Preventing & Treating Canine UTI
If your dog has ever had cystitis or urinary tract infection (UTI), then you'll know how distressing it can be for them. Unfortunately, repeat infections can be common but there are some things you can do to reduce your pet's chances of acquiring another UTI.
5 ways to help prevent Bladder Infections
- Make sure you always provide plenty of clean, fresh water for your dog or puppy to drink. Drinking more means that they will urinate more frequently, which helps to flush out any bacteria that may be in the urinary tract before it can cause an infection. Dehydration greatly increases the risks of UTI so remember to keep that water bowl topped up!
- A good diet it vital for good health. Ensuring that your dog is getting the right balance of nutrients and vitamins will help prevent a wide variety of ailments. Speak to your vet about specific dietary changes that may help your dog to avoid further bladder problems.
- Lots of walking and playing will help keep your dog fit and healthy. Activity encourages both drinking and urination, which helps reduce the chances of infection.
- Keep your dog well-groomed and make sure their sleeping and feeding areas are kept clean. Wash bedding regularly.
- If your dog has a history of UTIs or bladder problems one of the best ways to stop future infections is to give them a maintenance dose of Pet D-Mannose every day. E. coli bacteria, the most common cause of UTI, in the urinary tract will attach to the d-mannose and be flushed away when your pet urinates, before they get a chance to multiply to infection levels.
Keep a supply of all-natural DMannose Pet at home in case an infection flares up. Swift treatment can prevent a small infection from becoming a full-blown attack. If your dog starts exhibiting symptoms of a new UTI, start them on a course of D'Mannose immediately and make an appointment to see your vet, although the most likely cause of their symptoms is an E. coli infection. Give your dog or puppy a dose of D'Mannose every three hours until their symptoms have completed cleared, and then reduce the dose gradually over several days until you get back one or two maintenance doses a day.
Clinical Signs of Canine Cystitis
Although not always present, Cystitis symptoms in canines are similar to those exhibited by humans. A qualified veterinarian can confirm the presence of infection with certainty, however seeking veterinary advice on a regular basis may not be affordable. Professional Urine Test Strips can provide a strong indication of infection, and if your pet regularly suffers from UTI, you may be able to spot the signs early and treat with a dose of DMannose Pet. You may notice your pet trying to urinate more often, while looking up at you seeking sympathy. They may beg to be let outdoors more often than usual. Their demeanour may have changed.
- Blood in urine (Haematuria).
- Frequent urination with small amount of urine produced (pollakiuria).
- Straining (dysuria).
- Discomfort and Pain.
- General restlessness.
- Cloudy urine.
Consider a natural treatment for your Pet's Urinary Tract Infections. Most antibiotics have well known side-effects. Remember how they made you feel the last time you needed them? And less well-known side-effects that affect a minority of patients can be devastating. Fluoroquinolone based antibiotics like Ciprofloxacin, have the potential to affect the joints, bones, tendons and muscles. Treat your Pet well, they'll love you for it. The less chemicals your pets ingest, the healthier they'll be.