Sometimes it’s hard to determine whether your dog is feeling well or not, but urinary problems in dogs have a way of getting your attention. If you see a change in your dog’s urine habits such as strain during urination, producing too much or too little urine then there is something wrong with your dog’s health.
5 urinary diseases in dogs that you should know about:
Urinary tract infection
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are most common in females but can occur in any dog. Bladder infections are relatively common but the situation is more serious if the infection involves a dog’s kidneys. A veterinarian can easily diagnose a UTI based on your dog’s symptoms and routine urinalysis. If you notice the following signs in your dog, take them to the veterinarian:
- Frequent urination
- Breaking housetraining
- Blood in the urine
- Crying out while urinating
- Straining to urinate
- Frequent or obsessive licking at the genital area.
In medical terms, kidney infection is known as Pyelonephritis. It’s caused by bacteria. It usually occurs when your dog’s immune system is weakened that can makes your dog weaker to multiple bacterial infections including those associated with dental diseases. These bacterial infections can weaken the kidney’s ability to filter toxins and waste products from the blood. Symptoms associated with a kidney infection.
- Foul breath
- Weight loss
- Bloody urine
- Pale gums
- Reduced appetite
- Change in the amount of urine.
As we know diabetes is one of the most common diseases in humans. But your furry friends can also suffer from this disease. Diabetes is called diabetes mellitus. It is a metabolism disorder. These are symptoms of Diabetes in dogs:
- Increased dehydration and urination
- Weight loss
- Increased hunger
But, if diabetes is growing, your dog will start vomiting, loss of food craving, and low energy. He will have difficulty in seeing due to a cataract. Recurrent urinary tract infections and lastly, kidney failure.
Urinary incontinence in dogs occurs when a housetrained dog loses control of its bladder. A weakened urinary sphincter muscle, hormonal imbalance, urinary tract infection, or stones might cause urinary incontinence. One of the most detectable symptoms of incontinence is dripping urine, which can irritate the skin and cause redness.
Cushing’s disease is also known as hyperadrenocorticism. It is an endocrine disorder that is typically found in older dogs. It’s difficult to diagnose. A dog suffering from this disease will be extremely food hungry and thirsty, grow infections, urinate more often and in greater volume, lose muscle and bone mass plus suffer from enlarged abdomens.
If you notice one of these symptoms in your dog then visit your veterinarian for immediate medical attention.
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