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Lower Urinary Tract Disease in Dogs and Cats

Lower Urinary Tract Disease in Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help reduce bladder and urinary tract problems and infections in dogs and cats.


In renal challenges or changes, the kidneys and surrounding tissue require nutritional support toward rehabilitation but also, nutritional support should be provided to the liver, cardiovascular system and autonomic nervous system to help balance your pet's body toward wellness.   

Lower urinary tract disease, known in cats as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), is a broad term that is used to cover a number of conditions affecting the feline lower urinary system and bladder, including urolithiasis (stones in the urinary tract), cystitis (inflammation of the bladder) and urethral obstruction.

Lower urinary tract disease is a common disease in adult cats, affecting approximately 1% of the population. Lower urinary tract disease affects cats of both sexes, but tends to be more dangerous in males than females due to their longer, narrower urethra, making males more susceptible to blockage. Complete urethral obstruction is fatal if left untreated and is a medical emergency. Urinary tract disorders have a high rate of recurrence, and some cats seem to be more susceptible to urinary problems than dogs.

Common symptoms of Lower Urinary Tract Disease include:

blood in the urine

frequent urination

painful urination

licking at the urinary opening

formation of urinary crystals and stones in the bladder (crystalluria / urolithiasis

partial or total obstruction of the urethra.

The latter condition is also known as plugged-penis syndrome and blocked cat syndrome (this is a life threatening, medical emergency)

Regardless of cause, there are a common set of symptoms, which includes frequent trips to the litter box (pollakiuria), prolonged squatting and straining during attempts to urinate (dysuria), small amounts of urine voided in each attempt, blood in the urine (hematuria) and urinating outside of the litter box. Owners with outdoor cats may not be able to observe the symptoms associated with litter box use and should watch for unusual behavioral changes.

A cat experiencing a urethral obstruction behaves similarly to any other cat with FLUTDFeline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. With time, the bladder fills up with urine and cause painful bladder distension. Kidney failure and uremia typically follows within hours.

The cat becomes increasingly distressed, and may howl or cry out in pain. The male cat may constantly lick at his genitals and the penis may be protruded. The cat may seek seclusion, stop eating and drinking, begin to vomit, and become lethargic and eventually comatose as toxins accumulate in the bloodstream.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets  - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies have a long history of use in helping to address symptoms related to urinary inflammation and infection, including urinary bladder and kidney inflammation and infection; to help addres urinary tract disorders and infections, including FLUTD, cystitis, burning during urination, bladder control and weakness, to help support and rehabilitation due to paralysis of the muscles and nerve damage within the bladder, to help tone and increase bladder strength, reduce incontinence and urine leakage as well as to help improve overall urinary health.

Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes improved kidney function, helps to address symptoms of urinary tract infections (bladder and kidney infections; as a repairative and nutritional support for kidney and liver diseases; may help tone and balances kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas, gall bladder function and health; reduces uric acid levels in urine; may help increase urination, and adaptogenic plant acts may help block the formation of calcium crystals such as calcium oxalate and prevents them from entering kidney and bladder cells as well as may help interrupt chronic bladder and kidney inflammation and related infection cycles; may help modulate pH levels toward balanced (acidify urine pH balance); for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency, 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. This product has been proven to be 94% effective at addressing urinary tract infections, and all types of stones, gravel, calculi and crystals in dogs and cats.

Urinary Tract Infection Meal Topper  – (learn more) Our organic Urinary Tract Infection Topper may nutritionally help reduce urinary tract inflammation; may help support healthy kidney function and its natural plant adaptogen content may help identify the source of the urinary tract infection at a cellular level and nutritionally work to help restore balance in the bladder, kidneys and ureters; may help moderate cortisol and calcium levels in the blood; may help normalize pH levels toward balance (neither acidic or alkaline); may work to help limit all types of future urinary tract infections (UTI's) and stone formation and crystal formation by blocking their formation in the kidneys and bladder (i.e. calcium oxalate stones from acidic urine; struvite stones from alkaline urine); may help address and break up commonly occurring stone formation related to kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones, gravel, crystals and calculi; adaptogen content helps carry out reparative actions against cellular dysfunction that allows stones to form by helping to block unwanted material from entering kidney cells and supporting their safe elimination in the urinary tract; suitable for all life stages of dogs and cats.

Break It Up Meal Topper – (learn more) has been proven to break up to 94% of bladder stones, crystals, calculi and gravel within 2 weeks of use; may help address all types of stones, including liver, kidney, bladder and gall stones, gravel, crystals, grains and calculi, including calcium oxalate, struvite, uric acid, cystine, calcium phosphate and silica stones; adaptogen content may help work preventatively against future stone formation and urinary tract infection by helping to identify and nutritionally address cellular imbalances related to stone and infection cycles; adaptogen content may help address urinary tract infections, including chronic UTI’s by nutritionally helping identify and correct cellular imbalances and infection cycles; may help reduce the amount of cortisol and calcium produced in the urine and helps normalize pH levels in the animal body, which may be beneficial for dogs and cats suffering from chronic and episodic upper urinary tract and bladder infections and kidney infections; may help normalize liver enzyme levels, helps reduce uric acid, helps acidify urine and helps increase urination and may provide relief from prostatitis.

Tinkle Tonic  (learn more) helps address male specific issues of the urinary tract for dogs and cats, including may help address prostate disorders, help nutritionally support urinary tract and prostate health and help reduce prostrate symptoms including Prostatitis and Benign Hyperplasia Prostate disease (BHP), help promote prostate gland health, a healthy bladder, urinary tract and bowel movements, help soothe and reduce swollen and enlarged prostrate glands, help promote strong and healthy urine flow, relieve pain, discomfort and difficulty when urinating; for incomplete urination, increased frequency of urination or reduction in the volume of urine, help relieve painful and strained defecation, help increase circulation and strengthen the immune system; help nutritionally address urinary incontinence and weakened bladders..

Conventional Remedies:

Urethral obstruction is a serious medical emergency which will lead to death if not treated in time. Any cat suspected of suffering from this condition should be seen immediately by a veterinarian.



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