Safe, Natural Treatments for Your Pet's
Bladder & Urinary Tract Health
Urinary tract infections are among the most common health problems that
veterinarians see on a daily basis. About 14% of all dogs will have a UTI at
some point in their lives.
It's less commonly seen in cats, only seen in about 1% of the population. But,
urologic problems tend to be more serious in cats, even life-threatening.
Whether you have a dog or a cat, early diagnosis and treatment will help to
ensure that the condition does not become more serious. If left untreated, the
condition can spread, affecting the bladder and damaging the kidneys. Scar
tissue can form, making urination constantly painful and/or difficult.
Pain is the first sign to look for. It is sometimes more difficult to recognize
that your cat is in pain, since they tend to deal with it on their own. One sign
would be excessive grooming of the genitals or urinating outside of the litter
You see, your cat would think that the pain is associated with the box itself.
So to her, urinating elsewhere may be less painful. If she "goes" on a light
colored surface, you may see slight traces of blood. In that case, you should
contact your vet right away.
Dogs have more UTIs, because we keep them inside, restricting their access to a
"bathroom", so to speak, and requiring them to "hold" their bladders for
sometimes long periods of time. Dogs are more likely to whine or cry when the
pain begins. They may run away after urinating and tuck their tails between
Vets usually prescribe antibiotics, but the side effects can create other health
problems, including loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting. The loss of
appetite may be temporary, but if your pet refuses to eat, you should talk to
the vet about changing the medication or consider other treatment options.
A homeopathic veterinarian may prescribe uva ursi, berberis, cantharis,
staphysagris or a combination of the herbs and botanical extracts. All of these
are well known tonics for treating and preventing urinary tract infections.
Prevention & Maintenance
First of all, you should make sure that your pet has easy access to clean, fresh
water. Filtered or bottled is preferable to chlorinated or fluorinated water.
If you have a dog, you should consider installing a pet door, so that she can go
outside when she needs to. If that's impossible and you work outside the home,
try to find someone that can take her for a walk in the middle of the day.
An eight or ten hour day is a long time to make her wait. Think about how many
times you use the bathroom every day. For small dogs, absorbent pads are
available and it is relatively easy to train them to "go" there. When you come
home, you simply pick them up and throw them away.
Moist food is better than dry. If you have been feeding dry, you may notice some
changes in their bowel movements. These usually clear up in a short time, but if
things have not improved after two weeks, try a different brand. Consider
organic and raw, unprocessed foods and never give your pet anything that
Avoid the use of commercial flea collars, powders and sprays. When walking your
dog, avoid areas that have been sprayed with weed or bug killer. All of these
things are toxic and the smaller your pet, the more likely he or she will have a
Make sure that your animals get regular exercise and minimize the stress in
their lives. If you are currently using a regular veterinarian, consider
switching to a holistic vet. They are normally more aware of the stress that a
vet visit causes an animal. They avoid over-immunizations and help you learn to
support your pets' immune system function.
is an over the counter product that supports the function of the bladder and
urinary tract. It can be used by both dogs and cats, for both prevention and
treatment. It contains the active ingredients mentioned above that are normally
suggested by homeopathic vets.
Immunity & Liver Support
is a natural herbal tonic with Echinacea, Indian ginseng, milk thistle and
dandelion. All of these herbs are known to support healthy immune system
Both of these products and other natural products for your pet's health are
available from Pet Alive, a branch of Native Remedies.
Visit the site to learn more about how you can protect your pets' health and
ensure that they live long and healthy lives.