Dysuria (Difficult, Painful Urination) In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

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Dysuria is a condition in dogs where urination is difficult and painful. Dogs with dysuria may strain when trying to urinate, show signs of discomfort, or frequently attempt and fail to urinate. Dysuria can be caused by many conditions that affect the urinary tract, including urinary tract infections, bladder stones, or tumors. If you see signs that your dog is having difficulty urinating or showing signs of pain during urination, you should consult your veterinarian immediately, as dysuria can be a sign of serious health problems. Your veterinarian will be able to determine the cause of the dysuria in your dog, form a diagnosis, and prescribe appropriate treatment. Here is what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for dysuria in dogs.

Symptoms Of Dysuria In Dogs

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The symptoms of dysuria in dogs include signs of pain while urinating. If your dog seems to be uncomfortable or acts unusually when it is time to urinate, it could mean they are suffering from dysuria. Here are some possible signs of dysuria that you should watch out for.

  • Frequent attempts to urinate without producing urine
  • Straining to urinate
  • Dribbling only small amounts during urination
  • Accidents in the house from dogs that are otherwise house trained
  • Irritability
  • Swelling or pain in the lower abdomen
  • Licking at the genitals
  • Blood or mucus in urine
  • Signs of pain, such as vocalizations, while urinating

Causes Of Dysuria In Dogs

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There are many possible causes of dysuria in dogs. Several conditions can affect the lower urinary tract, including the bladder and urethra, causing pain and difficulty while urinating. Here are a few possible conditions that may lead to dysuria in dogs.

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Bladder stones
  • Stone in the urethra
  • Tumors in the urinary tract
  • Inflammation of the urethra
  • Neurological conditions that affect the urinary tract
  • Anatomic abnormalities, such as a narrowed urethra
  • Malfunction of the bladder muscles
  • Exposure to drugs or chemicals
  • Cysts
  • Abscess

Treatments For Dysuria In Dogs

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Treatment for dysuria in dogs depends on the cause of the condition. For example, in the case of a urinary tract infection, antibiotics or other medications may be prescribed. Anti-inflammatory drugs may be used to reduce inflammation in the urethra. If the cause of the dysuria is less serious, dogs may not need hospitalization and will likely recover, so long as medication is given as prescribed for the amount of time recommended by the veterinarian along with plenty of access to fresh water.

If the condition is more serious, then dogs may need hospitalization or surgical procedures to address the issue. In some cases, special diets can dissolve stones or surgery can remove them. Surgery can additionally treat cysts or tumors. However, only your veterinarian will be able to advise you on the proper treatment if your dog suffers from dysuria. Also, as your dog recovers, make sure they drink plenty of water and pay attention to their urination, including how much urine they produce, how frequently they urinate, and whether they show any signs of pain. Tell your veterinarian if symptoms are worsening or not improving so they can adjust treatment accordingly.

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