Urinary Issues in Your Pet

by on 09/09/15 at 6:32 pm

Our pets can exhibit many different signs of urinary troubles.  Sometimes these troubles are behavioral, infection, linked to nerve damage, neoplasia, hormone related or can be related to physical obstructions.  Diagnostics such as a urinalysis, abdominal ultrasound, radiographs, blood work and/or urine cultures are indicated.

Unfortunately, there are some species specific conditions that many owners can find frustrating.  Feline lower urinary tract disease is very common in felines, more prominent in males, and is probably one of the most frustrating diseases to treat.  The condition can be infectious or non-infectious.  It can be brought on by diet or stress.  There are many different therapeutic plans and options available.  These need to be explored based on the diagnostics and the clinical signs of the patient.  There are some times that this condition can lead to a potentially life-threatening situation of urethral obstruction.  This usually requires sedation/anesthesia and a urinary catheter to be placed to relieve the obstruction.

Canines that tend to be older females that have under gone an ovariohysterectomy can display a urinary incontinence that sometimes is mistaken for a urinary tract infection.  This is usually noted in areas that the female canine was sleeping and voided an amount in the area without apparent knowledge of the event.  This is can be caused by hormonal changes following the ovariohysterectomy and is often treated with medication.  The goal of this type of treatment is the lowest therapeutic dosing for that particular patient.  Every patient is different and your veterinarian will help guide you through therapy.  These patients do need to be monitored periodically for silent urinary tract infection.

Male canines can be the victims of prostatic issues such as benign hypertrophy, prostatic abscess formation, prostatitis, prostatic neoplasia.  Sometimes surgical intervention in necessary in addition to antibiotic therapy.

Young canines seem to pick up lower urinary tract infections that can initially be thought as difficult to house train puppies.   Should your puppy continually have accidents despite multiple attempts to urinate in appropriate areas, it is worth visiting your local veterinarian to rule out infection.

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