Sometimes, we wonder if our dogs are feeling well or not. But when they experience urinary problems -- like blood in urine, accidents, unusual small/large amounts of pee -- our full attention is needed. Urinary problems are a sign that something is not right in our dogs.
When not treated early, these can lead to infections and severe health problems. And we certainly don’t want that! So here is a list of the dog urinary problems you should never ignore and what you can do about it.
URINARY TRACT INFECTION
Also referred to as UTI, this can happen to any dog most especially in females. Your dog may experience this relatively anytime but a more risky type of UTI is the one that has to do with your dog’s kidneys.
This happens when your dog’s kidneys lose their ability to function and can no longer remove wastes from the blood and regulate water fluid levels. If your dog happens to have a kidney failure, he will lose his appetite, lose weight, constantly vomit and will drink and urinate more than usual (sometimes to the point of losing total control of his bladder).
Urinary incontinence is most common to senior dogs and spayed/neutered dogs. This is when your dog loses the total control of his urethral sphincter, the muscle that prevents urine from leaking out of the bladder.
Pyometra is an infection of the uterus. Female dogs who have pyometra will urinate more often and will have blood-tinged pus coming out of the vulva. Pyometra is considered a serious and life threatening condition that must be treated immediately and aggressively.
This is not everything of all the possible causes of urinary problems in dogs. Other conditions can also make dogs urinate abnormally. If you feel that your dog has a urinary problem, make an appointment with your veterinarian to make way for early treatment and diagnosis.
The road to being well again will not happen overnight. So while your dog goes through this challenging phase, you can help ease what he’s going through by using dog diapers / belly bands that will prevent accidents from happening inside your home and avoid messy clean ups. So you and your furry friend are happy on your way to full recovery!