Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Symptoms of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease and Holistic Treatments

One of the most common reasons people take their cats to the veterinarian is because of urinary tract problems. When the bladder is not able to empty correctly, due to infection, bladder stones, blockage of the urethra (urethral plug) or inflammation, your cat can exhibit some or all of these signs. 

Symptoms of FLUTD: 
 Urinating outside the box
  Frequent trips to the litter box
  Straining or vocalizing in the box because they have irritated or inflamed bladders
  Exhibiting symptoms of pain: hunched up, crying, drinking more water, inappropriate urination
  Visible blood in the litter box 
Some risk factors can include, diet (eating dry food),being overweight, stress, genetics, breed, sex (urethral plug can be deadly to male cats) and age. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) can develop at any age, but usually occurs at about four years of age. It is important to see your veterinarian if you suspect a problem, because there could be an underlining cause. Endocrine diseases, hyperthyroidism, or diabetes can all cause urinary problems. To determine a diagnosis your veterinarian will, usually, conduct a physical exam, a urinalysis, urine culture, blood work, and possibly x-rays and ultrasounds. Some risk factors include, eating dry food, stress, genetics and even the sex (urethral plug can be deadly to male cats).
After the tests are conducted and conditioned is diagnosed, a comprehensive plan can be made to improve your cat’s health.  

Holistic Treatments for Cats with FLUTD
1.)  Diet change- Avoid fish, dry food, and poultry.  Fish and poultry are big allergens for cats similar to gluten and dairy for people.  Dry food is hard to digest and cats thrive on a high moisture diet.  If you order supplements at www.AskAriel.com be sure to include what you are feeding your cat and a diet suggestion will be included on the packing slip with your order. 
2.)  Medication-per vet instructions
3.)  Holistic supplements:
NotaSAN and QuentaSAN- powerful immune support formulas, a must have for pets with chronic urinary infections
Akutur- helps reduce inflammation that occurs in the bladder walls after chronic infections, by reducing inflammation, the area is better able to heal once and for all
Pet UTI Prevention – esssential herbs proven to help reduce inflammation, promote healing, displace and kill pathogens from the urinary tact
Power Probiotic for Pets- essential for your pet’s good health because they support digestion, help fight infection and enhance overall immunity

4.)  Lifestyle changes -reduction of stress
5.)  Surgery or Urinary Catheter-to remove the stones or blockage