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What are some home remedies for UTIs in dogs?

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Herbs, cranberry extract and vitamin C are some home remedies for urinary tract infections in dogs. These can help eliminate the bacteria causing the infection and alleviate the symptoms of UTI. Consult a veterinarian to see if these remedies are helpful in treating a particular dog's infection.

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Herbs, such as Uva Ursi and Goldenrod Horsetail, are some remedies that naturally and safely help in reducing inflammation around the infection site and treating the painful symptoms of the infection. Uva Ursi, or bearberry, is a powerful astringent used as a remedy for bladder-related infections among humans, but it is also effective in treating UTI in pets. It is commercially available as a powder or as crushed leaf preparation. Goldenrod Horsetail compound is a blend of liquid extracts, including corn silk, Uva Ursi leaf and Juniper berry. It is effective in soothing a dog's urinary system.

Like bearberry, cranberry extract, or juice is a healthy and safe home remedy for UTI. It prevents the recurrence of bacterial infection by creating an inhospitable environment for the bacteria around the lining of the urinary tract. Cranberry extracts may be added to the dog's food if the taste of pure cranberry juice does not appeal to the dog.

Vitamin C is a natural anti-inflammatory that also prevents bacteria from sticking to the bladder. Citrus juices, such as cranberry and orange juice, contain high levels of vitamin C and may be given as a refreshing drink in small amounts.

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