There are a few different signs our dogs could be expressing when they have a UTI, kidney stone, or other issues with urination. Whining is a common one. If you’ve ever experienced any type of bladder infection yourself you know just how uncomfortable they could be. So getting our four-legged friend back to tip-top shape is our number one priority! It is important to watch your dogs for signs of painful pee sessions because this could also mean bladder cancer or something a lot more serious than a UTI.

Signs There Is Something Wrong

The most important thing to spot while pet parenting is if there is something wrong with your dog. Sometimes dogs can express their discomfort in different ways. Keep an eye out for the following:

Sudden Accidents

If your dog is well trained and knows where the bathroom is then they should no longer be having accidents. If your dog is all of a sudden having accidents in the house, this could mean that there is something wrong. UTIs make it hard for a dog to be able to tell when they have to use the bathroom.

Good thing most UTIs are very treatable and require a quick visit to the vet, covered by a dog wellness plan. If they are prescribed medication this is covered by most dog health insurance, which is why many dog owners consider pet insurance companies that offer pet insurance with a pet wellness plan.

Frequent Urination

Most adult dogs will urinate 3-5 times a day, depending on how often they are taken outside. This does not include scent marking or anything like that. Dog’s begging to go out more or peeing a small amount very frequently could mean they have some urinary tract inflammation. This could mean anything from a UTI, kidney stone, or something more sinister like bladder cancer.

Urinalysis exams for both cats and dogs are a great way to find cancer cells in the urine, signs of infection, or kidney stones. For more about urinalysis, check out our recent blog post: What Is Urinalysis And Why Does My Pet Need It?

Pain While Urinating

Pain while urinating can be common for UTIs and the reason your dog is whining while they pee. Pain in the abdomen can also be a sign of a kidney stone. Pain and whining are major signs that there is inflammation in the urinary tract and that dog urinalysis examinations might be necessary.

Bloody or Cloudy Urine

It can be hard to notice differences in our dog’s urine as many of us are not examining it too closely. But if your dog is expressing any other symptoms then it would be helpful to try and get a better look.

Your vet will want to know if the urine is cloudy or pinkish as this can mean there is blood in the urine. Either cloudy or bloody urine could both be surefire signs that your dog has some sort of infection and needs to see the vet right away for further tests.

Licking of Genitals

We don’t mean if your dog ever licks their genitals because they definitely will! But if they are suddenly licking their genitals constantly this could be them trying to soothe the pain. Any excessive liking in any area might mean they have hurt themselves or are in pain.

Usually, it is noticeable as they are constantly licking and giving attention to the area. Even though UTIs, bladder infections, or other bladder issues are internal, does not mean your dog will not try to ease the pain.

If your dog is constantly licking they might need veterinary care and you should get the vet to run a urinalysis. This is covered by a dog wellness plan and dog health insurance and should be part of your yearly routine for preventative care - whether you suspect your dog needs it or not.

Constant Thirst

Sometimes it is hard to tell if your dog is drinking more than usual, so try and track how often you are filling their bowl. Dogs are good water drinkers for the most part, so if they are whining for more water, or drinking out of the toilet, ponds, etc, this might mean they are super thirsty. If they are gulping water, peeing more, or peeing little amounts frequently, they almost definitely have some sort of UTI or infection.

Urinalysis and Treatment

If you suspect there is something up with your dog and their bladder then you should take them to the vet. UTIs and inflammation that goes untreated can lead to worsening symptoms and your dog getting quite ill. The first thing your vet will do is probably suggest urinalysis. This is when the vet runs a few different exams with the dog’s urine to spot irregularities, such as:

Dipstick Test: This test allows the vet to determine acidity, protein, sugar, ketones, specific gravity, blood, and/or bilirubin in the urine.

Visual Examination: The color of your dog’s urine can allow the vet to determine potential ailments and diagnoses. Burnt orange, red, brown, or cloudy urine are all signs of infection.

Microscopic Evaluation: This is when a vet inspects the urine sample under a microscope to see bacteria, crystals, and the amount of white and red blood cells.

You should take your dog in for urinalysis once a year as a part of their regular preventative wellness routine. This is the whole reason dog wellness plans exist. They are for annual checkups and testing to ensure your animal is healthy as can be! Wagmo’s dog wellness plans cover things like vaccinations, urinalysis, fecal exams, bloodwork, grooming, dental care, and more!

If your dog requires further diagnostic examinations to determine the cause of its pain and symptoms then this might not be covered by your dog’s wellness plan. This is why dog insurance with wellness is the best way to go. Pet health insurance plan is what will cover the additional testing like x-rays, ultrasounds, and MRIs. It will also cover surgery and prescription medication if that is necessary.

Take Wagmo’s dog health insurance (or cat!) coverage quiz today. This helps determine the best coverage for you and your fluffy friend, allowing you to mix and match dog insurance with dog wellness plans. Find a plan for your dogs and cats that fits your lifestyle and wallet and covers routine issues that your pet might face!