Urinary Track Infection & Stones

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Bladder Infection, aka Urinary Track Infection (UTI)

Occurs when bactera gets into the urnary track and reproduces out of control. They are one of the most common infectious canine health conditions.

Symptoms are similar to those shown by humans. In the early stages dogs don't always show symptoms
  • One of the early signs of a bladder infection is a housebroken dog suddenly urinating in the house or other inappropriate areas.
  • Dog strains to urinate
  • Dribbling Urine and/or Urinating more frequently in smaller amounts
  • Urine may be cloudy, bloody, and have a foul-smell.
  • Unexplained increase in thirst
    • Not so common symptoms:
    • Lack of Appetite
    • Lethargic
    • Vomiting
    • Fever
    • Licking genital area


Vet may check dog's bladder for tenderness. Vet will also test urine sample for abnormalities: white blood cells, pH levels, bacteria, blood. Vet may do an x-ray to rule out stones.


Typically for the first UTI, antibiotics are given for 10 to 14 days. Dog should be given plent of clean water to help flush the bacteria out.

UTI are more typical in female dogs than males. Females accumulate bacteria in their vaginal area, it then moves to the urethra and transfers into the the urinary track. Males accumulate bacterial growth in their prostate. This path is a little longer so the bacteria does not spread as quickly.

To help prevent UTI, give dogs plenty of clean water and exercise. All them to urinate regularly. Keep them clean, give baths when needed.

Bladder Stones

Kidney Stones

Dog Peeing Inside House

    Things to consider (assuming house broke)
  • Take out every 3-4 hours, weak bladder?
  • Where is she peeing, is it marking behavior?
  • Are their Bladder or Urinary tract issues?
  • When does it happen? Weather related... Rainy, muddy, wet? Snow at a certain depth? (holding it to long because they don't want to go out cuz of rain, etc)
  • Is it a form of, Submissive, Excitement, or Fear-based urination?
  • Incontinence? they usually are constantly leaking urine or leak while sleeping

**** Many of us are not vets or even close to an expert on these topics. Many articles have come from hours spent online reading and talking with others while trying to figure out what is best. If you have any questions, or information to add, feel free to contact me at web@dobermandata.com
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