Urinary Tract Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment at Duarte Azusa Animal Hospital
If you're like most pet owners, your concern about your pet's urinary habits extends to whether or not he's doing his business in the right place. When your pet starts experiencing painful or difficult urination, you could be looking at a serious problem that requires the attention of a skilled, experienced vet. That's your cue to take your ailing pet to Duarte Azusa Animal Hospital, our veterinary clinic in Duarte, CA, so your pet can get the care and relief he so urgently needs.
Understanding Urinary Tract Disease
Your pet's urinary tract includes all the structures that allow urine to pass from the kidneys into the bladder, and from the bladder out of the body. A variety of problems can affect this critical system. One common example, affecting up to 14 percent of all dogs, is urinary tract infection. When bacteria or fungi invade the urinary tract, they can create issues such as cloudy or bloody urine, incontinence, fever, and obsessive licking of the genitals. Cystitis, bladder stones, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes may all make your pet especially vulnerable to UTIs. The reverse may also be true, with an untreated UTI promoting the development bladder stones and other complications.
Urinary tract disease isn't just painful, it's also potentially dangerous. An out-of-control urinary tract infection can spread to the kidneys, with kidney failure as the worst-case result. Prostate disease and blood poisoning can also develop. If the disease is associated with bladder or kidney stones, these stones could create serious obstructions that prevent your pet from urinating at all, which is a major veterinary emergency.
How Our Veterinarian Can Help
A significant urinary tract problem needs to be dealt with ASAP. Our veterinarian, Dr. Zabihi, can find out what's causing your pet's symptoms by performing a series of diagnostic tests. Blood tests that show an elevated white cell count may confirm a bacterial infection, while urine testing and diagnostic imaging can reveal the presence of stones or other obstructions.
Once we understand your pet's affliction, our vet can prescribe the most effective strategy for treating it. Antibiotics or other drugs can resolve infections. Urinary stones may dissolve on their own with the aid of specialized dietary and nutritional support. Severe obstructions can be removed through surgery if necessary.
Contact Our Duarte Pet Care Center Today
Don't let urinary symptoms grow into a full-scale veterinary emergency, or let a full-scale emergency go unaddressed. Play it safe by calling our Duarte pet care center today at (626) 357-2251. We can help restore beloved pet's comfort and health!