Urinary tract infections, also known as UTIs, are the term given to bacteria infection in the urinary system. The urinary system includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.
Women are more commonly affected by UTIs than men, although anyone of any gender can get a UTI. People without genitals can also get a UTI!
UTIs are one of the most common urinary tract disorders. Approximately one in two women and one in three men will experience a UTI over the course of a year.
There are several different types of bacteria that can cause a UTI, the most common being Escherichia coli (E. coli). Other types of bacteria that can cause a UTI include Klebsiella, Enterobacter, and Pseudomonas.
This article will explain how your dog’s urine color could indicate if your pet has a potential infection in their urine. Additionally, this article will explain some ways to test your dog’s urine for signs of an infection.
Amber urine color
When your dog has amber urine color, it means that there is a mixture of urine and feces in the litter box. This could mean that your dog has a health issue or is not properly trained.
Although it is uncommon, obese dogs can have problems controlling their bowel movements and urine. When this happens, they may fail to recognize the scent of their litter box or understand how to use it.
Chronic kidney disease can also cause cloudy urine, which could lead to altered body odor. If you notice a change in odor, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
If you suspect your dog has issues with house training or has a medical condition that is causing this issue, contact your veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment options.
Brown urine color
If your dog has urine that is a dark brown or almost black color, then they may have blood in their urine. This can be due to irritation of the bladder or urethra, a bladder infection, or stones in the system.
Blood in the urine is usually from the urinary tract or lower urinary tract. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, ureters, and bladder.
Symptoms include pain while urinating, urgency to urinate, and blood in the urine. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Urinary tract infections are very common in dogs. They are caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract and cause infection. Treatment depends on what type of infection it is and how severe it is.
It is important to take your dog to the vet so they can determine what kind of infection it is and get proper treatment.
Dark yellow urine color
If your dog has urine that is a dark yellow color, this may be a sign of liver or bile system issues. Other causes can include eating foods that are a darker color or supplements, like vitamin A.
Diet changes can also cause this as only certain foods have minerals that make urine a bright yellow color. If they are lacking in some of these minerals, then the urine will turn a darker yellow or orange color.
Wheat-based food, seafood, and vegetables such as carrots and spinach are some examples of foods that may cause a dark colored urine. Other dogs may not have any signs of liver issues but have slightly darker urine due to the above reasons.
If you notice your dog having continuous dark yellow urine it is best to take them to the vet to determine what is going on.
Light yellow urine color
When urine is released from the body, it normally has a light yellow color. This is completely normal and healthy.
Some people may think that urine should be clear or transparent. However, some calcium in the urine helps it to maintain its light yellow color.
If you have been drinking lots of water, then your urine will be brighter or more intense in color. This is also considered normal!
Sometimes you may experience a slight brown or very dark yellow color urine. This could be a sign of liver problems, jaundice, or diabetes. If you are experiencing any other symptoms along with the strange colored urine, please visit your doctor for further evaluation.
If you have ever noticed your dog having this color of urine, then there is no need to worry. Like humans, dogs can have different levels of water intake and output due to activity and illness.
Green urine color
If your dog has urine that is green in color, this may be a sign of bilirubin pigment. Bilirubin is a product created when old red blood cells are destroyed.
Dogs do not have kidneys identical to humans, so this is why orange urine in dogs occurs. Canines have basophilic urine, which means that the waste products in their urine are colored by a substance called bilirubin.
This is actually a good thing, because it means that their old red blood cells are being broken down and recycled.
When there is an excess of bilirubin, it can sometimes combine with protein in the urine to create a greenish tint. This is what may be causing the green color in your dog’s potty time output.
If you notice this coloration and see other signs such as lethargy and vomiting, take your dog to the vet to check for other issues.
Purple urine color
A urine color that is a dark purple or reddish-pink color is usually a sign of blood in the urine. Blood in the urine can come from the urinary tract, the bladder, or the urethra.
There are several possible causes for blood in the urine including: vaginal infections, semen during sexual intercourse, prostatitis (in men), illegal drug use, STD’s, and UTIs.
Urinary tract infections are one of the most common causes of blood in the urine. A UTI is caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract through the urethra.
Bacteria can enter through the urethra due to washing hands infrequently, having sex with someone who has a bacterial infection, or having unsterilized toilet paper or wipes.
General symptoms of a UTI include increased frequency and urgency to urinate, as well as pain or burning sensations when doing so.
Red urine color
When dog urine is red, it can be a sign of blood in the urine. Blood in the urine can be a result of inflammation or injury to the urinary tract, or possibly a consequence of passing a little bit of urine that contains blood from another part of the body, such as from the nipples when grooming.
Cystitis is one cause of blood in the urine in dogs. Cystitis is a bladder inflammation caused by a bacterial infection. Bacteria enters the urinary tract via fecal contamination and causes an infection.
Other possible causes include kidney stones, prostate issues, and UTI’s (urinary tract infections). Some signs that your dog may have one of these issues are: anxiety when urinating, urinating outside of their normal spot, or decreased appetite.
There are several ways to check your dog’s urine color and density to determine if there is an issue.
What causes dog urinary tract infections?
UTIs in dogs are caused by the same thing UTIs are caused by in humans- contact with a contaminated source followed by exposure to a susceptible area (the urinary system).
Contaminated sources can be other dogs, dog pee, dog poop, and/or soil that have bacteria on it. The bacteria connect with the dog’s paws and then the urine stream, which then contacts the urinary system.
Dog pee has some protective factors that prevent bacterial growth. If these protective factors are weakened or washed away, then bacteria can grow. This is why we see frequent urination as a symptom- the pee is washing away protective factors.
UTIs in dogs can be difficult to diagnose because of the lack of obvious symptoms. Because of this, many cases are misdiagnosed and treatment is initiated too early or too late.