Features July 2014 Issue

Canine Bladder Infections

The sudden onset of unusually frequent urination, especially if it seems particularly unproductive (the dog urinates only a few drops), often indicates the dog has a bladder infection.

Canine Bladder Infections

How to detect and treat this painful condition.

If you’ve lived your life with dogs, chances are you’ve cared for one with a bladder infection. The normal urinary bladder is sterile, meaning devoid of bacteria. Infection occurs when bacteria find their way into the bladder and set up housekeeping. Bacterial cystitis (medical-speak for a bladder infection) is a common diagnosis in the canine world. The term urinary tract infection (UTI) is often used synonymously with bacterial cystitis. Technically speaking, a UTI can mean infection anywhere within the urinary tract, and is not specific to the bladder.

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