Puppy Urinary Tract Infections

by Melissa R. on July 5, 2013

Veterinarian VisitThe other night at our Obedience class, I noticed Emme (our 6-month-old puppy), squatting and peeing quite a lot. I chalked it up to all the excitement of the class. The following night though, we had multiple accidents in the house. This is very unlike Emme! She has been pretty well potty-trained since about 12 weeks old. She goes to the door if she has to potty. These accidents seemed to be as if she couldn’t even control it at all, and she seemed unhappy she had done so. I simply cleaned up, and then took her out, just in case. I began to suspect a Urinary Tract Infection.

Overnight, she peed in her crate – which she NEVER does. So then, I really became concerned. I watched her closely in the morning, and sure enough, she peed about 5 times in the span of an hour, and a couple times, it was just a dribble. Now I was convinced we had an issue on our hands, and made an appointment with our veterinarian that afternoon.

My vet requested a urine sample if possible, so when I went home at noon to get Emme, I had a big long serving spoon ready! I followed her outside, knowing she would be going potty right away, and sure enough, I slid my spoon under the stream and got a great sample. Then I put it in an old plastic container, and off we went to the veterinarian.

Pill PocketsAfter an exam, and urinalysis on the sample I brought in, we confirmed a presence of bacteria in the urine meaning an infection. We got a prescription for 250 mg Clavamox tabs, and got it filled at the Drs. Foster & Smith Pharmacy right away. In addition, we picked up some Probiotic treats, to give in between the Clavamox to help encourage growth of good bacteria, and some Cranberry supplements to help with the infection as well. Last, we got a packet of Pill Pockets to put her antibiotic tabs in so they go down easy!

Automatic WatererI am keeping a close eye on Emme for any possible side effects from the Clavamox, but she doesn’t seem to have any. I’m also making sure she is drinking plenty of water! I think she tends to forget (puppy mind…) so am thinking about getting a fountain, as I think it would encourage her to drink more water.

Hopefully the antibiotics kick the infection out! We will do another urine test in about 10 days to see if it is gone. If it isn’t, we will do another week of antibiotics to get it gone for good.

So remember: if your puppy (or adult dog) starts peeing uncontrollably and more often… You should get them checked out at your veterinarian as they may have an infection and they can’t tell us when they don’t feel good. Learn more about Urinary Tract Infections in dogs at our PetEducation.com website!

About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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Nichole August 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm

So much great info in this article! I always try to share as much info as possible with my customers on possible health issues in dogs, I am always surprised to find that most people are unaware of the different things that could be wrong. Love to see such an informative article! Our furkids health is so important to me I have created a dog treat business named after my dog who I lost to cancer, Rex’s Barkery, I make healthy dog treats, all vegan, organic, allergen free. I am passionate about animals and hope to be able to spread the word about rescue/adoption/spay/neuter etc. You can check us out at etsy.com/shop/rexsbarkery and facebook.com/rexsbarkery. 🙂

Pet Marketing - Bulldogms August 30, 2013 at 6:32 am

Very informative and interesting post.It is really a big help. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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