When it comes to treating a bladder infection in a boxer dog, people have many doubts. They wonder if it should be treated with antibiotics or natural remedies. They do not know if dietary modifications are necessary. If you also have these concerns, be sure to read this article in its entirety to learn what you should do to treat and prevent bladder infection, or any other urinary problem, in Boxer dogs.
Deal with prescription drugs
Veterinarians often prescribe antibiotics to treat a boxer dog with bladder problems. However, there are three main problems with prescription drugs.
1. While they treat the cause of the infection, such as bacteria, they do not prevent the underlying problem that allowed the bacteria to settle in your dog’s urinary tract. There is always the risk of recurring infections. In other words, it is a short-term solution that must be accompanied by other changes aimed at preventing infection.
2. They can cause many side effects. Be sure to strictly follow your vet’s instructions.
3. In some cases, the bacteria that cause urinary bladder infection in boxer dogs may be resistant to antibiotics. In such cases, you will not see any improvement in your dog’s condition despite giving him antibiotics. The only solution is to increase the dose or give stronger medications. In both cases, the risk of side effects cannot be ruled out.
All these risks aside, it is the specific treatment of choice for a canine urinary tract infection. The condition must be treated to prevent problems such as canine bladder stones from developing.
Support a dog with natural remedies
Natural remedies are what is known as supportive treatment, not a specific treatment. What this means is that they work by helping to improve your dog’s overall health. They seek to improve the ability of the dog’s immune system to prevent infection, reduce the impact of any symptoms, and restore urinary tract health, including the required pH of urine, a dog’s primary defense against bacterial colonization.
Herbs like berberis vulg, uva ursi, cantharis, and staphysagris are very effective in helping a dog with urinary problems like bacterial infections and bladder stones. Therefore, giving a small dose of these herbal remedies every day may be the best way to improve your dog’s urogenital health and prevent urinary problems.
The need for dietary modifications.
Diets that specifically target urinary health are generally aimed at preventing stone formation and improving overall urinary health. The first step is to make sure your dog drinks adequate amounts of water to dilute the urine. This is usually accomplished by providing a wet or canned dog food, or by moistening the dry food before giving it to your dog. You can also buy a food with a higher salt content (3.2 g / 1000). This level of salt has not been shown to raise blood pressure in dogs as seen in humans.
Beyond water intake, some dogs require some level of protein restriction (not usually Boxers), although they do need supplements like Taurine and Lcarnitine later on.
The bottom line
A boxer dog with bladder problems should be given healthy food, plenty of clean water, and a regular dose of natural remedies. The combination of a well-balanced diet and natural remedies can not only treat your dog’s urinary problems, it can also improve his overall health in the long run. So, follow the tips mentioned in the article and take good care of your dog.