There are many ailments that dogs can face through their life span. As a loving pet owner you want to do everything you can to prevent the suffering of your dog.
Did you know that forcing your dog to hold his urine for more than 5 hours can lead to bladder infections? Most veterinarians recommend urine relief every 4 hours for best health, while 4-6 hours is okay.. 8 is not too bad OCCASIONALLY.. But anything more than that can be cruel. Research shows that dogs who go for long periods of time (8+ hours) on a regular basis – without eliminating urine have a greater risk of developing bladder infections or cystitis, a bacterial infection of the lining of the bladder. Urethral infections in both males and females often precede bouts of cystitis. Urinary stones can occur as a result of cystitis. The bacteria form a nidus (a central point) around which the stone eventually develops.
The symptoms of bladder infection in dogs can be troubling for both pet and owner. Because their bodies are so much smaller than ours, any kind of urinary tract problem can be much more serious for dogs. Recognize quickly any of the following signs
- Fever, loss of appetite and lethargy
- Frequent, painful urination.
- Trouble urinating, blood in the urine, or urinating in unusual places
- Cloudy urine that an abnormal odor.
- Females with cystitis may lick at the vulva and have a vaginal discharge.
Any difficulties or changes in urination habits are a good indicator that something is wrong and the sooner you can get your dog medical attention, the less likely it is that the problem will develop into something more serious.
Cystitis should be treated promptly to prevent kidney infection. Your veterinarian will prescribe an oral antibiotic that is effective against the bacteria in question. Antibiotics are administered for two to three weeks, after which the urine should be checked again to be sure the infection has been eliminated.
#1 – Allow your dog to relive him/herself as frequent as possible – Training your dog to use a UGODOG is a great way to prevent bladder infections.
#2 – Feed your dog cranberries, blackberries and/or raspberries as they have compounds that prevent bacterial adhesions to the bladder wall.
#3 – Frequent check-ups and care to monitor your dog’s overall health
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