Simple or uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) lack structural or functional abnormalities in the host’s defense mechanisms. This form of infection is easiest to treat and usually clears soon after appropriate antibiotic treatment. Simple, uncomplicated UTIs are the most common type to occur in female dogs.
Complicated UTIs are associated with 1 or more defects in the host’s defense mechanisms: for example, interference with normal micturition, anatomic defects, damage to mucosal barriers, or alterations in urine volume or composition. Health of host defense mechanisms appears to be most important in influencing the pathogenesis of UTIs. Although antibiotic treatment is the cornerstone of UTI management, status of host defense mechanisms is thought to be the most important determinant of long-term treatment outcome. Antibiotic treatment should control the pathogenic bacterial growth for a period sufficient to allow host defense mechanisms to be corrected and prevent colonization of the urinary tract without further antibiotic administration.
Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs | Treatment and Prognosis - PetWave
Does your dog have a urinary tract infection (UTI) or crystals in the urine at this time? A UTI will predispose any individual to vulvar inflammation, and the UTI should be addressed first. Constitutional homeopathic treatment is ideal for this. Crystals in the urine may be a result of inadequate fluid intake, and increased water consumption is always helpful. Water can be added directly to ground raw diets, or dogs can be offered low sodium meat broth. A repeated tendency to form crystals can be addressed with constitutional homeopathic treatment or herbal treatment.
Home Remedies for Dogs with Urinary Tract Infections | PetHelpful
Treatment of your dog’s UTI is dependent on several factors, including the severity of the infection and your pet’s individual needs. It may take up to 2 to 3 weeks for antibiotics to fully treat your dog’s UTI. We will discuss any follow-up considerations before you leave the office; therefore, you will what to expect and how to properly care for your pup.
Treatment commonly consists of a course of antibiotics.
If not identified and treated in a timely manner, a canine urinary tract infection can endanger your dog's life, especially if the infection spreads from your pet's urinary tract to the rest of the animal's body. But with early detection and proper treatment a UTI doesn't have to be life threatening. If your dog has fluoroquinolone intolerance, a vet will avoid Zeniquin to treat the urinary tract infection. The side-effects are more severe in this case and the treatment for UTI will create only new health issues.