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Advice From Dr. Lindsey: Urinary Issues

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Authored by: Dr. Lindsey, DVM

I see an animal at the vet clinic almost daily with the complaint of urinary problems. Sometimes it can be puppies learning how to potty train, dogs with urinary incontinence, or pets with renal issues and so much more. Today, I will also be touching on Pet Honesty’s CranBladder Health chews.

Urinary incontinence is a problem seen fairly commonly mostly in female dogs. It is the loss of voluntary control of urination. Frequently owners will notice their dog leaking urine or a wet spot when the dog gets up from lying down or sleeping. Most of the time, the dogs are unaware of what is happening. There can be many potential causes of urinary incontinence so a veterinarian exam and testing is needed. There are treatments available that help to increase urinary sphincter control and/or hormone replacement. Treatment is usually life-long but dogs can go on to live very normal lives. Bloodwork and urine tests need to be performed periodically to monitor for any side effects of the medication.

Both dogs and cats can get crystals in their urine. If left untreated those crystals have the potential to turn into bladder or kidney stones. Certain breeds of dogs seem to have a genetic predisposition to different types of crystals. Some other causes of urinary crystals in dogs can be diet, kidney function, and abnormal urine pH. There can be a range of symptoms to include no symptoms at all, pain and/or difficulty urinating, increased frequency of urinating, or blood in the urine.

If you think your pet may have a urinary issue it’s important for them to see your veterinarian as soon as possible. The veterinarian will likely run blood and urine tests and possibly x-rays or ultrasound to help figure out what’s going on. Depending on what the diagnostic tests show, will determine the course of treatment for urinary problems.

The Pet Honesty CranBladder Health chews can help with maintaining normal kidney function and urinary tract health. It can also help maintain a normal pH which may reduce the likelihood of crystal formation. The cranberry and marshmallow root both help support normal urinary tract function while the echinacea supports a healthy immune system. Ask your veterinarian if the CranBladder Health chews are right for your pet.


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Dr. Lindsey graduated from Colorado State University in 2009 and works in general practice, shelter medicine, and more recently as a civilian contractor veterinarian for the Army. She is also certified in acupuncture and resides in Palm Springs, CA.