Urinary Tract Infections in Bulldogs

I’ve had a few questions about urinary tract infections in bulldogs
recently, so I thought I’d post this informative article:

Canine Urinary Tract Infection – Is Your Dog at Risk?
By Laura Ramirez

It’s unbelievable to me that a canine urinary tract infection (UTI for short) -the most common health problem for dogs-is not something that most pet owners are taught to prevent. Since a bad infection can cause the kidneys to fail and your faithful, furry friend to die, it’s one of those measures, like brushing your dog’s teeth that you should consider part of your routine. In this article, you’ll learn why all breeds are at risk for dog urinary tract infection, what causes it and what you can do to prevent it.

What Causes Canine Urinary Tract Infection

Although an infection can start in any number of ways, the primary cause is bacteria in the bladder tube which can build up, especially in dogs who are left inside the house all day with no access to the yard. Since the urinary tract is made up of the kidneys, bladder and urethra, an infection in one area can quickly spread to other organs. If you’ve ever had an infection in this area yourself, you know how painful and life-threatening it can be.

Treating Dog Urinary Tract Infection

If you take your dog to a veterinarian, you will be given a prescription for antibiotics. However, just like in humans, antibiotics can have detrimental side effects. Obviously, if the antibiotics are worsening the symptoms or causing other problems, your dog cannot tell you.

As more and more human beings start taking their health into their own hands and seek natural treatments that have no side effects, increasingly, they want to do the same for beloved Fido. When looking for a remedy that will speed healing, look for one that can also be used for prevention. In herbal remedies, the following ingredients have been proven effective:

  • Arctostaphylos uva ursi – this is a tonic for the urinary tract which regulates pH levels.
  • Berberis vulgaris – restores the bladder.
  • Canthasris – helps soothe the bladder and promote healthy urine flow
  • Staphsagris – this remedy supports urogenital function (and is also a tonic for the prostate)

As mentioned above, make sure your supplement supports prevention and treatment. Since this is the most common problem in dogs, giving a daily dose to your dog could help extend his life.

If your dog has been diagnosed with a UTI and prescribed antibiotics, check with your vet before adding a supplement to ensure there will be no interactions. Of course, if you use a supplement to prevent dog urinary tract infection in the first place, you won’t have to be concerned about this.

Dogs are our loyal friends and are even more accepting of our flaws than people. There is a saying that beautifully expresses the adoration with which our dogs love us, “God, please make me into the person my dog thinks I am.” Although dogs never judge us, they do look to us to take care of them.

Now that you know that a canine urinary tract infection is preventable, take the steps to show how much you care.

Copyright 2008 by pet-ut-health.com.

Learn more about preventing and treating canine urinary tract infection by going to www.pet-ut-health.com.

Laura Ramirez is the author of the award-winning parenting book, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting. She is the publisher of Family Matters Parenting Magazine and has been a pet lover all her life.

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Comments

  1. John & Sandy Guth
    September 25th, 2008 | 10:48 pm

    It is ironic that you posted this as a subject as we just had our 10 month old female bulldog to the vet due to a UTI. We noticed blood in her urine that morning and that was the first time we noticed her not feeling well. Blood work all came back ok and no damage to any internal organs. They have her on antibiotics (3 weeks) and pain meds(metacam). I am not sure what is going on but ever since she got back from the vets (2 days), she will not drink water. I am concerned because I would think the more she urinates, the sooner the infection would be flushed out. She is eating ok, but just not drinking. The vets have her on a bland diet for 3 days so we have been adding water to this. Any suggestions?

  2. Jan
    September 26th, 2008 | 2:15 am

    Try adding some beef broth to her water – she should like the taste and lap it right up!

    Since she’s on antibiotics, be sure to add probiotics (at health food stores, for humans, give 1/3 dose) to her food to help build back her beneficial bacteria.

  3. Jackie Dodd
    December 1st, 2015 | 1:00 pm

    My Frenchie is paralzed in back has UTi all the time. Vet
    gives same antibotic amoxill. Keeps coming back. she is 6 years old and I love her so much. any advice?

  4. Jan
    December 1st, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    If I understand correctly your Frenchie is paralyzed in her hind quarters (probably from genetic issues). A paralyzed dog has difficulty properly emptying her bladder. Here’s some info on care:
    “Bladder Care and Infection Prevention

    The downer pet is often inefficient at keeping the bladder empty. This strongly predisposes the pet to the development of bladder infection that can ascend to the kidney and cause very big problems. Your pet may need periodic urine cultures to monitor for infection. Check with your vet to see what the recommendation is for your particular pet. Bladder infections are easily eradicated with a simple antibiotic. Some people are able to tell when their pet has an infection by a change in the odor or color of the urine. If you notice any changes, notify your veterinarian at once.

    Animals with spinal lesions at the level of the waist or higher will have excessive bladder tone (the so-called upper motor neuron bladder). This means that the bladder will require manual expression by pressing or squeezing. Your vet’s staff will show you how to do this. Emptying the bladder should be done a minimum of three times daily. If the bladder is allowed to remain over-filled, it will stretch out and become flaccid. After a couple of weeks, the upper motor neuron bladder develops into an “automatic” bladder, which means that when it fills, it will empty on its own. If the bladder has over-stretched in the first 2 weeks after the spinal injury, it will not be able to empty itself when it develops the neurologic capability to empty later on.

    Spinal injuries of the lower back produce a lower motor neuron bladder, which simply leaks and never has enough tone to fill. It is important not to assume that an animal can empty his own bladder simply because there is urine in the bedding. The full bladder may simply be overflowing. Regular emptying of the bladder is one of the best ways to prevent bladder infection.” from http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?A=1522&S=1

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