Monday, January 3, 2011

Shi Tzu with Chronic Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Q: I have a 4 year old Shih Tzu who has a lot of urinary problems. She has also been tested for food and inhalent allergies and is currently being given antigen shots to resolve the inhalent allergies. My biggest concerns are her urinary problems. She has regular urinary tract infections, she had bladder stone surgery in September and has constant pH problems. She is currently taking 800 mg of Uroeze a day to try to lower her pH and is tested every few months for urinary tract infections. Her pH is still too high and I'm starting to wonder if her Vet knows what to do to resolve this. She is also taking a thyroid pill and a pill that forces her to go pee more. Her pH is currently around 7.5 and she tested positive for struvite crystals on her last urinary test. I don't want her to get bladder stones again so I'm hoping you can help. Thank you in advance! Kristine

A: So sorry that your Shi Tzu has been so uncomfortable. There is a lot that can be done to help address the frequent urinary tract infections naturally. Most cats and dogs that get frequent urinary infections (UTIs) develop a great deal of inflammation. This can make it very difficult for the pet to get better. Pet owners (and people) will get into a cycle of using antibiotics only to find the infection returns soon after finishing the last pill. In order to address the problem of chronic urinary infections, it is important to look at the type of factors that might be contributing to the bladder inflammation. A pet could have stones, immune weakness and quite frequently (but most overlooked) food allergies. It is very typical to see dogs and cats have chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs) also have gastrointestinal issues such as loose stool, skin problems----all due to food allergies. So....the first step in treating your Shi Tzu or any pet with chronic UTIs is to get them off the "offending" foods that are contributing to the inflammation.

It is essential to use Pet UTI Prevention Package for Urinary Tract Infections to help your pet feel better.

There can be a misperception that somehow "food allergies" are separate from inhaled allergies---when in actuality--they are all rooted in the same problem. Allergies are cumulative and the more exposure there is to offending foods and allergens, the more likely the pet's immune system will be compromised. Quite often people and pets with "inhaled" allergies have yeast overgrowth as well as food allergies that are daily causing inflammation and "leaky" gut syndrome. To help your Shi Tzu, you need to work with a veterinary professional to develop an appropriate anti-fungal, hypoallergenic diet that will reduce her overall inflammation.

In addition, some supplements will greatly help. Pet UTI Prevention Package for Urinary Tract Infections which includes Notatum (excellent natural anti-inflammatory), Power Probiotic, Pet UTI Prevention Formula and Renelix would be a great way to help boost your Shi Tzu's immune system to try to ward off the chronic urinary tract infections. Renelix is especially helpful for dogs that get bladder stones and crystals in their urine. I understand that this all may seem overwhelming especially trying to "do it all yourself". Please know that Dr. Gordon and I offer telephone consultations, have had terrific success helping pet owners resolve chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs) and would be happy to assist you. Just know though that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and your Shi Tzu will get better---it is just a matter of getting her on the right diet and supplement protocol.