Thursday, February 12, 2015

Urinary track infections - dogs - natural / herbal treatments / воспаление мочевого тракта -собаки - домашние средства

Urinary track infections

Rather than attacking the problem with antibiotics, which can lead to undesirable side effects, there are several herbal remedies that are effective at treating urinary tract infections in pets.

Juniper berry works very well when it comes to severe urinary tract infections. It's a herb known for increasing the rate at which the kidneys filter out impurities, and therefore, increase urine production.

Parsley leaf is an effective diuretic that can aid in the elimination of waste. And, in addition to being highly nutritious, parley leaves have antiseptic qualities that are great for treating urinary tract infections.

Uva Ursi leaf is one of the most powerful natural astringents available. Holistic veterinarians use it to attack a variety of pathogens that are often the cause of UTIs. It can stop bleeding and reduce the inflammation associated with these infections.

Marshallow root works wonderfully when there's inflammation in the urinary tract. It stimulates the immune system and attacks bacteria that cause these infections, while also soothing the body and reducing irritation.

Cranberry or Blueberry will prevent the bacteria from attaching to the lining of the urinary tract and is great for the prevention of recurrent infections.

Supplementation with B vitamins and antioxidants in times of stress, as well as offering cooling foods such as raw fruits, vegetables, and yogurt will reduce the symptoms of urinary tract infection.

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While it’s not advisable to try treating urinary tract infections at home, there are some natural supplements that can help your dog before you reach the vet, or to maintain urinary tract health in between flare-ups. The homeopathic remedy Cantharis (Spanish Fly) is the most popular choice for cystitis.

Cranberries have been shown to contain a compound that prevents bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall and tissues of the urinary tract, so cranberry juice can be added to the food or drinking water. Always choose a natural, pure juice that is not sweetened. Fresh or dried cranberries can also be added to the diet. Blueberries have also been shown to have the same effect.

Herbs can also help to support long-term urinary tract health and provide soothing relief for certain conditions.

Echinacea tincture is often recommended for acute infections and can be helpful for UTI’s.
Uva ursi is also recommended for bladder and kidney infections. It is believed to have an antiseptic action which cleanses the urinary tract.
Horsetail helps to eliminate urinary tract infections and is especially useful for conditions where blood is present in the urine.
Marshmallow herb is very soothing and helps to reduce inflammation and irritation of the urinary tract.
Nettle has a strong affinity for the genitourinary tract. It is a natural diuretic and has a history of use for urinary tract infections and inflammation.
Corn silk is a diuretic, demulcent, antiseptic that has long been used as an herbal remedy for bedwetting

Home remedies for dogs affected by urinary tract infections

Water will effectively help flush out the harmful bacteria. Make sure your dog has access to fresh, clean water and encourage to drink as much as possible. If you need to encourage your dog to drink, it may help to make a "soup" with water and your dog's kibble or offer some baby food (with no onion or garlic as ingredients and dilute it with water. Some dogs may like to eat ice cubes which are another great way to get some extras fluids. Make sure your dog does not gulp too much water at once or he may get a dog upset stomach.

Vitamin C
VItamin C helps acidify the urine and prevent the recurrence of urinary tract infections. However, caution is needed since some stones can be caused by acidic urine according to Robert Pane with South Kendall Animal Clinic (see video).

Cranberry Juice
While some vets do not believe works, some think it may be helpful. Cranberry juice may work in lowering the PH of the urine and preventing bacteria from attaching to the bladder's wall, however, just as with Vitamin C, it may cause the urine to become acidic which may be a problem if the dog happens to have oxalate crystals. According to veterinarian Jon Rappaport, the best option would be to consult with a vet before using cranberry extract.

Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a very helpful remedy in humans. Dogs may benefit from it as well and the principle again remains in its acidic content. Acetic acid will effecitvely neutralize the harmful bacteria causing the infection. One tablespoon to two tablespoons (depending on size of dog) can be added to some plain yogurt or the apple cider vinegar may be added to the dog's food or water.

*Note: Uristat, phenazopyridine HCI is not safe for dogs! Please do not try to use human medications on dogs as they can be toxic or cause unwanted side effects.

Urinary tract infections may not be an immediate emergency but owners should keep a watchful eye on symptoms and report signs of worsening to their veterinarians promptly. Symptoms of bladder stones may mimic those of a urinary tract infection, so it is highly advisable to consult with a veterinarian about the appropriate corse of action.



If the urine has blood in it, then that means that the infection is severe, and probably even at an “advanced” stage. Don’t even think of treating it yourself — get the dog to a vet quickly.

Another indicator of severity is the amount of pain the dog experiences when trying to urinate. If minor, you may be okay treating it at home. If the dog is experiencing severe pain, get him to the vet.

Remember that natural remedies cannot be used with dogs that have severe infections, but only for dogs with mild conditions.

Natural methods and products that can be used for your dog’s UTI are: plant extracts that are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, homeopathic remedies, increasing fluids in the body, and managing the dog’s stress.

Anti-bacterial plants which are also anti-inflammatory can be helpful to your dog. They eliminate your dog’s urinary tract infection, and treat his discomfort by reducing the inflammation and irritation. Here are some of the most common plants that have those capabilities: Chamomile, Sweet Almond, St. John’s Wort, Rosewood, Burdock and Sandalwood. Simply add a few drops of one or more to your dog’s food or drink.

Homeopathic remedies tend to be more useful for dogs that have recurring urinary tract problems. There are some homeopathic tests that can be run to identify what remedies may work best. Homeopathic experts often recommend Berberis vulg dilutions for its anti-inflammatory effects and pain-relieving agents, and the anti-bacterial Staphysagris. They may also mix in some substances like herbs, animal-derived substances, and minerals depending on the dog’s situation and the findings of the test.

Increase your dog’s fluid intake during UTI’s. More water and other fluids help bacteria in the urinary tract to be flushed out of the body, freeing the dog from the infection. Dogs need to constantly drink and urinate more in this process. Around 3 large cups (or 750 mL) of water should be given to your dog to flush out the bacteria, and remember to filter the water and make sure it’s clean and safe for your dog to drink.

Teas (especially neem tea) or chamomile can be drunk by your dog as well, because these can soothe your dog’s inflamed urinary tract linings, and replenish his body fluids at the same time.

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