Urinary problems in dogs are common. Signs can range from barely noticeable to unable to urinate (this is an emergency). Some urinary problems are the result of other diseases, such as diabetes with increased urination as the most common first sign. Other problems may be the result of stones or tumors in the bladder; causing abnormal urination habits, blood in the urine and urinary tract infections. If your pet has changes his urinary habits, please see your veterinarian as soon as possible.
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Urinary problems are commonly seen in dogs and cats. Symptoms can range from "obviously sick" to very few signs seen, depending on the length and severity of the infection. Being familiar with possible warning signs could help save your pet's life. Learn more in this FAQ entry.
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In a healthy animal, the kidneys filter waste products that are produced by the body. In kidney failure, these waste products are not filtered properly and start to build up in the bloodstream. This is when clinical signs of kidney failure are often noticed. Learn about the sometimes subtle changes seen with kidney disease to know when a visit to the vet is warranted, how the diagnosis is made, what treatment options are available, and how to manage kidney patient pets.
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Glossary Term: Pyelonephritis
In simple terms, the medical term pyelonephritis means kidney infection. Urinary tract infections are classified as "upper" or "lower". An infection of the kidneys is an upper urinary tract infection, an infection of the bladder and urethra is a lower urinary tract infection.
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No matter what age your pet is, a noticeable increase in water intake (drinking) and subsequently increased urination often means there is an underlying medical problem if your animal is not on a medication such as prednisone. Also, a change in urinary habits, such as urinating in the house or where the pet sleeps, increased the urge to urinate, or very dilute urine needs to be evaluated as soon as possible.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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As a dog ages, signs of potentially serious health problems are commonly overlooked by pet owners as "normal for an old dog." Some changes are to be expected with old age, some are not. Learn to watch for, and differentiate between, normal and possible medical problems for your senior dog.