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The Top 6 Urinary Diseases in Dogs

Upper urinary tract infections in dogs involve the kidneys and ureters, while lower UTIs in dogs impact the bladder and urethra. Common causes can include bacterial infections (particularly, Streptococcus and Escherichia coli), endocrine diseases and injury. Dogs with UTIs will exhibit many of these signs: cloudy or bloody urine, inability to urinate, straining when trying to pee, painful urination, obsessive licking of the genital area, increase in the amount and/or frequency of urination, suddenly house soiling, back pain and vomiting.

Pyelonephritis is the medical term for an inflamed kidney infection caused by bacteria. A weakened immune system can make your dog more vulnerable to a variety of bacterial infections, including those associated with dental disease. All of these bacterial infections can weaken the kidney’s ability to filter toxins and waste products from the blood. Common symptoms associated with kidney infection include foul breath, vomiting, weight loss, bloody urine, pale gums, lethargy, reduced appetite and change in the amount of urine.

Kidney or bladder stones:

Some dog breeds, including Shih Tzus, Miniature Schnauzers and Dalmatians, are more prone to develop crystals or stones in the kidneys (medically referred to as nephrolithiasis). Many causes are linked to kidney stones, including high levels of calcium. Bladder stones are made from chemical compounds like struvite, urate or calcium oxalate crystals. Look for these warning signs: straining to urinate, discolored urine, house soiling accidents, frequent tries to urinate and licking around the urinary opening.

3. Diabetes:

This chronic disease (formally known as diabetes mellitus) is a metabolism disorder in which the glucose-insulin connection is not working in harmony. Look for these early signs: increased thirst and increased urination, weight loss and increased appetite. However, if diabetes is allowed to progress, your dog will display vomit...

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