Rearing a pet could be even more difficult than bringing up a child. Some of us go for adoption without sparing a thought and very soon find ourselves in the midst of trouble. This becomes all the more conspicuous in case of onset of a sudden medical condition. Unable to handle the situation we get too distressed and worked up. But these situations can be handled in a much better manner only if we look out for the symptoms.
We should in fact make a directory of the common illnesses affecting dogs and their clinical signs. Urinary tract infection (UTI) is one such illness. It occurs quite frequently in dogs because most of them abide by schedules set by their masters. Therefore they don’t have the liberty to relieve themselves as and when they wish to. Some of the clinical signs of UTI may include presence of blood in the urine, weight loss, anorexia, vomiting, difficulty while urinating and abdominal pain.
This situation calls for immediate medical attention because if left untreated it can even lead to cancer. X-ray and ultrasound are some of the most common methods employed in detecting the disease.
The course of treatment, however, would finally depend upon the severity of the illness. In extreme cases, surgery may be required, but if it’s less severe a change in the dog’s diet along with some antibiotics would do.
But as we all know prevention is better than cure we must try to take all the precautionary measures. We can do so by following certain simple guidelines.
What are the foods you should avoid giving him?
- Foods high in salt
- Foods containing too much preservatives.
What foods should you give him?
- Dog meals and pet foods that are especially formulated to treat UTI
- Citrus juices
- Distilled water
- Fresh meals
By regularizing their food habits and allowing them to relieve at regular intervals we can definitely decrease the incidence of UTIs among dogs.