You don’t realize quite how much you go to the toilet, until going to the toilet causes your serious pain and discomfort. That same debilitating pain can also seriously affect the quality of your dog’s life. Fortunately, symptoms of urinary problems usually make themselves known relatively quickly. You can expect whimpering when your dog goes to the toilet, you may see blood when they urinate, or they may urinate in short bursts. Some causes of dysuria (trouble urinating) can even be life-threatening, so getting swift treatment is essential. This article will identify the most common causes of urinary issues and offer guidance on how to care for your dog if they are suffering.
If your dog is having trouble urinating, getting a swift diagnosis from your vet is always advised. Chances are, it is being caused by stones, lesions, cancer, or serious trauma to the urethra and/or bladder.
It is also possible that environmental changes have caused the problem. If your dog is on new medication/drugs, then this may be the underlying cause. It is also possible recent surgical procedures could have led to a bladder malfunction. That is why your vet will talk through your dog’s recent history and undertake blood and urine tests to try and identify the cause.
Caring for your dog if they have dysuria will require getting fast and effective treatment from your local vet. The treatment, however, will depend almost entirely on the underlying cause. If it is a tumor or stone, it will need to be removed surgically. The Journal of Urology also highlighted the fact that some dogs may require augmentation gastrocystoplasty (plastic surgery on the bladder).
If the condition is less serious, your dog may receive supportive therapy and medication to help relieve symptoms. This is the ideal scenario, as symptoms usually diminish swiftly with medication and therapy, not to mention they cost far less than surgical intervention.
If you are concerned about the harsh, potent chemicals found in some drugs, then it could be worth exploring natural, home remedies that you can give to your dog instead. One such alternative is to give your dog apple cider vinegar. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent so it kills bacteria, helping to relieve symptoms.
Another popular option is to supplement your dog’s diet with vitamin C. Vitamin C works to naturally bolster your dog’s immune system, increasing the likelihood of your dog fighting off any infection or problem itself. It is also acidic, so it will promote the natural healing process and flush out bacteria.
Dysuria can seriously affect your dog’s quality of life, causing significant pain and discomfort. But even more worryingly, it could be a sign of a potentially life-threatening problem like cancer. Stones, lesions and a range of other circumstances can cause urinary problems, so getting swift diagnosis and treatment from your local vet is advisable. Depending on the cause, surgery may be required, but your dog may battle through with medication, supportive therapy and/or natural home remedies.