Dog Urinary Tract Infection: when a dog develops a urinary tract infection, it surely develops some pitiful symptoms that can make the dog miserable. Typically affected dogs will develop the following symptoms:
- Straining to urinate
- Blood in urine
- Increased drinking
- Increased urination
- Inappropriate urination
- Licking genitals
Both male and female dogs can be equally affected. Diagnosis is confirmed by urinalysis. Urine must be collected in a sterile container and should not be older than 4 hours old and preferably refrigerated. Treatment commonly consists of a course of antibiotics.
When the symptoms are caught early enough there are some home remedies that may help the dog overcome the infection before it may require the aid of antibiotics. These home remedies however, will work only in UTI’ s at their very first stages and when very mild.
Home remedies may not work all the time and a veterinarian should be consulted if the dog does not respond to home treatments or he/she seems to be uncomrfortable and lethargic.
Three Home remedies for dog urinary tract infections:
1. Provide plenty of water
Water will effectively help flush out the harmful bacteria. Make sure your dog has access to fresh, clean water and encourage to drink as much as possible.
2. Cranberry juice
Works for dogs too! Just as in humans, the acid content of cranberry juice will effectively turn the urine acidic and help defeat the harmful bacteria. While cranberry works the best, other highly acidic drinks such as orange juice or lime juice may work as well.
3. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a very helpful remedy in humans. Dogs may benefit from it as well and the principle again remains in its acidic content. Acetic acid will effectively neutralize the harmful bacteria causing the infection. One tablespoon to two tablespoons (depending on size of dog) can be added to some yogurt or the apple cider vinegar may be added to the dog’s food or water.
Urinary tract infections may not be an immediate emergency but owners should keep a watchful eye on symptoms and report signs of worsening to their veterinarians promptly. Symptoms of bladder stones may mimic those of a urinary tract infection, so it is highly advisable to consult with a veterinarian about the appropriate course of action.
Most cases are succesfully resolved with a course of antibiotics. A second urinalysis is often recommended to check if the bacteria has been succesfully cleared. Most cases resolve promptly after 2-3 days of treatment.