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What Causes Bladder Infections in Dogs?

What Causes Bladder Infections in Dogs? As pet parents, this is what we usually ask whenever our fur-babies acquire a bladder infection. We always want to know why certain things happen as we want to know how we can take care of our pets better.

"Any dog can get a bladder infection at any time but female dogs and the dogs with low immunity are often the ones that are always at risk."

What Causes Bladder Infections in Dogs?


What causes bladder infections in dogs?  

Bladder infections are pretty common in dogs. But what is tough regarding this situation is telling what exactly caused it and knowing exactly what your fur-baby is going through since they can't tell you directly and clearly what they are feeling. 

Bladder infections in dogs are painful and can occur when bacteria find its way into your fur-baby's bladder. Any dog can get a bladder infection at any time but female dogs and the dogs with low immunity are often the ones that are always at risk. 

The following are dogs more likely to develop and acquire bladder infections : 

  • Female dogs are at high risk of getting bladder infection because they have a shorter urethra compared to male dogs and their urethra is positioned just below their rectal opening. 
  • Bladder infections are often caused by bacteria (commonly E.Coli or Staph) that are transferred through fecal matter. So, if your fur-baby seems to get a little bit messy when pooping, be cautious and watchful of any potential bladder infection symptoms.  
  • Bladder infections in dogs can happen whenever your fur-baby's private area is inflamed or irritated. Your fur-baby will have the tendencies to excessive lick or bite their private area and this can easily transport bacteria to the urethra and then eventually leading up to the bladder. 
  • Another reason for bladder infections in dogs is when you allow your dog to stay outside for too long and they get in contact with mud, dirty water, etc. Bacteria can be anywhere and when your fur-baby's private area gets in contact with anything contaminated and unsanitary, this can pose a bladder infection threat. Without properly bathing your dog after these situations, it can possibly lead to bladder infections. 
  • Bladder infections can also be caused by certain diseases like diabetes and by medications that weaken the immune systemlike corticosteroids and some antibiotics. 


    Bladder infections in your fur-baby can cause: 

    • increased thirst 
    • fatigue, weakness 
    • sudden loss of appetite 
    • fever 
    • urination in inappropriate places even when they are potty-trained or house-trained 
    • excessive licking of the private area 
    • straining and yelping when urinating 
    • presence of blood in the urine 
    • foul-smelling urine 
    • passing small amounts of urine from time to time 

    Also, according to PetWebMD, some other signs to look out for include: 

    • increased amount and/or frequency of urination 
    • constant licking of urinary opening 
    • severe back pain 
    • lethargy 
    • vomiting 
    • weight loss 
    • increased water consumption 


      Always provide water. See to it that your dog always has fresh, clean water by their side and is on a wet dog food diet until the infection is gone. This will increase their water intake and will constantly help get rid of the bacteria in the bladder. 

      According to the American Kennel Club, while not a cure for UTIs, providing more water for your fur-baby can reduce the risk of this infection from occurringAlways see to it that your dog always has an accessible supply of fresh and clean water. Make sure to change the water when you see something floating.  

      Follow the medicine intake schedule on time. See to it that you give your fur-baby's medicines on time, that they are really swallowing those pills, and that they are getting the right doses. Follow your vet's advice. 

      Extend your patience. This is one of the times where you need to keep your chill. Try to hold back on scolding whenever your fur-baby creates an accident. With bladder infections, accidents are common. So instead of getting mad, let your fur-baby wear washable dog diapers or belly bands to help you deal with accidents and steer clear of messy cleanups. 

      Have a lot of pee breaks. Your fur-baby regularly holding in urine for long periods of time can contribute greatly to making bladder infections even worse. Let your fur-baby go outside more often if possible. Don’t let them hold their business for many hours. By doing so, this can prevent an accident from taking place inside your home as well 

      Inquire about special diets and supplements. Changing pH levels in your fur-baby's body will help prevent bacterial growth in the near future. You can also help support your fur-baby's bladder health by providing them bladder supplements but always consult your vet first to make sure that these supplements do not have any side effects on any of the medications of your fur-baby. 


      When your dog has a bladder infection, they will be having a hard time urinating and may have blood in his urine. And because the infection irritates their organ, it increases your dog’s need to urinate.  

      Pet Parents® Bladder SoftSupps™ contains a branded form of cranberry extract and Pacran® that helps promote bladder health by not allowing bad bacteria to stick to the uterine walls and flushing them out to help avoid any bladder infections from happening to your fur-baby. 

      These supplements also contain D-Mannose, a simple sugar that becomes part of the urine when consumed & then helps get rid of bacteria in the bladder to help your fur-baby stay away from urinary infections. It is commonly known to be effective in helping prevent infections because it attaches to the bacteria, causing them to stick to each other and preventing them from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract.  

      Before anything else, know that these supplements are what they are – supplemental. They are not meant to be used as a substitute for medications and do not guarantee any cure. 

      Pet Parents® Bladder SoftSupps™ will favorably help ease your fur-baby’s bladder infections and maintain their urinary and kidney health, on their way to living a happier and healthier life. 

      "Pet Parents® Supplements for Bladder and Kidney Support contains a branded form of cranberry extract and Pacran® that helps promote bladder health by not allowing bad bacteria to stick to the uterine walls and flushing them out to help avoid any bladder infections from happening to your fur-baby. "

      The Author:

      Micka V.

      Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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