Does your dog have bladder issues?
Here are a few obvious signs:
- Your pup has accidents in the house
- Your pup’s urine is dark and cloudy or shows blood
- Your pup strains to urinate or is unable to pass urine
- Your pup drinks more water than usual
- Your pup licks his or her urinary openings
- Your pup is lethargic, vomiting or won’t eat
Take your dog to the vet if he or she experiences these symptoms.
These symptoms could be caused by a urinary tract infection or something more serious such as:
- Kidney failure
- Cushing’s disease
- Bladder tumor
- Bladder or kidney stones
- Non-infectious bladder inflammation (sterile cystitis)
- A “foreign body”
Additionally, dogs with Cushing’s disease repeatedly treated with steroids or catheterized dogs are at an increased risk for E. coli-related bacterial UTIs.
What is Cranberry Juice Extract?
Cranberries have a history of medicinal use dating back hundreds of years.
In 1578, herbalist Henry Lyte documented using cranberries to treat a variety of diseases.
Native Americans on the East coast of the U.S. used cranberries medicinally as well.
In the 1840’s, German scientists discovered the benefits of cranberries on the urinary tract.
By the 1930’s, scientists were studying cranberries in clinical trials.
Why is Cranberry Juice Extract Beneficial for Soothing Dog Bladders?
Cranberries contain a multitude of beneficial compounds and vitamins.
For example, cranberries get their color from anthocyanins pigments, which have a stronger antioxidant power than vitamin E.
Anthocyanins are anti-inflammatory and lessen allergies.
Cranberries also contain proanthocyanidins, an antioxidant helping improve blood vessels and the delivery of oxygen to cell membranes.
Cranberries recently gained attention for containing ellagic acid, which is shown to cause apoptosis in cancer cells during studies.
Additionally, cranberries contain:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
Tannins help prevent bacteria like E. coli, which causes UTIs, from sticking to the urinary tract walls.
In 1984, a study of people and mice showed consuming cranberry juice prevented E. coli bacteria from colonizing on cell walls.
Another study in 2007 revealed the “anti-adhesion” properties of proanthocyanidins.
Does Cranberry Juice Extract Have Side Effects?
Medications changed by the liver interact with cranberry.
Safety for pregnant or nursing animals is not proven.
Cranberry juice can cause the kidneys to excrete drugs more rapidly, reducing their effectiveness.
Alkaline drugs, such as antidepressants and prescription painkillers, could be impacted.
Use only as directed by your veterinarian. Responses to supplements may vary by animal.
How to Use Cranberry Juice Extract with Other Herbs and Compounds
Cranberry juice extract’s benefits are best when combined with other compounds.
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