How/why do dogs get UTI?

I often see questions about UTI and I was just wondering how and why do dogs get them? Is it a common thing? Is there any way to prevent them?

Asked by Member 497436 on May 13th 2008 in Other Health & Wellness
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Just like people, some dogs get them often, others once or twice and still others never get UTIs.

Some dogs seem prone to them, and definitely as with humans, girls are more susceptible to them due to anatomy.

But, there definitely are factors that lead to UTIs. Not getting enough chances to empty the bladder is a big reason. Dogs who stay at home during the day alone and go long hours without peeing are at higher risk for developing UTIs. So are dogs who visit the beach or the lake because bacteria can enter the urethra that way, but that is much less common.

Certain foods and the acidity of foods as well as not drinking enough water can contribute to UTIs.

There are really all sorts of factors and even if you work hard to prevent them, sometimes they just happen and you can't even figure out why.

The best prevention is a high quality diet, plenty of fresh clean water and frequent access to the backyard/walkies.

Hope that helps answer your question!

Jack answered on May 13th.

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Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

Cookie had a UTI twice when she was younger.

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 5/13/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Ginger Smiles Primm

Yeah, if your doggy is SUPER good and doesnt get to go out to potty for long hours she will hold it and it causes a bladder infection. You may notice signes of uncontrolable potying (in bed or place she doesnt usualy go) Or going potty on a cold surface like tile or even the bath tub. Its VERY painful so take them to the vet as soon as possible!

Ginger Smiles Primm answered on 5/15/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer