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Bladder Infection

Helpful Ways to Help Address and Prevent Bladder Infection 

Herbal nutrition to help address bladder infection and cystitis in cats and dogs and may help as a potential preventative.

When the kidneys experience dysfunction, they need to be supported nutritionally to restore proper balance as well as rehabilitation of the kidneys and related tissues. The kidneys also interact with the liver as well as the cardiovascular system and autonomic nervous system, and when your pet has a bladder infection, nutritional support must be given to all of these organs and functions. 

Bladder infections in pets are similar to those in humans and can cause intense discomfort and pain. An infected or inflamed bladder may be caused by bacterial infection and crystals which form urinary stones or an obstruction in the bladder or urethra. This makes it very difficult to empty the bladder when there is an urgent need to urinate.

Bladder infections are more common in cats than in dogs and can occur at any age and in any breed. In dogs, female spayed dogs tend to develop more bladder infections and especially, recurring bladder infections. The breeds most at risk include poodles, Labrador retrievers and middle-aged to older German shepherd dogs.

A bladder infection is a serious matter. Male cats often develop partial or complete blockage of urine which can be life threatening. If left untreated, bladder infections can lead to serious health complications such as kidney failure. At the first sign of a bladder infection, take your cat or dog to the vet immediately. 

Bladder infections are commonly caused by bacterial infection, bladder stones or urolithiasis (stones and crystals in the urinary tract and bladder) or a change in urinary pH (alkaline or acidity value) that may cause inflammation of the bladder wall.

Bacterial organisms known as Escherichia coli, Streptococcus, Enterococcus and Candida albicans invade any part of the bladder or urinary tract.

Common symptoms of bladder infection include:

Straining to urinate

Painful urination

Licking of the genitals

Cloudy or blood urine

Urinating without passing much urine (drops)

Urinating in odd places

Fever

Loss of appetite

Helpful suggestions:

As pet parents, we can take actions to limit the occurrence of bladder infections in our pets. If you feed dry food, keeping your pets dry food and/or food storage clean and sealed, as well as your pets food and water bowl cleaned regularly can decrease the likelihood of E.coli bacteria, which can contribute to the development of bladder infections.Just like you wash your dishes daily, your pet's dishes need to be washed and disinfected regularly to keep bacteria away.

Ensure that your pet always has plenty of fresh, filtered, clean water. Tap water contains flouride and other chemicals that can disrupt pH balance in your pet's body.

If your pet has a bladder infection, encourage drinking to flush out toxins related to the infection.

If pet does not drink a lot of water, encourage drinking by adding water to food.

If your pet stays indoors, make sure he or she gets out every few hours to go to the bathroom.

Boost your pet’s immune system with immune system supplements. A robust immune system can often create the defense mechanism that prevents bladder infections from occurring.

Avoid feeding commercial foods that contain corn, wheat, soy, preservatives or additives as it increases the risk of infection and weakens the immune system.

If you do feed your pet commercial, processed foods, select a holistic, grain free food, best offered by private pet food retailers.

Walk your dog at least twice a day to increase the frequency of urination.

If have an indoor cat, check that his litter box is clean and accessible.

Line the litter tray with newspaper and use about a cup of litter at a time, changing it each time it has been used.

Medications such as antibiotics or corticosteroids as well as diseases such as diabetes, tumors, epididymitis or the inflammation of testicles can predispose your pet to bladder infections.

Remember that if your pet is having accidents indoors, please don't punish! Your pet may be trying to communicate that something is wrong and it is usually a sign of a bladder or kidney infection.   

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are effective in providing relief due to bladder infection, frequent urination, bladder discomfort and urinary infections; to help relieve incontinence and to support bladder control in dogs and cats; to improve overall bladder & urinary tract health due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, for the treatment of severe cystitis; for prostate problems and symptoms due to burning urine; to reduce inflammation and strengthen the immune system.

Yummy Tummy  (learn more) promotes Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, for urine leakage and urinary incontinence, as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and for Candida albicans.

Tummy Gladiator – (read more) is used holistically to help support a healthy digestive tract; to help maintain native gut flora, soothe stomach upset and support proper elimination; to lend nutritional support for balanced immune health; to help support lymphatic function; may help fight stomach and urinary infections due to its natural plant based steroid content and healthy plant chemicals which are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-Candidal; may also help to block allergen occurrence by reducing histamine and mast cell response as well as related inflammation, the triggers for allergies.

Tinkle Tonic  (learn more) treats prostate disorders, supports urinary tract and prostate health and reduces prostrate symptoms including Prostatitis and Benign Hyperplasia Prostate disease (BHP), promotes prostate gland health, a healthy bladder, urinary tract and bowel movements, reduces swollen and enlarged prostrate glands, promotes strong and healthy urine flow, relieves pain, discomfort and difficulty when urinating; for incomplete urination, increased frequency of urination or reduction in the volume of urine, relieves painful and strained defecation, increases circulation and strengthens the immune system.

Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes improved kidney function, helps to break up kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones and gravel (active stones, crystals and as a preventative), helps to safely remove stones from the body; treats urinary infections, for kidney and liver disease, tones and balances kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas, gall bladder function and health, reduces uric acid levels in urine, increases urination, blocks the formation of calcium crystals such as calcium oxalate and prevents them from entering kidney and bladder cells, provides pH modulation, for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency.

Conventional Treatment:

If you suspect that your pet may have a bladder infection, consult your veterinarian. The diagnosis of a bladder infection is based on the symptoms presented and certain tests may be performed. These tests include a urinalysis, urine samples or bacterial urine culture to test the pet’s urine and confirm the presence of bacteria.

Bladder infections are treated with antibiotics or anti-inflammatories, and disappear quite quickly once treatment is administered. Although antibiotics treat the symptoms, these medications do not address the cause of the problem – antibiotics kill harmful bacteria but also beneficial bacteria. If a bladder infection is left untreated, more serious health problems such as kidney infections and failure can occur.

 

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