Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

PetMD Seal

Urinary Tract Infection, Lower (Bacterial) in Dogs

Treatment

 

Most dogs recover without complications once the appropriate antibiotics are administered. However, it is important to identify the issue quickly, as such forms of lower urinary tract infections can travel up to kidneys, heart, and other areas, resulting in more severe complications.

 

Living and Management

 

Prognosis will ultimately depend on the diagnosis; however, most dogs require little more than antibiotics to resolve the infection. In cases of severe and complicated infections with obstructions, surgery may be required. Dietary changes may also be implemented to prevent future episodes of stone formation.

 

Antibiotics should always be administered at the prescribed dosage and frequency. In addition, do not stop or alter treatment without prior consulting your veterinarian. If long-term antibiotic treatment is recommended, watch your dog for adverse effects, such as allergies, and immediately call your veterinarian if they should arise.

 

Urine cultures are done 7 to 10 days after completion of therapy. If infection is still present, more prolonged antibiotic therapy or changing the antibiotic may be required. 

 

 

Related Articles

Prostate Cancer (Adenocarcinoma) in Dogs

The prostate gland is an important part of the male reproductive system. It contains many valuable and essential enzymes, including calcium and...

READ MORE
Lymph Node Inflammation (Lymphadenopathy) in Dogs

Lymph nodes (or glands), are small masses of tissue that can be found throughout the body. They play an integral part in the functioning of the...

READ MORE
Hookworms in Dogs

Hookworms can be fatal, especially in puppies. As such, pet owners need to be vigilant for signs of hookworms in their dogs. These blood-sucking...

READ MORE
Urinary Tract Obstruction in Cats

If your cat is straining to urinate, it may be suffering from a urinary tract obstruction. The obstruction may be due to inflammation or compression...

READ MORE
MORE FROM PETMD.COM