Incontintence and Urinary Problems
As a pet grows older they tend to develop kidney and bladder weaknesses.There are a number of things we can do to prevent and treat mild forms of kidney disfunction.
Note: Kidney disease and failure is life-threatening. If kidney disease is suspected always consult a vet.
These may include:
- An over concentration of protein in diet.
- Infection in the bladder or kidneys.
- Age related degenerative causes.
- Excessive consumption of red meats.
- Over consumption of processed dried foods.
- Poor oral health.
- Frequent urination
- Leaking urine in house
- Often with excessive thirst and stiffness in the hind end.
- Straining at time of voiding
- Repetitive territorial spraying indoors.
- Offensive breath odor.
- Gum disease.
- High phosphate levels.
- Levels of certain protein enzymes and chemicals such as creatinine and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) will also be high.
- Abnormal electrolyte levels,
- Elevated blood pressure.
- Urine that is neither concentrated or dilute, thus indicating the kidney’s inability to process the urine correctly.
Place your pet onto a high quality limited protein diet The following diet is recommended for kidney problems:
115 grams of liver or chicken
Note: do not feed any fish or fish products as that increases levels of urea which puts additional strain on the kidneys.
2 hard boiled eggs ( sulphur based protein/ taurine that will make the flaxseed oil soluble in water)
350 grams or 2cups of boiled brown rice.
1 tsp of Omega oils
1 tablespoon of calcium carbonate to address pH levels and to act as a natural phosphate binder. This may be given by using crushed eggshells in a tsp of lemon juice to form the bio-available calcium-citrate.
Give phosphate binders immediately after food in order to block the excess phosphorus in the food from entering the bloodstream.
¼ tsp of potassium chloride
Alternative Preventative and Herbal Treatment.
- Start with a laxative diet using linseed tea. 1 tsp of fresh seeds in a coffee grinder. Cover with warm water and add half tsp to feed.
- Cleanse kidneys with a tea of cleavers. One handful of fresh herb steeped in hot water for ¾ hour or may be boiled with chicken and rice.
- Slowly dry the following weeds in the lowest setting in the oven until crisp and rub until a power is formed. Sprinkle ½ tsp. over feed daily parsley leaves, stinging nettle, and dandelion.
- Add the following seeds to food if your animal will eat them parsley, celery and fenugreek.
- Grate raw carrot over feed daily for dogs.
- St John’s Wort may help with bladder and stress related bladder weakness.daily in food. Dosage according to weight. St John’s Wort is a well recognised remedy for repetitive behavioural urination.
- Give tonics which have uva ursi, marshmallow root, birch leaves, couch grass tops and roots.
- Kidney herbs like hydrangea, willow weed given as a powder sprinkled over feed or as a tincture.
- Saw palmetto is a specific for urinary tract and kidney conditions. A few drops daily until condition improves.
- Quarter tsp of Evening Primrose daily will help address inflammation.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this page must not be used in place of professional veterinary treatment . We recommend that either a qualified herbalist or your animal professional carry out diagnosis and subsequent treatment. Herbal remedies must not be given not be taken in conjunction with other medication with out consulting a medical professional.