Urinary tract infections are a painful illness that affects about 14% of all dogs during their lifetime and far fewer cats, though not unseen. Unfortunately, our cherished pets are not capable of just voicing their concerns as we might if something felt amiss. If your pet is suffering from a UTI, there are signs that you should be on the lookout for. First, let’s discuss what a UTI is.

What is a UTI?

A UTI is a urinary tract infection. Most UTIs are caused by bacterial infection and, as stated before, are relatively common in dogs occurring in 14% of them throughout their lifetime. Puppies, particularly female ones, are highly susceptible to them. A UTI occurs when bacteria manage to get past the urinary tract’s natural defenses and then begin colonizing the urinary tract. E.coli is the most common bacteria known to cause UTIs.

Signs that Your Dog Has a UTI

Like most illnesses, there is a range of symptoms commonly experienced by dogs suffering from a urinary tract infection. They are as follows:

  • Fever
  • Need to go out to pee more frequently
  • Straining or pain when urinating
  • Cloudy or bloody urine
  • Excessive licking of genitals
  • Drinking much more water than usual
  • Accidents in the house that typically don’t happen

These are some of the most common symptoms, but others, such as lack of appetite or vomiting, can further indicate a more severe infection.

Owners should be especially mindful of accidents that occur in the house. Accidents sometimes happen with even the most well-trained pets, but if it begins to occur frequently and around the same time, something may be up. You may feel bad for scolding your pet the first time, not knowing there was a more significant issue, such as a UTI at work.

What Should You Do About a UTI?

Though it is always good practice to get a veterinarian diagnosis, an in-tune pet owner can often assess a UTI in their animal. Natural and home remedies for UTI’s are common, effective, and affordable. Typically, veterinarians will prescribe antibiotics to deal with bacterial UTI infections. Antibiotics can work quickly and are important if you suspect long term, deep seated infection. However, antibiotics also strip the good bacteria in the digestive tract leading to digestive distress and should not be used without caution.

Natural supplementation carries no side effects. The standard naturopathic approach to UTI’s is D-Mannose, Probiotics, and vitamin C. D-mannose is a kind of sugar related to glucose. D-mannose prevents the bacteria from sticking to the cell walls of the urinary tract. The probiotics will regenerate the urogenital flora. And, the Vitamin C will cool an infection already imbedded.

Our Uro Cleanse combines the highest quality D-mannose and natural anti-inflammatory into one product. This makes treatment easier and more affordable. We also carry Lypo-Spheric vitamin C, the highest quality most absorbable form of vitamin C available anywhere. For a probiotic, try our Pet Flora. Together the Uro-cleanse, Vitamin C, and Pet Flora should clear a UTI within a week. If after a week of careful observation and diligent administration you do not see some improvement in symptoms contact us or your vet for assistance. UTI’s are serious but can be easily addressed with home supplementation.

Going Forward: Preventing UTIs in Your Dog or Cat

Our products are safe for long term use. After successful treatment, you can continue to administer Uro-cleanse, vitamin C, and Pet Flora at a maintenance dose to prevent future infection and keep your pet’s immune system running high. Vitality Science’s mission is to provide effective holistic remedies for common and not-so-common ailments that our beloved pets experience. Unfortunately, UTIs are one of these issues that your dog may go through, more than once in some cases.

Urinary Tract Supplement for Dogs and Cats

Our Uro-Cleanse was specially formulated to help prevent UTIs while also providing restorative benefits. Uro-Cleanse will help to maintain a healthy urinary tract and urine pH and may improve bladder control and kidney health.

Bladder health is crucial to your pet’s wellbeing. So if the simple act of excreting waste becomes difficult, it is no surprise that the body suffers.

Uro-Cleanse contains:

  • D-Mannose can inhibit bacteria from entering walls, helping to prevent future infection.
  • Bromelain: you may have heard about this potent enzyme inside of pineapples that has many anti-inflammatory benefits associated with it. Bromelain can aid in reducing swelling and inflammation
  • Arabinogalactan: this prebiotic fiber is said to be a powerful immune stimulator
  • Zeolite: this negatively charged mineral can attract toxins and aid in flushing them out of your pet’s system

Contact Vitality Science today for any questions about Uro-Cleanse or our other products. We look forward to hearing from our customers and how our products have helped their pets live their lives to the fullest!