Why is my dog unable to urinate?

April 13, 2012

As soon as the puppy is taken home, the owner would start the housebreaking training. The goal of the training is to teach the pet to relieve itself in the designated area. Dogs have different personalities and learning abilities. While some individuals would adapt to the training easily others would seem to be constantly taking a coffee break. As such the owner will be constantly troubled with the need to clean up the mess created by the dog. Owners of improperly housebroken dogs will always be upset with the pet as the hard to remove smell of dog urine will permeate throughout the home. Do you have the same concern with your dog? Or is your concern with the peeing habits of the pet a different one? While majority of dog owners are concerned with the pet’s inability to grasp housebreaking rules, others are concerned by the pet’s inability to urinate.

The urinating difficulty issues of the pet would concern both the dog and the owner. Obviously, the pet would be in pain and would be very uncomfortable. Given the bond owners form with their dogs, the pet’s condition will be the problem of the owner as well. There are several reasons why the dog is unable to urinate. Similar to their human friends, dogs too can suffer from urinary track problems. The dog that is unable to urinate may have a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infection is a common problem of dogs as about 14% of dog population suffers from this health concern. Escherichia Coliesterococcus, proteus mirabilis, esterococcus, coagulase positive straphylococcus, klebsiella, and pseudomonas are bacteria that can cause the dog to be affected by UTI. Dogs are indiscriminate eaters and when they ingest unclean food and water, bacteria that is also ingested will infiltrate the body and will be transmitted through the blood. When bacteria invade the dog’s urinary system, the bladder and the kidneys will be infected. The urinary tract muscles will spasm and prevent the normal flow of urine. Urinating will be difficult and very painful to the dog.

A dog that is unable to urinate may have bladder stones. Bladder stones, also called kidney stones, cystitis, canine urolithiasis or urethritis can develop when the dog has high levels of alkaline in the urine. Stones can also develop from the mineral deposits in the bladder. These stones or crystals can form in the bladder, in the kidneys or in the urethra. Stones in the urethra will irritate the urinary tract lining so that urinating will be very painful. This concern is not so common in female dogs because of their wider urethras. Bladder stones in the urethra are especially dangerous to male dogs given that if the exit of urine is obstructed, a more serious kidney failure can occur.

Urinary tract tumor and prostate cancer are other reasons for the dog’s urinating difficulties. A tumor will block the flow of urine. Prostate cancer commonly develops in dogs 8 years and above in age. Incidence of prostate cancer is high in unneutered dogs. Urinating difficulties occurs because of the enlargement of the prostate gland around the urethra and blocks the passage of urine. Weakened bladder muscles that is commonly attributed to the old age of the dog can be the reason the painful and difficult urination.

Urinating difficulties put the life of the dog at risk. Inability to urinate for 2 to 3 days will cause the accumulation of urine in the bladder. The buildup of toxins will result to the inflammation of the bladder. If the condition of the pet is not managed, rupture of the bladder can lead to the death of the pet. It is therefore very important to seek medical help as soon as the urinating difficulty of the pet is noticed. Treatment will depend on the underlying cause of the condition.

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