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Companion Animal Practice
Urinary tract infections in small animals: therapeutic options and management of problem cases
  1. Mark Dunning

    Mark Dunning qualified from Cambridge in 1997. He worked in mixed practice and then small animal practice, before undertaking a residency in small animal medicine at Liverpool. He is currently studying for a PhD in clinical neurosciences at Cambridge, as well as for the RCVS certificate in small animal medicine.

  2. Jo Stonehewer

    Jo Stonehewer qualified from Edinburgh in 1993. After a brief period in small animal practice, and a residency in small animal medicine at Edinburgh, she spent 18 months teaching a veterinary technology degree in the USA. She subsequently took up a lectureship in small animal medicine and nutrition at Liverpool. She is currently manager of veterinary services for lams UK. She holds the RCVS diploma in small animal medicine.


AN article in the last issue (September 2002, pp 418-432) discussed the aetiology and pathophysiology of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs and cats and outlined an approach to the diagnostic work-up. This article describes the treatment options for UTIs and the strategies for long-term control as well as control in recurrent cases. It is important that underlying causes are determined (see previous article) and resolved, where possible, prior to the initiation of therapy. UTIs occurring secondarily to underlying conditions may not be appropriately managed by antibiotic therapy alone.

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