Feline Lower Urinary Tract disease can become one of those recurrent painful problems that turn into a nightmare for the affected pet, and owner alike. It can involve repeated visits to the vet, sample taking again and again for purposes of urinalysis, and occasionally, delays in prescribing the correct antibiotic. Going through the whole process again and again can make it worse if the infection becomes a recurrent one. What a headache a feline urinary tract infection can cause.
These sorts of infections can cause a host of problems to your cat including painful urination, kidney stones, bleeding, incontinence, and so on. It is better if the infection is spotted early and treated at home, but prevention is really the best option, as the condition can be very painful, and even fatal if not spotted soon enough.
There are two options that a pet owner can choose from if their pets need treatment for a feline lower urinary tract problem. The first is the older and more conventional method of treating the disease with antibiotics. Affected animals are given a three-week course of medicines that work at killing the infection.
The unfortunate fallout of this type of treatment can be that the bacteria causing the problem may only be suppressed but not eliminated. After the initial treatment is over, they come back stronger and more resistant to the antibiotic, so that successive outbreaks of infection will need stronger doses and prolonged treatment.
A second and kinder option for your pet may be to treat the problem holistically, which may consist of making changes in her diet to sort out the lifestyle factors that may be hastening these infections. Raw, fresh foods, which are free from the chemical additives in commercially, produced pet foods are vital to toning the pet's urinary system and removing the toxins that build up therein.
Excessive carbohydrates and inappropriate proportions of other additives in dry pet foods are now recognized as the cause of feline lower urinary tract disease. Preservatives and other chemicals add to the risk. In contrast, canned and raw food support the healthy functioning of the feline lower urinary tract Daily replenishment of fresh drinking water is also important.
Where holistic cures are desired, owners can try homeopathy. Homeopathic remedies can help is promoting a healthy bladder, assist in normal urine production, and boost the immune system. These are natural remedies that generally have no side effects and can be used for extended courses of treatment too. They also act more gently, so that the pet recovers from the illness easily and with minimum stress on the digestive and other systems. Ideally they should be used on their own, but can even be added to diets to prevent a recurrence of the problem.
Pet owners are thus able to choose the option that best suits them. They will note that urgent cases may even need surgery and extra care, and think about making the necessary changes to the pet's diet and lifestyle for the sake of their pet's health sooner, not later.
Janet Markowitz has been a German Shepherd Breeder for over 20 years. She has always been interested in using natural and holistic remedies for her Shepherds whenever possible. She has found that by using natural Remedies in conjunction with conventional medicine, she has achieved great success in the health and longevity in her dogs.