Home remedies for dog bladder infection can be very effective at helping your pet fight off bacteria which has gained access to the urinary tract through the urethra and has set up shop in the lining of the bladder.
That said, there will be times when home remedies for dog bladder infection are simply not enough due to the reality that oftentimes when the symptoms become obvious (difficulty urinating, experiencing pain while urinating, and leaving pools of odd smelling urine in inappropriate places) the bacterial infection has already overpowered all immune defenses and is rapidly marching its way up the urinary tract to the kidneys.
On the other hand, if a natural approach is implemented successfully there are three distinct advantages. First, natural home remedies don’t destroy beneficial bacteria guarding the urinary tract; Second, they improve immune system function overall; and lastly, they are an excellent preventative measure against recurring or chronic infection.
Home Remedies for dog bladder infection
*Cranberry juice plus liquid vitamin B12. I noticed my veterinarian giving B12 to bladder infected dogs and decided to try adding it to either cranberry, blueberry, or raspberry juice just to see what happened. To my surprise, it seemed to be quite effective on a number of different levels. I suspect the B12 may help provide an energy boost as the cranberry juice works to keep bacteria from binding to the lining of the bladder and the urethra. Some dog owners prefer cranberry powder or cranberry capsules instead of juice with the best option revolving around the size of your dog, the slobber factor, and his willingness to consume whatever concoction you have drummed up.
*Uva Ursi (Bearberry): While many pet parents prefer homeopathic remedies over herbal remedies if you had to pick one herb as a home remedy for dog bladder infection it would be Uva Ursi. This herb has strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties with the main active ingredient being glycoside arbutin.
*Keep the private areas clean. If you are going to be successful at eliminating your dog’s bladder infection at home you simply cannot allow re-infection to occur. The suggestion is particularly important if you are the pet parent of a female dog due to the length of their urethra. If possible clean her genitals and bottom with a wipe after she urinates.
*Regular bathroom breaks. Keeping the bladder drained and urine flowing is important as pooling urine laden with bacteria will only make eradicating the infection more challenging.
*Don’t forget the water. Once the bacteria starts to feel the wrath of your home remedies it will need to be washed out the urinary tract. Generally speaking, dehydration makes a urinary tract infection worse and hydration makes it better. Additionally, dogs with kidney problems, or possibly diabetes, may be chronically dehydrated requiring extra fluids to keep the urine flowing.
*Homeopathic remedies. Homeopathic remedies containing cantharis to help establish healthy urine flow, staphysagris to support bladder health, and berberis to promote bladder function, support immune system resilience, and in general make life difficult for bacteria are one of the best at home remedies for a bladder infection. These types of remedies can be used alone or in conjunction with antibiotics when needed.
In conclusion, we have covered a handful of home remedies for dog bladder infection. Additionally, many dog owners have found success by adding 4 additional steps. They are regular exercise, altering urine pH levels, reducing stress levels, and modifying the diet to include at least 75 percent wet food and a maximum of 25 percent dry.