My Dog Pee Smells Like Fish What Should I Do?

By Julie •  Updated: 11/01/21 •  3 min read
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When you have a dog, you become familiar with his way of being and going. You also get used to your dog’s unique scent. A dog’s scent can vary depending on his overall health, his diet, and even certain illnesses.

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Have you noticed your dog’s pee smells like a fish? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together information on what could be causing this fishy smell and what you can do to help your dog. Let’s get started!

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Why Does my Dog’s Pee Smell Like Fish?

A dog’s pee may smell like fish for several reasons, including a UTI (urinary tract infection), bladder/kidney stones, prostate issues (in males), or even bladder cancer. If you’ve noticed that your dog’s urine smells fishy, then it’s time to call the vet.

The vet may run some tests to determine the cause of the fishy odor. Tests may include analysis of the urine, a urine culture, and other tests. The vet will be looking for any signs of an infection, stones, and other problems. It may also be necessary to run more tests on your dog if previous tests are inconclusive.

What is a UTI?

A UTI is an infection of the urinary tract. Most of these infections are caused by bacteria. Bacteria can begin to grow and thrive in the bladder and urinary tract. One of the most common bacteria that cause UTIs in dogs is E. coli. Even so, there are a number of other bacteria and even fungi that can cause UTIs in dogs.

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Symptoms of UTIs in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has a UTI:

One thing to note here is that not all dogs will have symptoms when they have a UTI. However, if you notice the above symptoms in your dog, then it’s time to call the vet. Untreated UTIs can lead to more serious problems such as dysfunction of the urinary tract, kidney/bladder problems, and more. Serious infections can even lead to blood poisoning, kidney failure, or a very severe kidney infection, which can lead to death.

If your vet diagnoses your dog with a UTI, they will probably put your dog on a round of antibiotics. In most cases, this will successfully clear up both the infection and your dog’s fishy-smelling pee!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.
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