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Urinary Disorders in Dogs and Cats

Urinary Disorders in Dogs and CatsPet supplements for urinary disorder in cats and dogs.

Herbal remedies that help support urinary and bladder health in dogs and cats.

When the kidneys experience dysfunction, nutritional consideration must also be given to the liver liver, cardiovascular system and autonomic nervous system, which all help support proper kidney function. Natural supplements may help facilitate the support and natural rehabilitation of the kidneys and other related tissues. 

The urinary bladder is an elastic, muscular sac situated in the anterior part of the pelvic cavity where urine collects before being disposed by the body and the kidneys perform the task of excreting urine. The urinary bladder is also considered an organ which sites on the pelvis. Urine enters the bladder via the ureters and exits via the urethra.

Urinary problems are common in both dogs and cats. There are many causes and symptoms, as the bladder is a sensitive organ, which removes toxins and waste from the animal body. Some urination problems are behavior-related (episodic urination from stress, anxiety or behavioral problems)or the result of physical problems, such as an underlying health condition. 

Symptoms of urinary problems in dogs and cats include:

Incontinence (loss of bladder control caused by bladder muscle weakness)

Frequent dribbling, puddling and urinary ‘accidents’

Whimpering during urination (if this occurs, please see your veterinarian immediately)

Urinary Incontinence is defined as unchecked leakage or dribbling of urine from the bladder. It is fairly common in spayed and neutered dogs and cats as well as senior animals.

If your pet is suffering from urinary incontinence, puddles of urine will appear when your pet is not attempting to urinate. Urine may also leak out when your pet jumps or gets up from lying down, or might even dribble out while your pet is lying down.

Often the hair around the vulva or prepuce will be wet or you might just notice a strong smell of urine when your pet is close to you. Your pet will be unaware of this inability to retain urine and will appear otherwise healthy if the underlying cause for the incontinence is not due to injury or disease.

Urinary incontinence is most often due to inadequate closure of the urethral sphincter: a circle of muscles that normally contract and stop urine flowing out of the bladder. It is most common in large breed, spayed female dogs with up to 20% of dogs falling into this category developing urinary incontinence.

Incontinence may also be seen in intact females, male dogs and cats. Incontinence may develop following spinal injury due to damage to the nerve supply of the bladder. Cystitis, bladder stones, tumors of the bladder and submissive behavior can also be characterized by episodes of incontinence.

After being spayed, and the uterus and the ovaries are removed (ovariohysterectomy), the levels of oestradiol decrease in your dog’s or cat's body. This decrease in oestradiol causes the tissues of the urogenital system shrink and therefore the urethral sphincter does not close as tightly as it would and leakage of urine occurs. Pets with urinary incontinence are sometimes described as having "weak bladders".

The accumulation of tartar, plaque and gingivitis may result in the blood vessels of the gums carrying bacteria to the organs in the body, many times, landing in the kidneys resulting in a urinary tract infection. Other causes of urinary problems include Kidney stones and bladder crystals.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used to help relieve frequent urination, bladder discomfort, bladder and urinary infections, may help relieve incontinence and support bladder control in dogs and cats, may help improve bladder & urinary tract health due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, may help in the treatment of severe cystitis, prostate problems and symptoms of burning urine, may help promote prostate gland health, healthy bladder, urinary tract and bowel movements, and may help 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, tones and strengthens the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; for Candida including systemic Candida 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) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS).

Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes improved kidney function, helps to treat urinary tract infections (bladder and kidney 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 (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.

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; for urinary incontinence and weakened bladders.

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, as well as general infections found in the animal body, 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.

You should consult your veterinarian if:

There is blood or pus in your pet’s urine (urine appears red or has strings of blood in it)

The urine smells very strong

Your pet has dark urine

Your pet is urinating more than usual (a possible indication of Cushing’s disease or Diabetes)

Your pet is having difficulty urinating

Your pet tries to urinate but nothing comes out. (This is a medical emergency and may indicate a blocked stone, common in male cats and dogs but can occur in female dogs and cats too.)

Your pet urinates more than normal and drinks more water than usual

Your pet starts suddenly urinating in the house

Your pet wets when sitting

Your pet urinates when excited

Your vet may try extraction of urine using a needle inserted into the bladder. Although this sounds painful for your pet, it is superior to using a urinary catheter, which may introduce bacteria and a spasm of the urethra. Blood tests may be done to rule out infection and crystals.

Most vets may prescribe broad-spectrum antibiotics if a urinary infection is the cause of bladder problems. Keep in mind that antibiotics can weaken the immune system if used both short and long term.  

 

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