Home Remedies For Cat And Dog Urinary Tract Infections & UTI Symptoms
What Are Common Pet Urinary Tract Problems?
Many cats and dogs experience urinary tract problems at some point in their lives. Urinary tract problems are among the most common health issues seen in both cats and dogs. You may notice your cat or dog peeing a lot, straining to urinate, having accidents in the house, showing behavioral changes and exhibiting blood in the urine if they are suffering from urinary or bladder issues. Urinary tract issues can be uncomfortable and dangerous. Conventional treatment may involve the use of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and surgery if stones are involved. Maintaining a balanced pH is the key to a healthy urinary tract. Supplements and diet changes can make a tremendous difference and can help prevent recurrences.
Urinary tract and bladder problems comprise a variety of conditions:
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD)
Dog bladder infections and cat bladder infections, as well as UTIs, can become a chronic problem. As soon as your dog or cat finishes the antibiotics, the infection and inflammation can return. Pets may have "accidents" in the house as a way to make you aware of their discomfort. Watch the signs and be aware that accidents may have a medical not just behavioral cause. Sometimes the pet can have incontinence or straining as a result of a slight irritation (not a raging infection) which can be hard to diagnose. Using natural supplements to prevent cat and dog UTIs and maintain a healthy urinary pH can finally stop the endless cycle of chronic infections.
Our natural remedies for cats and dogs have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals since 2005. Ask Ariel's extensive experience and results helping pets with urinary tract problems is why our holistic pet supplements are recommended by veterinarians nationwide. Please see below for our holistic remedies for cats and dogs with urinary tract problems.
Cat and Dog UTI Symptoms
Bladder infections and UTIs in dogs and cats are not uncommon, as they are often impacted by diet and water. A UTI typically occurs when bacteria enter the urethral opening and move up the urinary tract to the bladder. Other underlying issues such as bladder cancer and kidney stones can make your dog more susceptible to getting a UTI.
Common symptoms of a UTI in dogs and cats may include:
- Dog peeing blood or cat peeing blood
- Excessive licking of the genitals
- Accidents in the house or urinating out side the litter box
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)
When the bladder is not able to empty correctly, your cat may be diagnosed with feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), which is a term used to describe a variety of conditions that affect the bladder and urethra. The most common conditions include infections, inflammation, idiopathic cystitis, urolithiasis (stones) and urethral obstruction (plugs).
While FLUTD can occur at any age, it is usually seen in middle-aged, overweight cats that get little exercise, use an indoor litter box, have little or no outdoor access and tend to eat a dry diet. Factors such as emotional or environmental stress, a multi-cat household and abrupt changes in daily routine may also increase the risk that a cat will develop FLUTD. If you suspect a urinary tract problem, it is important for you to seek veterinary care and find the underlying cause. Your veterinarian will usually conduct a physical exam and order a urinalysis, a urine culture, blood work and possibly X-rays and ultrasounds.
Common symptoms of FLUTD may include:
- Urinating outside the box
- Frequent trips to the litter box
- Excessive licking of the genitals
- Visible blood in the litter box
Bladder Stones and Crystals
Bladder stones can be found in cats and dogs. They are the result of minerals accumulating in the bladder. They can lead to urinary tract infections and blockage. When pets have an unresolved urinary tract infection, an X-ray or ultrasound may be used to search for bladder stones. Treatment of bladder stones may involve surgical removal of the stones.
Crystals in normal feline and canine urinary tracts may be harmless because the crystals are typically eliminated before they grow large enough to interfere with urinary function. They form when there is an imbalance in the urinary pH. Different types of crystals form depending upon whether the urine is too acidic or too alkaline. They may cause pain and may indicate a higher risk for bladder and kidney infections. Crystals are diagnosed through urinalysis. Treatment is done with drug therapy and diet changes.
Urinary incontinence is often thought to be part of the aging process, and it is true that many older dogs can have the condition, but it can affect dogs of any age. There are certain conditions that can contribute to dogs losing control of their bladder (including kidney disease, endocrine disorders and cognitive dysfunction disorders), but it could also be caused by a low-level infection.
Common symptoms of urinary incontinence in pets may include:
- Excessive licking of the genitals
- Yellowish or clear vaginal discharge
- Strong urine smell in pet's sleeping area
Interstitial Cystitis in Cats and Dogs
Interstitial cystitis in cats and dogs is a condition in which the bladder wall becomes inflamed and may even hemorrhage. No sooner do you finish a round of antibiotics than your pet starts showing the common signs of discomfort, which can include frequent urination, straining to urinate, waking up in the middle of the night to urinate, arching the back, urinating outside the litter box and/or blood in the urine. Some pets may develop urinary incontinence on a regular basis.
With interstitial cystitis, there may be an infection or the start of infection, and sometimes there may be no infection at all. Your pet’s bladder and urinary system may have a great deal of inflammation and quite possibly infection, which can become very hard to treat and very uncomfortable for your pet.
Conventional veterinary treatment for interstitial cystitis in cats and dogs involves the use of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. Depending upon other factors that may be involved, your veterinarian may also recommend that your pet be put on a special diet that controls the pH of its urine.
Frequent Urinary Tract Infections & Diabetes
Urinary tract infections are common in cats and dogs with diabetes. Diabetes weakens immunity so pets with diabetes are more prone to various infections in general. However, diabetic pets accumulate excess sugar in the blood which is filtered by the kidneys into the urine. The excess sugar in the urine, attracts bacteria and creates an ideal environment for a urinary tract infection. Concentrated urine contains chemicals that help kill bacteria but pets with diabetes will have more dilute urine due to drinking more frequently. Diabetic pets may not show signs of a UTI the way that a nondiabetic pet would so it's important to have your pet's urine checked regularly. Left untreated, bacteria from the bladder can travel to the kidneys, causing more severe urinary tract problems.
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Cat and Dog Bladder Infection Home Remedies
When dealing with dog and cat UTIs, treatment using natural supplements can repair and heal the urinary tract, maintain a balanced pH and prevent bacterial overgrowth in the bladder. Ask Ariel's holistic supplements for urinary tract infections in pets are recommended by veterinarians nationwide. These trusted supplements have been used successfully to help cats and dogs with urinary tract infections, interstitial cystitis, urinary plugs and other bladder problems since 2005. Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis offered holistic consultations for pets at several VCA Hospitals for over 10 years. Her years of experience and success in formulating diet and supplement protocols for pets with urinary tract infections are evidenced by the many testimonials on our website. These natural remedies for pets can be used in conjunction with the conventional veterinary treatments prescribed by your veterinarian.
What can you give a dog for urinary tract infections or other bladder problems?
Pet UTI Prevention - A science-based cat and dog urinary tract infection home remedy that helps clear bacteria, reduces irritation, relieves pain and discomfort and promotes healing of the urinary tract and bladder. Contains key nutrients such as d-mannose, cranberry and uva-ursi, proven to help prevent repeat infections.
Power Probiotic for Pets - Power Probiotic is the best probiotic for pets. This high-potency, multi-strain supplement is easy to use, and most pets love the taste. When your cat or dog takes antibiotics for a UTI, the friendly bacteria is killed off along with the bad bacteria. Friendly bacteria is necessary for a healthy immune system and to keep yeast in balance. Pets that have taken antibiotics for urinary tract infections can develop yeast overgrowth, so supplementing with Power Probiotic can help prevent these infections from recurring. Pure and natural -- absolutely NO FILLERS!
Amazing Omegas for Pets - The highest-quality purified fish oil available for pets. It is a powerhouse of omega-3 nutrients (essential fatty acids). Made from sardines, anchovies and mackerel processed with minimal heat to preserve the oil in its natural state.
Akutur - Promotes healing of the urinary tract and bladder. Provides pain relief in the urinary tract, reduces inflammation and helps restore balance in the bladder and pelvic floor. Especially helpful for pets with a history of urinary plugs, interstitial cystitis and bladder cancer. For best results, combine with NotaSAN.
Renelix - Flushes out the toxins from the kidneys and urinary tract. Helps restore normal kidney and urinary tract function. Use this product if your pet has ever had kidney or bladder stones, crystals or kidney disease. Renelix helps prevent future crystals and stones by gently detoxifying the urinary tract. Please know that Renelix will NOT break up bladder or kidney stones.
NotaSAN - Naturally controls harmful bacteria and restores gut flora balance, improving immune function. Fights infections and helps prevent recurring infections. Combines well with Akutur to target the urinary tract and bladder.
QuentaSAN - Natural homeopathic formula that fights viruses and infection. Cats can get frequent infections due to an underlying viral condition. QuentaSAN is excellent for cats that are fighting multiple infections.
Psy-Stabil - Benefits cats that get frequent urinary tract infections due to stress. This natural homeopathic remedy promotes a calm sense of well-being. Helps cats and dogs cope better with triggers that cause anxiety.
The Best Diet for Cats and Dogs With Urinary Issues
Pets with urinary tract problems need a special diet that supports a healthy immune system and reduces inflammation. Feeding a hypoallergenic, low-carbohydrate diet with a novel protein is helpful. Many quality pet foods, even "holistic brands," contain too many starchy carbohydrates that convert to sugar, weakening your pet's immune system. When ordering supplements, please be sure to include the food and treats you are feeding your pet along with any health issues directly on the order form at checkout. We will include FREE diet tips for pets with urinary issues on the packing slip that comes with your order.
Important note: Pets with a history of bladder stones need careful management, especially if the pet has had calcium stones, stones that grow in an acidic pH or a genetic proclivity to develop stones. Ask Ariel recommends working with your veterinarian for the best diet, as a natural, holistic approach may be contraindicated.
We understand how challenging urinary tract infections can be for you and your pets. We are here to help. If you need information about a particular pet health condition and the products that can help, please email us at Support@AskAriel.com
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