Patient of the Week – Lucky

, Patient of the Week – Lucky

Patient of the Week – Lucky

Lucky came to us for a urinary tract infection. She had come to us fairly recently with one, so her owners knew this was likely what was happening when she started excessively urinating again. We started her on antibiotics, and collected urine to send for a bacterial culture to make sure the antibiotics will treat this particular infection.

Urinary tract infections are not uncommon in dogs. Common signs of infection are frequent urination, straining to urinate, strong smelling urine, or even having blood in their urine.

This occurs when bacteria travels up the urethra into the bladder. When you bring a pet to your veterinarian with urinary issues, a urinalysis will likely be suggested. This will give us important information about what is in the urine.

With a urinary tract infection, we strongly recommend sending a sample to a laboratory for what is called a culture and sensitivity test. This will tell us which type of bacteria is the cause of infection, and which antibiotic will work best.

Typically, urinary tract infections respond quickly to antibiotics, but some animals have recurring urinary infections. In this case, it’s best to discuss with your veterinarian strategies such as diet changes or supplementation that could be used to aid with prevention.

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