Natural Remedies for Cat and Dog Urinary Tract Infections
Cat and Dog UTI Prevention
Urinary tract infections 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. Cat and dog bladder infections can become a chronic problem where pets start to show signs of another infection a few days after the antibiotics are finished. Conventional veterinary treatment often involves antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and surgery if stones are involved. Why then does your cat or dog's UTI keep coming back? Once a pet has the first urinary tract infection (UTI), repeat infections are common. Maintaining a balanced pH is the key to a healthy urinary tract. Using home remedies for cat and dog UTIs and making diet changes can ensure that your pet maintains a healthy urinary pH to finally stop the endless cycle of chronic bladder infections.
Our UTI treatment for dogs and cats has been used successfully in veterinary hospitals since 2005. Ask Ariel's extensive experience and results helping pets with urinary tract infections is why our holistic pet supplements are recommended by veterinarians nationwide. Please see below for our home remedies for cat and dog UTIs.
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. Symptoms of a UTI in cats and dogs are often very similar.
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 outside the litter box
"Feebee is a West Highland White Terrier (Westie) and will be celebrating her 15th birthday in May. She’s alert, spunky, energetic, and happy thanks to your wonderful supplements. She’s had recurrent UTIs and has taken Pet UTI Prevention and Power Probiotic for years. Two years ago one of her bio markers for kidney disease spiked up so we added Renelix and Kidney Health. (After a year on the supplements it actually went down!). She also takes Soothing Digestive Relief and Gastro ULC for acid reflux." - Wendi, Texas
Home Remedies for Cat and Dog UTIs
When dealing with cat and dog 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. Below is our holistic approach for how to treat a UTI in cats and dogs with natural, high-quality supplements.
What Can You Give a Dog for Urinary Tract Infections or Other Bladder Problems?
Pet UTI Prevention - Pet UTI Prevention is the first line of defense for pet owners seeking an effective cat and dog bladder infection treatment. Pet UTI Prevention contains a premium blend of scientifically proven ingredients shown to support urinary health in pets, making it an effective cat and dog UTI treatment. With key ingredients such as d-mannose, cranberry, uva-ursi, vitamin C and more, this trusted urinary tract infection home remedy has been recommended by veterinarians nationwide for over 15 years. Pet UTI Prevention helps clear bacteria, reduce irritation and promote healing of the urinary tract and bladder. The ingredients acidify the urine, helping to promote a neutral pH and reducing the ability of bacteria to cling to the bladder wall and the likelihood of reinfection. Our cat and dog UTI supplement relieves painful symptoms of UTIs naturally and stops the cycle of repeat infections. See our testimonials!
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. It’s pure and natural with absolutely NO FILLERS! This natural treatment is also one of our best puppy UTI home remedies because it supports a puppy’s overall digestive and immune health.
Amazing Omegas for Pets - This product contains the highest-quality purified fish oil available for pets. It is a powerhouse of omega-3 nutrients (essential fatty acids). It’s made from sardines, anchovies and mackerel processed with minimal heat to preserve the oil in its natural state.
Akutur - This product promotes healing of the urinary tract and bladder. It provides pain relief in the urinary tract, reduces inflammation and helps restore balance in the bladder and pelvic floor. It’s especially helpful for pets with a history of urinary plugs, interstitial cystitis and bladder cancer. For best results, combine with NotaSAN.
Renelix - This product flushes the toxins from the kidneys and urinary tract. It 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. NotaSAN is our most popular cat UTI remedy because the drops are tasteless.
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.
“I am writing this testimonial so that others like me who are very hesitant to follow instructions from someone (I didn't even know) on the internet can help their dog. Sophie had recurrent urinary tract infections that became resistant to antibiotics. As a result of the large amount of antibiotics, she started to have digestive and itching issues. After two different vets, with multiple visits, costing lots of money and no improvement, I was extremely frustrated.
After much internet research, I came upon Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist. They took the time to explain the importance of proper nutrition for dogs and the extreme role that it plays in their health. I must admit that I was hesitant as first as I looked at the cost of some of the natural supplements and food changes. However, when comparing it to the continuing veterinary bills and medication, it ends up to be less expensive. But more importantly, I was able to stop the cycle of ill health (UTI'S, digestive etc) and Sophie was so much happier and healthier! I could go on and on but suffice it to say that I would highly recommend the Ask Ariel supplements.” - Sandy, Los Angeles
What Can You Do For A Puppy With A UTI?
The immune system of most puppies is not fully developed until 14 months of age. They can get into a lot of trouble before reaching maturity. Puppies are more susceptible to most types of infections since the immune system is weak. Every puppy can benefit from Power Probiotic and the Immune Support Kit to help fight infection and enhance overall immunity.
Puppies need to urinate frequently because their bladder is so small and fills up quickly. It is very important to give them extra potty breaks. When urine sits in the bladder, it can breed bacteria. The symptoms of a UTI in puppies can be difficult to spot, as they are still learning about bladder control and potty training. Puppies with a urinary tract infection may strain to pee, they may arch their backs, cry or whine because of pain, or they might not be able to go at all.
Encouraging your puppy to drink a lot of water can help to prevent and treat an infection of the urinary tract or bladder because it helps to flush toxins through the body. For an effective and natural puppy UTI home remedy, adding Power Probiotic along with Pet UTI Prevention can help to fight off infection in a puppy’s urinary tract.
“My precious labrador retriever Cali had 9 urinary tract infections in a row over a 1 year period. We took her to a veterinary specialist many times and spent a great deal on veterinary tests. No sooner that we stopped the antibiotics, the infection would return. We contacted Ask Ariel and integrated their holistic approach into Cali's veterinary care. We used the Ask Ariel Pet UTI Prevention, Power Probiotic, QuentaSAN and NotaSAN capsules along with the diet tips that Ask Ariel suggested. I am happy to report that a year later, Cali has not had any more infections.” - Lally Family
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.
“Oliver was getting one UTIs after another it got so bad we had to take him to emergency for urinary blockage. He kept peeing outside his litter box and sometimes we would hear him cry when he would go. My friend used your products and told us about the website. We were very skeptical at first but we are so glad we tried the products. Oliver was fussy with the Pet UTI Prevention taste so we primarily used the Akutur along with Power Probiotic and NotaSAN. He hasn't had a flareup in over 6 months. Thank you so much for helping our baby feel better!" - Lauren, Los Angeles
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.
Bella is our fourth and most sensitive golden. She developed chronic bladder infections UTI's and yeast on her skin. We have always fed Bella premium dog food since she was a puppy. After many expensive tests, medications and possible surgery to correct her problems, we found AskAriel. We have had nothing but good results. We used K9 Yeast Defense, Power Probiotic, NotaSAN and Pet UTI Prevention supplements. As my husband so simply put it, "She's fixed"!!!!!” - Steve and Valarie, CA
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. When you are looking for an effective UTI dog natural treatment, note that dog bladder infection symptoms can improve with diet changes and natural remedies. 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. Please note that we cannot provide consultative advice due to veterinary regulations, but we will be happy to provide articles and information so that you can make an informed decision about what's best for your pet.
What can I give my dog or cat for a urinary tract infection?
Urinary tract infections in dogs and cats are caused by bacteria in the urinary tract and/or bladder. In most cases, UTIs in pets will require antibiotics to kill off the bacteria. A dog UTI supplement, such as a probiotic, should be used with these medications to keep friendly bacteria in the gut and prevent recurrent infections. Natural supplements can be used to prevent UTIs from becoming a chronic cycle.
What are natural urinary tract infection remedies for cats and dogs?
Natural remedies for UTIs can repair and heal the urinary tract, maintain a balanced pH and prevent bacterial overgrowth in the bladder. Our holistic supplements, such as Pet UTI Prevention, Power Probiotic for Pets and Amazing Omegas have been recommended by veterinarians nationwide since 2005. These natural remedies are commonly used in conjunction with conventional treatments prescribed by your veterinarian.
What is the best home remedy for a UTI in pets?
The best home remedy for UTIs in pets is a premium blend of scientifically proven ingredients shown to support urinary tract health. Our Pet UTI Prevention supplement helps eliminate pathogens from the urinary tract, acidifies the urine, and helps prevent bacteria from clinging to the bladder wall. This blend of cranberry, dandelion, nettle leaf, uva-ursi and d-mannose has been used successfully in veterinary hospitals and is an effective dog bladder infection treatment.
Can cranberry prevent urinary tract infections?
Cranberry extract has been well documented in scientific research as a potential natural urinary tract infection treatment for pets. Cranberry is a natural antiseptic. It helps to reduce the likelihood of infection by interfering with the bacteria’s ability to adhere to the lining of the urinary tract and bladder. Cranberries are also a natural source of Vitamin C, which can acidify the urine and limit bacteria growth. A natural cranberry supplement for dogs and cats can help to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections.
What to do for a puppy with a UTI?
A puppy with a UTI can benefit from natural supplements to boost the immune system and help prevent reinfection. A puppy’s immune system does not fully develop until 12–14 months of age, leaving them more susceptible to infections. Puppies need to urinate frequently because their bladder is so small and fills up quickly. When urine sits in the bladder, it can breed bacteria. The symptoms of a UTI in puppies can be difficult to spot, as they are still learning about bladder control and potty training. Puppy UTI home remedies include a powerful yet gentle probiotic along with a UTI prevention supplement that can help to fight off infection in a puppy’s urinary tract.