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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: Jun 1, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: amoxicillin for dog

Question:Hello, my vet has prescribed amoxicillin for my 8m year old weimerainer who has a urinary tract/bladder infection. She has it prescribed for 14 days. Is this too long to give my dog the medicine? Thank you. Eric Dangello 260-226-5381

Answer:Oh no, that's not too long, especially for a bladder infection - definitely give it the full 14 days.

Date: May 30, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Urinating

Question:Hi, I have a mixed jack russel shes about 11 years old. Im concerned all of a sudden she cant control her urine hes 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 30, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Possible Uti

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: Dog
Topic: Dog pees blood has for awhile now

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 20, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: About my cat

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 19, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Urinating frequently

Question:Hi Doc, For the past 2 weeks, Shiloh my bulldog has been urinating a lot but the urine has a really pungent fishy smell. She is in heat but we've never smelt that smell before. She drinks lots of water and usually waits til we take her outside before she urinates (which for us is about 2 to 3 times a day). But now she urinates like 5 times a day. Any advice.

Answer:Go ahead and have your veterinarian check her for a urinary tract infection. It is a simple test. Keep her from urinating before you take her so they can get a urine sample.

Date: May 18, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Detecting uti

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.

Date: May 17, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat hasn't peed/pooped in 24 hours

Question:Hello, I just want to start out saying I already brought my cat to his vet and they specifically said he doesn't have any blockage in his urinary tract. That said here's a little history: my cat is 8 years old and 8.2 pounds. Last year around this time of the year he was diagnosed with feline lower urinary tract disease. Like I said I brought him to his vet yesterday around 8:30 AM (US Central - about 24 hours ago). He has not used the litter pan since before I brought him to the vet. I am unsure what they did at the vet during his physical examination, but they did give him the following: Convenia 80mg/ml Onsior Injection 20mg/ml The vet also gave me three tablets of Onsior 6mg (the exact line says Onsior 6mg tablet 3.0). These tablets are to be given to him starting this morning (I gave him one as soon as I woke up). The injections did seem to help his attitude and he was back to his normal self for a few hours. At around 9:30 last night (about 12 hours after leaving the vet) he was back to growling/hissing after licking his stomach area (this on top of pooping outside the litter pan was what made me bring him to the vet in the first place). As of finishing this email it has been about 25 hours since I last saw my cat use the litter pan in any way. I even spent an hour sitting with him and occasionally setting him in the litter pan before I went to sleep last night. I am sorry this is so long, but I am sure you can understand I am worried about my cat. Thank you for any guidance.

Answer:His clinical signs are really quite odd - I would need to do a physical examine on him, look at his urinalysis and probably run some blood work on him to really help you so see your veterinarian for a recheck if he doesn't improve.

Date: May 16, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 13 year old Min Pin

Question:Hello, My min pin molly has recently started to spot urinate in the house. We think she might have a uti? We recently moved so havent found a vet in the area and with the covid situation it has been a bit more difficult. Any suggestions?

Answer:I would go ahead and contact the veterinarian - over-the-counter products help prevent infections but there aren't any that specifically treat a UTI and once they are showing signs, they usually need prescription antibiotics that you will need to get from your veterinarian. With COVID they may have some way for you to just drop off a clean urine sample for them to analyze.

Date: May 8, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Blood in urine

Question:About a week ago my cat started to show light red blood in his urine. It has now turned a brown color. He pees frequently and never in the living room. What should I do?

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 4, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Behavior is off

Question:My cat is acting strange. He is meowing a lot, doesn't seem to be able to get comfortable, and not acting like himself

Answer:His symptoms are so general, it is hard for me to guess what might be going on but serious enough to need your veterinarian to check him out so see your veterinarian if it continues or worsens.

Date: May 3, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Blood in urine

Question:I cant afford a vet visit right now because my husband just died. Ive noticed blood & frequent urination/trips to the litter box with our cat. Suggestions?

Answer:It's hard for me to recommend anything but increasing the water consumption becasue it could be many things: urinary tract infection, crystals, stones, cancer, clotting abnormality, etc. If he 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: May 3, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Uti I think

Question:My dog is peeping blood and she have lost her appetite and she not playing and she weak. And drinking alot water after she peep

Answer:So many things could be going on, including a urinary tract infection, having your veterinarian run some tests is really the only way to tell what is going on so go ahead and have her checked. Keep her from urinating right before she goes so they can get a urine sample.

Date: May 2, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Urinating in house after hard pkay

Question:We have a 1.5 year old mountain cur. He loves to play and run and jump. When he plays hard, he is understandably thirsty. He drinks and drinks. Then, even though the per door is open, usually within an hour, he starts urinating in the house. The urine is nearly clear and has no odor. He has also urinated in his sleep/bed after hard play and a lot of water upon returning home. Should we be concerned?

Answer:I would have your veterinarian run some blood work on him and a urinalysis just to be 100% sure he has no kidney problems, urinary issues, or even metabolic issues like diabetes.

Date: Apr 30, 2020
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: UTI

Question:My cat has been diagnosed with UTI last week and had been given anti-inflammatory and antibiotics. He got well during the regimen which was one week til last Tuesday. Now today, we observed that he has a big hard lump in his tummy which we never had observed before and he started to frequently urinate again since last night. Since our place are under strict quarantine, there's no 24/7 vets open. What can I do as a first aid treatment til the vet opens next day. This is really worrisome. Hoping for your reply. 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.


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