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Spotlight on Your Dog’s Urinary Tract Problems

Your Scottish terrier Angus seems to be experiencing a urinary system malfunction. For the past two days, Angus won’t stop pestering you for potty walks. Once he gets outside and lifts his leg, he tries hard to pee but only generates a trickle of urine. Angus also whimpers in pain when he urinates, and he obsessively licks his urinary area afterward. Something’s out of whack with Angus’ urinary tract, especially the lower sections that generate and carry his urine to the outside world. You don’t want Angus’ condition to get worse, so you’ve made an appointment with your Farmington Hills veterinarian.

Attention-grabbing Symptoms

Angus’ urine doesn’t seem normal, as it’s very cloudy and has a strong smell. While you haven’t seen any blood in Angus’ urine, that’s also possible with urinary tract ailments. Angus has also been dribbling from decreased bladder control. Although Angus has been drinking water like a fish, he’s not eating much, so he’s lost some weight. If Angus begins to vomit, he can also become dehydrated. Angus also seems quite warm, like he might have a fever. And then there’s Angus’ energy level. Angus generally lives his life in the fast lane; but since his symptoms began, he’s been sacked out on his bed when he’s not on potty walks.

Wide-ranging Causes

Poor Angus might be suffering from a bladder infection or inflammation, bladder stones, or incontinence from downing too much water. Perhaps Angus has experienced a physical injury to his urinary tract, or maybe he has suffered a spinal cord problem. Even though Angus is a full-grown pooch, he might have a congenital condition that just emerged. He could have developed prostate disease or urinary system cancer; or maybe Angus is just stressed out.

Diagnostic Process

First, your vet will thoroughly examine Angus, focusing on your dog’s kidneys and bladder. Your vet will certainly request a urinalysis; and he might also order a urine culture, an X-ray, blood work, or an ultrasound test.

Tailored Treatment

After analyzing the test results, your Farmington Hills vet might prescribe antibiotics or other medications and/or supplements. Angus might receive instructions for a new diet with increased water consumption. If Angus suffers from an underlying condition that caused his urinary difficulties, such as diabetes, your vet will treat that condition. Surgery might be recommended for bladder stones or a urinary system tumor.

No matter what, get Angus’ symptoms addressed immediately. You don’t want a treatable bladder infection to spread to his kidneys and cause a potentially fatal infection. If Angus’ bladder stones aren’t treated, they can lead to a partial or total urethra blockage. A blockage can result in a bladder rupture and/or kidney failure, possibly causing Angus’ death.

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