Female Cats and Dogs More Prone to UTI’s?

Q

Why are female cats and dogs more prone to bladder infections?

A

Both male and female cats and dogs are capable of getting a urinary tract infection.  However, females greatly outnumber males in that category.  The reason is quite simple.  The female urethra is both shorter and wider than the male urethra affording the chance for bacteria to more easily work their way into the bladder.

Increased frequency of urination is a good indicator of a problem.  Cats may find inappropriate areas in the house to urinate in rather than their litter box.  The infected urine of both dogs and cats may carry a more pungent odor.  Also, winter snow may reveal urine that is stained pink or red instead of the typical yellow color.

If you have any concerns that your pet may have a urinary issue, call us at Hudson Veterinary Hospital. 330-650-2929.

Dr. Bob