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Pee Everywhere! Urinary Tract Issues in Dogs

Urinary Tract Infection Dog

Urinary tract issues in dogs can be anything from a UTI (Urinary Tract Infections, which is an infection in your dog’s urethra or bladder that causes frequent peeing and often pain when your dog goes pee, or basic incontinence, which is not being able to wait to pee. UTI’s are not only is this uncomfortable for them, and likely means your dog is peeing all over your house, but this can be a very serious problem. It can possibly be life threatening. Basic incontinence is usually indicative of a bigger problem, that should always be investigated.

What Causes Lower Urinary Tract Problems in Dogs?

There are a variety of things that can cause urinary tract problems. Crystals are very common and typically arise from diet. Here is a list of potential causes:

  • Stones, crystals or debris accumulation in the bladder or urethra
    Bladder inflammation or infection
  • Incontinence from excessive water drinking or weak bladder
  • Incontinence from hormonal issue
  • Trauma
  • Cancer
  • Stress
  • Spinal cord abnormalities
  • Congenital abnormality
  • Prostate disease

Health Conditions That Might Lead to Lower Urinary Tract Problems?

The most common issue with a dog’s urinary tract in dog’s over the age of 7 years, is incontinence related to a weak urinary sphincter muscle, which is the muscle that stops and starts the flow of pee. When this gets weak, your dog’s pee begins to “leak” out, 

Bacterial infections are common and lead to UTI’s. This is something that needs to be treated by your Los Lunas veterinarian because it will not typically go away if left untreated, and will get worse. UTI’s can spread to their kidneys, cause a huge amount of pain, and ultimately lead to death.

Are Certain Dog Breeds More Likely to Get a Urinary Tract Problem?

It is more a gender issue than a breed issue. Female dogs are more likely to get UTI’s. Dogs with diabetes, regardless of gender, are more prone to urinary problems. Older dogs are also more likely to experience incontinence. 

Signs of Urinary Tract Problems

Here are some things to look out for that may indicate your dog has a urinary tract issue.

  • Inability to pee
  • Only peeing a small amount of urine
  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • Fever
  • Loss of bladder control, aka. dribbling urine
  • Peeing a lot. Your dog should only pee 2-4 times a day. If you notice they are peeing all the time, this is a sign of a problem.
  • Straining or crying out in pain when trying to pee
  • Peeing in inappropriate places, like your floor.
  • Constant licking of urinary opening
  • Strong odor to the pee
  • Lethargy (really tired)
  • Vomiting
  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Severe back pain (wincing when you touch their back)
  • Increased water consumption

Any issue with urination should not go ignored. If you notice any signs or symptoms, especially if they are straining to pee or crying out in pain when they pee, you need to take them to the vet immediately. This could be an emergency, so do not wait.

Depending on the cause of the issue, and what it is, your Los Lunas vet will make a treatment recommendation. Sometimes it can be as simple as changing their diet, or as complex as surgery. No matter what, do not ignore a urinary tract problem. 



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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.