If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, you know how bad it feels. The constant urge to go, the straining, the burning pain… It’s really quite awful.
Imagine your poor dog having this problem and she or he can’t tell you what’s wrong.
So you have to look out for the signs. According to veterinary homeopath Dee Blanco DVM, symptoms include:
- A frequent urging to urinate, often accompanied with blood … sometimes the blood comes at the very end, sometimes it is blood clots and sometimes the blood is hardly noticeable. Have your dog pee on a white paper towel if you suspect blood but aren’t sure.
- She may lick her genitals intensely before or after urinating.
- There may be soiling in the house.
- She may wake up in the middle of the night two to three times needing to go.
- She may be restless or seem uncomfortable.
While UTIs have been called an “infection” by conventional medicine, the homeopath views it as inflammation.
“UTIs used to be always designated in the category of urinary tract infection and that isn’t what we’re talking about here,” says Dr Blanco. “It is encompassing that but it’s not the only thing. We are also talking about urinary tract inflammation… Many of these bladder issues are purely inflammation and no bacteria associated with them.”
So you think your dog has urinary tract inflammation, now what?
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2 Urinary Tract Infection Remedies To Start With
Here are two remedies you can start with:
1. Nux vomica
An encounter with something toxic prior to the UTI could indicate a need for Nux vomica, according to Will Falconer DVM. Was she given a flea spot-on treatment or heartworm preventative and five days later she’s straining to urinate? Then Nux vomica may be in order.
The Nux animal is typically cold natured and can be in a very irritable state, says Falconer. They don’t do well with cuddling and prefer to go off on their own. She may growl if you try to intercede too much. She also might be constipated and might have gastrointestinal issues, he says.
“That cramping issue is really a keynote,” says Blanco. “So if they have constipation, usually they’re cramping. If they have an abdominal upset, like an upset stomach, it’s cramping … so sometimes you’ll see them curled up.”
The weather may also play a role.
“Anytime we come into kidney time, the winter time, I’m getting call after call after call with animals with UTIs — cats and dogs,” says Blanco. “The kidneys love warmth and so when we’re cold, we get a cold rain, or just cold outside, then boom, that’s when the kidneys get hit. And that’s when we see bladder issues.”
2. Mercurius vivus / Mercurius solubilis
“It’s homeopathic mercury, so remember there’s nothing toxic in there,” Blanco says.
“It is one of my favorite remedies for UTIs… often those acute ones that come up, often when Nux vomica doesn’t work.”
There are a couple of different names associated with this remedy. If you see Mercurius vivus or Mercurius solubilis at the health food store or your homeopath prescribes one of these, they are the same thing.
“The keynotes with this remedy are again, typically bloody urine, frequent urination and one of the most important things is worse at night,” says Blanco. “There’s often a restlessness to it… often the urine is really strong smelling and they can be pretty thirsty for cold water.”
Straining is another good indicator for this remedy.
“It’s that intense straining,” says Blanco. “So often if Nux vomica doesn’t work, often I’ll go to Mercurius if I think there are other confirming symptoms.”
How To Use Remedies
These days you can find homeopathic remedies at your local health food store. They will typically come in pellet form in a potency of 30C.
Falconer says to take three pellets, place them in a 3×5-inch index card folded in half and then roll over the card with the bottom of a glass so that you now have a powder.
Place the powder into a half cup of purified water. This will make about 100 doses.
Before administering, stir up the solution for about 30 seconds. If the UTI is showing pretty intense symptoms, dose every 15 minutes for a total of three times. If the symptoms are less intense, you can repeat it every 30 minutes for a total of three times. If the symptoms are even less intense than that, repeat every hour for a total of three times.
Administering a dose is as simple as dribbling a little bit of the solution off of a spoon onto the wet mucous membranes in the mouth, says Falconer. It’s the same dose for any size dog.
Once the dosing is complete, you’ll want to watch and see if things settle down. If your dog stops straining intensely and takes a long nap, this is a good response. If she urinates a large amount later on without any trouble, then the remedy worked.
But keep an eye on her and keep the solution handy on a counter at room temperature, covered with a napkin in case you need another dose.
If the symptoms return, stir the solution and give another dribble in the mouth.
So remember, if you see your dog experiencing a need to urinate frequently and straining, try not to panic. Homeopathy may help.
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