Urinary tract infections can be uncomfortable, painful and even dangerous for your dog. But how do you recognize the early warning signs?
Diapers for dogs may be a useful aid to help with a variety of conditions from house training pups and protecting furniture during a heat cycle to assisting with incontinence in old age or injury but may cause urinary tract infections and skin irritation. Diapers in an aging dog should be used in a specific manner ensuring that the fit of the diaper is suitable for purpose, absorbent enough and that is changed regularly to prevent (or reduce the chance of) urinary tract infections, skin irritation (like in babies) and other conditions that may occur; it is important to keep hair short and not have urine or faeces collecting in the diaper. If your dog is getting incontinent, it may be worth visiting your Veterinarian to see if it is a treatable condition which would mean the diapers are not necessary. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
Your veterinarian can recommend products to supplement your dog’s diet. Your local pet store may also have various products you can offer your dogs as treats or add to their meals to help prevent or to ease the pain of urinary tract infections. Most of these products will be homeopathic formulas which include ingredients such as cranberry, echinacea, or other herbs to remedy inflammation within the dog’s urinary tract.
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Propionibacterium acnes has been rarely isolated as a commensal from dogs, but there is little evidence of pathogenicity. Urinary tract infections are common in dogs and are typically caused by various commensal bacteria. Here we present the first case report of a urinary tract infection caused by P. acnes.If your dog does develop a urinary tract infection that’s not treated, the infection can make its way to her kidneys and could even cause stones that partially or fully obstruct the urethra.Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are either temporary or permanent breaches in host defense mechanisms that allow microbes, mainly bacteria, to adhere, multiply, and persist within the urinary tract . The main clinical features of UTI are dysuria, pollakiuria, and hematuria. These are most commonly caused by Escherichia coli; other uropathogens include Gram-positive cocci, Proteus spp. Klebsiella spp., Pasteurella spp., Mycoplasma spp., Enterobacter spp. and Pseudomonas spp. . However, P. acnes has not been previously reported as a causative agent of UTI in dogs.All urinary tract infections are NOT created equal! Even though the most common organism to cause UTIs in dogs is Escherichia coli, there are several other organisms that may be involved. The only way to identify what the specific bacteria is to grow it in a laboratory and test the bacteria against various tiny samples of commonly used antibiotics. Only then can we be certain we have made the best choice for treatment.