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Urinary Health

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

In renal challenges, the kidneys not only need to be supported but consideration should also be given to support of the liver, cardiovascular system and autonomic nervous system and products that facilitate the support and natural rehabilitation of the kidneys and other important 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, surgery in which the uterus and the ovaries are removed (ovariohysterectomy), the levels of oestradiol decrease in your dog’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 relieve frequent urination, bladder discomfort, bladder and urinary infections, to relieve incontinence and support bladder control in dogs and cats, to improve bladder & urinary tract health due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, for the treatment of severe cystitis, prostate problems and symptoms of burning urine, to promote prostate gland health, healthy bladder, urinary tract and bowel movements, 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.

Tinkle Tonic – (learn more) treats prostate disorders, supports urinary tract and prostate health and reduces prostrate symptoms including Prostatitis and BHP disease (Benign Hyperplasia Prostate), 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.

The Daily Paws – (learn more)is used as a multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), and for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder and cancer, for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine and for blood purification.

Related Products:

Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes 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 oxalate, provides pH modulation, for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) supports proper liver function, metabolism, bile production and flow, rehabilitates the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, detoxifies the kidneys and liver, tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

Conventional Remedies:

Incontinence due to low levels of oestradiol is treated either with hormone supplements such as diethylstilboestrol (DES) or with drugs that act on the muscles of the urethral sphincter to improve tone and maximize urethral closure pressure. Both of these treatments are not without side effects.

DES causes a marked suppression of the bone marrow and the other drugs affecting the heart or causing hypertension, restlessness and anorexia. Please consider natural remedies and supplementation.

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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