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Female Dog Urinary Tract Infection

Posted Mar 03 2009 2:20pm

Female dog urinary tract infection and the problems associated with this condition are a common problem. Research and numerous studies have already proven that female dogs will get far more UTI’s than males. There are some reasons for this, and this article will look at some of those reasons.

Female dog urinary tract infection: Causes

There are many issues that can lead to this problem. One of the most common, however, is simply age. Once your dog has reached a certain age, it is more likely that a problem will set in. Weakening of the urinary muscles, bladder damage, and the formation of stones are just a few of the issues that the aging dog must face.

Bladder stones are often the result of a female dog urinary tract infection. Canine bladder stones, in both sexes, do not simply appear overnight. They form over time, starting as crystals in the bladder. As the crystals become bigger, they tend to clump tighter, forming a hard substance known as a bladder stone. Bladder stones can be treated in a variety of ways, depending on the type of the stone. Some, however, must be removed surgically. Most, thankfully, can be treated with diet changes and medication. While canine bladder stones are a common form of female dog urinary tract infection, they are not the only cause.

Dehydration can also lead to problems. Again, this can occur in both sexes . Owners should always provide clean, fresh water for their dogs. The water should be free of excessive mineral content as well as harmful bacteria or other organisms. Owners who live in rural areas should be especially aware of what is in their well water.

Poor grooming is also another common way for a female dog urinary tract infection to come about. If the genital area of the animal is not cleaned routinely, bacteria can set up in the area and that same bacteria will move up the dog’s urethra and into the bladder. Problems can occur anywhere along this path. One of the best ways to prevent this type of problem is to bathe your dog often and to make sure that the genital area is kept clean.

Female dog urinary tract infection: Treatment Options

The only way to know for sure what is happening with your pet is to see your vet. Simple tests such as urinalysis will help to determine the underlying cause of the problem. In some cases, a change in diet is all that will be required. In other cases, medication may need to be prescribed such as antibiotics for infection. In a few rare cases, your dog may need surgery, such as is the case with larger bladder stones and stones that will not dissolve through oral treatments. A female dog urinary tract infection can only be treated properly once the underlying cause is known.

There are also some home treatment options that will help a dog with a mild infection or will prevent infection from re-occuring. For example, you may have heard that cranberry juice can help humans with the problem. This is true for dogs as well. The only problem would be if your dog refuses to drink juice products.

Drinking more helps your dog urinate more. You could continually provide fresh drinking water or even switch to a “wet” canned food over dry kibble.

Homeopathic remedies for female dog urinary tract infection may also be helpful. Certain natural ingredients such as Cantharis (for urine flow) and Berberis vulgaris (helps the bladder). These are safe to use and may be worth a try to help restore the urine’s proper PH. The urine is natures way of cleaning the urinary tract.

Jeff Grill is an editor of the Dog Health Handbook and has written on many canine health problems. See this site for more information on female dog urinary tract infection treatment options.

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