If you’ve been a victim of urinary tract infections (UTI) before, then you’d know just how uncomfortable it is. UTI is among one of the more common health issues that dogs have to go through unfortunately. It’s painful, it’s distressing, and just overall unpleasant.
It can be difficult to tell if a dog is going through the UTI ordeal since they can’t verbally communicate it to us. But here are some common signs to look out for if you notice your dog acting a little unusual:
- Frequent urination
- Blood in the urine
- Pain while urinating (whimpers, whining)
- Smelly urine
- Accidents around the house (breaking house training)
If you suspect that your dog has UTI, it’s vital that you bring him to the vet to confirm the diagnosis as soon as possible! Alongside the treatment put in place by the vet, here are some ways you can help to chase the infection away and prevent recurrences:
Increase water intake
Making sure that your dog has access to plenty of fresh and clean water is the most effective strategy to countering UTIs! When there’s an increased intake of water, your dog’s urine is diluted. There are less concentrated minerals and substances that tend to cause the development of crystals, stones and inflammation, thus decreasing the chances of contracting UTI. More water also means the need to urinate more frequently, which flushes out waste materials and bacteria from the bladder.
Some tips on increasing your pup’s water intake:
Hydrate her food with water orBone Broth Dr,this is a great method for dogs who’re not big on drinking water, and especially if they’re on a dry food diet.
- Freeze water or broth into cubes and feed them as special treats
- Feed more often, in smaller portions. Dogs who eat more often, also drink more water throughout the day.
Don't hold that pee!
Since UTI is usually a result of your dog holding his pee in for a very long time, it’s good to encourage potty breaks throughout the day - particularly dogs who are outside-trained. The longer he holds his bladder, the increased chances for bacteria to breed on the bladder walls. If they’re outside-trained, take them on regular potty trips throughout the day. If that’s not feasible, layHoney Care Pee Pads at a designated potty spot and direct them there when nature calls.
When your dog has an unfortunate urinary tract infection, it’s natural for accidents to happen around the house. Don’t reprimand him as he’s already going through a tough time. The pee pads will definitely come in handy during this period!
Cranberry has long been touted as the super preventive for bladder problems. It supports optimal bladder function by preventing bacteria from attaching onto the mucosal lining of the bladder, prohibiting any chance of growth. Supplements likeNaturvet’s are great as they also contain Echinacea which is helpful for fighting infections. However, cranberry can change the pH level of your dog’s urine which can result in stones, so be mindful to give in moderation!
Probiotic supplements are also super for curtailing the development of UTIs and alleviate existing UTI situations. A high-quality probiotic likeLactogold optimizes the immune system functions and inhibits bacterial overgrowth in the bladder. Regular doses of probiotics encourages the growth of healthy bacteria instead which forms a barrier to keep the nasty stuff at bay.
Female pooches are more likely to be victims of UTIs than their male counterparts. The female anatomy is structured in such a way that makes it easy for bacteria to enter and move up into the bladder. This is exacerbated by the fact that they have a relatively short urethra which means that bacteria can set up home relatively quickly. To curb this, upkeep a regular hygiene routine - wipe downs after walks with disinfecting wipes fromEarthbath or a quick bath if necessary; keep the fur around the lower body short; regular baths.
Kim is an avid dog lover, serial guac and chips eater, and thrill seeker - all in one body. Currently chillin’ with her dogs.