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Firstly it is important to know what’s normal for your animal. Like humans there are many different urinary problems that animals get. Some problems may be temporary and nothing to worry about and others could be life threatening. The problem with urination problems is that you cannot talk to your pet and ask them what’s wrong so you have to look at the signs you see and make a decision.
Straining to urinate or brown urine may indicate they have stones which is something that you need help from a vet from. If they strain but nothing comes out this indicates an emergency and as they cannot pass urine this us urgent as they will be in a great deal of stress and pain.
Urinary Tract Infections or UTI’s are something you may have heard of in humans. They are not pleasant and they have a variety of different causes and treatments that you vet will advise. If animals whimper or cry when they pee this indicates a problem in their urinary track. Blood in the urine is a sign that needs immediate vet care as this can indicate UTI, or even cancer. Other signs can be frequent urination, pain or discomfort in the abdomen.
In first aid terms there are no treatments you can offer apart from getting them to a vet. Urinary problems can come on quickly. Male cats are at risk of lower urinary obstructions so they should be monitored more closely.
Excessive urination frequency or an increase in urine volume, can indicate Diabetes which your vet can advise on further.
Animals with increase urination or urination problems often have increased thirst by do not restrict their fluid intake as this can lead to dehydration but instead measure what they drink.
Some urinary problems can result in death in a few days but many urinary problems are not immediately life threatening but they do need sorting by a vet and they can cause a great deal of distress to animals.