Urinary Tract Infections
Dogs and cats can suffer from lower urinary tract bacterial infections. In general, older female dogs (over 7 years of age), and dogs with diabetes are more prone to bacterial infections.1
Some signs that your pet may have a lower urinary tract infection include1,2:
- Straining to urinate
- Urinating only a small amount
- Dribbling urine in the home (dogs)
- Avoiding the litter box or dribbling outside of the litter box (cats)
- Cloudy or bloody urine
- Sounds of pain when urinating
- Urine with a very strong odor
- Increased consumption of water
If you think your pet has a urinary tract infection, contact your veterinarian right away. Untreated urinary tract infections can move to the kidneys and become life-threatening.1,2
Depending on the problem, your veterinarian may perform a few tests and prescribe a medicine based on your pet's diagnosis.
Orbax® (orbifloxacin) is an antibiotic used to treat urinary tract infections (cystitis) in dogs. It's given once a day. Your veterinarian may prescribe the tablets or the oral suspension. The oral suspension is perfect for those difficult-to-pill dogs. It is highly palatable and does not need reconstitution or refrigeration.
Quinolones have been shown to cause arthropathy in immature animals. In animals with known or suspected CNS disorders, quinolones have been associated with CNS stimulation, which may lead to convulsive seizures. The use of fluoroquinolones in cats has been reported to adversely affect the retina and should be used with caution in cats.
Please see the Package Insert for full prescribing information.
- ASPCA. Dog care: lower urinary tract problems. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/lower-urinary-tract-problems. Accessed April 21, 2014.
- ASPCA. Cat care: lower urinary tract problems. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/lower-urinary-tract-problems. Accessed April 21, 2014.