Recognising a urinary problem in your dog
Bladder issues, or urinary conditions, are uncomfortable to say the least – and your dog is almost sure to show signs of this. Learning to spot the signs is a great way to help your dog get relief fast.
Making sure you know what’s “normal” for your dog is key: What are his toilet habits? How often, and at what times, does he normally need to go? How does he signal his need to go out, and how urgently does he need to go after signalling? What colour is his urine, normally?
Knowing the answers to these kinds of questions will help you detect changes – then it’s best to call your vet just to be sure. The difference between what’s “normal” and what’s “now” is essential, so be sure to jot down specifics and have them ready to share.
Here are some common signs of bladder troubles:
- Straining when urinating
- Licking around the genital area
- Decreased urine flow
- Frequent attempts to urinate
- Blood in urine
Once your vet has determined a problem, there are a few diagnostic and treatment routes that he or she may take:
- Urine sample testing: a classic first step; it can rule out infection, show crystals in the urine, signal kidney function, and more.
- Blood test: another classic go-to test to be sure that kidney or other body system functions are operating smoothly.
- Antibiotics: commonly prescribed for UTI’s, these address current infections but can’t solve chronic problems.
- Other medications: There are a range of medications that affect the urinary tract and address different needs, like keeping urinary pH at a specific level to avoid stone formation, etc.
- Surgery: Necessary in some cases to remove certain types of bladder stones, resolve structural issues, remove blockages, etc.
- Food! Did you know that the right clinical nutrition can be just the help that many dogs need? One of the many benefits of clinical nutrition is that it delivers an easy nutritional support in the form of a delicious meal that pets, owners and vets alike are sure to love!
Prescription Diet™ c/d™ Multicare with new Triple Barrier Protection might just be the right food for your dog – ask your vet!
- It’s specially formulated for reduction of oxalate, urate and cysteine stones. Dissolving struvite stones is easy on pets, while helping to prevent new stones can keep dogs’ bladders healthier for the future.
- NEW Breakthrough triple barrier protection is shown to support the bladder’s glycosaminoglycan layer, added antioxidants and Omega-3 support the urinary health and help optimise the bladder environment to prevent crystals.
- Multicare means exactly that: multiple ways to care for your dog’s overall urinary health!
- It’s the best tasting c/d™ formula ever!* You want your dog’s food to not only be effective, but also to be enjoyed! A great meal is an important part of a great life, after all!
* vs. previous c/d™ Canine formulas. Taste preference test Feb 2015.