When people have a urinary tract infection, they’re able to seek relief pretty quickly because they can call their doctor and express their symptoms. For dogs, it’s a little more difficult. They can’t communicate their symptoms and often suffer from this painful condition for quite some time before their owner notices a problem. For this reason, it’s important for pet parents to know what signals might mean a urinary infection is present.
Subtle signs include frequent urination or urinating only a small amount at a time. More obvious symptoms might include crying out in pain while urinating or the presence of blood in the urine. If your normally well behaved dog starts urinating inside the house, that’s another red flag.
If you notice any of these things, make an appointment with your dog’s veterinarian as soon as possible. A urine sample will allow the veterinarian to determine if an infection is present and which canine antibiotic to prescribe. Sometimes, more serious problems associated with the kidney or prostate can result in a urinary tract infection and other medical conditions can have similar symptoms, so it’s important for the animal to be fully examined by a veterinarian.