5 Ways Uva Ursi Soothes Dog Bladders

5 Ways Uva Ursi Soothes Dog Bladders

How Does Uva Ursi Help With Your Dog’s Bladder?

Uva Ursi is a powerful tool for promoting and maintaining your dog’s bladder health.

How do you know your dog has bladder issues?

Here are a few tell-tale signs your pup has bladder issues:

  • Accidents in the house
  • Dark and cloudy urine or blood in the urine
  • Straining to urinate or unable to pass urine
  • Drinking more water than usual
  • Licking his or her urinary openings
  • Acting lethargic, vomiting, or not eating

Take your dog to the vet if he or she experiences these symptoms.

A holistic vet who practices Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) may recommend a supplement in addition to traditional treatment.

What is Uva Ursi?

Uva ursi, also known as Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, is a plant with leaves used for medicine.

The words“Uva ursi” means “bear’s grape” in Latin because bears enjoy eating the fruit of the plant.

The amazing fruit is known for its uses with urinary tract disorders such as kidney and bladder infections.

Why is Uva Ursi Beneficial for Soothing Dog Bladders?

1. Uva Ursi Reduces Bacteria in the Urine

Uva ursi contains a compound called arbutin.

In a high-acid urinary tract, the natural chemical compound becomes hydroquinone, an antiseptic and glucose.

However, research shows crude plant extracts are more effective medicinally than isolated arbutin.

2. It Doesn’t Acidify the Urine

Uva ursi is more astringent than cranberry juice and is more appropriate for low pH (high acid) urine.

The high tannin content makes the plant a member of the Heath family and is helpful in urinary tract problems with minor bleeding in the urine.

Because of the tannins, animals with pre-existing kidney disease should not use it all.

3. Uva Ursi Is Effective Against E. coli Bacteria

In vitro studies using extracts of uva ursi leaf demonstrate antimicrobial activity against UTI-causing organisms such as C. albicans, E. coli, S. aureus, and Proteus vulgaris, and others.

4. It Is Antilithic

Antilithic plants help prevent the formation of stones in the urinary tract and remove those already formed.

Researchers differ opinions on whether antilithic herbs dissolve stones or aid the body in passing them by promoting urine flow to flush kidneys.

Herbalists recommend using antilithics in conjunction with demulcent and anti-microbial herbs such as marshmallow root, which is in PET | TAO’s Soothe Bladder Supplement.

5. It May Prevent Bladder Infections

In one study, prophylactic use of uva ursi extract over a period of a year proved effective in preventing recurrent cystitis.

In another study of 57 patients with recurrent bladder infections who took the extract or a placebo for one year, none of the 30 patients receiving the extract had a recurrence. Five of the 27 patients given a placebo had a recurrence.

The German Commission E recommends uva ursi as a treatment for urinary problems.

Does It Have Side Effects?

Uva ursi can possibly irritate the kidneys when used long term. Safety for pregnant or nursing animals has is not proven.

How to Use Uva Ursi with Other Herbs and Compounds

Uva Ursi’s benefits are best when combined with other compounds.

For example, a supplement including Cranberry, Juniper Berry, Marshmallow Root, and Uva Ursi would most effectively help your pup.

Seeking an all natural supplement help your dog’s bladder challenges?

Learn more about PET | TAO’s Soothe Bladder Supplement.

Other Powerful Tools to Help Your Dog’s Urinary Tract & Bladder Challenges

There are many quick and easy changes you can make at home to help you give your dog an edge on easing urinary tract challenges.

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