Will You Recognize the Symptoms If Your Pet Develops a Urinary Tract Problem?

January 21st, 2015 by Daniel Mudrick

Just like us, cats and dogs can develop urinary tract problems.

The first thing you need to know is that some urinary tract issues are medical emergencies. If you notice your furry friend experiencing any of the symptoms we’re about to discuss, please call our emergency vet clinic right away (any time of the day or night) and bring your pet in for immediate medical attention!

If urinary tract problems aren’t soon diagnosed and treated, they can lead to even more serious medical complications and become life-threatening. For example, if a bladder infection spreads to your pet’s kidneys, it could cause kidney failure.

Clarkson Animal Hospital - Pet UTIProbable Symptoms of Urinary Tract Problems in Pets

  • Cannot urinate or can only pass a small amount of urine
  • Cloudy urine
  • Bloody urine
  • Loss of bladder control (e.g. dribbling urine)
  • Increased frequency/amount of urine
  • Straining or crying in pain when trying to urinate
  • Urinating in inappropriate places
  • Constantly licking the urinary opening
  • Urine smells strongly of ammonia
  • For cats: Going to the litter box more often than usual
  • For cats: Squatting in the litter box for longer than usual

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s likely that your pet has a urinary tract problem. You should bring them to the vet immediately, especially if they are crying out in pain.

Potential Symptoms of Urinary Tract Problems in Pets

  • Increased water consumption
  • Appetite change
  • Weight loss
  • Back pain
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

Of course, this set of symptoms can signify many other medical issues. However, if your pet is showing any of these symptoms at all, it certainly means that something is wrong and they need the care of their vet.

In our next blog, we’ll talk about why pets develop a urinary tract problems and – most importantly – what you can do to prevent it!

>> We’re open 24/7 for emergencies and are extremely accessible to any pet owners in Mississauga, Oakville, Etobicoke, and even Toronto! If you think your pet is having urinary difficulties, call us now at 905-855-2100.

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About Daniel Mudrick

I'm the owner and founder of Clarkson Village Animal Hospital, a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital that's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Clarkson Village Animal Hospital has always been a dream of mine, and by caring for one patient at a time, the hospital has continued to grow. During those rare times when I'm not at the hospital, I'm at yoga, hiking, gardening, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy reading to stay current on the most recent advances in veterinary medicine.

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