For some, preventing a dog urinary tract infection can be a challenge. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are one of the most common urinary problems a dog can have over their lifetime. And as pet parents, when our dogs have a UTI, we feel helpless. What can I give? How do I prevent a UTI? What causes this? The questions are endless.
UTIs in dogs are pretty much the same with the UTIs in humans. The pain is there and the feeling of uneasiness. Since our fur-babies can't literally tell us how miserable they are, it's up to us (as pet parents) to help ease UTIs and for us to be one step ahead in preventing a dog urinary tract infection.
SIGNS OF A URINARY TRACT INFECTION
You'll know that your fur-baby is having a urinary tract infection when they show two or more of the following signs:
- Sudden frequent urination
- Breaking housetraining, frequent accidents
- Bloody urine
- Pain or discomfort when urinating
- Straining to urinate
- Excessive licking of the genital area
If you notice these signs and changes in your fur-baby, it's best to keep in touch with your veterinarian so they can perform exams confirming it is a UTI and not a symptom of an underlying health problem.
To get an examination, your vet will necessitate examining your fur-baby's urine sample for the presence of white blood cells, which indicate infection, or for the presence of crystals, which hint that your fur-baby may have bladder stones.
Once your dog’s veterinarian has confirmed a urinary tract infection, here are some things you can do to manage it and prevent a dog urinary tract infection from recurring.
UTI Prevention Tips
Below are easy steps you can do anytime to prevent UTIs from happening or recurring in your fur-baby.
Drinking water is very vital and important to your dog's overall health. In fact, it is essential for a dog's survival that's why you should always provide your fur-baby with fresh water. But what if your dog doesn't drink water that much? How can you get your pup to drink?
Keeping in track of the amount of water your fur-baby consumes every day will help you discover if your furry friend is drinking too much or too little. Dogs typically need 1/2 to 1 ounces water per pound of bodyweight every day.
Here's how you can keep your dog hydrated, even if they do not want to drink that much:
- Place water bowls everywhere. Whether it's in their cage, crate, beside their bed, in your living room, on your yard, and basically anywhere your dog hangs out.
- Consider putting up a dog drinking fountain because some dogs prefer drinking water while standing up. Also, dog drinking fountains eliminate any taste or odor from water that might be preventing your dog from drinking water.
- Come up with doggy ice pops as your fur-baby will love to lick and chew on ice cubes.
- Use bigger dog bowls, bowls bigger than your fur-baby's food bowls and bigger than how much your fur-baby drinks every day so that it will never be empty.
Your fur-baby drinking enough water helps flush the kidneys and the urinary tract. It is also one way to prevent crystals from forming and to keep dogs healthy.
Change your dog food
Poor quality dog foods are one of the main reasons for UTIs in dogs as these dog foods produce urine that's high in alkaline and more acidic urine is good breeding of bacteria. So, one of the major steps in preventing a dog urinary tract infection and helping treat a UTI in your fur-baby is to change your dog food into a high-quality one that's healthy and properly balanced.
Also, according to Modern Dog Magazine, foods that are known to trigger UTIs include spinach, asparagus, and dairy products. If your dog is prone to having UTIs, avoid giving them these foods as much as possible.
Adding Pet Parents® Bladder SoftSupps™ into the healthy and balanced diet of your fur-baby (especially the ones coping with a UTI) is very helpful in preventing a dog urinary tract infection.
These supplements contain a branded form of cranberry extract, Pacran®, & D-Mannose that helps promote bladder health by not allowing bad bacteria to stick to the uterine walls and flushing them out to help avoid any UTIs from happening to your fur-baby.
According to The American Kennel Club, you can also give your dog probiotic supplements to encourage the growth of healthy bacteria. With this you can provide your fur-baby with Pet Parents® Probiotic SoftSupps™. These supplements provide Natural Digestive Enzyme Support and supports Intestinal & Immune Health. Pet Parents® Probiotic SoftSupps™ contain M99®, a clinically studied Bacillus coagulans that aids in maintaining gut flora in the digestive tract and offers a source of advantageous intestinal bacteria.
Stay on top of your fur-baby's hygiene
Female dogs are more prone to UTIs than male dogs. This is so because the anatomy of a female dog includes a relatively short urethra meaning bacteria from the outside can easily travel up to cause an infection.
UTIs can happen when your dog frequently sits on muddy areas where bacteria is high, or when his or her private area frequently gets in contact with the ground. To avoid this, you can:
- Wipe your fur-baby whenever they get dirty. Use a soft towel and lukewarm water, making sure the private area is focused on.
- Bathe them whenever they get extremely dirty. Take note that constant bathing can lead to dry and dull skin and coat as this can wash off the body's natural oils.
- Let your fur-baby wear Pet Parents® Washable Dog Diapers or Pet Parents® Washable Belly Bands so their private area doesn't come in contact with the ground. Keep in mind to change the diapers or belly bands every 4 hours or when necessary to avoid any skin allergies or urine burn.
A urinary tract infection in dogs is definitely an uncomfortable and stressful situation to be in, not only for your fur-baby but also for you. Use the tips mentioned above in preventing a dog urinary tract infection in your fur-baby and always seek for veterinary help when needed. Because a happier and healthier life is what we want for our fur-babies, right?