Keeping your dog's urinary tract and digestive system healthy is a key component of maintaining your pet's overall health. Digestive and urinary aids can help maintain your pet's digestive and urinary health in a variety of ways.
The kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra make up your dog's urinary tract. The primary function of the urinary tract is to remove waste products from the body. The urinary tract also processes vitamin D, balances the amount of water in the body with the number of electrolytes, helps prevent dehydration and produces enzymes that regulate blood pressure.
The esophagus, liver, pancreas, stomach, rectum, intestines and anus make up your dog's digestive system. The digestive system is responsible for digesting food, absorbing nutrients and excreting waste products. Both the urinary and digestive system helps rid your dog's body of harmful toxins and bacteria.
Your dog's gut contains beneficial bacteria that help with the absorption of nutrients and fights off disease-causing bacteria. Supplements, such as probiotics, help promote beneficial gut bacteria and control potentially harmful bacteria, which can reduce the number of urinary tract infections in your dog. Additionally, some products contain ingredients that can ease the symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Some dogs may lose bladder muscle tone with age or after spay surgery. Urinary health products can restore lost muscle tone and improve urinary control.
The beneficial microbes in your dog's gut can sometimes be damaged or destroyed by antibiotics or illness. This may result in digestive issues and declining health. Probiotics help maintain a healthy gut bacteria balance by directly introducing beneficial bacteria into your dog's digestive system.
Probiotic supplements come in a variety of forms. The K9 Granola Factory Pop Ums Dog Treat functions primarily as a tasty treat. However, these yogurt covered cookie bites are also high in calcium and protein and can function as a probiotic.
If your dog is experiencing intestinal distress that may make it difficult for your pet to keep food or treats down, you may want to use a product such as Ready Balance Probiotic Gel for Dogs by Under the Weather . This gel contains probiotics and prebiotics that will help support your dog's digestive health. The easy-to-use-gel comes in a dial-a-dose tube that makes it simple to administer an accurate dose. This product is recommended for use when traveling, breeding, lactating, birthing, kenneling, following antibiotic therapy and during times when your dog is vomiting or has diarrhea.
Prebiotics work similarly to probiotics, but rather than directly introducing bacteria, they promote the growth of the good bacteria that already exists in your dog's digestive system. One example of a prebiotic product is Merrick Lil' Plates Small Breed Dog Treats . These tasty treats have real deboned fish as their main ingredient. They are grain and gluten-free and contain prebiotic fiber that aids in optimal digestion. In addition to the prebiotics, they also contain omega fatty acids for healthy skin and coat.
If you have a senior dog with joint problems who could also use some digestive support, Cosequin®️ Senior Maximum Strength Joint Health Supplement Dog Soft Chews by Nutramax®️ may be a good choice. These chews bundle prebiotics for digestive health with ingredients that promote skin, joint and coat health and boost your dog's immune system. This veterinarian-recommended brand contains researched trademarked ingredients, FCHG49 glucosamine and TRH122 sodium chondroitin sulfate.
Herbal supplements, such as The Honest Kitchen Perfect Form Nutritional Pet Supplement , can help ease the symptoms of digestive distress, such as gas, loose stools, irregularity and regurgitation. This product contains 100% human-grade ingredients that meet and exceed AAFCO standards. It also has no by-products, fillers or artificial preservatives.
Phytoestrogens are plant-based hormones that have an estrogen-like effect on the body of your dog. These substances can attach to the estrogen receptors in the bladder and help promote normal urinary control. VetriScience Bladder Dog Chews contain red clover flower powder, which is one of the richest sources of isoflavones. This veterinarian formulated product is recommended for senior dogs and spayed females who have bladder control issues due to weakened bladder muscles.
Veterinarians sometimes recommend bland diets to help ease the symptoms of digestive upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea. Under the Weather Freeze-Dried Bland Diet for Dogs contains freeze-dried rice and chicken fortified with electrolytes. The electrolytes can help address mineral imbalances caused by fluid loss. The 100% premium meats are gluten-free and contain no artificial flavors, dyes or chemicals. These products are to be used until your dog's digestion returns to normal or your vet gives you the go-ahead to resume your dog's normal diet.
MCT oil products, such as TriPlex™ MCT-3 Oil by CocoTherapy , can be used to treat candida yeast infections in the gut. In addition to yeast management, this product provides a source of rapidly absorbed energy and supports healthy brain function and immune response. It contains a blend of medium-chain triglycerides with caprylic, capric and lauric acid. The 100% natural ingredients are sourced from cold-pressed organic coconut oil and retain the smell and taste of natural coconut oil.
Whether your pet is experiencing discomfort due to digestive issues or a bacterial imbalance caused by antibiotic use, these urinary and digestive health aids can help restore your pet's health. Talk to your veterinarian before adding any of these supplements to your pet's diet.