Bulldog-Cystitis-and-Bulldog-UTI, is an inflammatory condition of the bladder. Cystitis and UTI in bulldogs can be caused by multiple conditions, the most common of which is an infection caused by a bacterium.
There are also other conditions and diseases that can lead to cystitis in bulldogs, including:
- Bulldog bladder stones (cystine calculi, urate calculi, struvites calculi)
- Bladder Tumors or Polyps
- Excessive use of steroids (cortisone) leading to immune suppression
- Hormonal diseases such as diabetes, hypothyroid and Cushing’s syndrome (hyper adrenal)
V4B Bulldog-Cystitis-and-Bulldog-UTI RULE OF THUMB:
Identifying the signs of cystitis or bulldog UTI is relatively simple. Bulldogs suffering from this infection will often present with:
- PAIN & DISCOMFORT: Bulldog cystitis can exhibit various degrees of pain and discomfort, often while urinating.
- HEMATURIA (blood in urine): Your French or English bulldog puppy may present with discolored red urine due to injury of the kidney, bladder wall, or urethra.
- DISCOLORED & SMELLY URINE: Your bulldog might present with urine that has a strange odor or cloudy appearance.
- STRAINING & FREQUENT SQUATTING: Your bulldog may be squatting and straining while attempting to urinate, failing to produce more than a small amount of urine, or showing an increased frequency in their urge to urinate.
V4B Bulldog-Cystitis-and-Bulldog-UTI BULLDOG MAINTENANCE:
Keep your female English bulldog or French bulldog puppy’s vaginal folds dry and clean. I recommend using a wipe like Dr. Kraemer’s “V4B Bulldog Skin Fold Antiseptic Wipe” once or twice daily. The bacteria and yeast found in these folds can ascend into your bulldog puppy’s urinary tract and cause chronic recurrent UTI.
V4B Bulldog-Cystitis-and-Bulldog-UTI TIPS & WARNINGS:
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bulldog-Cystitis-and-Bulldog-UTI Tip #1 DIAGNOSIS: Generally, I recommend a urinalysis, as well as a urine culture. Radiographs and/or ultrasound are also very helpful in detecting urinary stones and other structural abnormalities.
Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bulldog-Cystitis-and-Bulldog-UTI Tip #2: THERAPY, For the most part, cystitis in bulldogs and French bulldogs is easily cured. Bacterial cystitis in bulldogs can be treated with antibiotics, while cystitis causing bladder stones can generally be resolved by adhering to a specialized custom diet, proper hydration, and supplements. Occasionally, your dog will need surgery to remove the bladder stones.
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Cystitis Tip #3 HYDRATION: It is also recommended to increase the amount of water your bulldog and French bulldog consume to help prevent crystallization and new stone formation. This can be achieved by providing your pet with extra drinking water, as well as moist food.
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Cystitis Tip # 4 SUPPLEMENTS: Supplements containing polyphenols found in Cranberry, Marshmallow Root, Echinacea, Astragalus, Oregon Grape Root extracts have been shown to help reduce the adhesion of pathogenic resistant bacteria to the cell surface (biofilm). Immune boosters, ache relief, and live probiotics and digestive enzymes can also be helpful.
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Cystitis Warning #1 TESTING & DIAGNOSIS: It is important to get your bulldog to a veterinarian as soon as possible for testing, as this condition can be quite painful for your pet, and it can lead to additional complications.
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Cystitis Warning #2: BLOCKAGE: Male bulldogs have a long and narrow urethra, while female bulldogs have a short and wide urethra. Thus, bulldog males are at a much higher risk of a urinary urethral blockage, even small stone(s) can prevent urination. These cases are considered emergencies; the obstructing stones should be removed as soon as possible.