Urinary Medicine for Dogs

Urinary medicine for dogs can help treat issues including UTIs. A healthy urinary system is essential for several key functions, including processing vitamin D, getting rid of waste products, and controlling the balance of water and electrolytes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes UTIs in dogs?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of any part of the urinary system, which includes the kidneys, bladder, urethra, and ureters. Most UTIs happen when the urinary system’s defenses fail, and bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra, eventually spreading to the bladder. These bacteria typically come from the skin or the gastrointestinal tract, with the most common pathogens being Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus, and Proteus.

However, besides bacteria, there are also a number of conditions that can cause UTIs, such as:

  • Kidney disease
  • Bladder disease
  • Prostate disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stones, crystals, debris in the urinary tract
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Spinal cord abnormalities
  • Stress
  • Toxic substances
  • Cancer

Older dogs and female dogs are at an increased risk of developing UTIs. If you notice any signs of a UTI, get your dog veterinary care as soon as possible.

What are the signs of UTIs in dogs?

UTIs in dogs are very hard to identify, mostly because some dogs are completely asymptomatic. If your dog is symptomatic, however, here are some telltale signs to keep in mind:

  • Frequent urination
  • Straining to urinate
  • Excessive vocalization when urinating
  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Increased water consumption
  • Frequent licking of urinary open
  • Needing to be let outside more often
  • Accidentally urinating in the house

What are some of the most common treatments for UTIs in dogs?

UTI medicine for dogs is one of the most common dog UTI treatments. As most UTIs in dogs are caused by bacteria, dog UTI medicine primarily focuses on antibiotics and pain medication.

Clavamox is a combination of an aminopenicillin antibiotic and an inhibitor of ß-lactamase used to treat UTIs caused by Staphylococcal bacteria. Another commonly prescribed antibiotic is amoxicillin, which addresses UTIs by inhibiting the growth of bacteria.

Speak with a Dutch vet if you think your dog has a UTI. At Dutch, our vets can discuss whether or not they suspect your dog has a UTI and direct you to the best course of treatment.

Can I give my dog human medicine for a UTI?

Never give your dog human medicine for a UTI. Not all human medicine is safe for dogs, and you could easily feed your dog the wrong dose, which can result in severe health consequences and even death. To get the proper dog UTI treatment, always consult a vet.

Dutch online vet care provides much more than just urinary medicine for dogs. We take a customized approach, giving you medication, education, unlimited follow-ups, and more. Whether you need anxiety, diarrhea, vomiting, or itching medication for your dog, Dutch is here to help.