Bladder Problems in Dogs

By Noreen Braman
Bladder problems in dogs can range from mild to severe, with some breeds being more prone than others. Be aware of the warning signs, so that the proper treatment can be started as soon as possible. Bladder problems in dogs cannot be resolved with home remedies.

Signs and Symptoms

Oftentimes the first sign will be increased thirst and urination, with the animal straining and only passing a few drops of urine, which may have blood in it.


Urinalysis will reveal the presence of blood cells, bacteria or crystals. Bacteria and blood point toward infection, while crystals indicate possible bladder stones. Rarely, a tumor is present.


While infections are treated with antibiotics, stones are removed through surgery. Dogs who produce stones must be kept on a strict diet to avoid recurrences.

Follow Up

All antibiotics should be taken and additional urinalysis performed to ensure the infection has been cured.


Stones and tumors can block the urethra, causing the bladder to fill and eventually burst. Infection can also spread to other parts of the body.
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