Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are uncomfortable and potentially harmful to your dog. Diagnosing a UTI early and obtaining the proper treatment is important for the dog's comfort and overall health.
Natural remedies can help in the treatment of UTIs, and are especially effective in the early stages. Before giving your dog a natural remedy for UTIs, contact a veterinarian. UTIs often require medical care, especially if there's an established bacterial infection. In this case, natural remedies will cure the UTI, and only prescription antibiotics and veterinary treatment will remedy the infection.
If left untreated, UTIs can lead to the development of urinary bladder stones (uroliths), which can be very painful and sometimes require surgery to remove.
There are several safe herbs you can give a dog suffering from a urinary tract infection. You'll find many anti-inflammatory herbs readily available in your local health food store. Juniper berries help to filter impurities in the kidneys causing your dog to urinate more while ridding the body of toxins which may cause the UTI or inflammation.
Urva ursi (bearberry) is a natural astringent that helps with any minor bleeding or inflammation. Parsley leaf is a diuretic that can also increase urine production, helping your dog rid their body of toxins causing pain and inflammation. Marshmallow root is a herb that may reduce bacteria levels 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.
Apple cider vinegar can be added to your dog’s water bowl in small amounts and may ward off 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 a high moisture content will assist in cleaning out their urinary tract while keeping their immune system healthy. Always provide your dog with plenty of fresh drinking water to ensure they urinate frequently.
Your veterinarian could recommend products to supplement your dog’s diet. Your local pet store may sell products you can feed your dog to help prevent urinary tract infections. These products are usually natural supplements that include cranberry, echinacea, or herbs to remedy inflammation within your 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 a UTI, be sure your dog gets plenty of rest and drinks lots of water. Keep your dog comfortable and calm, to help them recover quickly.
Remember that a dog showing signs of a UTI may not always have bladder crystals/stones or a severe bacterial infection (issues that require specific veterinary care), but may simply have minor form of cystitis (bladder inflammation).
Herbal remedies can be effective in changing the pH balance of your dog's urinary tract, helping 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 vital your dog sees your veterinarian right away.
Rest for your dog during treatment is important. However, allow your dog outside to urinate frequently. Cleaning out the urinary tract during this time will be essential to create 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 are specifically designed for urinary tract issues and are created with natural foods that promote a healthy urinary tract.
Treating a dog's UTI with herbal remedies is relatively inexpensive. These remedies can cost anywhere from $10 to $30. Supplements for preventive care could cost as little as the expense of specially formulated food and vet recommended supplements. These preventative measures usually cost an additional $10 to $30 a month.
Cystitis (bladder inflammation) 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.
A healthy diet and access to water is critical for your dog's overall health. Urination is the best way for your dog to clean out their urinary tract naturally, so allow your dog to eliminate as necessary. Holding in urine can cause UTIs and bladder inflammation.
Feeding your dog a healthy and balanced diet with whole foods, including fruits and vegetables, can improve their urinary tract health. Adding fresh blueberries to your dog's food can decrease the risk of developing urinary tract infections. You can also add cranberries or cranberry pills to their diet to help prevent future infections.
Vets often recommend prescription diets for dogs who suffer from ongoing urinary tract issues. These diets can make a significant difference to your dog's urinary tract health. Additionally, bladder supplements containing ingredients such as N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine can help coat the bladder and prevent cystitis.
Hygiene is essential to a dog's health. Escherichia coli, found in a dog's feces, commonly causes UTIs. Clip any long fur and clean away urinary or fecal matter regularly.
Your dog needs healthy bacteria, so consider sprinkling probiotics over their food to improve the number of healthy bacteria in your dog's gut.
There are many ways to prevent urinary tract infections. Pay attention to your dog's bathroom schedule and know the signs when they're not feeling well. If your dog seems in great discomfort and their symptoms don't clear up, contact a vet as soon as possible.
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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
Dr. Michele K. DVM
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.
Oct. 7, 2020
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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
Dr. Michele K. DVM
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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