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What Are the Medication and Vet Costs for a Dog UTI in 2023?

Patricia Dickson

By Patricia Dickson

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When it comes to your dogs, you want to know for sure that they are healthy and happy at all times. Sadly, that’s not always the case, and your dog is going to get sick from time to time. In fact, UTIs, or Urinary Tract Infections, are one of the most common infections in dogs. At least 14% of the dog population will be diagnosed with a UTI at some point in their lives.1

The thing is that medication and vet costs are quite expensive, and many pet owners wonder where they’re going to get the money for them all. In this article, we’ll give you some of the costs you can expect for medication and vet visits for a dog UTI this year and a few other facts as well. The short answer is that depending on the care your dog needs, medicine and vet costs for a dog UTI can range up to $500.

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The Importance of Dog UTI Health

As with anything related to your beloved pet’s health, their UTI health is extremely important. Your dog’s urinary system is responsible for processing and removing the waste from their body. If the dog has problems with its kidneys and bladder, then that waste builds up instead of getting flushed out of the dog’s system.

These issues can lead to UTIs, bladder infections, and kidney infections. If these conditions are left untreated, they can even prove to be fatal for your pet. That’s why it’s essential to get your dog to a vet right away if you feel that they may have a UTI or any type of infection that affects their urinary system.

Now that you know the importance of dog UTI health, you can keep reading to find out how much a UTI vet visit and medication might cost you.

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How Much Does Professional UTI Diagnosis, Vet Visits, and Medication Cost?

As with anything to do with a vet visit and medication, having your dog diagnosed and treated for a UTI is not going to be cheap. We’ll try to break down the costs for you below.

General Costs to Treat UTI Infections in Dogs

  • Exam: $45–$65
  • Testing and Collection: Urinalysis: $75–$95
  • Urine Culture: $170–$200
  • Course of Antibiotics: $20–$200 on average; can vary according to the severity

Factors that Cause the Price to Vary

Of course, there are also factors that can affect the cost of treating a UTI infection in your canine. We’ll talk about these factors below.


As your dog ages, UTI infections may come more easily and thus frequently, which means you’ll probably have more vet visits and medication costs than you would be a younger dog.


The size of your pet will also be taken into consideration when it comes to price. A larger dog needs more attention and also needs stronger medication than a smaller dog does, hence the higher price.


Where you live can have a direct impact on how much treatment and medication will cost you. No two vets are the same, and no two locations charge the same price in most cases.

Vet Clinic vs. Vet Practice

Another reason for a difference in price for a UTI infection treatment for your dog is whether you take them to a vet clinic or a private practice. In many cases, vets who work at a clinic are volunteering their time, so you aren’t charged as much as if you went to their private practice.

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Additional Costs to Anticipate

There are a few extra costs that you’ll want to prepare for, just in case. There are a few different ways to perform the urinalysis that will determine if your dog does indeed have a UTI. If a urinary catheter is needed, that will increase the cost, as well as if a cystocentesis is needed to collect the urine. Each of these methods, depending on which one is used, can add another $50 to $100 to the total bill.

Also, if the UTI infection is really serious and you need to take your dog to the emergency vet, you can tack another $100 to $200 onto the final bill.

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Symptoms of a UTI Infection

Of course, before you take your dog in for treatment and medication for a UTI infection, you need to know the symptoms to look out for. We’ll give you a few symptoms to look for below.

  • Dribbling urine or having accidents in the house
  • Straining to urinate, but very little coming out
  • Urinating frequently
  • Blood in the urine
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination

If you see these signs and symptoms in your pet, then you need to make a vet appointment right away because, as previously stated, if a UTI goes untreated, it can end in death for your pet.

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Does Pet Insurance Cover UTI Treatment and Medications?

Yes, pet insurance does usually cover UTI treatment and medications, as long as you have the right type of coverage. Of course, the amount of insurance you have and who you have it through will make a difference as well.

Make sure to do your research to determine who and what the best pet insurance is to cover your pet’s needs. Also, the pet’s age and preexisting conditions might affect the insurance as well.

However, no pet parent wants to have to pay for UTI treatment and medications out of pocket, so it is best to look into pet insurance when you have any type of pet, just to be on the safe side.

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Tips to Prevent Your Dog from Getting a UTI

Now that you know everything you need to know about dogs, UTI’s and how to pay for them, you’ll want to prevent your canine pal from getting another UTI or from getting one at all.

A healthy diet is the first place to start when it comes to preventing your dog from getting a UTI. Make sure that you give your dog high-quality food and plenty of fresh water so that it has a great start on its road to being healthy.

There are also a few natural treatments you can give your pet to ensure urinary system health. Finally, you should keep regular vet appointments for your furry friend, so if there is a problem, they can catch it before it gets too bad.

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Final Thoughts

This concludes our guide on the costs of medication and treatment for dog UTIs this year. Though it can vary from vet to vet and from city to city, these are accurate prices that are commonly being charged in many different private practices and clinics.

Make sure you take care of your furry friend by following the tips above so they don’t end up in the vet’s office with a UTI on a regular basis.

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