Natural Treatments For Cat and Dog Urinary Tract Infections
What Are Common Pet Urinary Tract Problems?
Many cats and dogs experience urinary tract problems at some point in their lives. They are among the most common health issues seen in both cats and dogs. Cats and dogs with urinary tract conditions may strain to urinate, have frequent urination, accidents in the house, behavioral changes and blood in the urine. 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 such as:
- 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 can return. Using natural supplements to prevent dog and cat UTIs 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.
Urinary Tract Infections in Cats and Dogs
Bladder infections and UTIs in dogs and cats is not uncommon, as it is often impacted by diet and water. A UTI typically occurs when bacteria enters the urethral opening and moves 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:
- 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 to describes a variety of conditions that affect the bladder and urethra of cats. 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 they tend to eat a dry diet. Factors such as emotional or environment stress, multi-cat households, 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, a urinalysis, urine culture, bloodwork 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 unresolving urinary tract infections, 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 factor for bladder and kidney infections. Crystals are diagnosed through urinalysis. Treatment is by 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 be inflicted with 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 disorder), but it could also be 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 is a condition in which the bladder wall becomes inflamed and may even hemorrhage. No sooner do you finish a round of antibiotics, 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 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 on a special diet that controls the pH of your pet's urine.
Natural Supplements for Urinary Tract Infections
Nutritional supplements 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 are recommended by veterinarians nationwide. The supplements have been used successfully to help cats and dogs with urinary 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 formulating diet and supplement protocols for pets with urinary tract infections are evidenced by the many testimonials on our website. These natural remedies for the urinary system can be used in conjunction with the conventional veterinary treatments prescribed by your veterinarian.
Pet UTI Prevention - A science-based formula 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 Probiotics for Pets - High potency, easy to use and pets love it. Fights infection and yeast and promotes the growth of "friendly" bacteria in the urinary tract. Essential if your pet has taken antibiotics. Helps prevent infections from recurring.
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. Helpful for inflammation in the lining of the urinary tract.
Psy-Stabil - Benefits cats that get frequent urinary tract infections due to stress. Works over time to help your stressed pet "cope" better with triggers that cause anxiety.
The Best Diet For Cats And Dogs With Urinary IssuesPets 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 which 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 them. 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.