Canine Urinary Diseases
We all want to keep our pups happy and healthy. Our pups can get diseases just like humans and it’s important to notify your veterinarian of any unusual changes. Catching conditions early can lessen the severity of the disease. Here are some of the top urinary diseases dogs can have and the symptoms that come with each disease:
–Kidney Infection– This can be caused by bacteria and having a weakened immune system can make your pet more susceptible to bacterial infections. Common symptoms are changes in the amount of urine, vomiting, weight loss, bloody urine, lethargy, pale gums, bad breath, and reduced appetite.
– Kidney and/ or bladder stones– There are many causes for stones but one of the biggest ones in high levels of calcium. Some dog breeds are more prone to kidney stones than others such as Shih Tzus. Symptoms to look for are discolored urine, straining to urinate, and frequent times to pee.
–Cushing’s Disease– this condition is caused from an high production of cortisol released by the adrenal glands. Older pups are at a higher risk of getting this disease. Symptoms to look for are excessive urination, increased hunger and thirst, infections, and loss of muscle and bone mass.
–Urinary Tract Infection– Common causes are from bacterial infections like Streptococcus and Escherichia coli. Upper urinary tract infections affect the kidneys and ureters and a lower urinary tract infections affects the bladder and urethra. Likely symptoms are inability to pee, straining when trying to urinate, increased amount and frequency to pee, vomiting, back pain, obsessive licking of the genital area, and bloody and cloudy urine.
–Diabetes– This is a chronic metabolism disorder which affects the glucose-insulin connection. Early symptoms are weight loss, increased appetite, and increased urination. If the disease has progressed it could bring on loss of appetite, vomiting, low energy and eventually can bring on kidney failure, cataracts, and UTI’s.
As always, if you notice any changes in your dogs everyday routine or behavior contact your vet to make sure Fido is healthy.