Bacterial infection is a Streptococcus infection that can cause illness in dogs. Usually, puppies and older dogs are most susceptible to developing this disease because their immune systems are not fully developed or weakened respectively. Please note that when a dog’s immune system is weakened (for any reason), they are at a higher risk of contracting a bacterial infection.
What are the symptoms?
Some common symptoms of a bacterial infection are
- Difficulty in walking
- Stop eating food
- Excessive sleepiness
- Respiratory distress
- Infected cuts
- Rashes on the skin, around eyes and ears
- Painful urination
- Nasal discharge
- Refuse to play or walk
Types of bacterial infection
There are five types of bacterial infections:
Skin infection is very common in dogs. It occurs when a dog’s skin is cut or wounded. Pyoderma refers to a bacterial infection of the skin.
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A dog infected with throat infection suffers from pain in throat. They will have difficulty eating and drinking. They will refuse to eat food or drink water.
Urinary Tract Infection
Symptoms include pain during urination, frequent urination, blood in urine. Look for your dog straining and/or crying out in pain when trying to pass urine.
Symptoms include coughing, vomiting, high fever and breathing difficulties.
Symptoms include runny nose and watery eyes.
Causes of bacterial infection
- Weak immune system
- Contact with other infected dog
- Untreated wounds and cuts on dog’s skin
- Not proper post-operative care or right antibiotics
A bacterial infection in dog can be diagnosed based on the symptoms and what veterinarian finds after a physical examination. The veterinarian will go through several lab tests such as allergy test, urinary test, blood test, bacterial culture, fungal culture etc. to figure out the bacteria strain and whether the infection has spread throughout the dog’s body or not. They will take some x- rays, do MRI or ultrasound if required to make a diagnosis.
The treatment of a bacterial infection in dogs depend upon where the infection gained access in to the dog’s body. A dog might be hospitalized based on the seriousness of the infection.
Make sure to follow your veterinarian’s directions carefully to get rid of the infection.
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