Dog and Urinary Tract Infection
Answered by: Kerry Hackett
Question from: Bernice Shaffer
Posted on: August 06, 2006

Is there a herb for urinary tract infection in dogs?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can occur for quite a number of reasons, nutrition being top of the list. You might want to take a look at the work of Richard Pitcairn, "Natural Health for Dogs and Cats", "The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat" by Juliette de Bairacli Levy and "The Barf Diet" by Ian Billinghurst for ideas regarding diet. Is the dog getting out often enough either to relieve itself or for exercise? Is there any stress in the dog’s life? Is there a clean source of water readily available? All of these can be implicated in poor health. In addition, it is important to look for any other underlying cause by taking the dog into to see the vet. Bladder infections in dogs have often been helped by pure cranberry juice (1/2 ounce twice a day) or pure cranberry powder (1/8 teaspoon powder twice a day) as well as the herbs Couchgrass (Agropyren repens), Cornsilk (Zea mays) and Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis). However, determining the cause of the UTI would be the best place to start.

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