Quinn's never had a bladder problem, he usually finds some way to let us know he needs to pee. Badly. Either he paws at the door, or he just freely does his business in the garden. Either way, he's always been pretty ace on the pee front.
However, I (akin to so many other girls in the world) have sadly been afflicted with the oh-so-dreaded Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) once and only once in my life. That was the last time I went swimming in that lake! As a result, it is easy for me to relate to the gross discomfort and unpleasant burning sensation that usually accompanies a UTI.
Needless to say, it's even more painful in dogs, due to their inability to vocalize their discomforts. Here are some ways of detecting a UTI in your pups:
- Frequent urge to urinate (more so than usual)
- Tiny streams of urine that smells strongly or ammonia or bacteria (bad smelling)
- Urine that causes them to whimper or shiver violently
- Urine with blood in it
- Shivering in the hind legs (due to aches in the lower abdomen)
Now, UTIs occur for a variety of reasons, usually because your dog is stressed or has a poor diet. Other more severe reasons includes cancer, tumors, bladder stones or internal injuries. Regardless of reason, it is always good to followup with your vet the moment you realise (or suspect) your dog has a UTI.
Naturally, we realise that not all vets are available at your beck and call. Therefore, we have graciously put together a list of natural remedies that you can do for your pup to decrease their levels of discomfort at home while waiting for medical attention:
1. Blended cranberry, blueberry or juniper berry
Hey, these work like a charm. Even for me. Blend it with a little water, milk, and even as a paste and mix it in with your dog's dry food. Note: Poor quality dry foods are usually the main reason that dogs contract UTIs, so be warned! Only feed your dog something that you're certain won't harm them too.
2. Parsley Leaf
Yes, you read it right. The garnish placed atop most of your hoity-toity dishes can be used as an antiseptic and muscle relaxant for your pooch. It also helps filter out impurities and serves as a natural diuretic.
3. Plain yoghurt
Read: Plain yoghurt, and none of that flavoured nonsense that the supermarket sells. Offering other cooling foods such as raw veggies, fruits and cooling water can help in relieving symptoms of a UTI.
4. Encourage drinking more water
Be it fevers, UTIs or general unwellness, drinking water is always a must. Have your dog down at least a bowl of water a day, and ensure that he urinates frequently during the day.
5. Increase supplement intake
Along with lots of water, supplement your dog's diet with Vitamin B. Avoid foods such as asparagus, spinach, raw carrots and tomatoes, and dairy products such as cheese and milk. Yes, even dog's milk.