Urinary diseases are some of the most common and severe diseases found in pets. Because of the ability of the urinary system to function with disease, they often go unnoticed until they become life-threatening.
What are the symptoms?
Kidney disease causes excess water consumption, excess urination, weight loss, loss of appetite, and lethargy.
Bladder disease is indicated by blood in the urine, strained urination, frequent urination, and/or foul-smelling urine.
Prostate disease can occur in the dog and is seen as painful urination, straining to urinate or defecate, blood in the urine, and/or dripping blood.
The keys to successfully treating these conditions are early diagnosis and treatment. However, without advanced technology, urinary tract diseases are difficult to accurately diagnose.
A complete urinary tract profile is very affordable and ultimately less expensive and more effective than initiating treatment with an incomplete diagnosis. At Austin Vet, we are well-equipped on the premises to provide clinical lab work and ultrasound, endoscopy, and radiology examinations.