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Q. My 9 yr old westie suffers from recurrent cystitis , rare there any herbal remedies that can help improve her bladder health or even stop it occurri

Answered By
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS

A. there is a very good product called "Cysto Pro" from a company called Protexin, it's a natural urinary tract supplements and in many cases it helps with chronic conditions. I would advice though to get a culture and sensitivity urine test done to find out which antibiotic works best, usually the treatment should be for 3 weeks.

Answered By
DEBI MATLACK

A. There are several herbal remedies that are effective at treating urinary tract infections in pets.

Juniper berry works very well when it comes to severe urinary tract infections. It's a herb known for increasing the rate at which the kidneys filter out impurities, and therefore, increase urine production.

Parsley leaf is an effective diuretic that can aid in the elimination of waste. And, in addition to being highly nutritious, parsley leaves have antiseptic qualities that are great for treating urinary tract infections.

Uva Ursi leaf is one of the most powerful natural astringents available. Holistic veterinarians use it to attack a variety of pathogens that are often the cause of UTIs. It can stop bleeding and reduce the inflammation associated with these infections.

Marshmallow root works wonderfully when there's inflammation in the urinary tract. It stimulates the immune system and attacks bacteria that cause these infections, while also soothing the body and reducing irritation.

Cranberry or Blueberry will prevent the bacteria from attaching to the lining of the urinary tract and is great for the prevention of recurrent infections.

Supplementation with B vitamins and antioxidants in times of stress, as well as offering cooling foods such as raw fruits, vegetables, and yogurt will reduce the symptoms of urinary tract infection.


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