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Natural Relief for Your Dog’s Urinary Tract Infections

Does your dog get urinary tract infections? How to tell if your dog has a UTI, and natural ways to help

By: Dr. Loridawn Gordon

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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 experienced a UTI, 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.

UTI Symptoms

  1. Frequent urge to urinate
  2. Scanty urine that smells strongly
  3. Urine that stings as it is passed
  4. Urine with blood in it
  5. Aches in the lower abdomen

How & Why UTI’s Occur in Dogs

Bacterial infections of the urinary tract will result in symptoms that include backache, painful and frequent urination, lethargy, and sometimes evens blood in the urine. Causes could be related to stress and diet, but may also include immunological deficiency or fungal or protozoan infections. Other causes could be bladder stones, injuries, or tumors.

As soon as the bladder gets inflamed for any reason, you’ll notice that your dog frequently tries to urinate. He or she will often end up urinating in inappropriate places, such as throughout the home.

Poor quality dry foods are a major culprit in producing alkaline urine [more acidic urine has been found to inhibit the growth of bacteria], so one of the first steps you can take to prevent and treat urinary problems is changing your dog’s food to a high quality diet, a homemade diet, or a raw diet that’s properly balanced.

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Natural Remedies That Can Help

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.



Cranberry is an antiseptic. 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.

Goldenseal is an astringent and supports the digestive system

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 increases urine production.

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Parsley Leaf is an antimicrobial, antiseptic, and muscle relaxant. It’s also an effective diuretic that can aid in the elimination of waste. In addition to being highly nutritious, parley leaves’ antiseptic qualities are great for treating urinary tract infections.

Uva Ursi is an astringent. 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.

Marshmallow Root


Marshmallow Root is an anti-inflammatory and a soothing agent. Marshmallow 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.

*For dosage for all of the above, please speak with your vet. 

Prevention and Treatment: What You Can Do At Home

  • Encourage drinking more water
  • Supplement with: probiotics, garlic, marshmallow root, parsley leaf, uva ursi, cranberry, golden seal, and/or zinc
  • Supplementation with B vitamins and antioxidants in times of stress, as well as offering cooling foods such as raw fruits, vegetables, and yogurt to reduce the symptoms of urinary tract infection.
  • Foods that are known to aggravate UTIs include asparagus, spinach, raw carrots, tomatoes, and dairy products. If your dog is prone to UTIs. avoid giving her these foods.
  • If your dog is prone to getting UTIs consider getting pet insurance to save on expensive Vet bills. Embrace Pet Insurance offers coverage for pets with curable pre-existing conditions such as bladder infections and could help your pet (and wallet) with future medical problems. Get a free quote to see if they can help you and your pup!

A UTI is an extremely uncomfortable condition for your dog to endure. Use these prevention tips to help avoid UTIs and seek veterinarian help as soon as possible when you suspect that your dog has an UTI. 

Editor’s Choice Product Recommendation

For UTI help and prevention try Cranimals line of all natural cranberry supplements for dogs. 


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By: Dr. Loridawn Gordon
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