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Canine Urinary Tract Infections
This article written by: Tippy
A urinary tract infection is caused by bacteria in the
urethra, the tube from the bladder to out of the body,
and/or bladder. Harmful bacteria multiply and cause pain
while urinating. If the bacterial infection isn't caught
early it can spread to the kidneys and then to the blood
causing much more serious problems.
Veterinarians treat bladder infections by giving the dog
antibiotics that combat the bacterial infection in the
affected body parts. There are also natural remedies like
vitamins and herbs that strengthen the immune system and
correct imbalances that provide a good parasite breeding
ground in the canine's body.
Dogs get urinary tract infection fairly often and they are
painful and can cause more serious health problems.
Here are some signs that your dog may have a urinary tract
- There is blood in the urine.
- The dog strains or cries when urinating.
- The urine smells bad.
- Your dog starts having accidents in the home.
- Your dog wants to go out more often but with little result.
Here is how you can help your dog that has a urinary tract
It is important to treat the symptoms and the cause of the
urinary tract infection. There is a product known as UTI-
Free that helps pets by using a select combination of herbs
and homeopathic ingredients. UTI-Free has cured urinary
tract infections without the use of antibiotics.
An herbal tincture known as Goldenrod Horsetail Compound
helps reduce the irritation that is associated with a
urinary tract infection. For a dog weighing less than
fifteen pounds half a dropperful twice daily helps until
your pet is cured.
Large dogs should get one or even two droppers twice daily
until feeling better. You can give this to your canine in
its dog food. There is also homeopathic antibiotic tincture
that can help heal a variety of illnesses including urinary
Cantharis relieves the pain associated with urinary tract
infections. It is more effective if there is evidence of
blood in the urine. Give two to three 30C pellets when you
see the first signs of a urinary tract infection and repeat
every hour for three hours.
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Your dog doesn't have to swallow the tablet; it is
effectively absorbed through the mucous membranes when
placed in the mouth. If within twelve hours your dog isn't
better take it to the veterinarian.
Cranberry stops bacteria from sticking to the bladder
surface and makes the urine more acidic. The bacteria
associated with urinary tract infections cannot survive in
an acidic environment. But giving the juice to your dog
would probably be ineffective as it takes a lot of juice to
create an acidic environment in the bladder and dogs don't
usually like the taste.
You can however give your dog cranberry extract capsules.
Give your dog one capsule per twenty pounds of weight. You
can find these capsules in your vitamin aisle of your local
pharmacy or ask your pharmacist to order them in for your
You can strengthen your pets' immune system by giving "TF
Pets" to them. It is a supplement that will help your dog
fight pathogens, bacteria and viruses. Vitamin C is an anti-
inflammatory and dogs weighing less than fifteen pounds can
be given two hundred and fifty milligrams twice daily.
Pets fifteen to fifty pounds can have five hundred
milligrams twice daily; larger dogs can take one thousand
milligrams twice daily. You should get a vitamin C that is
enteric coated so that it doesn't irritate the dog's
digestive tract and cause diarrhea.
If you have to give your dog antibiotics, be sure to also
give your dog yogurt to replenish good bacteria that the
antibiotics kill. This is important because it maintains a
healthy gut that affects the absorption of vitamins and
minerals from the food your dog eats.
You can simply mix plain yogurt with the dog food or give it
to the dog straight if your dog likes the taste. Most dogs
love yogurt. You can also use the supplement and give your
dog a capsule twice daily one half hour after it takes its
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If your dog has a problem with chronic urinary tract
infections you should think about what may be causing the
problem. Dogs that do not have ready access to a lot of
fluids when they want or need them will have a problem with
their body becoming too alkaline, which allows bacteria to
You must provide your dog plenty of clean water without
chemicals or preservatives at all times. You should also
take your dog out for plenty of walks so it has the chance
to relieve itself frequently, otherwise your dog will hold
its bladder causing the urine to become more concentrated.
Another problem can be your dog's diet. If you are buying
dog food that contains a lot of preservatives, chemicals and
corn it can cause all kinds of health problems including
frequent urinary tract infections. Some dogs just can't take
eating food that is full of antibiotics, chemicals and
Some dogs are allergic to corn. It is as important that you
choose the right food for your dog as it is to take your dog
to the veterinarian for regular checkups and shots.
You should also give your dog frequent baths. Female dogs
that were spayed early can sometimes develop loose skin that
allows the urine to pool around the urethra providing an
ideal environment for bacteria to grow and cause a urinary
tract infection. If you don't or can't give your dog
frequent baths then you can wipe your dog with a baby wipe
after she urinates to remove the urine pooling around the
When you should call the veterinarian:
Urinary tract infections will most often go away quickly
with proper treatment. But if proper treatment isn't
provided quickly the problem can get dramatically worse in a
very short period of time.
If you dog is exhibiting signs of a bladder infection it is
okay to use natural helps and wait a day to see if it clears
up, but no more than that. When the infection travels to the
kidney's it causes excruciating pain and if not treated the
infection can travel to the blood causing sepsis. This is
very serious and can threaten the life of your pet.
If your dog seems to have trouble urinating with no other
signs of urinary tract infection or it can't urinate then
you must call your veterinarian right away. If your dog
isn't urinating it can be a blocked urethra causing the
problem and that is life threatening
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