The most common cause of UTIs in dogs is bacteria moving up through the urethral opening. The bacteria can develop if feces or foreign objects get into the area, or if your dog’s immune system is weakened from nutrient deficiencies.
Dogs with UTI generally try to urinate very frequently when they go outside. They may also strain to urinate, or scream or whine when urinating if it is painful. Sometimes you can even see blood in the urine. Dripping urine or frequent licking of the genitals can also indicate a UTI.
Antibiotics are the typical treatment for urinary tract infections in dogs, and the vet may also prescribe painkillers as urinary tract infections can be very uncomfortable for dogs.
In most cases, these infections go away with treatment and do not cause permanent damage. In other cases, a dog’s perceived UTI symptoms could be indicative of more serious conditions such as poisoning or cancer.
To diagnose a UTI, your veterinarian should take a urine sample from your pet. The best method for collecting urine is a technique called cystocentesis, in which a needle is inserted through the body wall into the bladder and the urine is drawn out with a syringe. This technique is very safe and painless for your pet.
Supplementing B vitamins and antioxidants during times of stress and offering cooling foods such as raw fruit, vegetables, and yogurt reduce symptoms of a UTI. Foods known to make UTIs worse include asparagus, spinach, raw carrots, tomatoes, and dairy products.