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Urinary Tract Infection in Dogs and Cats / Kidney Infection in Dogs and Cats

Urinary Infection in Dogs and Cats / Kidney Infection in Dogs and Cats

Herbal treatments to help reduce and address urinary and kidney infections in dogs and cats. 

In renal challenges, the kidneys not only need to be supported and rehabilitated but consideration should also be given to support of the liver, cardiovascular system and autonomic nervous system.

The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems, and the adrenal and thyroid glands plays a major role in providing critical trace nutrient support to all glands and tissue, and the adrenals can become stressed and fatigued, also affecting the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

Urinary tract infections in pets occurs frequently causing urination to be extremely painful and uncomfortable. These infections are caused by bacteria that enter the urethra (the tube connecting the bladder to the exterior of the body through which urine flows), bladder or any part of the urinary tract.

Bladder stones, some underlying diseases, overuse of medications, bladder tumors or cancer or abnormalities of the urinary tract can also increase the risk of urinary tract infections. Urinary tract infections affect both dogs and cats, although they tend to be more common in cats.

Female cats and dogs experience more episodes of urinary tract infections because the urethra is shorter and broader than in males. If left untreated, urinary tract infections can lead to more serious health complications such as kidney infections.

Symptoms and signs of urinary tract infections include:

Straining to urinate

Urinating with pain

Licking of the genitals

Cloudy or blood urine

Urinating without passing much urine – only drops

Urinating in odd places

Fever

Loss of appetite 

Kidney infection, also called pyelonephritis, is due to an impairment of your pet’s defenses, related to urethral movement, blood supply to the kidneys, or the flap valves found between the kidney and ureters.

Pyelonephritis can also develop due to kidney stones or when microbes climb upward, spreading a lower urinary tract infection to the upper urinary tract. Blockage of an infected kidney or ureter can lead to more serious complications: sepsis, a bacterial infection of the blood; or urosepsis, an infection of the blood resulting from decomposed urine being forced into the bloodstream.

Symptoms of Kidney Infection include:

Fever

Difficulty urinating

Blood in the urine

Foul-smelling urine

Discolored urine

Frequent thirst (polydipsia)

Polyuria (frequent urination)

Abdominal or lower back pain

Causes of kidney infection include:

Escherichia coli

Staphylococcus spp.

Pyelonephritis

Proteu

Streptococcus

Klebsiella

Enterobacter

Pseudomonas spp.  (Lower urinary tract) but may ascend into the cat's upper urinary tract.

Herbal Nutrition(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 have a long history of use for dogs and cats in the holistic treatment of kidney infections and to help support kidney disease; to help improve overall kidney and urinary health and function; to help purify and cleanse the blood; to promote overall urinary tract health and reduce urinary tract inflammation; to help maintain healthy blood pressure; to help reduce bladder infection; for burning and straining during urination. 

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.

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 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.

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:

The diagnosis of urinary and kidney infection is detected through tests may include blood tests, urinalysis, x-rays and ultrasonography. 

Your vet will prescribe various medications to address infection and potentially kidney support and dietary changes may be suggested to include a low protein, sodium and phosphorus diet including drinking plenty of fresh, filtered water will be recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

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