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How to Handle Your Dog's UTI

Nikki with her 3 dogsWhen it comes to UTIs, you probably would associate them with humans. The four-legged members of your family, however, can also get a UTI. When your dog has a UTI, they can’t tell you how they’re suffering.

That’s why it’s so important to learn about the steps you can take to help your dog feel better.

The Causes of a UTI

First, it’s important to know the two most common causes of UTIs-including in dogs. They are stones, and weakened immune function.

So, what can you do about them? Because kibble is dry, it keeps your dog in a perpetually dehydrated state. That’s one of the reasons why Nikki promotes raw feeding, which will ensure your dog gets hydration from their food. You can even add a little water to the dog’s food to help them stay hydrated.

Dogs are created to have a slightly acidic urine pH which is 6-6.5. That acidity level will prevent bad bacteria from building up. Grain-based kibble will alkalize your dog’s urine creating an environment in which bacteria can build up.

Their microbiome is extremely important because more than 70% of the immune system resides in the gut. By treating a UTI with antibiotics means there is a strong potential of disrupting the microbiome. Consider giving your dog a product called D-Mannose, which a component of cranberries. It works well for dogs and humans alike when it comes to preventing UTIs! But ideally, feeding a raw diet that supports the immune system is always best.

You can also feed your dog some honey. You don’t want to overdo it, since honey is still sugar. But a little raw honey can help grow good bacteria and kill off the bad.

You Know Your Dog Best!

When you think your dog has a UTI, take them to your veterinarian. Nikki recommends you look into a holistic or functional veterinarian if you don’t already have one. They may be informed about more natural forms of remedies. But you need to remember that ultimately, your dog’s treatment is up to you. You get to decide which route you want to go when it comes to their health, and you know them best.

Check out Nikki’s recent video for more information!

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