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  • How to Successfully Treat a UTI - Urinary Tract Infection


    Has your English Bulldog been diagnosed with a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)?

    Have you already treated it, and it came back?


    If your bulldog is currently suffering from a UTI, here is some important tips on how to successfully beat it- for good.

    Symptoms:
    • Strong smelling urine
    • Frequent Peeing
    • Accidents in the house (when fully potty trained)
    • Constantly squatting to pee but not peeing much or at all
    • Blood in urine
    • Bleeding (could even seem or look like a heat cycle in unaltered females)



    What is a UTI?

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common in English Bulldogs, especially in females. Almost all of these infections are caused by bacteria. The infective organisms usually enter the dog’s urinary tract through the urethra and work their way up into the urinary bladder, where they lodge and start to proliferate. Sometimes, the bacterial invaders continue to move up the urinary tract, passing from the bladder through the ureters and setting up camp in the kidneys. There are a few other causes of urinary tract infections in dogs, but they are much less common than bacterial infection.


    Bacterial UTIs – The bacteria that infect a dog’s urinary tract can come from the environment, or they can come from the dog’s own fecal matter as it exits the digestive tract. Either way, bacteria typically enter the urinary tract through the urethra, which is the tube-like structure leading from the urinary bladder to the outside world. Bacterial infection of the bladder is called cystitis. Bacterial infection of the kidneys is called pyelonephritis, of the prostate is called prostatitis and of the urethra is called urethritis. Occasionally, bacteria circulating in the bloodstream will lodge somewhere in the urinary tract and cause infection. The most common bacterial culprits of UTIs in dogs are Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus, Proteus, Enterococcus, Klebsiella, Streptococcus, Enterobacter, Chlamydia and Pseudomonas. Interstitial nephritis is a kidney infection triggered by bacterial organisms, most often by Leptospira interrogans. Most bacterial UTIs in dogs are caused by only one bacterial species. Occasionally, multiple species are involved.


    Non-Bacterial UTIs – Sometimes, organisms other than bacteria cause UTIs in a dog’s bladder, kidneys or elsewhere. These include: fungi (Candida, Cryptococcus neoformans, Trichosporon, Rhodotorula, others), mycoplasma, viruses, algae and parasitic worms. Capillaria plica are small worms that can infect a dog’s bladder and, less frequently, its ureters and kidneys; dogs become infected by eating earthworms carrying the parasite’s larvae. Giant kidney worms, Dioctophyma renale, can infect a dog’s kidneys but are uncommon in pet dogs; dogs become infected by eating infected raw frogs, fish or earthworms.

    How to Treat Sucessfully

    First of all, there is no home remedies that can treat a UTI. There are many products out there that can help prevent reoccurrence, but antibiotics are the only way to kill the bad bacteria.

    At your first vet visit, your vet will likely do a urinalysis and prescribe antibiotics.

    Sucessfully Treating a UTI:

    • Finish all antibiotics. Likely after just one day of treatment you will see a huge improvement, thus many owners will start 'slacking' and forget to give the medicine. Don't miss a single dose.
    • Encourage plenty if drinking. Add some broth or juice to their water. Give ice cubes. You want them to basically over drink to help flush put the bad bacteria. Many owners make the mistake of restricting water because they are peeing so much, which is the exact opposite of what needs to be done.
    • Start a supplement. There are many great supplements out there that can help heal. Urinary Tract Supplements, cranberry pills, ect.
    • Add a tablespoon of yogurt to one or both meals. Antibiotics kill good and bad bacteria so this will help replace the good bacteria.
    • Schedule a follow up appointment with your vet for the day after the antibiotics are done. You will want another urinalysis done. If the bacteria is gone, you have successfully treated the UTI. More commonly however, you will have NOT cleared the entire colony of bacteria. It only takes a few of them to regrow, and in a week without antibiotics, you will be back to where you started. This is the most important step!!!
    • Treating with Vet prescribed antibiotics gets very expensive. Ask your vet to prescribe something from your local pharmacy to save you some cash, you will need your money for the follow up visits and urinalysis!
    • IMPORTANT: Repeat all above steps until you get a clean urinalysis.


    Preventing UTI:

    There are many things you can do to prevent UTIs from reoccurring.

    • Always leave fresh water available. Promote drinking. Never restrict water intake!
    • Keep privates clean
    • Give a daily supplement like Cranberry Pills or Resources Urinary Tract Support
    • Check their urine every once in a while. If it has a very strong odor, they are not getting enough fluids.
    • Did I mention they need water?
    • Last but not least, WATER WATER WATER!
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. JeannieCO's Avatar
      JeannieCO -
      Thanks for really informative article Lisa. For those like me who have never experienced a UTI this will be very helpful
    1. nycbullymama's Avatar
      nycbullymama -
      Thanks for the article. Lots of good info. on treating it.
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      Thanks, I wanted to get this out there because so many treat it once only and it comes right back a week later.

      Reoccurring UTI is so very common, but usually it's because the first one was never completely gone to begin with. If the bacteria is not completely gone, it just brings you back to the beginning. It can be very frustrating, especially on your wallet!


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    1. Bruno and Gidget's Avatar
      Bruno and Gidget -
      Thanks for that info. Just wondering....is the only sign odour in the urine? I must admit, I have never smelt their pee. Now that we have Gidget (female) who is now 5 months old, should I be smelling her urine?
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bruno and Gidget View Post
      Thanks for that info. Just wondering....is the only sign odour in the urine? I must admit, I have never smelt their pee. Now that we have Gidget (female) who is now 5 months old, should I be smelling her urine?
      Frequent peeing. Like constantly squatting to pee but not peeing much. Blood in the urine too. I will add this info to the article, thank you for asking.


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    1. Libra926's Avatar
      Libra926 -
      Lisa...is that Moe?
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      Quote Originally Posted by Libra926 View Post
      Lisa...is that Moe?
      Yes I was looking for a sourmug face and that one I loved! It was in the sourmug theme thread . I swear I never saw that one before!


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    1. ChanelnBrutus's Avatar
      ChanelnBrutus -
      Great Article Lisa as always! This is very informative for anyone going through this
    1. agingermom's Avatar
      agingermom -
      Thanks Lisa. I also learned from Rissi that the urine can have phophate crystal in their urine, which are remnants of the UTI. The vets first suggested action was to order prescription food and when I said no, other homeopathic suggestions were suggested.
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      Quote Originally Posted by agingermom View Post
      Thanks Lisa. I also learned from Rissi that the urine can have phophate crystal in their urine, which are remnants of the UTI. The vets first suggested action was to order prescription food and when I said no, other homeopathic suggestions were suggested.
      How's our big girl doing now?


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    1. agingermom's Avatar
      agingermom -
      Quote Originally Posted by desertskybulldogs View Post
      How's our big girl doing now?


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      She is doing great!! Instrusive and attention hogging as over. But the UTI sx are gone, the UA (-) and I am giving her cranberry to keep her system in balance!! It is crazy how fast it all occurred with increased accidents on the floor, urine hesitancy (probably from bladder spasms making her feel like she had to go) and increased frequency. The poor baby!!
    1. emilymtz86's Avatar
      emilymtz86 -
      I have a english bulldog that i adopted back in December and ever since i got her we have been battling UTI weve done 2 rounds of anitbotics and grandberry pills twice a day. I am going to try this hopefully this helps us out.. its been 7 months and over $1,000 later and we still haven't been able to get it completely gone..
    1. 2BullyMama's Avatar
      2BullyMama -
      Quote Originally Posted by emilymtz86 View Post
      I have a english bulldog that i adopted back in December and ever since i got her we have been battling UTI weve done 2 rounds of anitbotics and grandberry pills twice a day. I am going to try this hopefully this helps us out.. its been 7 months and over $1,000 later and we still haven't been able to get it completely gone..
      OMG.... that is so not right. Something is going on if it continually returns. Has your vet given you any indication of the type of issues your girl is having or just continues to give antibiotics?
      @Twice and @RiiSi
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      Quote Originally Posted by emilymtz86 View Post
      I have a english bulldog that i adopted back in December and ever since i got her we have been battling UTI weve done 2 rounds of anitbotics and grandberry pills twice a day. I am going to try this hopefully this helps us out.. its been 7 months and over $1,000 later and we still haven't been able to get it completely gone..
      Two rounds of antibiotics in 7 months is not horrible.... but likely she was not clear 100% which is why it came back. After this round of antibiotics have her urine checked right away.


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    1. RiiSi's Avatar
      RiiSi -
      How well have they tested her urine? Try giving her some probotics too.
    1. emilymtz86's Avatar
      emilymtz86 -
      The breeder told me that this was the whole reason she gave her to me at a discounted price but i believe theres more going on with her than i was told shes had one siezure since weve had her 5 months ago.. they thought it could be for the medication she was taking but who knows.. i just want her to get well.. i know bulldogs have alot of health issues especially females i was told it could be some type of cancer since the symptoms were the say because she wasn't spayed well we got that done but that didn't seem to help either..
    1. 2BullyMama's Avatar
      2BullyMama -
      Quote Originally Posted by emilymtz86 View Post
      The breeder told me that this was the whole reason she gave her to me at a discounted price but i believe theres more going on with her than i was told shes had one siezure since weve had her 5 months ago.. they thought it could be for the medication she was taking but who knows.. i just want her to get well.. i know bulldogs have alot of health issues especially females i was told it could be some type of cancer since the symptoms were the say because she wasn't spayed well we got that done but that didn't seem to help either..

      Where are you located? you may want to find a new vet... we can check the recommended list here, all submitted by members that use these vets.
    1. emilymtz86's Avatar
      emilymtz86 -
      Waco Texas...
    1. 2BullyMama's Avatar
      2BullyMama -
      Quote Originally Posted by emilymtz86 View Post
      Waco Texas...
      @Davidh or @Texas Carol... any additional suggestions?

      Any of these nearby:
      Animal Health & Medical Center
      Dr. Allen J. Bolt
      Abilene, TX 79608
      325-695-7140

      Radford Hills Animal Clinic
      Dr. Mark Leavell
      Abilene, TX
      325-672-3090

      Brittmore Animal Hospital
      Dr. Matt Dikeman or Dr. Kit Kampschmidt
      Houston, Texas
      713-468-8253

      Dr. Kirk Esmond
      Josey Ranch Pet Hospital
      2150 North Josey Lane, Ste 106
      Carrollton, Texas 75006

      Critter Care Animal Hospital

      Amna Plummer, DVM

      13040 Dairy Ashford

      Sugar Land, TX 77478

      281-494-7700

      www.crittercareonline.com
    1. Texas Carol's Avatar
      Texas Carol -
      Quote Originally Posted by emilymtz86 View Post
      Waco Texas...
      Wow, Emily...I live in Hewitt, TX, a suburb of Waco.

      What vet are you seeing...this is sooooo ridiculous!

      Do you have pet insurance?

      Christine, those vets are all too far away, I'm thinking about WHO
      to reccommend, we don't have any on EBN's list in an hour & a half
      radius.