Urinary tract infection in cats and dogs is a serious problem, often leading to serious repercussions if not treated in time. There is, however, a different approach to the entire matter of pet-UTI, as more and more veterinarians are adopting a holistic approach and using herbal and homeopathic bladder infection treatment for canines and cats to resist infection and correct imbalances in the body that allow bacteria to thrive.
When it comes to home remedies, you naturally want to know more about them in order to lend a helping hand to your cat to avoid the trauma of having to go through UTI.
You can help your pet in many ways by taking recourse to the following simple methods.
Pain Relief: Among remedies in homeopathic bladder treatment for canines and cats, cantharis is used for pain relief. It is very useful for pets who are straining to urinate. Dosages of two to three pellets twice or thrice a day, which will be easily absorbed by the pet’s mucous membranes, will relieve pain.
Control Infection: Cranberry juice, that is, pure cranberry juice and not formulations that contain synthetic elements, controls infection by stopping bacteria from adhering to the surface of the bladder and also acidifies the urine.
Increase Body Strength: Vitamin C is a natural anti inflammatory and strengthens the lining of the bladder. Depending upon the weight of your pet, you can administer a dose of 250mg to 500mg twice a day. However, vitamin C is known to cause diarrhea and it is important to arrive at the correct dosage by trial and error so that you know how much your pet’s bowels can tolerate.
Stick to Chemical Free Diet: Many commercial pet foods contain harmful chemical additives, preservatives, and artificial colors that weaken the pet’s immune system. Instead, home cooked food is the best to reduce the risk of body imbalances and minimize the chance of infection.
Fluids: To ensure that your cat’s bladder is emptied regularly in order to flush out bacteria, it is imperative that your pet has sufficient quantity of fluids. However, you cannot force your pet to drink. The better way is to resort to moist foods and dipping dry foods in some water or chicken broth.
Clean Water: Chemicals in some drinking waters make animals avoid drinking, which in turn, results in thickening of urine. Thickened urine hinders regular emptying of the bladder. This makes them more prone to developing UTI. Filtered water or spring water will go a long way in encouraging your pet to urinate and reduce the risk of urinary tract infection in cats and dogs.
In addition, simple methods like providing your cat adequate opportunities to urinate will ensure that his bladder gets emptied at regular intervals; it will encourage your pet to urinate and that is an integral part of its health. Moreover, females that have been spayed early tend to develop loose tissue that lets urine pool around the urethra. The female urethra is small which makes it easier for bacteria to travel up to the bladder quickly. Wiping your cat’s bottom frequently will help in tackling this situation effectively.
Courtesy of Tess Thompson, PetAlive.com