Why is Female Dog Urinary Tract Infection More Common and How Can it Be Treated?

Published: 08th January 2010
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First of all, here is a little fact that all dog owners must know - female dog urinary tract infection is a lot more common than male dog urinary tract infection. So, if you happen to own a female dog, you should be twice as careful and take very good care of your dog.

The good news, on the other hand, is that it can not only be treated, but can also be prevented easily if you take some simple preventive steps.

Why is female dog urinary tract infection more common?

To explain this, I need to first tell you what urinary tract infection actually is. Urinary tract infection happens when bacteria get into a dog's urethra and, subsequently, into the bladder. Urethra is nothing but a tube like structure which connects the bladder to the outside of the body. The reason why urinary tract infections are common in female dogs is that female dogs tend to have smaller urethras than male dogs. So, it is easier for bacteria to get into the body of female dogs and infect them.

How do bacteria enter a dog's body?

There are two ways in which bacteria can infect a dog's body.

1. it could be due to the food and water that the dog consumes regularly. If the dog's food and water are contaminated with bacteria, they get into the dog's system easily. Most of the times, these bacteria are flushed out of the system. If they are not, it could lead to urinary tract infections.

2. bacteria could enter a dog's body through its external urinary orifice. After entering the dog's body, bacteria could infect the dog's bladder, uterus, urethra, prostate gland, and, sometimes, even the kidneys. This is called the ascending urinary tract infection.

What causes female dog urinary tract infection?

Urinary tract infection in female dogs is usually caused by the bacteria - Escherichia Coli. Kidney stones could also be a cause, as they cause a blockage of urinary tract which leads to infection.

What are the symptoms of female dog urinary tract infection?

The most common symptoms include

1. Licking of genitals
2. Pain while urinating
3. Bloody, muddy urine with a foul smell
4. Loss of appetite
5. Frequent urination, but only a few drops at a time
6. Fever, tiredness, and inactivity

If you find these symptoms in your dog, you should definitely take her to a good vet immediately.

What are the possible treatment methods for urinary tract infection in female dogs?

Vets usually suggest antibiotics to treat urinary infection in dogs. They are no doubt effective, but they have their own side effects as well. If you give your dog antibiotics every time it gets affected by urinary infections, it can be expensive and in turn, will make your dog vulnerable to a whole lot of diseases and infections in the future due to a weakened immune system.

This apart, you have the option of giving natural homeopathic remedies to treat female dog urinary tract infection. They are considered the better option by many, including pet health experts, these days.

Why are homeopathic remedies better?

Homeopathic meds are considered a better option to treat female dog urinary tract infection because of three important reasons.

1. They can treat infections in a very short period of time. In general, mild infections can be cured within a week.
2. There are no risks of side effects associated with these medications. Even if taken simultaneously with other types of medications, these meds do not tend to react with them or cause any side effects. In short - they are very, very safe to give your dog.
3. They can prevent recurring infections and can boost the immune system of your dog in the long term.

Are there other natural approaches to help with female urinary tract infection?

Like UTI in humans, you can try and see if your dog will drink some cranberry juice or even orange juice. These juices will increase the acidity of the urine, which will help fight infection. You could also try walking your dog one extra time each day. As your dog "marks" its territory with urine, the increased urination will help clean the entire urinary tract.

Now that you know all that you possibly can know about female dog urinary tract infection, make an informed decision today and make sure your dog stays healthy and happy for a long time.

Jeff Grill is an editor of the Dog Health Handbook and has written on many canine health problems. See this site for more information on female dog urinary tract infection treatment options.

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