UTI’s and Diabetes in your Dog
Urinary Tract Infections, also known as UTIs, can be a very serious and very painful health issue for your dog. Recent research has come out showing that UTIs are becoming an increasing health issue, especially with dogs that suffer from hyperadrenocortiscism or diabetes.
Diabetes causes an increase in Glucose in the urine which can cause UTIs. The UTIs can cause struvite stones, or crystals, which can cause a serious blockage in your dogs urinary tract. Struvite crystals can be present in urine without the presence of a UTI or blockage. However, high levels of struvite crystals can cause bacteria to develop in the urinary tract, which can also cause a UTI. Nearly half of all healthy dogs have struvite crystals in their urine that are completely benign.
When a large amount of struvite crystals are present along with a UTI they release urease producing bacteria. This bacteria helps form struvite stones which can cause a serious blockage in your dogs urinary tract.
UTIs are very uncomfortable for your dog and can pose real health risks. But the combination of UTIs and struvite crystals can cause potentially life threatening problems. If your dog is diabetic, then he is at a significantly increased likelihood of developing UTIs.
Symptoms of UTIs
- Difficulty going pee
- Peeing very small amounts of urine
- Increase frequency of urination
- Bloody or cloudy urine
- Loss of bladder control
- Dribbling or dripping urine
- Painful urination
- Peeing in inappropriate places
- Constant licking of the urinary opening
- Strong smell to the urine
- Decrease in appetite
- Weight loss
- Severe back pain
- Increased water consumption
The most obvious will be difficulty peeing, increase in frequency and painful peeing. But not all UTIs present these symptoms. Always keep an eye out for signs of infection, like fever and lethargy.
If you dog has UTI symptoms, make sure to bring them to the vet immediately. Your vet will likely prescribe an antibiotic. However, depending on the severity of the UTI a natural remedy may be sufficient. You can talk to your vet about natural remedies for UTIs.