Safe, Natural Treatments for Your Pet's Bladder & Urinary
Urinary tract infections are among the most common health
problems that veterinarians see on a daily basis. About 14% of all dogs
will have a UTI at some point in their lives.
It's less commonly seen in cats, only seen in about 1% of the
population. But, urologic problems tend to be more serious in cats,
Whether you have a dog or a cat, early diagnosis and
treatment will help to ensure that the condition does not become more
serious. If left untreated, the condition can spread, affecting the
bladder and damaging the kidneys. Scar tissue can form, making
urination constantly painful and/or difficult.
Pain is the first sign to look for. It is sometimes more
difficult to recognize that your cat is in pain, since they tend to
deal with it on their own. One sign would be excessive grooming of the
genitals or urinating outside of the litter box.
You see, your cat would think that the pain is associated with
the box itself. So to her, urinating elsewhere may be less painful. If
she "goes" on a light colored surface, you may see slight traces of
blood. In that case, you should contact your vet right away.
Dogs have more UTIs, because we keep them inside, restricting
their access to a "bathroom", so to speak, and requiring them to "hold"
their bladders for sometimes long periods of time. Dogs are more likely
to whine or cry when the pain begins. They may run away after urinating
and tuck their tails between their legs.
Vets usually prescribe antibiotics, but the side effects can create
other health problems, including loss of appetite, lethargy and
vomiting. The loss of appetite may be temporary, but if your pet
refuses to eat, you should talk to the vet about changing the
medication or consider other treatment options.
A homeopathic veterinarian may prescribe uva ursi, berberis, cantharis,
staphysagris or a combination of the herbs and botanical extracts. All
of these are well known tonics for treating and preventing urinary
Prevention & Maintenance
First of all, you should make sure that your pet has easy access to
clean, fresh water. Filtered or bottled is preferable to chlorinated or
If you have a dog, you should consider installing a pet door, so that
she can go outside when she needs to. If that's impossible and you work
outside the home, try to find someone that can take her for a walk in
the middle of the day.
An eight or ten hour day is a long time to make her wait. Think about
how many times you use the bathroom every day. For small dogs,
absorbent pads are available and it is relatively easy to train them to
"go" there. When you come home, you simply pick them up and throw them
Moist food is better than dry. If you have been feeding dry, you may
notice some changes in their bowel movements. These usually clear up in
a short time, but if things have not improved after two weeks, try a
different brand. Consider organic and raw, unprocessed foods and never
give your pet anything that contains sugar.
Avoid the use of commercial flea collars, powders and sprays. When
walking your dog, avoid areas that have been sprayed with weed or bug
killer. All of these things are toxic and the smaller your pet, the
more likely he or she will have a negative reaction.
Make sure that your animals get regular exercise and minimize the
stress in their lives. If you are currently using a regular
veterinarian, consider switching to a holistic vet. They are normally
more aware of the stress that a vet visit causes an animal. They avoid
over-immunizations and help you learn to support your pets' immune
is an over the counter product that supports the function of the
bladder and urinary tract. It can be used by both dogs and cats, for
both prevention and treatment. It contains the active ingredients
mentioned above that are normally suggested by homeopathic vets.
& Liver Support is a natural herbal tonic with Echinacea,
Indian ginseng, milk thistle and dandelion. All of these herbs are
known to support healthy immune system function.
Both of these products and other natural products for your pet's health
are available from Pet Alive, a branch of Native Remedies. Visit
the site to learn more about how you can protect your pets' health
and ensure that they live long and healthy lives.
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