When it comes to giving our dogs the best lives possible, pet parents need to focus on their dog’s health to make sure that no health conditions are overlooked. To do this, our dogs require regular visits to the veterinarian combined with a high-quality diet and regular exercise. It’s important that no health problems are missed or diagnosed incorrectly. That said, pet parents need to keep their veterinarians updated on all their dog’s past and present medical conditions.
Recent studies have revealed that urinary tract infections affect more female dogs than males. Most infections that involve the urinary system are bacterial and enter the body via the urethra.
Besides being an extremely painful disorder, urinary tract infections need to be diagnosed early. With the urinary system being responsible for eliminating waste products when food is converted to energy, it also maintains the correct balance of electrolytes and water within the body’s cells.
The urinary tract system is also responsible for processing vitamin D. That said, it’s important that early diagnosis is made since bacteria can move up the bladder and infect the kidneys causing a painful kidney infection (pyelonephritis).
All dogs can be affected by a bacterial infection of the bladder (bacterial cystitis) and or urethra. There are several causes that will increase your dog’s chances of getting a urinary tract infection. These will result in problems with urine flow, not being able to empty the bladder properly, urine that is dilute, sugar in the urine which may be linked to diabetes, and a compromised immune system. Male dogs that have not been neutered may develop prostate bacterial infections.