Urgent Care

Urinary tract infections

Urinary tract infections

Urinary Tract Infections are surprisingly frequent and normal in pets. Some early symptoms include persistent and spotty urination or irritated genitals. UTIs are common in dogs, and are more frequent in older dogs ages 7 and up. Any dog breed can get a urinary tract infection, but breeds such as Shih Tzu, Bichon Frise, and Yorkshire Terriers are predisposed to urinary tract stones, a similar condition.

UTIs are typically caused by bacteria that is most often found in the bowel. Female pets are at a higher risk for developing UTIs, and certain breeds are more susceptible to UTIs including Shih Tzus, Bichon Frises, Dalmatians, and Yorkshire Terriers.  It’s important to note that all breeds are prone to UTIs.

Untreated UTIs can damage your pet’s kidneys.  If you think your pet is experiencing symptoms of a UTI, it is important to seek medical attention, and Vetted vets are here to help.  Our vets will examine your pet, take a detailed medical history, and get your pet back to good health. If your pet’s vet deems it necessary, she/he can also test your pet’s urine by performing a urine dipstick, urine culture or urinalysis to confirm a clear diagnosis or to provide a comprehensive treatment plan. If necessary, the vet may prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection.

Vetted vets easily prescribe the proper medication and even deliver medication right to your door. If your pet is prone to developing multiple UTIs per year, talk to one of our vets about it to recommend preventative care and proper treatment. If you suspect your pet is suffering from a UTI, don’t hesitate to book a veterinary house call with Vetted.