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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 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

Date: Dec 26, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Won't pee in litter box

Question:I've googled it a thousand times. We took him to the vet twice. The first trip to the vet he was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. Great. So we gave him his meds. The second trip was to get more meds because he wont stop. I throughly convinced he no longer has the infection but he just keeps peeing on the floor ! We have four cats, and four litter boxes. All the cats are litter mates and all are fixed. We clean the litter boxes daily and nothing is working. Please help

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to to do a urinalysis to make sure there is no underlying medical problem (chronic urinary tract infection, crystal formation, diabetes, kidney problems, etc). If it is behavioral, start by getting more litter boxes that are different shapes and sizes and contain different types of litter. The animal behavior specialist recommend having "one more litter box than you have cats". Here is a good article, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust with more pointers and advice about "inappropriate elimination in cats": https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951508

Date: Dec 22, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Treats

Question:Can I give my cat with a special diet of urinary issues any type of treat that is specifically for urinary?

Answer:People have been asking this for years and we used to have to recommend nothing but the prescription food. It is really important to not negate your expensive food and change the pH in your cat's urine with untested treats. But now Royal Canin came out with treats formulated specifically for cats with urinary crystals. I will attach a link at the end of this answer to the treats. You can also take your prescription diet in canned form and bake treats in the oven - some cats really like that. https://www.royalcanin.com/us/cats/products/vet-products/urinary-feline-treats

Date: Dec 8, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Clear discharge

Question:We have a 3-4 month old viszla(supposed to be pure) that has been having a clear odorless discharge recently. It looks like hes urinating but him and the other dogs will lick it and there is no smell. When he actually urinates there is the normal urine smell. He doesn't seem to be in any pain and doesn't seem to notice it when this happens.

Answer:He really shouldn't have a "discharge", especially a noticeable, recurrent one . . . of anything at his age really, so I would definitely mention it to your veterinarian so they can check him out down there at his next visit.

Date: Dec 8, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Post spayed

Question:My dog has a brown. Bloody discharge from her vulva after spayed surgery is this okay or common.

Answer:A tiny bit might be normal for the first day or 2 but it's ideal for your veterinarian to check her.

Date: Dec 5, 2019
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Urinary leaking

Question:Piper is on Incurin can she also take one of the homeopathic products?

Answer:Probably but I would feel better if you spoke directly to the manufacturer. Merck makes Incurin and they are usually very helpful. They will need the exact ingredients and concentration of the "homeopathic products" so have the label ready when you contact them.


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