Herbal remedies can be used to address the problem of urinary tract infections in dogs from three approaches:
In developed countries, obesity is the most common nutritional disorder in companion animals (). Recent studies indicate that 34–59% of dogs presented to veterinary practices in Europe, Australia and the United States are overweight, and 5–20% are obese (; ; ; ). Obesity in dogs is associated with several comorbidities, including pancreatitis, osteoarthritis, oral disease, neoplasia, heart disease (), and lower urinary tract disease. Diabetes mellitus, a risk factor for UTIs, is associated with obesity, as well. Urinary tract infections are most common in females and may lead to ascending infections (such as pyelonephritis), urolithiasis, and other complications. A significant proportion of antibiotics used in small animal practice are prescribed for these conditions.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in small animal practice; it has been reported that up to 27% of dogs will develop infection at some time in their lives.1
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Not all dogs will show the same--or even any--symptoms of a urinary tract infection. Typical symptoms include an increase in the frequency of urination, which may result in frequent urination of small amounts of urine (poillakiuria). It may appear difficult or painful for your dog to urinate (dysuria). You may notice blood (hernaturia) or puss in your dog's urine. The urine may be cloudy, smelly or dark in color. If you dog is constantly licking its genital area or appears to have abdominal pain, it may have an infection.Urinary tract infections are more common in female dogs than in male dogs. Reoccurring urinary tract infections may result in a damaged bladder or kidney. They can also be a symptom of an underlying disease. Any reoccurring symptoms should be discussed with a veterinarian to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment.Your veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics to cure the infection. Follow the directions and complete the entire course of the drug prescribed. Your dog may appear to be cured prior to the entire dosage being completed, but stopping the medication early may result in a relapse of the infection. A change in diet may be recommended. Urinary tract infections are most common in alkaline urine with a high pH. Alkaline urine is seen more commonly in puppies with a vegetarian or grain-based diet. A diet high in animal proteins is recommended. Adding a cranberry extract to your dog's diet may decrease urinary tract infections. Cranberries can be easily added to your dog's diet in the form of juice or powders. Provide your dog with a constant supply of fresh water. This will encourage natural urination, which will help clean out the urinary tract.If you've ever had to deal with a urinary tract infection, you can definitely relate if your dog is diagnosed with a UTI. (If you haven't they're uncomfortable and painful.) Our dogs rely on us to ensure that they are being properly cared for so it is very important to be able to recognize and treat UTIs immediately.