Canine polypoid cystitis is a condition that involves an infected or inflamed bladder. It can cause polyps to form on the surface of the bladder, which look like round, fleshy protrusions.
This condition can cause ulcers and cause blood to appear when a dog urinates.
If you see symptoms in your dog, then You need to consult your veterinarian for correct diagnosis and treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for polypous cystitis in dogs.
Symptoms of polypous cystitis in dogs
Polypous cystitis usually involves symptoms that affect the way a dog urinates. Some of the most common symptoms are:
Causes of polypous cystitis in dogs
The causes of polypous cystitis in dogs are usually problems with the urinary tract. Some of the most common causes are:
- Presence of bladder stones
- Urinary tract infection
In addition, older dogs are often more likely to develop the condition than younger canines.
If you suspect your dog may develop polypous cystitis, your veterinarian will want a full physical exam. They will order blood and urine tests.
Your veterinarian will also ask about your dog’s medical history, including any cases of urinary tract infection or recent loss of appetite or urination problems.
In some cases, veterinarians may suggest an ultrasound or a procedure called a cystoscopy to further check the health of the bladder.
If your veterinarian confirms the diagnosis, treatment will come in the form of surgery to remove the polyps. This prevents the polyps from becoming cancerous.
If the vet finds an infection in addition to polyps, it will be treated at the same time. As always, when your veterinarian prescribes medication for your dog, it is important that you strictly follow the dosage and frequency instructions and complete all of the medication.
While your dog is recovering, your veterinarian will want to call your dog back for another ultrasound scan about a week or two after surgery. This will check whether the polyps have been removed successfully.
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