When you live with and care for your dog, you have probably gotten used to their behaviors and routines. However, recently, your dog may be acting a little odd and has started to change the way they act or when they do certain activities, such as going to the bathroom. If so, there is a possibility that your dog has a bladder infection. Learn more about this and the additional signs of bladder infection by reading the information below.
1. Your Dog Needs to Go to the Bathroom More Often
One of the first things you may notice if your dog has a bladder infection is an increase in their need to go to the bathroom. They may go to the backdoor to signal they need to go outside more often. Or, if your dog is completely housebroken and does not usually urinate inside the house, you may have noticed that they start having several accidents during the day.
If your dog is having to urinate more often, their body is likely trying to flush out the bacteria which is causing the infection. Frequently urinating is one way their body will flush out the bacteria, thus they will have to go to the bathroom more often. This may also be accompanied by the need to drink more water to accommodate the increase in urine production.
2. You Hear Your Dog Whimpering as They Try to Urinate
Especially if your dog has been showing signs of an infection for a couple of days, they may also start whimpering whenever they try to urinate. If the infection gets worse, they may even start yelping because of the pain. When your dog has an infection, the bladder, ureters, and urethra of your dog will become inflamed as their body tries to fight off the infection. This inflammation will get worse as the infection spreads. As urine passes through the structures, its acidity will irritate the inflamed tissues, which will further increase their discomfort and cause them to verbally let you know.
If your dog is exhibiting the above signs, they more than likely have a urinary tract infection that will require treatment from a veterinarian before the infection gets worse. As soon as possible, take your dog to a local animal hospital so that they can examine and diagnose the issue with your dog so that the appropriate treatment can be promptly started.