How To Prevent Urinary Tract Infections In Dogs

What Causes Canine Cystitis?

Most urinary tract infections in dogs are caused by bacteria that are normally found in your dog’s digestive tract. Female canines are more prone to developing a dog urinary tract infection because their urethras are short and broad, which makes it easier for bacteria to travel to the bladder.

With canine bladder stones, the question is, which came first, the stone or the infection? Bladder stones in dogs irritate the bladder walls, which can cause a dog urinary tract infection. But certain bladder infections in dogs cause bladder stones to develop, especially struvite stones in dogs. The best bet is to try to avoid the problem in the first place.

Is There Any Way To Prevent Urinary Tract Infections In Dogs?

You can help your canine friend in a number of ways:

* She should have plenty of clean fresh water available. A 60-pound dog can drink up to three quarts of water a day, which may be more than you would expect.
* After drinking all that water, you dog needs to go outside to empty her bladder every few hours. Don’t make her hold her urine for too long.
* Boost your buddy’s immune system by feeding her a low-ph, high-quality natural diet with no artificial coloring or preservatives.
* Take her for long walks. Exercise is essential to keep her body in top shape.
* Bathe her regularly to keep the bacteria away from her urethra.

What Causes Recurring Urinary Tract Infections In Dogs?

If the infection keeps coming back, it’s possible that your dog never got rid of it in the first place. Your vet should do a urinalysis and a dog urine culture to identify which bacteria is causing the infection. A sensitivity test is also necessary to decide which is the best antibiotic to use.

Be sure to give your dog all of the antibiotic, no matter how much of a hassle it is. Then have another urine culture done to be sure all the bacteria are gone.

Can Natural Remedies For Pets Prevent Cystitis In Dogs?

Yes, they can. But it’s important to use a remedy that has been especially formulated for pets. You’ll want a remedy that contains uva ursi, barberry, and the homeopathic remedies Cantharis and Staphysagria. These treatments have stood the test of time in humans, and they’re very effective for dogs, too.

These remedies are safe to use right along with the antibiotic treatment. They don’t interfere with the drugs in any way, and regular use supports bladder health in your dog long after the antibiotic is gone.

Deal only with a company that has been in business for a long time, and that has a great reputation for providing safe, effective high-quality products for pets. Check for testimonials from other pet owners who have used the product you’re thinking of purchasing.

Now you can end the frustration of recurring bladder infections in dogs by using what you’ve learned here to keep your dog happy and healthy.

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Pets Are Baby Boomers Too

Pets Are Baby Boomers Too

Better preventative care, medicine, vitamins and food are making pets live longer, but leading to one costly side effect: higher medical bills, the Washington Post reports. Think of them as baby boomers on four legs. They’re older and fatter – just like the country at large. About 44% of the country’s dogs are older than 6, compared with 32% in 1987, according to the Post. And 45% of U.S. pets are overweight or obese, according to the Assn. for Pet Obesity Prevention.

But also like humans, they are racking up larger medical bills. According to the American Veterinary Medical Assn., spending on veterinary medicine doubled to $24.5 million in the last decade, the Post reports. So pet owners are now opting for expensive surgeries and preventative procedures – such as with the dog above, who was getting hip replacement surgery – when in the past a vet would resort to euthanasia.

“Many of the pet owners are baby boomers no longer burdened with the cost of raising children and are willing to use whatever disposable income they have to increase the quality of life of their furry – or scaly – companions,” the Post’s Nancy Trejos writes.

“Certainly we have seen an increasing level of sophistication in the last five or 10 years. As we see the bond between pet owners and their pets grow, they are demanding more sophistication,” said Ron DeHaven, an officer of the AVMA. “It rivals human medicine.”

One suggestion for those looking to limit pet bills: avoid purebred dogs, which usually have more health problems than your run-of-the-mill mutt.

[Source: Los Angeles Times]

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Protect Your Pet From Pests

Protect Your Pet From Pests

It’s tough to keep the bugs away, especially if your dog socializes with other dogs that may not be properly protected. “Not all pets are going to have allergies from those but it is going to occur on some of them,” veterinarian Dr. Rob Trupp said. “So they can also chew and scratch and itch themselves to where they will have other issues. They’ll have skin problems. They’ll have allergy problems. They’ll have infections problems, hair loss.”

And it gets worse. “Sometimes they’re itching so badly, they may not even sleep because they’re too busy chewing on themselves,” Trupp said. Fleas can cause other problems, too. They can carry parasites like tapeworms.

The good news is there are plenty of things you can do. “There are different medications you can use. There are simple medications you can put on your pet,” Trupp said. “They’re very very safe. They’re safe for the pets and they’re safe for people too.”

Dr. Trupp does warn that not all of these treatments work the same. Program, for example, only sterilizes the fleas. It doesn’t kill the ones that are already hosting on your precious pet. But it does prevent them from laying eggs. Once a month, Frontline is also a preventative medicine. Capstar, on the other hand, kills the fleas on the pet at that time, but doesn’t prevent new ones from coming on.

The best choice for your dog is a decision between you and your vet. Just make sure you’re covering all your bases to keep your furry friend protected.

[Source: KTKA ABC 49 News]

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