My Dog Pee Smells Like Cat Pee What Should I Do?
Paying attention to your dog’s bodily functions isn’t fun. But let’s face it; paying attention to your dog’s potty habits is a great way to know what’s normal and to spot a problem early. This is just one of the things pet parents should do to make sure their fur babies are happy and healthy!
Have you noticed that your dog’s pee smells like cat pee? Are you worried this could be a sign your dog is sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog has this type of symptom.
In this article, we’ll take a look at what could cause a dog’s pee to smell like cat pee and what you can do to help your dog. Let’s get started!
What Causes a Dog’s Pee to Smell Like Cat Pee?
There are three main reasons a dog’s urine may begin to have a foul odor. These include UTIs, kidney problems, and the dog’s diet. We’ll start off with the diet issue first!
How could a dog’s diet cause his urine to smell like cat pee? The source of the issue may be the dog’s food! Dog food that’s based on fish or strong-smelling veggies can cause urine to stink. Another issue is if the dog is allergic to any of the dog food’s ingredients. This may cause urine to smell bad, too.
A UTI (urinary tract infection) is another possible cause of stinky urine in dogs. A UTI begins when bacteria (or fungi) enter the urinary tract and take up residence. When there’s an overgrowth that’s not controlled by the immune system, an infection sets in. One of the most noticeable symptoms of a UTI in dogs is urine that has a foul smell. A dog’s urine may smell like cat pee, ammonia, and other stinky odors.
Kidney problems can also make a dog’s pee smell like cat pee. The cause may be kidney stones, an infection, or failing kidneys. One of the symptoms you may notice first is very stinky urine.
Symptoms of a UTI or Kidney Condition in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has a UTI or a kidney condition:
- Pale gums
- Weight loss
- Lack of appetite
- Increase/decrease in drinking/urination
- Uncoordinated movements
- Blood in urine
- Urine with a foul smell (may smell like cat pee, etc.)
If you notice any of these symptoms in your, then it’s time to call the vet. The sooner your dog is treated, the sooner he can feel better, too!
What’s more, a UTI or a kidney condition that’s left untreated can lead to worse conditions or even death. So, be sure to get your canine companion to the vet ASAP. You may just save his life!