Incontinence in Dogs is a Problem

By Geraldine Dimarco

Raising a dog is like raising a baby. Like our own children, they look up to us to give them food, shelter, and proper nourishment. As a responsible dog owner, it is our responsibility to give them the best care we can and to make sure they are given proper health care.

There are several ways to tell if your dog is suffering from urinary tract infection. It is important that as a dog owner, you be alert and knowledgeable enough to know the telltale signs of urinary tract infection in your dog. Some symptoms may include blood in the dog?s urine, a foul smell in the dog?s urine, a change in its urinating pattern, and an abrupt change in its behavior. If you notice any of these symptoms, consult a veterinarian so your dog would immediately be given proper medication.

There are two classifications of dog urinary tract infections. One is upper urinary tract infection and the other is lower urinary tract infection. These two kinds of dog urinary problems produce different signs and symptoms. Upper urinary tract infection is usually associated with weight loss, anorexia, and vomiting. On the other hand, lower urinary tract infection is associated mostly with abnormalities and incontinence or a change in the dog?s urinating pattern.

Homeopathy is a natural remedy for urinary tract infection in dogs. Unlike antibiotics or the conventional mode of treatment, it is 100% safe and has no danger of side effects. Moreover, it is affordable and can prevent recurrence of infection.

Using natural substances or herbal medicines to help cure urinary tract infection not only works well for humans but for dogs as well. Herbal medicines are as effective as the best antibiotics in the market. A number of herbs that have beneficial properties and effects for dogs and which are excellent natural remedies for urinary tract infections for canine patients are the following: 1. Staphysagris 2. Berberis vulgaris 3. Uva ursi 4. Cantharis 5. Goldenrod 6. Juniper berry

Although dogs are bound to suffer dog urinary problems in any given time of their life, it is still important that owners know how to at least minimize the possibilities of their dog contracting such a disease. Some of the ways to prevent this from happening are the following: giving the dog enough clean water to drink everyday, giving the dog a regular bath and shampoo, giving the dog proper nutrition and diet, bringing the dog to the vet regularly for check-up, and giving the dog citrus juices and vitamin C.

Other than the herbal methods mentioned above, another natural remedy for urinary tract infection in dogs is to give your dog ample amount of clean water to drink everyday. Water flushes out bacteria and prevents them from staying and causing further damage to the gall bladder. Also, give your dog a regular bath. This will prevent the bacteria from spreading into the dog?s urethra and thus minimizes the spread of infection. Giving your dog dietary supplements which could boost its overall health and well-being is also a great way to help reduce the risk of spreading the infection. Dietary supplements rich in vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids could help improve your dog?s immune system. Examples of these are apple cider vinegar and citrus juices such as lime juice and orange juice. Cider vinegar and citrus juices neutralize bacteria in the urine and in the process, prevent them from causing more harm.

The above-mentioned natural remedies for dog urinary tract infection are effective ways to help boost your dog?s overall health and well-being. However, it is still best to consult a veterinarian for whatever health problem your dog encounters. The veterinarian is the only person who could assess the true condition of your dog and who could administer the right medication and dose required to ultimately improve your dog?s condition. - 29857

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