I'm sure that you, like me, have had a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point. Having to go to the toilet 35 times a day, does that remind you of something? It's a very common issue that we learn to live with, but what about our dogs? Are they safe from this kind of infection?
In this article you will learn about the important key elements that will help you recognize the signs of a UTI in your dog. And see the importance to act when you see blood in the urine.
With this knowledge, you will have the opportunity to take action against any early symptoms with an array of over the counter treatments and home remedies that you can prepare in the comfort of your own kitchen.
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What are the causes of urinary tract infections in dogs?
In most cases, UTIs are caused by bacteria, most commonly Escherichia Coli. They migrate from the outside through the urethra to the bladder. When the bladder is inflamed, this is called cystitis.
A dog that does not urinate often is more prone to bacterial urinary tract infections, as these bacteria have more time to migrate and develop in the bladder. That's why it's important to provide frequent wee breaks for your dog.
Some dogs are also more susceptible to UTIs and can have them repeatedly.
Diet plays an important role as well, as it influences the pH of the urine. A slightly acidic pH is preferred, as the bacteria develop more easily in an alkaline pH environment. See below how to help achieve this optimal pH level.
Other conditions can lead to urinary tract infections such as tumors or urinary crystals.
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What are the signs that might indicate that your dog has a urinary tract infection?
The classic signs of a UTI in a dog can be very subtle, so pay attention.
Here are some examples:
- Your dog has a harder time holding his bladder.
- They need to wee in small amounts, and more often.
- They start to have accidents in the house.
- Noticeable dripping after they have finished urinating (and not a solid stream).
- The urine looks darker and smelly.
In the case of a more advanced urinary tract infection, symptoms can change:
- Your pet seems in pain during urination, it seems forced.
- You notice blood in the urine.
- Your dog becomes incontinent (urine escapes more frequently).
- Your dog frequently licks its genitals.
- They become more apathetic in general.
When to see a vet?
At the first signs of a UTI in your dog, we suggest that you have your dog's urine tested at your vet’s.
They can confirm the diagnosis and you can then take action knowing what you are dealing with.
Indeed, these symptoms may indicate a bacterial urinary tract infection, but they may also suggest an onset of kidney disease/infection or the presence of crystals or stones in the bladder.
Often, we notice the first signs of an infection only when it is well-established, since our dogs are good at hiding things! If your dog has a more advanced bacterial infection, it may need antibiotic treatment prescribed by a vet.
Read further to learn about the natural solutions to this uncomfortable condition.
How to treat my dog’s urinary tract infection?
What can you give a dog for urinary tract infection?
Here a some natural treatments and home remedies over the counter that can greatly help your dog fight a bacterial UTI or blood in dog urine.
In early cases of the disease, these remedies may be particularly effective. For more advanced cases, they are an important asset in completing a vet treatment.
It’s important to act early, noting that a bladder infection can gradually evolve into a kidney infection.
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Home remedies for urinary tract infections in dogs (over-the-counter)
I will share with you here some natural home remedies that you can concoct in the comfort of your home.
It is well known that when we catch a UTI, we as humans are recommended to drink cranberry juice. But can our dogs do the same thing?
This has not been scientifically proven, but there is every reason to believe that cranberries can actually help your pooch. They could help lower the urine pH levels and therefore prevent bacteria from developing in the bladder.
Be careful not to provide cranberry juice that is too sweet to your pet, in order to prevent weight gain! Some cranberry treats for dogs may be more suitable and safer.
Consult your vet to find out if this treatment is right for your pet. Cranberries may be advised against in some special cases.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar for dogs uti? Yes, this product that is both common and popular with sick humans would help to lower the pH of your dog's urine.
Therefore, this liquid will help relieve a bacterial urinary tract infection by neutralizing the bad bacteria in the bladder.
It is suggested, for small dogs, to add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to their water or food. For a big dog, one to two tablespoons can be added.
You can give this remedy up to twice a day for seven to ten days depending on the severity of the infection.
Be mindful to also provide your dog with a bowl of water or food without apple cider vinegar, in case they do not like the taste.
You can also use a vitamin C supplement to acidify your dog's urine. Thus, preventing the development of bacteria in the bladder.
When living in a more acidic environment, bacteria is less able to adhere to the walls of the bladder and therefore their development is more difficult.
On the other hand, an acidic environment also promotes the formation of calcium oxalate crystals. It is therefore necessary to use vitamin C in moderation, as well as the two previous products.
Ask your vet for the correct dosage of vitamin C for your pet, as it will vary according to their weight and even their diet.
Lots and lots of water!
This is my favorite tip! You will certainly have it at-hand and it is, in my opinion, the most effective thing to relieve a UTI in your pup.
You cannot go wrong with this remedy.
By drinking a lot of water, your dog dilutes his urine and will relieve himself more often. This can be seen as a cleansing of the bladder, as all the water carries with it the bad bacteria as it is expelled from the body.
You can use this trick even before you have a diagnosis of infection.
Regardless of your dog's condition, good hydration is always a positive thing. A well-hydrated animal has a more effective immune system and the latter is the most effective tool against any disease or illness.
But how to make your dog drink more water?
- Offer him several bowls of fresh water in the house.
- Mix some water with his kibble to make a porridge.
- Provide ice cubes, some dogs love them.
- Add a few drops of beef broth to the water.
Other natural products for urinary tract infections in dogs
We also offer these two natural products to help you with your dog's UTI.
A NATURAL URINARY DISORDERS PRODUCT
The URINARY DISORDERS product is the perfect tool to support your dog when facing urinary tract infections in our canine companions. In addition, if you are looking to relieve your dog's pain caused by inflammation of the bladder and even dissolves some urinary crystals, this product will help maintain the urinary system healthy.
It’s suitable for all animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, etc.) suffering from mild urinary disorders.
A NATURAL ANTIBIOTIC - SILVERPET
Combining this product with the previous one is a good choice for your dog's urinary tract infections. The SILVERPET product acts as a natural antibiotic agent and can be used in case of bacteria that develops in your dog's bladder.
In addition, this product helps strengthen the immune system and therefore helps your dog to help himself. It is natural.
It can also be used for the other animal species mentioned above.
How to prevent UTIs in dogs?
If you know that your dog is having chronic urinary tract infections, it’s possible to use these natural products.
In addition, as discussed earlier, making frequent trips out to allow your dog to urinate regularly is a good strategy to adopt.
Ask a nutrition expert, such as a vet, to make sure that your pet's food is adequate.
Finally, providing fresh water and encouraging your dog to drink plenty of water is an important benefit in the prevention of UTIs in dogs.
Now that you are well-equipped to identify a dog UTI at the first sign, be sure to have these ingredients and our natural products on hand to help your pooch of its symptoms.
The faster you act, the more successful you will be in your treatment. And your dog will thank you for it.
You can keep cranberries, apple cider vinegar and vitamin C in your kitchen, as most are just as effective for your own urinary tract infections!
In addition, you will have all the delicious elements needed to concoct a good salad!