Spot Urinary Problems in Your Dog, Causes and Treatments

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Dog Lying On Rug

Urinary problems in dogs are common. Signs can range from barely noticeable to the inability to urinate (this is an emergency). If your pet has changes his urinary habits, please see your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Some urinary problems are the result of other diseases. For instance, a common first sign of diabetes is increased urination. Other problems may be the result of stones or tumors in the bladder that may cause abnormal urination habits, blood in the urine, and urinary tract infections.

  • 01 of 05

    Urinary Tract Infection Signs

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    Sheepdog And Long Haired Tabby On Rug

    Urinary tract infections are common in dogs and they are usually caused by an underlying medical condition. Various changes to your dog's urine, such as blood, foul smell or cloudiness, or straining to urinate, can be signs of infection in the kidneys, bladder, or urethra.

    If you notice any of the common signs of a urinary tract infection, see the vet right away. Treatments are often available and it's best to start them as soon as possible.

  • 02 of 05

    Kidney Disease Signs

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    Sad Dog Laying With Plastic Disc In Living Room

    In a healthy animal, the kidneys filter waste products that are produced by the body. When kidney failure occurs, these waste products are not filtered properly and they begin to build up in the bloodstream. This is when clinical signs of kidney failure are often noticed.

    Learn about the sometimes subtle changes seen with kidney disease so you know when a visit to the vet is warranted. It's also good to know how the diagnosis is made and what treatment options are available.

  • 03 of 05

    Increased Thirst

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    Man Giving His Dalmatian Dog Water

    Many people notice their dog is thirstier when they're older. However, an increase in drinking is a concern, no matter the dog's age.

    It's best to see your vet if you notice this behavior. It may be a sign of any number of diseases and will lead to a change in urination as well.

  • 04 of 05

    Senior Dog Health

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    Portrait Of Veterinary Nurse With Dog On Table In Veterinary Surgery

    Have you caught yourself saying, Oh, that's normal for an old dog? Many pet owners do this, but some of the changes we see in dogs as they age can be signs of health problems, some of which are serious.

    Rather than discount these changes as old age, it's best to know when your senior dog needs to see a vet. Some are normal and to be expected, but others are not, so learning to recognize the difference can make an impact on your dog's health.

  • 05 of 05

    Leaking Urine

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    Litlle Dog Lying On Carpet In The Living Room

    One common problem with older female dogs, in particular, is leaking urine. You'll often notice it as she gets up from laying down.

    Urinary incontinence in female spayed dogs should not be ignored. See your vet and they may be able to prescribe a medication that can tighten her muscles and prevent further problems.

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.