Pets can experience health problems. One of the more common issues for many pets is urinary tract infections. If you're concerned about your pet and want them tested for a UTI as part of a pet wellness exam, Our Pet Vets clinic can help. We're located in San Diego and La Mesa, CA, and committed to quality care for all the pets that come through our doors. Read below to see how our veterinarian can help.
What Is a Urinary Tract Infection?
A urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria enter the urinary tract, the tube through which urine exits your pet's body. There are multiple reasons why this could happen, and it's often not something with a vague cause you could point to. Bacteria doesn't always cause harm and leave the body or die alone.
Sometimes, though, the wrong kind of bacteria gets into your pet's urinary tract and starts to multiply. That can lead to an infection, which generally won't go away without treatment. Some UTIs clear up independently, but it's not common for that to happen to your pet.
How Do You Know if Your Pet Has an Infection?
If your pet has a UTI, it may be in pain. Since they can't tell you, looking for other signs is essential. For example, cats may urinate outside the litter box, or a house-trained dog may start having accidents. Your pet might also eat or drink less than average.
Is It Time for a Pet Wellness Exam?
When your pet isn't acting like themselves, especially if they're also having urine-related accidents, it's time to take them to your veterinarian for a pet wellness exam. Your vet can test your pet's urine with in-house diagnostics and see if there's any infection. If an infection is found, we’ll give them antibiotics for your pet to take for a set time.
Get the In-House Diagnostics You Need
When you visit Our Pet Vets at La Mesa or San Diego, CA, we can use in-house diagnostics to ensure your pet is healthy. Checking for a urinary tract infection is part of that exam, and we'll also look for any additional health problems. Contact us today at Bayside (619) 225-8000 or University (619) 463-9861 to let our veterinarian and team help your pet stay as healthy as possible. Remember to speak with our veterinarian about any further concerns you may have.