Bladder Infection (Cystitis) or Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) usually means that harmful bacteria found their way from outside the urinary opening into the bladder (and soon thereafter to the kidneys, see 30), and these are now bringing the bladder's function out of balance. Other sources of Bladder Infection are ingesting stale food or infested water, or stones or a tumor in the bladder.
Who Gets Bladder Infections
All dogs can get several Bladder Infections during their lifetime if you don't make use of the avoidance measures below. However, generally female dogs are far more susceptible to Bladder Infections than male dogs, older dogs more than younger ones, and unaltered dogs more than (clean!) neutered or spayed dogs. In addition, the later you have your dog neutered or spayed, the more susceptible it is to Bladder Infections (and other ailments too).
There seems to be no evidence for a German Shepherd susceptibility to Bladder Infections. The many reported cases of German Shepherd Bladder Infections seem simply be due to the fact that there are so many German Shepherds, compared to other breeds. After all, the German Shepherd is the most popular dog breed in the world - that is if you consider registered dogs, not stray dogs.
Typical warning signs of a Bladder Infection are:
- Sudden excessive water consumption (same weather and exercise level)
- Strain when urinating and/or urinating only small amounts at a time
- Urinating at unusual times or with unusual frequency (more often or less often)
- Urinating in inappropriate places
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue, listlessness, and lethargy
- Foul smelling urine
- Blood in the urine
- Tender lower stomach area
If you notice several concurrent symptoms of these, make a vet appointment. If your German Shepherd seems to lose the ability to relieve itself, you must make an emergency visit to the vet, or your dog could die within hours!
Avoiding and Treating Bladder Infections
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