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What are Natural Urinary Tract Infection Remedies?

Urinary tract infections are uncomfortable and potentially even painful for your dog. Diagnosing a UTI early is imperative for the dog’s comfort as well as to obtain proper treatment. Natural remedies can help in the treatment of UTIs, and are especially effective in the early stages. Be aware that many pets will require veterinary care and prescription antibiotics, especially if a bacterial infection has established itself.

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Natural Urinary Tract Infection Remedies Procedure in Dogs

Herbal Remedies

There are several safe herbs to give your dog during the painful time of experiencing a urinary tract infection. There are several anti-inflammatory herbs readily available in your local health food store. Juniper berry helps to filter impurities in the kidneys causing the dog to urinate more and ridding the body of toxins which may cause the UTI or inflammation. Urva ursi is a natural astringent helping with any minor bleeding or inflammation. Parsley leaf is a diuretic which can also increase the production of urine helping the dog rid the body of toxins causing pain and inflammation. Marshmallow root is a herb which may help reduce the level of bacteria and minimize inflammation. 

Please be aware that herbal remedies can be toxic if provided in the wrong dose and it is important to consult your vet before considering them, as they may not be appropriate for your pet.

Diet Changes/Additions

Cranberry and blueberry are great preventive fruits which can be easily added to your dog’s diet to support their urinary tract. Many better quality dog foods will contain these ingredients already.

Apple cider vinegar can be added to your dog’s water bowl in small amounts and may ward off an infection. Balancing your dog’s pH levels can also be accomplished by adding fresh lemon juice to their water bowl. 

Feeding your dog a healthy diet with high moisture content will also assist in cleaning out the urinary tract and keeping their system healthy. Always be sure to provide your dog with plenty of fresh drinking water. Flushing through their urinary tract regularly will be the best prevention your dog has against developing recurring urinary tract infections.

Supplements

Your veterinarian can recommend products to supplement your dog’s diet. Your local pet store may also have various products you can offer your dogs as treats or add to their meals to help prevent urinary tract infections. Most of these products will be natural supplements which include ingredients such as cranberry, echinacea, or other herbs to remedy inflammation within the dog’s urinary tract.

Time for Rest

If your dog is showing early signs of a urinary tract infection, you can begin natural treatment right away. While treating the UTI, be sure your dog gets plenty of rest and drinks lots of water. Keep your dog comfortable and calm, to help him recover quickly.

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Efficacy of Natural Urinary Tract Infection Remedies in Dogs

Remember that a dog showing signs of cystitis (bladder inflammation) may not always have crystals or a bacterial infection (issues that require specific veterinary care), but may simply have minor bladder inflammation. Herbal remedies can be effective in changing the pH balance necessary to make your dog comfortable and to prevent an infection from establishing. Reducing inflammation with herbal supplements will help your dog feel better. If your dog is susceptible to recurrent urinary tract infections, preventive care might be necessary to keep from having treat and retreat.

If your dog does not urinate for 12 hours or more or is straining to pass urine but none is appearing, it is imperative to see your veterinarian right away.

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Natural Urinary Tract Infection Remedies Recovery in Dogs

Rest for your dog during treatment is important. However, also allow your dog outside to urinate frequently. Cleaning out the urinary tract during this time will be imperative to creating the correct pH balance for a healthy urinary tract.

Once your dog is feeling better, begin to add cranberries and blueberries to their meals. Some natural food brands and prescription foods offer recipes specifically designed for urinary tract issues and are created with natural foods for a healthy urinary tract.

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Cost of Natural Urinary Tract Infection Remedies in Dogs

Healing a condition naturally much of the time only requires the cost of the herbal remedies. These remedies can cost anywhere from $10 to $30 for treatment, but it may take a few treatments for full recovery. Add to that, the additional cost of supplements for preventive care, which could be as simple as the expense of some urinary supportive food and veterinary recommended supplements, and you could be spending an additional $10 to $30 a month for ongoing maintenance and preventive care.

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Dog Natural Urinary Tract Infection Remedies Considerations

Cystitis can sometimes be reversed quickly, especially if caught early and before an infection has set in. Urinary tract infections are painful and need to be taken seriously. If caught and treated early, you can stop the pain and potential infection before your dog needs veterinary care. However, if your dog seems to be in discomfort or is straining to pass urine, see your veterinarian for an exam and urine tests to identify any underlying infection or health conditions. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or other medications. Discuss the safety of natural treatments along with prescribed therapies in order to provide the most effective and appropriate treatment.

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Natural Urinary Tract Infection Remedies Prevention in Dogs

A healthy diet and access to ample water is imperative for your dog’s overall health. Urinating is the best way to clean out your dog's urinary tract naturally, so allow your dog to eliminate as necessary. Holding it in may cause potential problems for your dog.

Keeping your dog on a healthy diet with whole foods and balanced protein with healthy fruits and vegetables can improve their overall health as well as their urinary tract. Adding fresh blueberries to their food bowl can decrease the risk of developing urinary tract infections in the future. You can also add cranberries or give your dog cranberry pills to help prevent future urinary tract infections. 

Prescription urinary diets are often advised for those who suffer with ongoing urinary complaints and it is important to stick to the diet.

Bladder supplements containing ingredients such as N Acetyl D Glucosamine can help coat the bladder and prevent cystitis.

Hygiene is essential for a healthy dog. Bacteria can grow in dirty genital areas, causing inflammation or infection. Clip any long fur and clean away any urinary or fecal soiling regularly.

Your dog needs healthy bacteria, so adding a probiotic to their food by way of probiotics sprinkled over their food is easy to do and can improve the healthy number of bacteria in your dog’s gut. 

There are many ways to prevent urinary tract infections. Pay attention to your dogs and know the signs they display when they are not feeling well.

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Written by a Pugs lover Grace Park

Veterinary reviewed by: Linda S.

Published: 05/31/2017, edited: 04/13/2021

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My dog will not stop licking her area and excessively peeing inside. I take her out more than 10 times a day for 2-3hours. Sometimes theres blood in the urine. Is this caused by uti.

Sept. 28, 2020

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Thank you for your question. It is highly likely that your dog does have a UTI, and if left long enough, UTI's can cause bladder stones. They are quite painful, and it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. They will be able to treat her and make her more comfortable.

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My dog's vulva is covered by her saggy skin so my vet believes this is causing the bladder infections. He gave me a cream to place on the vulva after I wipe it with a baby wipes. Is there a natural cream that I could use? Supplement that I can add to her diet? I give her natural yogurt at every meal. The vet says there is a surgery to remove the excess skin but she is so old, I don't want to put her through that.

May 18, 2018

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If the skin around Oreo's vulva is harboring bacteria and causing urinary problems,, it would be best to follow your veterinarian's advice and see if the medicated ointment helps to precent infections. I hope that she is okay.

May 18, 2018

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Our 3 year old female spaded retriever mix has a UTI.She was squatting to urinate frequently & I saw blood in the snow where she urinated. Her first UTI was 10/2017. She is on baytril daily and florti flora daily now. Should we clean her groin daily & with what natural product? Will daily yogurt prevent a problem in the future? Anything else we can do naturally? She eats Blue Buffalo adult dry food. I add water to it. We live in northern IL.

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Thank you for your email. Dogs will occasionally get uncomplicated UTI's that resolve with appropriate antibiotic care, and may not need ongoing care for that problem. I'm not sure if she has been on Baytril daily since October, but if so, that is not a normal UTI. Conditions that may complicate the situation and make it so that the UTI doesn't resolve include bladder stones which can be identified typically with an x-ray or ultrasound, or a resistant infection, in which case a culture of her urine will identify the antibiotic most appropriate for her. Adding water to her food helps, to keep her urine more dilute. There are urinary prescription diets that she may benefit from as well. Depending on her anatomy, she may also benefit from daily cleaning with a gentle cleanser around her vulva to remove any bacteria that might be problematic. I hope that some of those suggestions help you work with your veterinarian to resolve this issue for her.

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Hello my dog is six his name is kujo today i noticed when he pee'd it was bloody, i noticed it looked like he had no pain while urinating no wimper or cry,but he does have a little loss of energy.i read online it is most likely a UTI and it is uncommon for it to be cancerous. I am debating if i should do a home remedies for a week to see if it cures it or should i take him to the vet immediately??

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Ive noticed that my 12yr old female dog tends to have a clear mucus discharge come out her vulva. Can this be due to a uti? 8yrs ago she was diagnosed with urinary incontinence which resolved itself. She doesn't have trouble emptying her bladder and tends to sniff around in the grass and squats to pee more. Could she be marking her territory?

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Hello, My dog keeps urinating while she is asleep, she has ample amounts of water and I take her out to pee regularly. She does not seem to struggle and when she does pee, it is usually a good amount of urine. Is it hormonal or a UTI?

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