The discomfort and irritation of a urinary tract infection is very uncomfortable and painful for your dog.

If you’ve ever had one yourself, then you know how uncomfortable these infections are.

As with many conditions that impact humans, pet owners are often unaware that their dog has a urinary tract infection until they see blood in the urine and then the concern grows.

Causes and Concerns

There are a number of things that can cause a urinary tract infection in your dog, including:

  • E-coli bacteria
  • Bladder inflammation and/or infection
  • Trauma
  • Stress
  • Cancer
  • Prostate disease
  • Spinal cord difficulties and abnormalities
  • Incontinence
  • Stones or debris from the bladder or urethra
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Hormonal issues

how to treat your dog's urinary tract infection naturallyThere are also a number of risk factors for a urinary tract infection. It most often occurs in older female dogs as well as pooches with diabetes.

The most commonly occurring disease in dogs over the age of seven years is incontinence, as leakage can occur due to a weaker urinary sphincter muscle. Dogs with conditions like adrenal disease are also more predisposed to urinary tract infections.

Symptoms and Signs of a UTI in Dogs

Figuring out if your dog has a urinary tract infection is a matter of observation. As is always the case with issues surrounding your pooch’s health, it’s important to check with holistic veterinarian to not only confirm the condition you suspect but to confirm the adequacy of treatment options for your dog.

Some of the signs and symptoms associated with urinary tract infections in dogs include:

  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • Fever
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Inability to urinate
  • Greater frequency of urination
  • Crying or straining to pass urin
  • Vomiting,
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Back pain
  • Appetite changes
  • Strong odor in uirne
  • Increased consumption of water

As the aforementioned symptoms can relate to other conditions, it’s important to get a solid diagnosis from a trained professional if the symptoms persist.

Treatment

There’s been some research done and there are a number of possibilities that you can explore.

Because we like to advocate natural treatment options as often as possible, our focus leans to those areas.

Often times dogs are on and off antibiotics with no resolve to the real problem. Surgery, in some extreme cases, may be considered as well.

Some have advocated for starting a treatment regimen with cranberry juice, which has been commonly cited as aiding in keeping bacteria away from the bladder. In humans, cranberry is a key in prevention and support of urinary health. In dogs, it can have similar effects but it doesn’t always do the trick alone.

D-Mannose, which is a naturopathic remedy often used to treat urinary tract infections including reoccurring infections caused by a genetic imperfection. D-Mannose has been known to disrupt the ability of e-coli bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract.

It is derived from mannose, which is a sugar molecule (binding). Some have reported combining cranberry with a dosage of D-Mannose and have seen great improvements in their dogs’ urinary tract conditions.  Pet Health Solutions (above image) makes a nice combination that includes D-mannose and Cranberry.

We personally use D-Mannose for our own UTI’s and it works very well.  The trick is to use The reviews from those that bought it, were very good.

The reason I like the particular brand shown above is because it already includes the cranberry extract.

Warning: DO NOT buy brands that include Xylitol which is deadly to dogs.

Dosage Guide: a 15-1/2  lb. dog would roughly get a little less than 1/4 teaspoon  mixed into food with a little water.

It’s always a good idea to include a probiotic to speed up the healing process.

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  • Kathy Chiavola
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    yes, how many times a day? Thanks!

    • janie
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      Not sure what you’re asking Kathy?

      If referring to D Mannose, the dosage is in the article.

      Janie

  • steve fensome
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    Hi Could you tell me where i can purchase the d-mannose that you feature in your article or an equivalent product. thks

    • janie
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      Hi Steve:

      If you click on the image in the article, it will take you to Amazon where you can purchase it. However, I see that you are in the UK, so the following link and product might work better for you.

      D Mannose UK

      I hope it helps Steve.

      Janie

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