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Issue number 29.2 Other Scientific

Defining and managing canine urinary infections

Published 12/09/2019

Written by J. Scott Weese

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Terminology can be important when dealing with canine urinary problems, as it facilitates clear understanding of the disease process and assists in decision-making for both diagnosis and treatment, as J. Scott Weese describes.

Defining and managing canine urinary infections

Key Points

Urinary tract disease is a common and potentially problematic condition; how the condition is defined can help in the decision-making process for diagnosis and treatment.


The urinary bladder was previously considered a sterile site but it is now thought that bacteria may cycle in and out of the bladder on a routine basis.


Dogs with recurrent urinary tract disease can be difficult and frustrating to manage, and it is essential to determine why this is happening to achieve long-term clinical success.


It is now generally recognized that subclinical bacteriuria in dogs does not usually need to be treated.


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