UTI in Dogs Tips for a Healthy Dog

Published: 18th March 2010
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UTI, or urinary tract infection, isn't something found only in humans. Dogs also get it, though females are more susceptible to it, due to the shorter urethra. Male dogs still get it, though it's rare.

When UTI is in its first stages in a dog, it's usually not harmful, and the usual signs might not be noticed easily. In some cases, these infections will resolve themselves in dogs, without any intervention from a vet.

If it does not resolve and it isn't treated for a longer time period, the infection might advance and damage the urinary system of the dog.

People have to realize when their dog is suffering, since he can't just tell them that he is in pain. You as an owner need to know the UTI symptoms and you have to know what they are when you see them in your dog.

Some of the UTI symptoms in a dog are lethargy, fatigue, bloody urine, fever, stomach tenderness, urine smell that is foul, urination in places that aren't appropriate, having problems with urination and licking the genital area constantly. If you notice one or more of these signs, you should take your dog for a control, at the vet.

Urinary tract infections appear because of bacteria that invade the system of the dog, causing infection and inflammation. This bacteria enters the body of the dog either through water or food that are contaminated.

Also, it could enter the system through the external urinary opening of a dog, which go into the urethra. The blood and the lymphatic system are used by the bacteria to spread into the organism and if its not treated it can infect the kidneys, ureter, urethra, prostate and bladder.

Your dog goes through quite a bit of pain when he has infections of the urinary tract. Prevention is much better than having to cure an infection, so take the needed steps to insure that your dog doesn't get UTI. These are some tips you can use to prevent UTI in dogs:

• Clean water should be given to the dog daily

• Give baths to your dog on a regular basis and clean the genital area

• Use homeopathic remedies on a regular basis

• Clean his water and food bowls regularly

• Take the dog for walks every day, as it stimulates the bladder

• You should let your dog urinate whenever he needs to, as it flushes out bacteria which accumulates in the bladder

Want to learn more about UTI in dogs? On UrinaryTractInfectionInDogs.Com you can find articles about urinary tract infection in dogs, treatment of urinary tract infection in dogs and and symptoms of urinary tract infection in dogs .

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