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UTI FAQs: Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs & Cats

By Gretchen Statz

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a relatively common occurrence in dogs and cats. Infections in the urinary tract can occur in the bladder or can become serious and involve the kidneys. Most pets with urinary tract infections will have fairly classic symptoms and most UTI's can be treated relatively easily.

How do urinary tract infections develop?

The urinary bladder is connected to the outside word by a tube called the urethra. Bacteria from your pet's skin and fur can ascend up the urethra into the bladder. In rare occasions, the bacteria can travel further up the ureters and into the kidneys.

What are the symptoms of urinary tract infections?

Symptoms of UTI's could include bloody urine, straining to urinate, frequent urination, accidents in the house (dogs) or urinating in places other than the litter box (cats). Some animals will lick their vulvas and others will have no...

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