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Yorkshire Terriers & Urinary Infections

| Updated September 26, 2017

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial, fungal or algal infection along the urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Certain dog breeds such as Yorkshire terriers are known to have health problems along the urinary tract.

Yorkshire Terrier's History

Yorkshire terriers, also known as Yorkies, originated in England and were used in the 19th century to catch rats in clothing mills. The working class originally owned these dogs until they eventually became a companion to families of European high society.

Yorkshire Terrier's Physical Features

Generally, the Yorkshire terrier weighs 4 to 7 lbs. It has a long, blue and tan coat that is silky and fine in texture. In addition, it has dark eyes and small ears.

Yorkshire Terrier's Traits

Yorkshire terriers are friendly and playful. Pet Finder describes the dog as busy, inquisitive, bold and stubborn. They require little exercise. However, they should have daily contact with people. Short walks are beneficial, as they like to explore. Their long coat requires daily brushing. They bark frequently. However, with training, they can break the habit. They are also prone to developing several health problems. Puppies are prone to developing juvenile hypoglycemia. Adults are prone to developing Cushing’s disease, pancreatitis and bladder stones while senior terriers may develop progressive retinal atrophy. On average, they live 14 to 16 years.

Causes of Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections are more common in female dogs than male dogs. Intestinal or environmental bacteria that enter and ascend the urethra into the bladder usually cause urinary tract infections. Stones in the urinary tract or bladder may also cause infection. Lastly, infections may be caused by other medical conditions or diseases. According to Pet Wave, "In some cases, organisms other than bacteria cause UTIs, including chlamydia, mycoplasma, viruses, algae and fungi."

Signs of Urinary Tract Infection

Many infected dogs show no signs of an infection. However, the signs they do show may include cloudy urine, incontinence, depression, lethargy, blood in the urine, numerous attempts to urinate, straining to urinate, excessive need to urinate or urinating in inappropriate places. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Yorkshire Terriers and Urinary Tract Infection

Adult Yorkshire terriers are prone to certain heath problems that cause urinary tract infections, including bladder stones. Healthy Pet notes, "Bladder stones may be the result of a bladder infection or abnormal excretion of minerals by the kidneys."