Frequent squatting or straining without a lot of results is the biggest sign a pet has a bladder infection. Urine might also be cloudy or tinged with blood.
A bladder infection occurs when microbes (usually bacteria) get into the bladder and proliferate. Typically, the infection irritates the organ, and increases the pet’s urge to urinate. Untreated, bladder infections can lead to bladder stones (and vice versa). Any dog can get a bladder infection, though females are more susceptible.
Treatment for the infection includes a course of antibiotics. If stones occur they must be removed through surgery, broken up by sounds waves, or eliminated via a special diet. Our vets can help you determine the cause and the proper course of action to ensure your pet is safely on their way to being healthy and happy.