Efficacy of Natural Urinary Tract Infection Remedies in Dogs
Remember that a dog showing signs of a UTI may not always have bladder crystals/stones or a severe bacterial infection (issues that require specific veterinary care), but may simply have minor form of cystitis (bladder inflammation).
Herbal remedies can be effective in changing the pH balance of your dogs urinary tract, helping prevent an infection from establishing. Reducing inflammation with herbal supplements will help your dog feel better. If your dog is susceptible to recurrent urinary tract infections, preventive care might be necessary to keep from having treat and retreat.
If your dog does not urinate for 12 hours or more or is straining to pass urine but none is appearing, it is vital your dog sees your veterinarian right away.
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What Causes Urinary Tract Issues in Dogs?
Almost all dog urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria, which are normally present on the skin or in a dogs poop. Typically, problems start when the bacteria move up through the genitals and spread into the bladder, kidneys, and prostate.
Bacteria irritate the urinary tract causing inflammation (swelling). Some types of bacteria can also cause stones to develop in the bladder.
Any dog can have a UTI, but Sharon Marx, DVM, medical director of VCA Animal Healing Center in Yardley, Penn., says some dogs are more likely to get them. Older female dogs and those who hold their urine for a long time are more susceptible. Your dog may also be at higher risk if he or she has:
Home Treatment for Dogs With a Urinary Infection
Bladder infections and other bladder issues are as common in dogs as they are in people and just as painful and uncomfortable. Today our Somerset County vets share the causes, symptoms and treatments for bladder infections in dogs.