Our pets don’t deserve the pain and discomfort urinary tract infections (UTIs) can give them. Peeing becomes terrible because of the pain and discomfort that comes with a UTI. And that’s before the vet visits, antibiotics, potty problems. Let’s find out more about some natural ways to support urinary tract health and prevent UTIs before they start.
What is a UTI?
When your pets’ defenses are down, bacteria can find its way through the urethra and stay there to cause infections. While all of our pets are at risk, those with other existing conditions like cancer, diabetes, bladder and kidney stones, and congenital abnormalities are at higher risk.
Unfortunately pets can’t speak to us, so we have to be alert for UTI symptoms. Unusual potty accident? Don’t get mad! Check for a UTI. Some other common symptoms include:
- Difficulty urinating
- Bloody urine
- Strange smelling urine
- Frequent urination but in small amounts
- Frequent licking of genitals
How to know for sure? The two sure ways are to use a pet UTI test kit, or go to a vet!
Natural Care: Before It Hurts
UTI free? Great. Let’s keep it that way!
- Water: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Urinating regularly will help to flush out bacteria in the urinary tract
- Vitamin C: According to Dr. Roger Welton, President of Maybeck Animal Hospital, Vitamin C is a proven, powerful immune boosting nutrient that can maintain urinary tract health. Experts provide widely differents suggested dosages, which can be affected by your pet’s weight, diet, and health status. So start with a lower dosage and be sure to consult with your veterinarian if you are interested in higher doses.
- Pro-anthocyanidins: Say what? Forget the name, just remember that cranberries and blueberries have it. In medical speak, this inhibits attachment of bacterial fimbriae (E. coli) to the uroepithelium. Said simply: no bacteria, no infection, right, Yay!
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Getting Serious? What Vets Do
Veterinarian generally conduct a urine culture test, identify the cause, and prescribe the right treatment. Uncomplicated UTIs are usually treated with antimicrobial drugs for 10-14 days. While we always look first for natural solutions, we highly recommend strutting to a vet if your pet is showing UTI symptoms. Prevention can’t cure existing infections!
Unfortunately antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria, which is where probiotics come in. Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, and Bifidobacterium lactis are an excellent way to boost a healthy gut, particularly for pets on a course of antibiotics. We recommend Fidobiotics as an excellent option.
Bye Bye UTI
So remember: water, natural nutrition, and supplements will keep your pets healthy and happy. If they are already suffering, get them to a vet and try some probiotics to get back to healthy. Happy peeing!