June 9, 2010

Pet Symptoms You Can’t Ignore

Filed under: cat diarrhea,dog diarrhea,dog's urination behavior,Pet Symptoms — Dr. Amber Reed @ 5:19 pm

Obviously, we always try to provide our beloved pets with the best possible care; yet, at the same time we could probably list off a number of occasions where we have ignored particular symptoms.  For the most part, we feel that minor symptoms will not likely signify a major illness so it’s best to take a wait and see approach.  Nevertheless, while there are some signs of illness that can be ignored, there are also a few that should never be ignored.

  • Difficulty Urinating Clearly the inability to urinate is a serious symptom and difficulty passing urine is often associated with painful symptoms.  While you’re not likely to ignore this problem, you also might not be aware of the problem because you assume your pet has gone somewhere at some point.  Still, if you notice your pet isn’t toileting normally, visit the veterinarian immediately as an obstruction may be the cause and serious illness can ensue.
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea All pet owners have probably experienced vomiting or diarrhea from their pet.  In fact, vomiting to expel hairballs is quite common in cats and dogs can sometimes eat things that they shouldn’t.  You need to be careful if your pet is vomiting or has diarrhea in addition to other symptoms like depression, lethargy, weakness, or lack of appetite.
  • Physical Injury Physical injury or trauma may be the result of a run in with a vehicle or another animal.  Unfortunately, we can’t always see physical trauma just by looking at our pets.  You need to be vigilant about pain, difficulty moving, lameness, or other signs of physical trauma and see your vet immediately if you suspect your pet has undergone physical injury.  Internal trauma can obviously be life threatening and only a veterinarian can diagnose and treat internal injuries.

March 16, 2010

How do I know if my dog has a urinary tract infection?

dog behavior problems urinatingDog urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by bacterial infections and are more common in female dogs, with their shorter urethras, than male dogs. Urinary tract infections in dogs can occur in various places. In females, urinary tract infections can affect the vaginal wall and then the urethra while in males they commonly affect the prostate. Left untreated, urinary tract infections in dogs can lead to more serious, even left threatening infections of other major organs. As such, the ability to identify the symptoms of urinary tract infection during its early stages can save your dog a lot of discomfort.

Some symptoms of dog urinary tract infections include

  • Frequent urination attempts
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Fever
  • Tenderness in the abdomen
  • Foul smelling urine
  • Blood in the urine
  • Inappropriate or sudden urination

canine urinary tract infectionAs a dog owner, you should be aware of changes in your dog’s urination behavior. If your dog needs to go out more, appears to be straining to urinate, or suddenly urinates in inappropriate places, you should be aware that these are signs of a problem. Should you recognize the above symptoms, a visit to the vet is in order.

Often treating dog urinary tract infections involves antibacterial medications but there are also some preventative measures that you can take to avoid the outcome. Regularly bathe your dog so that their genital area is always clean and make sure your dog drinks plenty of water. Also, make sure that your dog has ample opportunity to urinate. As with humans, it’s unhealthy to hold urine for too long and this can increase the likelihood of urinary tract infections in dogs.

Urinary tract infections needed be serious conditions so be vigilant and visit the vet if you suspect a problem.

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