If you suspect that your dog is suffering from a urinary tract infection (UTI), consult a veterinarian to determine the cause. Once a cause has been determined, treatments can begin to remedy the infection. UTIs caused by bacterial infections will most likely need prescription medications to be properly treated. Natural remedies can lesson the discomfort of a UTI and you can give supplements to promote a healthy urinary tract to avoid future infection.
Dogs that have been diagnosed with a UTI are typically given antibiotics specifically for the type of bacteria that has caused the infection. The vet will determine the bacteria type by a urine culture test. Clavomox and Baytril are antibiotics appropriate for use to cure canine UTIs.
Holistic veterinarians often use natural remedies that are thought to balance and neutralize bacteria in the urinary tract in place of or in addition to prescription medications. Apple cider vinegar and citrus juices are thought to restore urinary tract health.
It is thought that several foods support a healthy urinary tract system. Most have been concentrated into supplemental formulations, that when taken daily should support general and urinary tract system health. Cranberry supplements top this list as the fruit has long been known to have antioxidant properties that support urinary health. Vitamin C is also a supplement of choice that helps ward off UTIs. Vitamin C dosages can be tricky, so it is best to discuss this supplement with a vet or canine nutritionist. Too much vitamin C can be harmful and too little is ineffective.
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