As your pet’s doctor, we can learn a whole lot about your pet’s overall health status by examining things like blood, urine, and feces. In fact, at Shelden Veterinary Care, we find that pet urinary problems are one of the most common reasons we see pets outside of wellness visits. Keep reading, and you, too, can be a pet pee expert!
All About Urine
Urine is really a pretty amazing thing. Animals have a urinary tract which extracts waste products of metabolism and evacuates them from the body.
Production begins as blood flows through the kidneys, which filter out waste, extra fluid, and other metabolites into urine. The kidneys then empty the urine through the ureters into the urinary bladder, where it’s held until a pet voluntarily expels it through the urethra.
You may be surprised to learn your pet’s pee holds a wealth of information. By examining urine, we can get an assessment of hydration status, overall kidney health, and it can reveal clues about other diseases such as diabetes. Cells in the urine can also tip us off to infection, tumors, or parasitism.
When Good Pee Goes Bad
Pet urinary problems can be uncomfortable for your pet and inconvenient for you. Common signs your pet may be experiencing a problem include:
- Increased frequency and/or amount of urination (polyuria)
- Straining to urinate (stranguria)
- Blood in the urine (hematuria)
- Urinating in inappropriate places (periuria)
- Strong odor
- Increased drinking
- Signs of pain
- Leaking or dribbling urine
If your pet is showing signs of trouble, don’t delay in calling us. It’s our mission to get your pet feeling better fast.
Possible Pet Urinary Problems
There are many possible reasons for pet urinary problems, and many of them present in a similar fashion. If you’re seeing symptoms, it’s important that we examine your pet so we can begin addressing health issues immediately.
Pet urinary problems can be brought on by any of the following conditions:
- Urinary tract infection
- Inflammation of the bladder (cystitis)
- Urinary crystals and/or stones
- Behavioral problems (territory marking, separation anxiety)
- Endocrine problems such as diabetes or Cushing’s Syndrome
- Systemic diseases such as kidney disease
- Prostate problems
- Pyelonephritis (kidney infection)
- Urinary incontinence
There are also many other diseases and conditions that can manifest similar symptoms. That’s why it’s important for us to conduct diagnostic tests such as blood work, urinalysis, radiographs, and ultrasounds.
Pet urinary problems are no fun. Fortunately, we are always here to help. If your pet is having problems, please give us a call so we can get to the root of the issue and get your pet back on the road to good health.