Pet UTI's and Bladder Infections
Factors that Contribute to Bladder Infections in Pets
- Lack of exercise. Exercise strengthens the immune system
- Lack of water for proper hydration
- Holding urine for prolonged periods
- Fear of urinating because of overly strict disciplining for
- Low quality dog food ingredients with mostly cereals and by
- E-coli contamination
- Chemicals like flea and tick collars
- Defective anatomy
- Bladder stones
- Too short a treatment program or not following it correctly
A urinary tract infection has the potential to damage the kidneys
and lead to death if it progresses too long. If you suspect your pet has a urinary infection it is best to get a
urine specimen and have it analyzed.
- to make sure it hasn't affected the kidneys and
- to make sure the symptoms are not from another more
serious disease such as diabetes which can mimic a bladder
Sometimes, very early on, the infection can be stopped with natural and home
remedies. A urinary strength herbal remedy for pets is often
needed for chronic cases and in preventing future kidney and urinary
Natural and Home Remedies for Pet UTI's
The following herbals and supplements have had proven success
with many pet owners and holistic vets. Do not administer them all
at once to your pet. Many are in herbal formulas.
- Cranberries. New research has found that proanthocyanidins in cranberries
prevents bacteria from adhering to the walls of the bladder and urethra and
allows the urine to wash away the bacteria. D-mannose (see below) is found
in cranberries but they don’t contain enough of the sugar.
- Probiotics / yogurt
- Apple cider vinegar
- D-Mannose powder helps inhibit adhesion of infection causing E-coli
bacteria to urinary tract walls and reduces urinary ph levels to inhibit the
growth of E. Coli.
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Natural Healing offers information and opinions based on the
investigation of studies worldwide. Do not use this information as a
substitute for professional medical diagnosis or treatment. Consult
with your veterinarian before administering any home remedies or
supplements. Your veterinarian can provide you with advice on what
is safe and effective for your pets' unique needs.