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Since our furry friends can’t verbalize when they are having unusual health issues, we have to know how to spot differences in their behavior that could indicate a problem. Dog and cat urinary problems can lead to discomfort and infection and often need medical attention to solve. If you notice any of the following in your dog or cat, it is time to schedule an appointment with your friends at Elmhurst Animal Care Center:

Changes in Frequency of Urination

One of the biggest indicators that there is an issue with your dog or cat’s urinary tract is major changes to their urinary habits. If you notice that your pet is urinating much more often than normal, it could be a sign there is an issue.

On the other hand, pets that are urinating less frequently or seem to have trouble urinating could also be experiencing a health issue. These behavioral changes could show that there is a buildup of bacteria in the urinary tract or might even be signs of an infection. If these changes in the frequency of urination persist, it is time to schedule a visit with your veterinarian. 

Blood in the Urine: A Potential Sign of Dog and Cat Urinary Problems

If you ever notice any blood in your pet’s urine, it is important to call the vet right away. Blood in the urine can be a sign of a urinary problem like a urinary tract infection, kidney or bladder stones, or Cystitis. This might not happen each time your pet urinates, but even if it happens only once or twice, it could be an indication of a larger issue that needs some medical attention.

Changes in Behavior

Although it can be difficult for pet owners to connect to a urinary problem, major changes in your pet’s behavior can let you know they are not feeling their best. Changes in behavior can include:

If you notice any of these differences in behavior, it is important to schedule a wellness visit so we can take a closer look and determine a treatment plan for your pet. 

At Elmhurst Animal Care Center, we want your pets to feel their best at all times. If you suspect that they are suffering from a urinary problem, please call to schedule an appointment so we can get them checked out and back to their normal selves.