What to Do If Your Dog Has UTI Symptoms

When your dog is experiencing urinary tract infection symptoms, it’s important to get help. A veterinarian can offer an accurate diagnosis and treatment that will relieve your dog’s discomfort and pain. To get the most out of your appointment, have a urine sample ready for testing, bring any past medical information with you, be prepared to answer questions about your dog’s health and behavior at home. It is also helpful to keep a log of unusual bathroom habits or other changes in behavior that are occurring at home. Your vet may also want you to make future appointments or phone calls for follow up care.

Contact your veterinarian for an appointment.

  • Schedule an appointment with a veterinarian. This can be done by calling the office directly or by using a scheduling service. If you’re experiencing an emergency, call your veterinarian and ask about same-day appointments; many offices offer them for non-emergency situations.
  • Get a referral from another veterinarian if your regular vet is unavailable or if he or she has seen your dog before and diagnosed her with a UTI (and you want to see someone else). If your dog has never been diagnosed with this condition, but you suspect that’s what it might be, schedule an appointment at another clinic so that they can take care of her right away and diagnose her properly

Have a urine sample ready.

If you suspect your dog has a urinary tract infection (UTI), you’ll need to collect and send a urine sample for analysis. In addition to being an efficient way to determine whether or not your pet does indeed have a UTI, the test is also necessary in cases where multiple dogs are affected by similar symptoms.

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Collect the sample from your dog’s bladder as soon as possible after he urinates, using a sterile container. It’s important that you do this before washing his paws with soap or other cleaning products since these can affect the pH level of his urine and make it appear less acidic than it actually is.

It’s also important to note that if you’re unable to collect a urine sample within 24 hours of your dog urinating for any reason, the results may not be accurate. If this happens, call your veterinarian right away so that they can provide advice on how best to proceed.

Bring past medical information.

Bring with you:

  • A list of all medications, supplements and vitamins your dog takes.
  • The name of each medication, as well as the dosage and how often it is given.
  • Any known allergies or sensitivities your dog has to foods or drugs.
  • A record of any previous medical conditions or problems your dog had in the past, including surgeries and illnesses.

Be prepared to answer questions about your dog’s health.

When you take your pup to the vet, be prepared to answer questions about his health. The vet will want to know how long symptoms have been going on, if this is a new problem or one that has been recurring, and if your dog has had any other health issues. If you’re not sure of the answers yourself, ask someone who knows (like a friend or family member) if they can help.

Your vet also needs to know what foods and liquids your pooch has consumed in recent memory. That way he can rule out unusual food or drink as the cause of UTI symptoms in dogs.

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Keep a log of your dog’s behavior at home.

Keep a log of your dog’s behavior at home. A good way to start is by keeping track of when your dog is urinating and how much, as well as any other changes in her eating habits and drinking water. You may also want to keep track of her behavior and weight, as well as the temperature at which she’s been resting (a great indicator for whether or not she has a fever). Finally, keep an eye on whether or not little Bun has been going out for playtime with other dogs—this can give you clues into what might have caused UTI symptoms in the first place!

Talk to your veterinarian about preventative measures.

For help with UTIs in dogs, talk to your veterinarian about preventative measures. Your vet may recommend:

  • Cleaning up after your dog so that you don’t track stool into the house. Stool contains bacteria that can cause a UTI if it gets on the skin around your dog’s rectum or urethra.
  • Keeping your dog’s water bowl clean and full of fresh water at all times. Change the water every day and discard any leftover food or treats in it after each meal; these items will attract bacteria.
  • Avoiding giving large amounts of cranberry juice to dogs with UTIs; while cranberries are good for humans with UTIs, too much can be harmful for dogs because they metabolize alcohol differently than humans do and may end up with toxic levels of undigested sugar in their bloodstreams if given too much fruit juice or syrup containing this ingredient (often found in canned products).
  • Avoid giving large amounts of vitamin C supplements; giving too much vitamin C could lead to diarrhea as well as other side effects such as vomiting, loss of appetite, seizures and weakness
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Prepare to follow up with future appointments or phone calls.

If your dog has been prescribed antibiotics for their UTI symptoms, it’s especially important to get them back into see a vet if they are still displaying these symptoms after 14 days of treatment. This may mean that there is another underlying health issue affecting them (such as kidney disease), and so they’ll need further examinations and tests done until all underlying causes are ruled out. Once all potential causes have been ruled out, then it should be safe to assume that this was just an isolated incident caused by something like stress or dehydration—and then proceed accordingly with whatever steps were recommended during the first round of appointments!


If you suspect your dog has UTI symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately. They will be able to diagnose the issue and offer solutions that can help relieve pain and discomfort for your furry friend. Your veterinarian will also be able to provide insight on preventative measures that you can take moving forward so that you never have to worry about these symptoms again.