German Shepherd Bladder Infection

German Shepard laying in grass field.
German Shepard laying in grass field. (Image: Ibrakovic/iStock/Getty Images)

The German shepherd is a magnificent dog, loved by service organizations and families alike. His breed is prone to some health issues, such as hip dysplasia and degenerative myelopathy, however, bladder infections aren't seen in this guy any more frequently than other breeds. That's not to say he won't get them, but the German shepherd is not particularly prone to bladder infections.

The German Shepherd: A Popular Guy

Maybe you've heard German shepherds get a lot of bladder infections, or perhaps the vet mentioned seeing a lot of German shepherds with bladder infections, but rest easy; it doesn't mean your big boy will get one. The fact is, German shepherds aren't particularly vulnerable to this common malady among dogs. Part of the myth may be due to the fact that he's such a popular guy -- he is the second most registered dog on the American Kennel Club's registration list, so he's bound to be well-represented in just about any area.

Bladder Infection Symptoms and Treatment

If your German shepherd does get a bladder infection, don't worry because this common condition usually is treated easily. If he's drinking more than usual, straining when he urinates, urinating small amounts or urinating in inappropriate places at unusual times, he's exhibiting the classic signs of a bladder infection. The vet will prescribe antibiotics to eliminate any bacteria and may recommend a urinary acidifer to keep bacteria from sticking to his bladder wall. Keeping fresh drinking water available for your dog will go a long way to maintaining his good urinary health.

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