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What are the symptoms of a UTI in dogs?

Dog peeing

Urinary tract infections (UTI) in dogs can happen when bacteria from the environment is able to enter the dog’s urethra and travel into their bladder. They are relatively common, and can at times have no obvious symptoms.

Common symptoms of a UTI in dogs

  • More frequent urination, with your dog needing to go out to urinate more often than usual. They may also go small amounts at a time in several places, strain to go, or have accidents in the house.
  • Pain with urination, which can cause your dog to whimper or cry when urinating.
  • Blood in your dog’s urine, cloudy-looking urine, and/or strong smelling urine.
  • Your dog is licking their genital area excessively.
Dog licking genitals

What to Do if Your Dog Shows Signs of a UTI?

If your dog strains to urinate but isn’t producing any urine, this warrants contacting your vet right away. If
you’re seeing the other symptoms described, contact a vet as soon as you can so they can correctly
diagnose the problem and get started on treatment.

If you’re not sure of the best next steps for your dog, please schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, who will be able to guide you.

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