Unfortunately, your poor pup can suffer from gout, but it won't look the same as it does for humans. When your doggo gets gout, it usually manifests itself in bladder disease because of the high buildup of uric acid. While gout in arthritic form is possible with pups, it's pretty rare, so look out for bladder issues instead.
So, how can you tell if your dog has gout? What signs should you watch out for? Is there anything you can do to help your dog avoid uric acid buildup, bladder issues, and gout in general? Read the rest of our doggo-gout guide to get a better idea of how you can help your pooch combat this condition.
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Signs Your Dog Might Have Gout
For example, if your dog is having a really hard time going to the restroom, seems to be in pain when he or she is trying to urinate, or can only urinate very small amounts at a time (or no urine at all), you might be dealing with a gout issue.
If you're suspecting gout already, take a look at your dog's urine. Does it look brown? Red? Discolored in any way? Do you think your dog's urine is bloody? Any of these signs could point to your dog contracting gout.
- Lack of focus
- Dropped Ears
- Tail tucking
- Lethargy or laziness
- Bloody urine
- Unable to produce urine
- Joint issues (rare cases)
Historic Causes of Gout in Dogs
What are the causes of gout for pups, you might wonder? There are a lot of different issues. A diet that's way too high in protein could be one of the causes. Genetic factors are always something to consider, too. Your dog also might not have a healthy or functioning liver or kidney that is supposed to clear uric acid from their system.
Kidney disease is one of the leading causes of gout because it causes an impaired ability to get rid of the waste products properly. Historically, Dalmations have one of the highest rates of gout for pups because their metabolic systems are unique and will not allow excess levels of protein to pass through the blood.
The Science Behind Gout Affecting Your Dog
Often, when this happens, your dog will develop calcium-deposit lesions that can be both painful and fatal if not treated properly. Luckily, if gout is caught and treated early on, then the disease can be incredibly manageable. Other ways your dog will likely be affected by gout is through bloody urine, incontinence, and even lumps on your dog's body.
Training Your Dog to Deal with Gout
For starters, it's important that your dog has a firm grasp on letting you know when he or she has to use the bathroom. If your dog is a little iffy on this point, it's possible that their frequent trips to the bathroom will end up somewhere on your carpet. Ensure that your dog knows how to let you know when it's time to go outside, even if its 20-30 times a day.
It's also important when your pup has gout that they take it easy to allow time to heal. Make sure you're keeping your pup low-key and not hyperactive while they heal up.
Additionally, it's likely your pooch will have to take some pills that the dog-tor prescribes in order to heal up. Make sure you've trained your dog to take pills. There are few different options with this. Either train your dog to eat his or her pills with their food, take the pill from your hand, or play a fun throw-and-catch game with their pills to ensure that they're getting the medicine they need.
Alternatively, switching up your pups diet might help with gout too. If you choose to do this, ensure that you do so slowly and progressively so as not to mess up your pooch's digestion too badly.
How to React if Your Dog Contracts Gout:
Contact your vet immediately.
Ensure your dog can heal comfortably.
Take your dog outside to the bathroom as often as needed.
Check your dog for calcium-lesions and deposits.
Consider switching your dog's food.
Administer appropriate medications to your dog.