Monday, March 31, 2008

Caues of Urinary Tract Infections

This weekend at my practice we saw a dog that ate rat poison LAST WEEK. The dog was bleeding from everywhere and had bruises all over her body. Fortunately, we were able to save her. However, treatment was delayed for at least 3 hours because of malpractice. They called their regular veterinarian who told the clients that the dog had a urinary tract infection and would be fine until Monday. That dog would have been dead on Monday. So here is a partial list of things that can cause your dog to drink more water and urinate more:

Diabetes Insipidus (A hormonal disease)
Diabetes Mellitus (too much sugar in the blood)
Kidney Failure
Drugs, Toxins
Hyperadrenocortisism (Cushing's Disease, too much steroid hormone)
Hypoadrenocortisism (Addison's Disease, to little steroid hormone)
Kidney or Bladder Infection
Pyometra (Infected Uterus)
Feline Lower Urinary Tract disease

This list is not intended to scare you, but once again remind you why we can't diagnose over the phone!

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