Dogs which have been taught and have understood the importance of housetraining will rarely cause urinating “accidents” inside the house or in any places other than their litter box or outside. Therefore, some accidents on their beds or around the house should be a sign that the dog may be undergoing a problem with their urinary system.
Canine urinary tract infection
Urinary tract infection—the painful, uncomfortable experience caused by an infection of the bladder or urinary tract does not only happen to humans. Your dogs might also suffer from this uncomfortable, excruciatingly painful experience. Both small and large canine breeds are susceptible to this problem, although some breeds, such as Lasha Apso, Dalmatians, Boxers, and Schnauzers are more prone to the infection compared to some others. Canine urinary infection is caused by bacterial infestation in the urinary tract, resulting in general symptoms of fever, painful and frequent urination, yet dribbling only a tiny amount of urine, and blood presence in urine. Although might seem scary and dangerous, it is possible for a UTI to be home-cared using some effective home remedies.
Home remedies for dog urine infection
Canine urine infection is mostly taken care by professional vets by prescribing antibiotics to lessen the effects resulted from the infection. Yet, antibiotics can possibly cause a variety of side effects. Therefore, it is wise to take some natural home remedies into account before deciding to jump into antibiotic medications to treat canine urinary tract infection.
Changing the dog foods
A Large percentage of canine urinary infection is triggered by dry commercial foods which are made a dog daily diet. Some dry foods contain a high level of protein, which can be a problem in dog’s bladder. Change the foods to balanced raw diets or high quality canned canine foods to minimize the resulted residue in dog’s pee.
Encourage more frequent healthy urination
Dog urine infection causes dribbling urine and urgent need to eliminate, which raises the possibility of house breaking. To heal the dog from urinary tract infection, it is important to encourage more frequent urination. However, it is not only the frequency which needs to be improved but also the amount of produced urine. Most dogs suffering from urinary tract infection only produce a small dribbling amount of urine, which causes pain when eliminating themselves. To encourage more frequent urination, some working remedies include:
- Adding salt intake, which encourages more drinking and thus, more frequent urination.
- Installing water fountain, which gains dogs’ attention and thus, encourages them to drink more.
- Stopping dry food intake that contributes to dribbling urine.
The role of probiotics in eliminating harmful bacteria in an infected urinary tract is quite significant. Feed the dog a portion of plain Greek yogurt during the healing process to minimize bacterial infestation in the urinary tract.
Apple cider vinegar
Natural apple cider vinegar, which can be bought in drugstores is a beneficial remedy for canine urinary infection. To use this remedy, put 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar into the pet’s drink during healing attempts. Continue mixing the vinegar into the pet’s water until the symptoms subside. Combine the remedy with raw balanced diets and sufficient exercise, which can speed up the healing.
This remedy is easy to find, nutritious, and tasty. Parsley leaf is an effective diuretic to aid elimination. It is also nutritious and contains natural antiseptic agent. Thus, parsley leaf is beneficial to be used as a remedy for an infected urinary tract and dribbling amount of urine. If your dog does not mind, give the raw leaf which has been washed under running water directly, or you can mix it with the dog’s raw diet once a day. Potatoes and diced, boiled chicken dices are the tasty companions for the leaf.
Blueberries or cranberries
These delicious fruits are able to prevent the bacteria from attaching to the lining part of the urinary tract, which may irritate the wall and cause bleeding. These fruits can also be used as prevention agents for future recurrent infection. Give a small amount to your dog every two days during the infection healing process until the symptoms subside.