Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs and Natural Treatments
Pets can acquire UTIs when bacteria finds its way into the body. This can happen in many different ways, and in some cases, a weakened immune system can make matters worse. Here's our advice on what to look for to determine if your dog has a UTI and holistic treatments.
Symptoms of UTI in Dogs
Some common symptoms or signs that your pet might have a UTI can include:
- More frequent urination than normal (sometimes with little output)
- Straining or look of discomfort while urinating
- Accidents in the house
- Licking of the urethra
- Concentrated or dark-colored urine
Natural Remedies for UTIs in Dogs
If your pet is having one, or many of these symptoms, you may want to consider contacting a vet to find out more information. If you know that your pet is prone to UTIs though and are looking for natural solutions to prevent future infections or want to treat it holistically, here is some more information.
Holistic treatments take into account your pets' surroundings, lifestyle, and diet.
Cranberries contain a substance that actually prevents bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall.
Cran-Max® is essentially a cranberry concentrate that contains many healthy nutrients. Similar to how it works with humans, this concentrate helps cleanse the urinary tract of dogs and preventing build up of bacteria on the bladder's walls is a part of that. Working Cran-Max® into your pet's diet is easy with our powdered supplement. Just sprinkle this over your pet's food or mix it into their moist food for a quick and easy solution.
When bacteria gets in the urinary tract, it can often cause inflammation which can lead to pain and discomfort for your pet. A natural remedy that helps treat and soothe this inflammation is marshmallow root. Marshmallow root also naturally strengthens the immune system which can help fight off bacteria causing the UTI. Working marshmallow root powder into your pet's diet is an easy way to serve them this healthy ingredient.
Increased Water Intake
Increasing the fluid intake in your pets' diet, whether by providing more liquids or working in a moist food to their diet, can be helpful as well. Water can help to keep the system flushed out and well hydrated, preventing the buildup of bacteria.
Pets that are kept in the house for long periods of time before being allowed to eliminate, may be more prone to urinary tract infections. If you work long hours, consider coordinating someone to let your dog outside during the day or hire a dog walker.
Stress and emotional upset can also play a factor. If you move to a new house or switch litter trays, cats can become reluctant to use the litter tray and this can lead to issues as well. If you feel stress may be playing a factor, consider natural stress remedies as well.
How Can Your Prevent Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs?
Each of the solutions above can benefit your pet's health and are known holistic remedies for UTI treatment. If you know your pet is prone to Urinary Tract Infections though, consider keeping these things in mind on an ongoing basis.
Lowering stress and providing your pets with an adequate about of water are important to their overall health on an ongoing basis.