UTI Relief for dogs and cats is an effective herbal blend that supports your animal's immune system and the health of their urinary tract*. This formula was developed by a certified Master Herbalist to support immune function and provide USDA organic herbs with antimicrobial, astringent and soothing benefits for dogs and cats suffering with urinary tract imbalances.
You can use UTI Relief to help support the body's efforts to maintain urinary tract health* or for 5 - 7 days or so every month so problems don't begin in the first place. It is important to recognize the symptoms of a urinary tract infection before it gets to the more serious stage, which is very often indicated by blood in the urine (you can also use pH test strips because a more alkaline pH than normal can indicate an infection is starting or present). This is because an infection at this later stage will most likely require the use of antibiotics. So, catching the infection early or using UTI Relief as a preventative are your best options.
You should make sure that you have a bottle of UTI Relief on hand so you can start this herbal remedy right away at the first sign of infection or, as I mentioned, to use monthly as a way to keep the urinary tract free of infection. This is very important because chronic infections and continual use of antibiotics will damage the lining of the urinary tract and bladder, and possibly even the kidneys. This occurs because after repeated infections the tissue will become spongy, for lack of a better term, and be more vulnerable to future infections.
✓ Organic Herbs
Our formula contains certified USDA organic herbs. Research shows organic herbs have higher amounts of important nutrients as opposed to conventionally raised plants. Organic farming methods are also better for the environment and of course do not have the levels of residual pesticides that conventionally grown herbs can have. We also do not use wild crafted herbs in our formulas as this practice can damage wild populations of herbs and you do not necessarily know where the herbs are coming from or how they've been grown. Instead, we prefer to be on the safe side and only obtain herbs from USDA certified organic farms.
✓ Natural Ingredients
Natural ingredients are going to be gentler on your animal's body when compared to synthetic chemical ingredients or medications. The proper natural constituents are able to provide the body with what it needs to heal and get better. This is in direct contrast to synthetic ingredients or medications that can be especially hard on the liver and kidneys. Medications are also designed to have a symptom suppressing action in line with the principles of allopathic medicine which is to create a diagnoses and then use drugs to suppress symptoms. Using this course of action can never result in true healing and is not really meant to.
✓ Alcohol-Free Tincture with ORGANIC Vegetable Glycerin for Animals
Our blend is formulated by a special process using low heat and organic vegetable glycerin. Tinctures are concentrated forms of a plant's constituents that are readily absorbed and utilized by your pet's body. Because your pet may not like the taste of alcohol, we use vegetable glycerin which gives our tinctures a sweet taste your animals will like. Vegetable glycerin is a carbohydrate but is metabolized differently than sugar and does not raise blood sugar levels. It is also an efficient menstruum which extracts valuable constituents from plants and makes them readily available to the body. In addition, we take the extra time and effort to use a low heat process that extracts many more constituents than just soaking in glycerin alone as is done by most other herbal companies. And, of course, the use of organic vegetable glycerin ensures your pet avoids genetically modified ingredients and herbicides in their natural medicine.
✓ Uses only Human Grade Ingredients
Our products are manufactured using human grade ingredients. In the pet industry this is far from the rule as many companies use pet quality ingredients, those considered "not fit for human consumption".
✓ Uses Fresh, High Quality Ingredients
We purchase our ingredients from some of the most highly regarded companies in their respective fields so you and your animals are ensured the finest quality supplements. In addition, we purchase in small quantities to make sure the products we provide to you are fresh and bursting with important nutrients. This is in direct contrast to many other products on the market that can spend a year or longer sitting in non-climate controlled warehouses before they even get to you.
A proprietary blend of USDA Organic herbs in a 1:5 ratio of herb to menstruum:
Echinacea Root (Echinacea angustifolia), Cat's Claw Bark (Uncaria tomentosa), Uva Ursi Leaf (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), Couch Grass Rhizome (Elymus repens), Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis), Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) and Goldenseal Root (Hydrastis canadensis)
Other Ingredients: Organic vegetable glycerin, distilled water, Willard Water (catalyst altered water - added because antimicrobial herbs like uva ursi are more effective in an alkaline environment). Alcohol Free!
About the Organic Herbs in this Formula
Echinacea Root - An immune system booster that increases macrophage T-cell activity that devours invaders and acts as the body's first line of defense. We use Echinacea angustifolia in our formulas as this species is believed to be the most effective in supporting the immune system out of the three species of echinacea used in herbal medicine.
Cat's Claw Bark - Contains powerful alkaloids that stimulate the immune response and act as antioxidants to rid the body of free radicals. Compounds found in Cat's Claw may also work to kill viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms that cause disease and may work to inhibit healthy cells from becoming cancerous.
Uva Ursi - Provides a specific antiseptic and astringent effect on the membranes that line the urinary tract. This herb also helps to tone and strengthen these tissues.
Couch Grass Rhizome - An herb with demulcent qualities that helps to soothe irritation in the urinary tract while providing a gentle cleansing action.
Marshmallow Root - A mucilaginous herb that provides a lubricating, protective barrier for mucous membranes that line the urinary tract.
Cranberry - Contains antioxidants and phytonutrients like oligomeric proanthocyanidins and anthocyanidin flavonoids that help prevent bacteria from adhering to the lining of the urinary tract.
Goldenseal Root - Contains antimicrobial alkaloids that help inhibit bacteria, fungi, parasites and protozoa. Works well with echinacea to fight infections and ward off illness.
Provide 1 ml per 25 lbs 2 - 3 times per day. May be squirted directly in the mouth, placed in a small amount of favorite food or added to meals. It is desirable to provide herbal remedies such as this away from meals for better absorption when possible. This formula should be used for generally no more than 10-14 days at a time because it could become irritating to the lining of the urinary tract.
Since this formula contains stronger astringents, like Uva ursi, to help eliminate infection, for long term use you should use our Kidney Tonic on a daily basis because it is gentle enough to use for the life of your animal to help maintain the health of the kidneys and urinary tract.
Shake well before use.
Since this is not a medication, dosages do not have to be exact. Do the best you can to get as close to the suggested dosage below as you can for your animal’s weight.
|0 - 5 lbs||2 - 3 drops|
|6 - 10 lbs||1/4 ml|
|11 - 15 lbs||1/2 ml|
|16 - 20 lbs||3/4 ml|
|21 - 25 lbs||1 ml|
|26 - 31 lbs||1 1/4 ml (1/4 tsp)|
|32 - 37 lbs||1 1/2 ml|
|38 - 43 lbs||1 3/4 ml|
|44 - 50 lbs||2 ml|
|51 - 56 lbs||2 1/4 ml|
|57 - 62 lbs||2 1/2 ml (1/2 tsp)|
|63 - 68 lbs||2 3/4 ml|
|69 - 75 lbs||3 ml|
|76 - 87 lbs||3 1/2 ml|
|88 - 100 lbs||4 ml|
|101 - 112 lbs||4 1/2 ml|
|>112 lbs||5 ml (1 tsp)|
For serious acute conditions - It is recommended to provide three dosages per day. When your animal is doing better you may try reducing dosages to twice daily and see how they do with that schedule. This formula should be used for generally no more than 10-14 days at a time because it could become irritating to the lining of the urinary tract.
For chronic conditions - You may provide two to three times daily. If your animal does not respond to two dosages they will need three until they show improvement and then you may reduce to two dosages daily and see how they do. This formula should be used for generally no more than 10-14 days at a time because it could become irritating to the lining of the urinary tract. If you need to use it longer take a week break and begin the cycle again.
To apply directly in mouth just pull out lower lip at back of mouth and squirt in desired amount. Don't tilt head back and squirt down throat or your pet may breathe some in. Wipe off dropper before placing back in container. If your animal coughs afterwards it is a sign they are breathing some in and it may be best to place in food in the future.
How long does it usually take for this herbal remedy to work?
Well, that is a difficult question to answer because each animal and his/her situation is unique. Sometimes benefits are seen immediately within a day or two and other times it may be a couple of weeks. We would say that you should see some sort of improvement within three to four weeks. If you don’t see improvement please contact us in case we can make other suggestions - perhaps there is a more appropriate remedy etc. Remember, these are not pharmaceutical drugs that have a dramatic affect on the body. What we are trying to accomplish with our herbal remedies and other supplements is to increase the health of weak organs/systems and this can take a little time to accomplish in some cases. Also, please keep in mind that diet and lifestyle play a huge role in the health of your animal(s). If you continue to feed a poor-quality kibble diet or provide repetitive booster vaccinations or use flea/tick chemical products, these will work against what we are trying to accomplish and make it more difficult to improve the health of your dog or cat.
What if my animal is not responding as hoped?
Then you may increase the dosage by 50% and see how that works. Dosage can then be reduced at a later date. If they still do not respond as hoped then please do not just give up, instead contact us by email so we can consider your animal's condition and make further suggestions. Our goal is to succeed and we will help you to the best of our abilities.
What if I have a large dog or I am on a budget?
We understand that providing a large animal with herbal remedies and natural supplements can be a financial burden to some. We would suggest to provide what is within your budget and see how that works. For example, if you have a 100 lb dog that would require 5 mls two to three times daily, figure what is within your budget and try that. It may only be 1 ml or 2 mls two times per day. However, in our experience this is preferable to avoiding the remedy entirely.
Do these herbal remedies have any contraindications?
A contraindication suggests that a particular remedy should not be used in certain health conditions or along with certain medications. If any are present they will be indicated at the bottom of this page under Contraindications.
Can I use this herbal remedy along with my pet’s medication(s)?
Generally, the answer to this question is “yes” with some caveats. As mentioned previously, if any contraindications are present they will be indicated at the bottom of this page. In addition, keep in mind that our herbal remedies often duplicate the actions of medications. For example, our heart tonic will help to dilate blood vessels and lower blood pressure mimicking the action of certain drugs used for heart failure or high blood pressure. If this is the case, then this should be discussed with your veterinarian as the dosage of the medication may need to be lowered or may even be eliminated entirely. This must be done working in coordination with your veterinarian - please do not take it upon yourself to remove your pet’s medications. If using chemotherapy drugs please discuss this with your vet as well.
What if my vet is not receptive to using natural supplements or herbal remedies?
Well, this is a fairly common occurrence unfortunately. The decision will have to be yours on how to handle this. Try discussing with your vet how important it is to you to try a more natural approach. If this doesn’t work and they are unreceptive then you have only two choices: do it their way or find a veterinarian that you can work with to better the health of your dog or cat. We know what we’d do!
We recommend you purchase enough for at least 2 - 4 weeks to get an idea if this remedy will work for your animal. Use the chart below as a guide.
Approximate Daily Servings per Container
|Container Size||10 lbs||25 lbs||35 lbs||50 lbs|
|2 oz (2 or 3 servings per day)
||60 or 40||30 or 20||22 or 15||15 or 10|
|4 oz (2 or 3 servings per day)
||120 or 80||60 or 40||45 or 30||30 or 20|
Storage: If to be used over a period of a few weeks store at room temperature out of direct sunlight. Refrigerate for longer term storage.
Important: If animal's condition worsens or does not improve or any unusual symptoms occur discontinue use and consult your veterinarian. Safe use in pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven.