Causes & Symptoms of UTIs in Pets
Causes of UTIs in Pets:
- Bacteria: UTIs are most commonly caused by bacteria, which can enter the urinary tract through the urethra and cause an infection. E. coli is a common culprit, but other types of bacteria can also be responsible.
- Urinary tract abnormalities: Some pets are more prone to UTIs due to structural abnormalities in their urinary tract, such as narrow urethras or bladder stones. These abnormalities can make it easier for bacteria to multiply and cause an infection.
- Weakened immune system: Pets with weakened immune systems, such as those with certain illnesses or on certain medications, may be more susceptible to UTIs.
Symptoms of UTIs in Pets:
- Frequent urination
- Straining to urinate
- Blood in the urine
- Urinating in inappropriate places
- Licking the genital area excessively
- Signs of pain or discomfort during urination
- Changes in the color or smell of the urine
If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, it’s important to seek veterinary care right away. UTIs can quickly become serious if left untreated, and your pet may need antibiotics or other treatments to recover.