Natural Relief for Your Dog's Urinary Tract Infections

Natural Relief for Your Dog's Urinary Tract Infections
December 27, 2013 by Dr Loridawn Gordon

If you've ever had to deal with a urinary tract infection, you know how uncomfortable and painful it is, so you can definitely relate if your dog is diagnosed with a UTI. But in order to really treat a urinary problem in canines, you have to gain a deeper understanding of what causes this condition in the first place.

How and Why Urinary Tract Infections Occur

Bacterial infections of the urinary tract will result in symptoms that include fever, backache, painful and frequent urination, lethargy, and 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 rather than in the litter box or outside.

Dry commercial foods are a major culprit in producing alkaline urine, so one of the first steps you can take to prevent and treat urinary problems is changing your pet's food to a high quality canned food diet, a homemade diet, or a raw diet that's properly balanced.

Natural Remedies that Work

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.

Final Thoughts

Urinary tract infections in pets are serious, so you definitely want to get your dog to the vet as soon as symptoms arise in order to get a clear diagnosis and begin treatment. Whether your pet's UTI is caused by bacteria, fungi, parasites, or crystals, there are many natural remedies you can try if you wish to avoid harsh conventional treatments.

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Comments (14)

Wonderful advice, thanks SO much. Will try some of these methods. Seems my girl's issue (excessive thirst) might be a result of meds, antibiotics & prednison.
Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:34
Be carefule. I had a dog on prednisone and she ended up developing diabetes due to that medication. Frequent urination was the first symptom. You should see your vet.
Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:12
I meant excessive thirst and frequent urination. Sorry!
Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:15
I agree. Frequent urination and increased thirst can also be a sign of kidney disease. If your dog is drinking more or urinating in the wrong place or time, go to the vet! These can be very serious symptoms.
Fri, 01/13/2017 - 05:58
Where can these home remedies be purchased? my dog has has extreme thirst
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:47
My Yorkie is 16 and is on 2nd round of meds for bladder infect. They said there were crystals in her bladder. Trying to disguise pills is not working. Help!#
Tue, 08/09/2016 - 18:06
I have marshmallow root, how do I prepare it for my 6 yr old 13 pound shih tzu? And how much/often? Please email me.
Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:55
did u ever get a reply about how to dose marshmallow root for your dog? i can't believe MODERN DOG website would write and publish such an article without also adding advice on dosing.
Tue, 12/08/2015 - 13:49
Thank you for the Uva Ursi recommendation! Noticed my older doog's symptoms of distress. Got the Uva Ursi immediately and within 24 hours, as mentioned in your posting, he calmed down and got relief from the effect of the Bladder infection. Thank you so much for your Natural approach to pet healthcare.
Mon, 01/05/2015 - 13:04
Can someone please post instructions for the remedies listed above?
Wed, 01/07/2015 - 05:56
I would love some dosages. I have searched and have found nothing.
Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:40
I’m 49 years old and was suffering from urinary tract infection. I was facing extreme difficulty as I have to pass frequent urine. It also leads to recurrent infection. My physician advised me to go for surgery, but I wanted to avoid it. Then, I tried to find some herbal treatment for prostate problem and read about Divya Chandraprabha Vati ( ). I read about all the ingredients of this product and started taking it. I took it for three to four weeks and found to be an extremely useful remedy for the prostate hypertrophy. Now, I’m better and there is great relief from urinary tract infection.
Thu, 03/12/2015 - 01:11
Thank you so much hopefully this will help my dog over this. Thank you again.
Mon, 03/16/2015 - 10:21
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Mon, 05/04/2015 - 20:49


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