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What Causes Urinary Tract Infections in Pets?

What Causes Urinary Tract Infections in Pets?

When you hear or read about urinary tract infections (UTIs), you probably think only about people, and the reasons that they develop these infections. In fact, you may have experienced a UTI at some point yourself. As a result, you might be surprised to learn that pets are also at risk for developing UTIs. In today’s post, we’ll take a closer look at what makes your furry friends susceptible to developing a urinary tract infection so that you can help reduce their risk of contracting it.

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Common Causes

Unfortunately, urinary tract infections are common in pets. Just as in humans, the bacteria can affect the kidneys, bladder, and urethra. For animals, the bacteria tends to come from their environment or their intestines, which enter the bladder through the urethra. UTIs occur more often in dogs than in cats, but it’s important to remember that older cats have a higher risk of developing one. The most common cause of a UTI in a dog or cat is fecal contamination and the subsequent spread of bacteria into the urinary tract.

 

Common Symptoms

One of the difficult aspects of taking care of your pet is that he or she cannot tell you when something is wrong. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to know some of the common symptoms of UTIs so that you can catch an infection in the early stages. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Frequency and urgency of urination
  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • Accidents in the house
  • Dribbling urine
  • Straining or whimpering during urination
  • Licking around urinary opening
  • Fever

 

UTIs in Cats and Dogs

As a pet owner, it’s good to know that if you suspect your cat or dog has a urinary tract infection, it’s best to obtain a urine sample first thing in the morning if possible. If you are unable to do this on your own, then your vet will be able to get a sample in the office. You want to make sure to visit your vet right away to obtain an accurate diagnosis and plan of treatment. Do not expect that the UTI will resolve on its own. Your vet will likely prescribe a course of antibiotics to treat the infection.

 

Pets Most at Risk

We mentioned earlier that dogs are more at risk of developing a UTI than cats are. If you have cats in your home, however, you need to be aware that their risk for contracting an infection increases with age. Both cats and dogs that are overweight or have extra skin folds are also more at risk. Just as in humans, female cats and dogs may have more struggles with UTIs, especially if they have inverted vulvas, which can lead to a buildup of bacteria and secondary infections. Pets with weak immune systems, dental disease, and senior pets can easily develop urinary tract infections.

 

Natural Health Solutions

You can add in a natural health solution to their daily routine with Goodbye UTI®. Our dietary supplement is safe and effective for pets, and comes in powder form and it can easily be dissolved in their water, so there’s no need to struggle trying to get those nasty antibiotic pills down their throat. In fact, research shows that this makes their water taste so good that they drink lots more of it, which also helps keep UTI’s at bay.  So,if your pet struggles with recurring UTIs, then Goodbye UTI® could be the ideal solution to eliminate the bacteria that cause the infections. Shop our site today to order our natural health solution, and help your pet say goodbye to UTIs.