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Health Tips: Ear Infections & Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs

Dog Ear Infections: How To Help Your Canine

Most dog owners have dealt with skin allergies or ear infections at some point in
time. Your pet might have had red, smelly ears or skin, shake their head constantly
& scratch at their ears. While other things can cause these symptoms, most often
they are associated with seasonal or environmental allergies. Pollens and dust are
among the common offenders. So what do you do if you think that your canine
might be suffering from a dog ear infection?

  • Make an appointment to see your vet. While you may think that your pet’s skin or
    ear troubles are related to allergies, you cannot be sure without an examination.
    Oftentimes, even allergy problems are complicated by bacterial or fungal
    infection, which require additional treatment. Your pet may need prescription
    medications to help make them comfortable. It is important to remember that there
    is no cure for allergies, only management.
  • Be sure to follow instructions carefully. After your pet’s appointment, you will
    receive instructions for things like ear cleaning and bathing, medication
    administration, and maintenance care. Your follow-through is vital for success in
    treating your pet.
  • Be sure to investigate complicating factors. Pets with skin and ear allergies may
    have other factors at play. If your pet is suffering from another condition such as
    an autoimmune disorder, thyroid problems, food sensitivity, or parasite infestation,
    these problems can make treatment of allergies less successful.

You may not be able to remove the cause of your pet’s ear or skin problems from
the environment, but with your veterinarian’s help you can keep your pet
comfortable. You must work together in order to manage allergies successfully.

UTI: Urinary Tract Infections in Pets

Is your pet asking to go outside every 10 minutes. They runs out, squats, and
dribbles a little urine out, only to repeat the process. Maybe they have had a few
accidents in the house, or you have seen what looks like blood in the urine. They
might be drinking a lot and seem to be unable to “hold” their urine. While there
are many causes for these symptoms, probably the most common cause of these
problems is a urinary tract infection.

What is a urinary tract infection? Urinary tract infections start when bacteria
make their way up into the bladder. Because the infection is isolated to the
bladder, pets with this problem are usually not “sick.” They continue to eat and
drink and do not have a fever. Over time, if the infection is not treated, it may
spread up into the kidneys where it can communicate with the bloodstream.

What causes a UTI? Most urinary tract infections happen due to a temporary
lapse in the body’s defenses and are considered “simple.” These respond to
routine treatment and usually don’t come back. Other times, there is a
predisposing factor involved such as an anatomic abnormality, urinary stones,
or even a tumor.

How are UTIs diagnosed? If your veterinarian suspects that your pet might
have a urinary tract infection, they will need to examine a urine sample. A
microscopic examination along with a few simple tests can tell your vet whether
there is infection present. Many times the urine will be cultured in order to
identify the bacteria present and determine which antibiotic will treat it most
effectively.

UTI treatment: Most infections are treated with a 10‐ to 14‐day course of
antibiotics. Most animals will feel better within a few days of treatment. If there
are underlying problem, additional treatments may be required.

Urinary tract infections are a common problem in pets, and fortunately most are
pretty easily treated. Be sure to let your veterinarian know if your pet is having a
problem!