Can a UTI in a dog go away without treatment?

Introduction to UTIs in dogs

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common health issue in dogs. A UTI occurs when bacteria enter the urinary tract and start to multiply. The bacteria can infect the bladder, urethra, or kidneys, causing discomfort and pain for the dog. UTIs can affect dogs of any age and breed, but they are more common in female dogs due to their shorter urethras.

Symptoms of a UTI in dogs

A dog with a UTI will exhibit several symptoms, including frequent urination, straining to urinate, blood in the urine, and urinating in inappropriate places. Other symptoms may include lethargy, loss of appetite, and fever. A dog with a UTI may also experience pain while urinating and may lick their genital area excessively. If left untreated, a UTI can lead to more severe complications, such as kidney damage and sepsis.

Causes of UTIs in dogs

UTIs in dogs are caused by the presence of bacteria in the urinary tract. The most common bacteria that cause UTIs in dogs are Escherichia coli (E. coli), Staphylococcus spp., and Proteus spp. UTIs can occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra or when the bladder is not emptied completely. Other factors that can increase the risk of UTIs in dogs include age, sex, underlying medical conditions, and poor hygiene.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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