Bladder problems in dogs
It can be life-threatening when your dog can’t urinate. As an owner, you need to be able to quickly identify any problems in your dog’s urinary system. What are the symptoms of bladder problems in dogs?
Urolithiasis in dogs
What exactly is urolithiasis? Urolithiasis can occur when minerals, which are naturally present in your dog's urine, crystallize. If there are too many minerals in the bladder (concentrated urine), it can turn into urine crystals and eventually turn into bladder stones.
Bladder stones can potentially block the urinary tract. This causes a lot of pain and it can be very dangerous if your dog can no longer urinate.
Which dogs are more sensitive to urine crystals?
- Small dogs
- Dogs of certain breeds
- Older dogs
What can you do about urine crystals in dogs?
It depends on how severe the condition is. If the dog suffers from bladder stones, it will probably need surgery. Smaller crystals can often be treated by the vet. To reduce the formation of bladder stones in the future, the vet can recommend a special diet. This food contains fewer minerals which will reduce crystallisation in the urine.
Allowing your dog to drink enough water can also be a preventive measure. The dog can be encouraged to drink regularly or you can make the water more appealing by adding salt-free broth..
If your dog doesn't like to drink, consider giving him wet food at least once a day. This consists of 80% water.
Also, make sure that the dog can urinate regularly and does not have to hold his urine for too long. When you give your dog sufficient water and let him urinate regularly, the urine is less concentrated and therefore contains fewer minerals that can crystalise.
Bladder Infection In Dogs
Cystitis is an infection of the urinary tract. Which dogs are more susceptible to a bladder infection?
- Female dogs
- Dogs with chronic kidney or bladder disease or diabetes
How do you recognize a bladder infection?
- Only urinating a little
- Trying to pee but nothing comes out
- Urine is coloured red: there is blood in it
- Frequent licking of genitals
With these symptoms, it is always advisable to go to the vet. In the meantime, continue to encourage your dog to drink enough water and allow him to urinate frequently.