Bladder infections usually occur as bacteria normally living in and around the lower urinary tract ascend (go up) the urinary tracts through the urethra and infect the normally sterile bladder. Bacterial infections of the urinary tract will result in symptoms that include fever, backache, painful and frequent urination, lethargy, and blood in the urine. Causes could be related to stress and diet, but may also include immunological deficiency or fungal or protozoan infections. Other causes could be bladder stones, injuries, or tumors.
As soon as the bladder gets inflamed for any reason, you’ll notice that your dog frequently tries to urinate. He or she will often end up urinating in inappropriate places, such as throughout the home rather than in the litter box or outside.
Dry commercial foods are a major culprit (see: Natural Relief for Your Dog’s Urinary Tract Infections, Dr Loridawn Gordon (Article)) in producing alkaline urine, so one of the first steps you can take to prevent and treat urinary problems is changing your pet’s food to a high quality natural diet. The same dietary recommendations apply as for controlling struvite bladder stones.
When reading Dr. Shawn Messonnier’s booked titled “Natural Health Bible for Dogs and Cats”, you will realise that dietary therapy is useful adjunct and possible preventive measure for pets with bladder infections. Since most infections commonly form in alkaline urine, diets should help maintain an acidic urine as much as possible. Diets with animal-based protein sources are most important in maintaining an acidic pH. While urinary acidifiers can be useful, some doctors discourage their use as the exact dosage that is safe and effective is often not known.
As with most conditions, the most healthful natural diet will improve the pet’s overall health.
Principal Natural Solutions
- Natural diet, cranberry extract
Supporting Natural Solutions
- Coenzyme Q10, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, antioxidants, herbs: alfalfa, dandelion leaf, Echinacea, goldenseal, horsetail, marshmallow, plantain, Oregon grape, uva ursei, yarrow
Urinary Support Herbal Blend
Before feeding a pet with a medical condition one of our natural diets, please check with your veterinarian first to make sure the diet does not compromise your pet’s health care.
Start by switching your fur kid to natural raw cuisine. Once your fur kids transitioned to raw, typically between 4 and 6 weeks, introduce our Urinary Tonic Support Blend into the diet. The Urinary Tonic is used to relieve inflammation and pain, acts as a natural anti-acid and mild calmer, poultices intestinal walls and aids the healing of gastric ulcers, using 100% natural herbal blend. The Urinary Tonic contains Dandelion leaf, Nettle, Rosehips, Marshmallow root, Plantain, Ginkgo leaf, Echinacea, Kelp and Golden Rod.
These can be used in conjunction with conventional therapies. The natural treatments are widely used with variable success but have not been thoroughly investigated and proven at this time.
Additional Articles and Videos
Good reference articles & videos further reading available at:
- Top Remedies For UTI In Dogs (Dogs Naturally Magazine);
- These 3 Things May Indicate Your Pet has a Bladder Problem … (Mercola);
- Dr. Jean Dodd, What to observe when you dog urinates (Dr Jean Dodds);