WELLNESS PLAN AND PREVENTION STRATEGIES FOR URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS - for dogs
|Step 1: Nutritional Supplements that Support Urinary Tract Function|
Natural substances can be used effectively to provide relief from UTI symptoms as well as strengthen the urinary tract and provide support against future occurrences.
Formulated by one of the nations leading herbalists, Tinkle Tonic is a select blend of herbal and homeopathic ingredients combined to safely and effectively address the causes and symptoms of urinary tract and bladder infections. Its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties soothe and protect the urinary tract without irritating the kidneys. Tinkle Tonic is easy to administer and results are often seen within a few days.
Supplementing with a high quality antioxidant formula delivers immune support, provides stamina and strengthens the urinary tract to protect against future infections. A formula that is effective for urinary tract health should contain adequate amounts of vitamins C, E and a B complex.
Daily Greens provides all the essential vitamins necessary for robust urinary tract support. The antioxidant formula also benefits dogs that are negatively impacted by environmental stresses. In addition it promotes stamina and strengthens the urinary tract. It is easily absorbed and fast acting so you will see benefits quickly. As an added bonus, dogs that like to eat grass or chew on houseplants will find the greens contained in Daily Greens to be particularly satisfying.
After the infection is remedied the bladder is often still quite inflamed, providing an ideal environment for recurrent infection. Restoring the healthy flora to your pet's intestines with probiotics is an important step in their recovery. Probiotics can stimulate the production of immunoglobulin, improving the body's immune response. In addition the healthy intestinal flora produces various anti-microbial agents, which help to inactivate harmful bacteria.
Gentle Digest is a human grade probiotic that promotes the growth of friendly bacteria in your dog's digestive tract. Unlike other products, Gentle Digest uses live microencapsulated spores which are resistant to gastric acids and therefore insure delivery to the intestines. In addition, it is shelf stable and no refrigeration is required.
|Step 2: Adequate Hydration|
Making sure your dog has access to clean drinking water is especially important for dogs that have recurrent UTIs.
The water source must be pure - For all pets, filtered or spring water is recommended. Never give your dog water that has gone through a water softener that uses salt pellets, as the sodium levels are too high.
The water must be kept clean - Dogs are messy drinkers and the very act of drinking quickly contaminates static sources. Unmoving water is an ideal breeding ground for harmful bacteria, so water bowls should be cleaned daily and the water replenished. Remember; never allow your dog to drink from puddles or other freestanding water. It could contain toxins from road run-off, lawn chemicals, etc.
The water must be abundant - Dogs can be copious drinkers. A normal dog will drink 1.5 cups of water per 10 pounds of body weight per day. During hot weather or after exercise these needs increase. Dogs experiencing urinary tract or kidney problems may drink even more.
|Step 3: Lifestyle Factors - additional considerations|
Adequate exercise is important for your dog in all stages of life. It promotes good health and reduces behavioral issues. Regular exercise is good for your dog's body and spirit. A fit body helps promote a healthy immune system enabling your dog to fight off infections more easily. Exercise should be a part of an overall lifestyle that supports weight control, improved health and longevity.
During a UTI episode you should try and maintain a regular exercise regimen if your dog feels up to it. However, avoid strenuous or prolonged exercise as it may irritate the bladder and cause undue discomfort.
A balanced diet is always important, but for a dog that suffers from UTI, it is critical. Foods can alter the urine PH and can lead to stone or crystal formation. Feeding your dog table scraps, as much as they may enjoy them, could contribute to UTI occurrences.
If your dog spends a great deal of time indoors, make sure they have adequate access to the outdoors. Holding urine for prolonged periods can stretch the bladder and lead to irritation and infection.
Get the key supplements and more in
the Essential Urinary Tract Kit.