Learn How to Spot Urinary Problems in Your Dog

Changes in urination are often signs of medical conditions

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Urinary problems in dogs are common. Signs can range from barely noticeable to the inability to urinate (this is an emergency).  If your pet has changes his urinary habits, please see your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Some urinary problems are the result of other diseases. For instance, a common first sign of diabetes is increased urination. Other problems may be the result of stones or tumors in the bladder that may cause abnormal urination habits, blood in the urine, and urinary tract...MORE infections.

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    Urinary tract infections are common in both dogs and cats and they are usually caused by an underlying medical condition. Various changes to your dog's urine, such as blood, a foul smell or cloudiness, or straining to urinate, can be signs of infection in the kidneys, bladder, or urethra.

    If you notice any of the common signs of a urinary tract infection, see the vet right away. Treatments are available and it's best to start them as soon as possible.

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    In a healthy animal, the kidneys filter waste products that are produced by the body. When kidney failure occurs, these waste products are not filtered properly and they begin to build up in the bloodstream. This is when clinical signs of kidney failure are often noticed.

    Learn about the sometimes subtle changes seen with kidney disease so you know when a visit to the vet is warranted. It's also good to know how the diagnosis is made and what treatment options are available.

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    Many people notice their dog is thirstier when they're older. However, an increase in drinking is a concern, no matter the dog's age. 

    Unless your dog is on a medication like prednisone, which can increase thirst, it's best to see your vet if you notice this behavior. It may be a sign of any number of diseases and will lead to a change in urination as well.

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    Have you caught yourself saying, "Oh, that's normal for an old dog"? Many pet owners do this, but some of the changes we see in dogs as they age can be signs of health problems, some of which are serious.

    Rather than discount these changes as old age, it's best to know when your senior dog needs to see a vet. Some are normal and to be expected, but others are not, so learning to recognize the difference can make an impact on your dog's health.

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    One common problem with older female dogs, in particular, is leaking urine. You'll often notice it as she gets up from laying down, and this is a normal sign of aging. However, it is treatable.

    Urinary incontinence in female spayed dogs is nothing to ignore. It can cause infections if left untreated. See your vet and they may prescribe a medication that can tighten her muscles and prevent further problems.