?

Answer:Not really - if Proin is working well for you, it has minimal side effects. If it ever seems to stop working, sometimes you can increase your dosage (depends on the dosage she is on) and/or add another medication.

Date: Oct 17, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat

Question:My cat keeps peeing everywhere.. he is 10 years old and we had to rip out a rugs in a room and replace with hard floors.. he goes up on my counters looking for spots.. weżve tried that calming collar it didnżt work I brought him to the vet he doesnżt have a urinary infection or a bladder infection.. please help!! Heżs so affectionate I donżt know to do but heżs destroying the house ☹️

Answer:A male cat that urinates outside of the box always worries me because of the life-threatening possibility of him blocking up with crystals so be sure to have routinely checked for this (not just once or even twice). If it is entirely behavioral there are many things to consider: the behavioral specialist say to have "one more litter box than you have cats" or even more - in these litter boxes, give him different options (clay vs clumpable, scented vs non-scented, covered box vs open, etc) - place the litter boxes all over the house - try to see which "substrate" he prefers and what kind of litter box and where in the house and you can start narrowing down the number of boxes. Deny him access to wherever he inappropriately urinates. Feliway spray helps some cats. https://www.1800petmeds.com/Comfort+Zone+For+Cats-prod10776.html

Date: Sep 27, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Peeing in house

Question:My border collie, who is 2 years old and only had one accident ever when he was a puppy, has now peed in the house 4 times over the past week or so, very unlike him. He doesn't seem to be in pain when he goes but he does lick the area right after going sometimes I've noticed recently. There's nothing going on at home for me to believe it was behavioral issues, he just doesn't have any other symptoms. What do you think?

Answer:Hi Kaitlin. Could be a urinary tract inflammation or infection. Best to see vet for full exam and urine analysis as prescription antibiotics, etc may be needed.

Date: Sep 17, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat urination

Question:How do you stop cat from urinating on furniture and scratching furniture when a scratching post is available.

Answer:Aaaa, the million dollar question - I wish I had a quick answer or a quick pill. Behavioral problems are often multifactorial and involve ruling out medical problems first (with the urinary problems especially like urinary tract infections, FLUTD, crystals, stones, etc) and then really delving into many things like how many cats you have, the lay out of your house, what type litter you are using, what kind of litter box, where the litter boxes are located, etc etc etc. Going over all of these things with your veterinarian when they run the urinalysis is a good idea. They can give you tips on scratching the furniture as well - over inflating balloons and taping them near the furniture sometimes helps - squirting them with a water bottle sometimes helps, etc.

Date: Sep 15, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Urinary incontinence

Question:Hello! My dog, Harley, is currently on Proin (phenylpropanolamine) to help with her urinary incontinence. Should I be doing routine blood work with this medication? She has been on it uninterputedly for 10 months.

Answer:Proin seems very safe, even when used chronically, but I like to run routine blood work on my patients annually any way, and any time they are on a daily medication, it is ideal.

Date: Sep 6, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Issues with urination

Question:Hello, My male cat was leaking from is private area, so I took him in to the emergency vet clinic, they checked to see if he was blocked and he was not blocked. They sent me home with a bladder relaxation medication and a pain medication. They also requested to perform blood/urine analysis as well as an ultrasound. The test I can afford to do but the ultrasound is really expensive. I have an appointment to have his tests done but they are a week out... Since our visit to the vet he seems to be doing better but still not peeing more than just a few drops and is leaking drops of urine quite a bit. Any advice on what else I can do to help him in the mean time? Any advice on the ultrasound test?

Answer:Start with the urinanalysis if you can't afford the ultrasound right now - it will give your veterinarian more information. I would call your veterinarian back and request a sooner appointment(today) since he is "not peeing more than just a few drops"(tell them this) - it really sounds like he is trying to block up and that is a medical emergency (that can become really expensive). Increasing the water content of his food by gradually mixing in canned food may help a little but do it slowly so you don't give him diarrhea. Foods for "urinary tract health" are probably best but it will depend on what his urine analysis reveals.

Date: Aug 28, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How do I treat a UTI

Question:I have a 75 lbs bulldog and pretty sure he has a uti I need to treat it but can't really afford a trip to the vet at 100 just to walk in the door please help

Answer:You can try a product with cranberry extract and other things like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html These products help more with prevention that actually treating an infection, so prescription medication from your veterinarian is usually ideal. A male dog with a urinary tract infection is actually kind of rare and Bulldogs are predisposed to crystals and stones, so you need to be sure of the urinary tract infection. Getting your dog to drink more water is ideal as well. Canned food has a large water content and can potentially help but definitely don't switch directly to canned food or you will upset his stomach, transition him gradually.

Date: Aug 28, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Apple Cider Vinegar

Question:I have been getting different responses to this question so I figured I would try here. How much apple cider vinegar can I safely give my 110 cane corso to help prevent UTI she is prone to them and apple cider vinegar was suggested. Right now she has been taking 1 Tsp 2x a day and is handing that. I was told to slowly increase to 2TBS a days but my breeder said that is to much so I don't know how much to give her spilt in 2 meals. Ps I have been giving her brags organic apple cider vinegar

Answer:I don't really recommend it until more good (academic, double-blind, etc) studies are done on dogs. I worry that you may swing the pH in the urine too far and cause the dog to get crystals and/or bladder stones.

Date: Aug 27, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: teething

Question:what is the best way to stop our 2 month old shitzsu from using us as her chew toy.and biting at our faces? she has plenty of chew toys of her own and I know that she is teething but I don't like her jumping and biting at us.what can I do.?

Answer:Make sure you are sending her clear signals - the tone of your voice really matters because she doesn't know the words. Many times a good negative (after you have verbally reprimanded her) is to ignore her/stop playing with her. Knowing she is teething, don't immediately give her a chew toy either or she thinks, "Oh cool, every time I bite at their face, I get them to go get my toys." Looking into obedience classes is a good idea as well - it places you (people) in a more dominant position and she will respond to your commands better.

Date: Aug 27, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: peeing problem

Question:what do i need to give my dog to make him better he is 11 yrs old

Answer:There are so many different urinary problems an 11 year can potentially have, I will need more information about your dog's problems to be able to help.

Date: Aug 24, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: blood in urian tract infection

Question:What can I do to help my cat she got blood in her pee she was in pain resting righ now what can I do to help her in the meantime

Answer:Have your veterinarian check her and run a urinalysis on her to determine the cause of the blood: urinary tract infection vs crystals vs stones vs FLUTD, etc. When you know what the cause is, then you can decide on the correct treatment.

Date: Aug 22, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Infection? & advice

Question:I noticed that there is blood in my dogs urine. Does she have a urinary tract infection? Or something else?

Answer:Blood in the urine can mean many things, including a urinary tract infection - other worries are bladder stones, trauma, cancer, clotting abnormality, etc. Have your veterinarian check her out soon. Try to keep her from urinating before her appointment because they will need a urine sample.

Date: Aug 20, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: UTI - suspected

Question:Hi there, Doctor, My cat has started to urinate outside if the litter box. He is a 15 year old Siamese. He is in good health otherwise. There is another Siamese in the house. The two of them get along quite well. They sleep together and groom each other. So I kniw the eldest cat is not being bullied away from the litter box. I have read online that generally when a cat urunates outside the litter box it is because the litter is dirty, or he has a UTI. He is urinating small amounts around the house, not large amounts, so I know it is not because he desperately needs to go. Thoughts? Thanks, Rebecca McCullough

Answer:For him to start doing this at his age, I would definitely have your veterinarian screen him for a few different things - most will show up in routine bloodwork and a urinalysis - things like the uti you mentioned, crystals, FLUTD, kidney disease, diabetes, etc.

Date: Aug 17, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Constant UTIS

Question:About every other month my dog gets an UTI We don't have the money to go any further than what we are doing. I have her on a urinary food give her the powder once a day from 1800 pet meds. The clavamox clears it all up in a day or two. Then it comes back. Is there anything else I can do other thatn pricy fixes that me vet has suggested. They said to get an xray but if there is a stone we don't have to money to have it removed. Is there any other meds or natural substance we could give her. She is almost 11 years old.

Answer:Looking for a stone at this point is a really good idea. Other sources/niduses of infection are sometimes due to her conformation: does she have skin folds or hair around where she urinates that trap urine, get wet and cause infection there? If so, losing weight and/or shaving the hair back there might be a good idea. Another good, relatively cheap idea that is worth a try is to keep baby wipes near the door she comes in after urinating and wipe her. A cranberry extract powder is probably what she is already on, if not here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html?Ntt=NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea


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