Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common problem in dogs. It’s sometimes more of a problem in female dogs, but why?
We’ve put together some information about why a female dog may have more problems with UTIs. Let’s take a look!
What Causes UTIs in Female Dogs?
Female dogs have a shorter urethra than male dogs. The urethra is the tube that allows urine to leave the body. A shorter urethra allows bacteria to be pushed into the bladder and other parts of the urinary tract. The bacteria can be caused by feces being pushed into the urethra.
If a UTI is left untreated, it can lead to bladder disease, kidney disease or stones, diabetes, and more.
Symptoms of UTIs in Female Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your female dog has a UTI:
- Bloody or cloudy urine
- Straining or crying when urinating
- Accidents in the house
- Frequent urination
- Leaking urine
- Licking at their urinary opening
If you notice these symptoms in your female dog, it’s time to call the vet. Your fur baby probably has a urinary tract infection. This is a condition that must be treated to avoid your canine companion from developing a more serious condition.
Treatment of UTIs in Female Dogs
Thankfully, UTIs are treatable with antibiotics. Your dog may need to be on antibiotic medication for 7 to 10 days. Your vet may also recommend increasing your dog’s water intake to help flush the bacteria out.
Can UTIs Be Prevented in Female Dogs?
One way to prevent UTIs is to ensure your female dog has access to clean, fresh water every day. In addition, it’s important to keep her water bowl cleaned each day. This cuts down on the bacteria that may be lurking in the water from your dog’s drool or even food particles accidentally ending up in the water.
If your dog develops any symptoms of a UTI, it’s imperative not to use home remedies to treat her. Instead, call the vet and get her in to see them. The sooner the UTI is treated, the better. Remember, UTIs that go untreated lead to more serious infections and other health conditions.
Summing It Up
The good news is that when your female dog has been diagnosed with a UTI, antibiotics usually clear up the infection pretty quickly. It’s important to make sure your dog’s medication is given as directed by the vet, along with plenty of fresh, clean water!