Bladder and Kidney Infection
Inflammation of the bladder can be caused by bacterial infection, bladder stones (urolithiasis – stones and crystals in the urinary tract and bladder) or even stress.
Kidney disease is common in older cats, but is found in older dogs as well.
Urinary problems (sterile cystitis, psychogenic cystitis where no bacteria are found) are especially common in cats, and tend to differ from those in dogs.
Recommended Din Dins supplements
Wickedly Raw Superfoods for cats
Wickedly Raw Superfoods for dogs
What the nutritionist says
“I always recommend avoiding dry food of any description, even prescription food for kidney issues. Dry foods are void of moisture and enzymes and put the kidneys and entire body under even more strain. Cats in particular require hydration from their food mostly, so dry foods can sometimes be the cause of kidney issues and disease or at least cause aggravation.
Fresh, ‘wet’ foods with the least toxins and pure ingredients are always a better option.
Feeding mostly canned, or a natural raw diet (BARF), provides the moisture and calories they need, in a very palatable form that most dogs and cats will happily eat.
Cranberry (containing D-Mannose) and parsley for the urinary tract are a great support and are believed to stop bacteria adhering to the urinary tract wall and help with the ph balance of the urine.”
What the vet says
“Urinary tract disease (UTDs) is very common in older animals, especially cats. The main symptoms are increased drinking and/or weight loss. A simple blood test and urine test can give a lot of information to guide with treatment. A raw food diet (BARF) is recommended in my practice. Herbs and nutraceuticals are vital in the early treatment of these oh-so-common diseases.”
• Clean filtered or mineral water should be available at all times.
• Good access to the outdoors or an accessible litter tray for cats is essential at all times.