Urinary tract infections occur in dogs as often as they occur in people. The symptoms are the same for your dog as they are for you, so watch for signs of pain during urination or blood in the urine. You must take your dog to the vet for a diagnosis of urinary tract infection and a treatment plan that includes antibiotics. Natural remedies can be used alongside traditional medicine to help your dog with the symptoms of this painful condition.
Increasing the amount of urine output in your dog will help to flush out the bacteria. Give your dog more water to increase the amount of urination. If your dog will not drink more water, add moisture to their dog food or choose canned foods for greater moisture content. Some dogs must have the extra fluid added to their food to encourage more urination.
Do this along with the antibiotic treatment that your veterinarian has prescribed for your pet. By increasing the amount of urination, you will be helping the medicine do its job.
Adding citrus juices to your dog’s diet will increase the acid level in the dog’s urine. This will help to kill the bacteria that are responsible for the infection. Use cranberry or orange juice to change the PH balance of your dog’s urine.
Use care when adding orange juice to your dog’s diet or any other juice that may cause his sugar levels to rise. Diabetes and high glucose levels are just as dangerous for a dog as they are for you. Check the ingredient labels on your juice to be sure that there is no added sugar or artificial coloring in the drink. Add a small amount to your dog's food. Most dogs will drink anything that is put in front of them, but you may have to encourage them to drink the juice if your pet is finicky.
Herbs added to your dog’s food may help to alleviate the painful symptoms of a urinary tract infection and speed recovery. Juniper berry and berberis vulgaris help to control the inflammation caused by the infection. Controlling the inflammation will help to relieve some of the symptoms that your dog is having with a urinary tract infection.
Always consult with your veterinarian before using any herbal remedy with your dog. A diagnosis of a urinary tract infection must be made before any treatment can begin. Some of the symptoms of canine diabetes are very similar to a urinary tract infection. Diabetes is a dangerous condition that can become very serious very quickly if it is not treated.