For ages, urinary tract infections have been a common feature among humans as well as domiciled animals, mostly cats and dogs. The regime adopted for treating urinary tract infections in pets is almost similar to that of treating it in humans.
UTI in dogs can pose a serious health hazard if not attended to in time. Urinary tract infection in cats and dogs is caused mainly by the presence of bacteria, E. coli being the most common among them, in the urethra, which is the tube through which urine flows out. With time, if unchecked, bacteria may travel up the tract and infect kidneys. Kidney infection can lead to even the death of your loving pet.
The first step, of course, is to get a proper diagnosis done and establish the presence or otherwise, of UTI. If your pet is wetting at inappropriate places or urinating more often, you have every reason to suspect UTI. If you are reasonably aware of the changes in behavior of your pet you can identify the symptoms and look for consulting your veterinarian.
The mainstream veterinarians usually treat UTI in dogs with the aid of antibiotics. Many times it is seen that a higher dose of antibiotics actually aggravates the problem in your dog leading to further complications. Many veterinarians, who have a holistic approach to medicine, make use of natural herbs to treat UTI. Herbal and natural remedies support and become accustomed to the body’s systems and help in permanent recovery. Homoeopathic remedies are all made of only natural products and as such homeopathic bladder infection treatment for canines too falls under the category of natural remedies.
Practically all herbs and homoeopathic remedies that are traditionally used for treating humans are effective for pet UTI too. Garlic is a natural antibiotic whereas Echinacea is very effective to remove residual products of infections. Rosehips are a major source of iron and vitamin C and Alfalfa and Uva Ursi can be used for reducing acidity in urine and irritation in mucosal linings. For increased vitality and as a tonic for blood and nervous system, Yarrow can be considered. Buchu is a blood cleanser and a specific remedy for UTI.
The same herbal and homoeopathic remedies that are used for prevention are effective for an early cure and treating chronic infective incontinence. Thus a formulation of more of some or all can be used to prevent and\or cure canine UTI.
Diet plays an important role in disturbing the pH levels in urine that in turn leads to developing struvite crystals in urine, one of the main causes of urinary tract infection in cats and dogs. If you ensure that your dog’s diet has only the desired dietary level of magnesium, phosphate, and aluminum, you may even be able to reduce the risk of your pet getting UTI.
Ensure that your pet has access to fresh and clean water and that take it for a walk at least twice a day so that urine does not remain in the bladder for long.