Bladder Infections in Boston Terriers

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You may have had a bladder infection yourself, but did you know that bladder infections in Boston Terriers are also common?  The symptoms are similiar but how can you really tell?  Your Boston Terrier cannot tell you if they are uncomfortable or hurt, let alone where it hurts.

Sometimes underlying medical conditions interfere with urine’s antibacterial properties and the body’s ability to fight infection. The result is often a bladder infection. Bladder infections in dogs are similar to bladder infections in women—both cause painful urination, blood in the urine, or an urgent need to urinate when there’s little urine in the bladder.

Risk factors and detection

Any medical condition that interferes with the body’s defense mechanisms can contribute to a bladder infection. For example, diabetes causes excess sugar in the urine, which creates an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Cushing’s syndrome, also known as hyperadrenocorticism, or corticosteroid therapy with prednisone can lower the body’s defenses as well, making your dog susceptible to infections.

Kidney disease can dilute urine, which reduces its antibacterial properties. Bladder stones or tumors can affect the bladder’s mucosa, or inner lining, making it easier for bacteria to attach and multiply. Neurologic problems that prevent the bladder from completely emptying (after spinal disk injuries, for example) and incontinence can cause similar problems.

Middle-aged to older dogs, who are more likely to have the problems mentioned above, show a higher incidence of infection. Females develop bladder infections more often than males because the tube exiting the bladder, called the urethra, is shorter in females. Also, a sheath protects the penis, making it harder for bacteria to migrate up a male’s long urethra.

Signs of bladder infection include:

bloody, cloudy, or foul-smelling urine
licking the genital area more than usual urinating smaller amounts and more frequently than normal
straining to urinate, or worst case, inability to pass urine.

Most bladder infections aren’t emergencies. If your dog is eating and drinking normally and is energetic, you can schedule an appointment with your veterinarian within the next 24 hours. But if you suspect something more serious, such as blockage or kidney infection, get help right away.

Symptoms of a more serious problem might include:

lack of energy and appetite
inability to pass urine

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Now that you know the symptoms of bladder infections in Boston Terriers, you can will know when to take your dog to the veterinarian.  Have you had a Boston Terrier with a bladder infection?  If you have, please tell me about it in the comment section.

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