Unless you know what to look for, it can be pretty easy to miss urinary problems in a cat or dog. They’re so good at making us believe that everything is alright! These problems are relatively common, though, so as a responsible pet owner, you’ll want to know the signs. Here are a few basic points you should know:
What are some common urinary problems in a cat or dog?
There are a number of urinary issues faced by companion animals, and of course, the most common among those is a urinary tract infection. Other examples of disease processes that affect your pet’s urinary habits include:
- urinary incontinence
- urethral obstructions
- renal disease
- hormonal imbalance
- certain forms of cancer
- certain congenital defects
There are also behavioral issues that can sometimes lead to urinary problems, as well. In any case, you can see that several of these are pretty serious concerns that really shouldn’t be ignored. So, if you believe that your pet is showing signs of unusual urinary habits, don’t wait to call your family veterinarian.
What are the signs and symptoms of a urinary problem in a cat or dog?
Depending on what is causing your best friend’s problem, it may present in any number of ways. Here are some of the most common complaints that we hear from pet owners:
- trying but unable to urinate
- urine that is bloody, cloudy, or both
- loss of bladder control
- more or less urine than usual
- crying, shaking, or other signs of pain when urinating
- increased or unusual water consumption
For cats, it may also include frequent, unproductive trips to the litter box, as well as urinating outside of the box. Unfortunately, many pet owners simply don’t notice until the problem has become much more severe than it needed to be.
When you first begin to notice signs of urinary trouble, give us a call at 863-421-2338. We’ll get you and your pet in to see a veterinarian as quickly as possible.