Friday, December 30, 2016

Natural Treatments For Urinary Incontinence in Pets

Urinary incontinence is often thought to be part of the aging process and it is true that many older dogs can be inflicted with the condition, but it can affect dogs of any age.  There are certain conditions that can contribute to dogs losing control of their bladder (including kidney disease,  endocrine disorders and cognitive dysfunction disorder), but it could also be a low level infection. 

The most common signs of bladder control problems are excessive licking of the vulva or penis, often causing redness, dripping of urine, or often the pet owner noticing their sleeping area smelling strongly of urine.  
Common Causes Of Urinary Incontinence in Pets:
Hormonal Imbalance –  a low level of estrogen is often found in older female dogs and contribute to lack of bladder control.  Breeds with higher risk include: spaniels, Old English Sheepdogs, Doberman Pinschers, and Boxers
Neurological Problems- older pets often have vertebrae, or spinal issues that hinder them from being able to have full sensation and can cause incontinence.
Low Level Infection- Perhaps the most common cause of loss of bladder control (incontinence) is a low grade (often undetectable) bladder infection that can affect dogs of any age.  This can cause inflammation and pain in the urethra and/or bladder.  Some dogs are prone to repeat infections and a comprehensive approach can help alleviate frequent reoccurrences.
Steps To Eliminate Incontinence Due to Low Grade Urinary Tract Infections
1. Choose a hypoallergenic, grain-free food to reduce overall inflammation.  Grains such as oats, wheat, and corn can trigger. Certain proteins can also be problematic can cause an inflammatory response. Include your pet’s current diet on the Ask Ariel order form and you will receive a free diet suggestion based on the symtpoms you provide about your pet.  The suggestion will be on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.

2. Use natural, veterinary approved supplements to prevent future infections, reduce the likelihood of stone and crystal formation and help control interstitial cystitis. Once a pet has had multiple chronic urinary tract infections or interstitial cystitis, just changing the diet alone will not be sufficient to prevent reinfection. A combination of both diet and holistic supplements will have the best results. 
Akutur- focuses on the bladder and urinary tract to restore the balance and reduce inflammation and reduce repeat infections. Very helpful for interstitial cystitis.

3.  Work with your vet to determine the best way to test your pet's urinary pH regularly.