How Do You Know If Your Dog Is Straining to Pee?

Most people, and animals, give next to no thought about using the bathroom, aside from thinking about where the nearest bathroom is. After all, taking care of business is something that is just a natural part of life, right?

For healthy people and animals, this is definitely the case. However, if you notice that your dog is straining to urinate, this is a sign that there is something wrong. If left alone for too long, issues with the urinary tract can endanger your dog’s life, meaning that it is crucial that you take your dog to the vet as soon as you notice that it is straining. However, this begs the question.

How do you know when your dog is struggling to pee? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t a fun one, but getting a good idea of your dog’s health is important. 


Knowing Whether or Not Your Dog Is Straining 

While it might not be particularly enjoyable to watch your dog while it does its business, it is the quickest way to figure out whether or not your dog is straining to pee.

Generally, there will be some obvious signs of straining, such as trying for a long time, with little urine coming out. There will be more frequent attempts to pee, as your dog wants to empty its bladder. If the urine trickles, rather than flows, this can also be a sign of a problem.

Do keep in mind that if there is absolutely no urine coming out, and it is evident that your dog is straining, this is a sign of a blocked bladder, which is a medical emergency. If you notice this, you should contact your vet as soon as you can. 

Now that you know what to look for in a dog who is straining to pee, you should know how to handle the situation. Generally, the next step is seeing the vet, as there are countless reasons as to why your dog is straining to pee, ranging from a tumour to hormonal issues.

With that being said, it can be difficult to get a visit with a vet in a timely manner, and without comprehensive pet insurance, a single trip to the vet can be extremely expensive. Because of this, you might begin to wonder what natural home remedies are available to help your dog relieve itself. 

Considering Natural Remedies for Dogs

It is almost always advised that you consult your veterinarian before starting any home remedy, just to be certain that what you are doing is beneficial for your dog and not causing more harm. More often than not, you can usually email questions to a veterinary office, which makes communication much simpler. 

As for what remedies are available, it will always depend on the cause of your dog’s urinary issues. Of course, you can’t know why your dog is having these issues when you do not have the equipment to find the source of the problem, which means that it can be difficult to find a suitable home remedy.

Below are some of the best natural remedies for dogs;

Thankfully, there are a few different things that you can try. For instance, it has been proven that certain dog food diets can help a dog who is having issues with its urinary tract. 

When you are looking for food for your dog to eat, you will want to make sure that your dog food has little or no magnesium or phosphorus, as these can create crystals in the bladder.

You will also want to avoid feeding your dog ingredients that promote inflammation, which include grains. Instead, you should focus on moisture and taste, which means feeding your dog some raw meats. This helps to promote proper hydration to keep your dog as healthy as possible. 

Apple cider vinegar can also be added to your dog’s water. Make sure that you are only adding about one or two tablespoons for large dogs or one teaspoon for smaller dogs.

You can also consider soaking your dog in a hot bath, as long as it isn’t too hot or deep, for about 10 minutes, which can help relieve muscle tension, improving bladder function.

Finally, consider giving your dog some chopped blueberries, around two teaspoons mixed in its food. 

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