- Urinary issues can be caused by infection, bladder stones/crystals, bladder inflammation, cancer, and even underlying issues like kidney disease, diabetes and others.
- Although most pet owners believe their pets have a urinary tract infection when they start showing these signs, the condition is actually pretty rare - especially in males.
What Does It Look Like?
- Urinary issues can include any of the following symptoms:
- Increased frequency
- Inappropriate urination
- Straining to urinate
- Blood in the urine
What Do You Do?
- The first thing to do is to make sure that your pet is able to urinate. If the urinary system becomes completely blocked (usually a bladder stone and usually in males), the backup of urine can cause kidney failure and the condition is considered an immediate emergency.
- Increasing water consumption can help with urinary tract infections and inflammation of the bladder.
- The only way to truly know what is causing a urinary issue is to have a veterinarian collect a urine sample and have it analyzed.