Painful and Frequent Urination in Dogs

Dysuria is a medical term that means "difficult or painful urination." Urine is produced by the kidneys and is stored in the bladder. When an animal has the urge to urinate, the bladder contracts. Urine passes into the urethra (the tube that transports urine released by the bladder) for elimination out of the body. Dysuria occurs whenever diseases or conditions lead to difficulty urinating or painful urinating. Pollakiuria, on the other hand,  is a medical term that means "frequent urination." It generally is used to describe an animal that urinates frequent, small volumes of urine.

The two disorders (dysurian and pollakiuria) affect the lower urinary tract by damaging the bladder wall or stimulating the nerve endings in the bladder or urethra.

A dog with dysuria and pllakiura will visit the bathroom frequently and may have pain or discomfort when urinating.

Common symptoms associated with these two disorders are

Straining to urinate

Frequent attempts at urination

Blood in the urine (hematuria)

Excessive licking at the urogenital area

Passage of only small amounts of urine

Vocalization when attempting to urinate

Inappropriately urinating (in the house)

Unproductive urination (no urine passed)


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