Bladder infections are common in dogs and a serious health issue that needs to be dealt with. Symptoms include straining to urinate, increased thirst, increased urination, blood in the urine, hiding or refusing food, inappropriate urination and licking the genitals.
Bladder infection are caused by bacteria, fungi, parasites or crystals. Risk factor include stress, unhealthy diet, injury or tumor.
Use these home remedies to reduce the severity of symptoms of bladder infection in dogs and to help treat the cause of the infection.
Apple cider Vinegar is a very useful treatment for humans as well as dogs suffering from bladder infections. Acetic acid in apple cider vinegar neutralizes harmful bacteria and prevents further infection.
-Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (depending on the dog’s size) to some plain yogurt or water. For breeds weighing upto 14 pounds, use just 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
-Do this twice daily for a few days.
Cranberries contain compounds that help lower urine pH levels and prevent bacteria from attaching to the bladder. Cranberry can also speed up the recovery process of bladder infection.
-You can give cranberry capsules to your dog twice a day, by hiding them in their favorite food. Always consult a vet for the proper dosage, depending upon your pet’s body weight and size.
Colloidal silver is also a potent antibiotic with antiviral and antifungal properties. It can help treat and prevent various situations of dogs including utis. Submicron silver particles suspended in a liquid base penetrate the cells of the microbes and kill the pathogen.
A general guideline for oral dosing is:
-1 teaspoon 4 times a day for a small dog.
-2 teaspoons 4 times a day for medium dogs.
-3 teaspoons 4 times a day for large dogs.
D - Mannose is a tasteless sugar that can treat your dog's bladder infection. D - Mannose prevents bacteria from binding to the bladder and help to flush out the bacteria from the urine. The sugar does not affect blood sugar level or pH level, it is safe for dogs with diabetes.
D-mannose powder can be given once or twice a day.
-For large dogs, the dosage is 1 teaspoon twice daily.
-For medium-sized dogs, the dosage is half teaspoon twice daily.
-For small dogs, the dosage is 1/4 teaspoon twice daily.