Straining while Urinating

The pet has a painful or difficult urination; straining while urinating is also known as Dysuria. Straining while urinating can occur in both cats and dogs and is often associated with painful urination and/or bloody urine. There are many health issues that can result in straining while urinating, and the more common issues include cystitis, urinary tract infections and crystals in the urinary tract. However, other things that can cause dogs and cats to strain while urinating are bladder stones, an enlarged prostate and blockages.

Straining while Urinating

How to Recognize

Your pet will appear uncomfortable while urinating. Your pet may cry out, be unable to urinate, or have blood in their urine.


Straining during urination is commonly caused by Cystitis, a Urinary Tract Infection, bladders stones, or an inflamed prostate. Your cat may be suffering from Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD).


If your pet is unable to pee, he/she may experience toxic shock which can lead to irreversible damage or death. Seek emergency veterinary care immediately.

Straining while Urinating Affects

  • Dogs
  • Cats

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