Urinary obstruction affects both dogs and cats. It can be incredibly scary to face as an owner and even more painful for your dog to go through.
It’s important that you know what a urinary obstruction in dogs is and how you can catch it to ensure it’s treated as early as possible.
Make no mistake, this is a health problem that is a full emergency.
Urinary Obstructions in Dogs
In short, a urinary obstruction, also known as a urinary blockage, in dogs occurs when the urethra is compressed, inflammed, or is obstructed by dirt or another form of debris.
Obstruction can be similar to a urinary tract infection, so you need to play close attention to any symptoms present. Either way, if you see a not-so-good symptom, your dog needs to see a vet.
Causes of Urinary Blockage in Dogs
As I just mentioned, this type of problem occurs because the urinary tract is blocked or obstructed in some way.
In male dogs, prostate disease in the most common cause, while urinary tract stones or crystals are typically the cause for female dogs.
Stones are less likely to become a problem in female dogs, while male dogs tend to have them much worse. Males have a longer urethra than female dogs do, which narrows as it goes toward the penis.
In both genders, however, it can be caused by scar tissue, lesions, tumors, and the buildup of minerals in the urinary tract.
Even the smallest of stones can become a massive problem. They tend to bunch together, especially if they are broken pieces of a bigger stone, that make it hard for urine to pass through the bladder.
Symptoms of Urinary Obstruction in Dogs
Listed below are the symptoms of urinary obstruction in dogs that you need to watch out for:
- Straining to urinate
- Cloudy urine
- Dark, blood-tinged urine
- Lethargic, depressed behavior
- Retching and vomiting
- Lack of appetite
- Clear indication of pain
- Renal failure
If you spot any of the symptoms listed above, make sure you get your dog to the vet as soon as possible.
Get to the Vet!
Like in humans, dogs urinate toxins and waste out of their bodies. If they are unable to urinate properly, these toxins and wastes are building up in the body. Your pet can become seriously ill and die.