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Why your dog gets urinary tract infections, and what you can do

Q: Our six-year-old dog has had three urinary tract infections in the past 18 months that clear up quickly with antibiotics. Is there a reason why she is getting so many?

A: The plumbing of a female dog does, unfortunately, lend itself to infections, so flushing it with lots of fluid helps to keep the urinary tract healthy. Add warm water to your dog's meals to boost moisture in her diet and provide a good-quality food to help bolster her immune system. You could consider having a urine sample analysed and X-rays taken if the condition continues.

Scott Miller, vet

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