Pet Urinary Tract Infection – Signs, Cause And Eight Key Vulnerability Factors

by on 30/11/10 at 10:34 am

Virtually all pet owners love their pets. They go out of their way to buy them different flavors of pet food and that special pet toy or chew bone. But how many have thought about what would happen if without warning their beloved dog or cat all of the sudden lost bladder control or began to urinate inappropriately? Statistically one out of every five pet owners will experience this dilemma and the cause likely will be a pet urinary tract infection.

I suspect when this situation occurs a state of panic and frustration would be the first emotions to set in followed by the realization that something must be done.

Millions of pet owners are feeling these emotions as you are reading this article. Are you one of them?

Common signs

The common signs of pet urinary infection are urinating in inappropriate places, pungent smelling urine, a low grade fever, fatigue, lethargy, straining to urinate, tenderness in the lower stomach area, withdrawal, and sometimes biting, and/or growling.

The cause

Bacterial is the cause! While a pet urinary tract infections can be contracted orally by eating bacteria laden food this opportunistic condition generally enters through the urethra and works its way up to the bladder where it multiplies and overruns your pets immune defenses. If left untreated the bacteria will generally continue to flourish and spread making its way up to the kidneys. Once the entire urinary tract has been engulfed what should have been a run of the mill infection now has the potential to turn deadly.

What makes pets vulnerable

*Female pets are very vulnerable to these types of infections, In fact they are twice as likely due to the length of their urethra.

*A weakened immune system is generally responsible for allowing the bacteria to flourish

*A bladder that tends to retain urine is another possible contributing factor

*Not drinking a enough water to keep the urinary tract flushed is another possibility. On the other hand, once your pet has been infected they will instinctively start to drink more water than usual giving the impression that they are thirsty all the time.

*The accumulation of feces around the anal area is another common contributing factor, so keeping your pets backside clean is a very important preventative tip

*For cats, dirty litter boxes are a smorgasbord of bacteria and may in fact be the single leading cause, especially for aging female felines

*While not a direct cause of pet urinary tract infection stress can play a role by weakening your pets immune system

*And finally inactive pets tends to have a higher incidence of urinary tract infections. Failure to stay active opens the door for bacterial urinary tract infections by weakening your pets immune system and cutting down on the number of times they urinate daily.

In conclusion, when a pet starts to show the signs and symptoms of an urinary tract infection the condition has advanced to a point where most likely a trip to vet will be taken, a urine analysis will be run, and antibiotics will be prescribed.

Additionally many pet owners have found that by adding a homeopathic supplement formulated to relieve frequent urination, bladder discomfort and urinary tract problems they have been able to improve treatment results and prevent recurrent outbreaks.

Robert D. Hawkins is an enthusiastic consumer advocate for the use of alternative natural health products and supplements, with over 10 years experience in the field. To learn more about natural remedies for supporting current and future health visit Purchase Remedies.com

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  • Cathy

    My cat started with what seemed a bad bladder infection with very bloody urine. I took him to the vet and he was treated for a urinary blockage. His blood work is back to normal, but he isn't. He is still at in the hospital after 5 days showing no signs of improving. The first thought it may be the pain medication effecting him. She took him off that and it's been 2 days. He's still out of it. He responds minimally to stimulus, petting and touching his feet, but that it. Just a minimal response. He never opens his eyes. He doesn't appear to be in pain. He suddenly became seriously dehydrated again today and was put back on fluids. He is a "golden Siamese". The cat was given to me a few years ago. This came on very suddenly. Any advice or ideas you have would be greatly appreciated.

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