Urinary Tract Infections are the number one reason cats are taken to the veterinarian and the fourth most common reason for dogs to visit the vet. Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) are easier to treat if caught in the early stages. UTI’s can be caused by bacteria, viruses, urinary crystals and even stress. It is important to know the symptoms and have your companion checked by a veterinarian if you see them, or use a home kit such as the PetCheckup Home Health Kit to check for other indications of infection.
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection:
• Frequent urination
• Straining or difficulty urinating
• Blood in the urine
• Foul smelling urine
• Urination in inappropriate places
• Tender lower abdomen (in the area of the bladder)
The best course of action is, of course, prevention; which means a top quality diet and plenty of water, along with minimizing stress. A meat based diet with little or no grain helps maintain a more acidic urine pH, which goes a long way to preventing UTI’s. Please see our article about Lower Urinary Tract Problems for more information. Also, for the latest information about the connection between ash & magnesium and urinary tract issues, check out Ash, Magnesium and FLUTD.