Bladder Care & Urinary Health
Preventative bladder care plays a critical part in the health of your pet. If your pet has suffered nerve damage to the hindquarters, paralysis, or stroke, your pet’s bladder must be expressed at least three times daily. If you do not know how to do this, have your veterinarian show you. Mobility impaired pets are subject to “pooling” or partial urine retention. Often when you find your pets bed wet, it does not mean that it is urinating on its own, but that the bladder has become so full that there is an overflow.
Due to nerve injury to the hindquarters, paralysis, or stroke, cystitis or bladder infection is one of the greatest threats to your pet’s health. Such infections are very serious and could lead to death in a matter of days if left untreated. This applies whether your pet is totally paralyzed, partially paralyzed, or walking.
Signs of a Urinary Tract Infection Include:
- Dribbling or evidence of urine, such as soaking of the rear quarters and bedding.
- Foul odor of urine, and an increased licking of the genital area as infections worsens.
- Bloody or dark colored urine. This is a severe symptom and requires immediate veterinary care!
- Depression, loss of appetite, rise in temperature as infection progresses.
Treatment of Urinary Tract Infection
Due to the insidious nature and frequency of this type of infection, prophylactic medical treatment, before signs of infection occur, offers the best solution. The cooperation of your veterinarian in prescribing the best medication, monitoring pH, culturing the urine, and providing instruction on expressing or clearing the bladder of pooled urine is essential for successful nursing care. Urine retained in the bladder can become a medium for bacterial growth.