How to Prevent and Treat Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs and Cats

Prevention Is the Best Cure

Once you have eliminated the problem, consider the adage that “a good offense is the best defense.” Your veterinarian can provide specific guidelines to help your dog or cat stay healthier and reduce the risk of UTIs in the future. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Provide plenty of water. To encourage your pet to drink more water, keep her water fresh, clean and available 24 hours a day.
  • Evaluate your pet’s diet and make adjustments based on your veterinarian’s recommendations.
  • Grant easy access to your cat’s litterbox and keep it clean. Add additional litterboxes for multicat households, ideally one more litterbox than the number of cats in your home.
  • Exercise and walk your dog regularly to encourage her to urinate frequently.

Keeping your pet’s environment clean and maintaining her appropriate weight can also prove helpful in preventing UTIs. Pay attention to changes in your pet’s daily routine and urinary habits, which may warrant a visit to your veterinarian. Catching a urinary tract problem early will help alleviate pain and may prevent an easily treated infection from becoming an even more serious health concern.
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