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.
- 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.
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!