First question: does your dog do it in her sleep or is it normal squat and pee? If it’s in her sleep, it’s associated with female dogs being spayed – these dogs can be helped with weight control, exercise and chiropractic. For some dogs/owners, medication is also an option. For these dogs, the nerves to the bladder aren’t receiving full information that says “hold the pee!” If it’s a dog squatting right in front of your face, you are getting a message loud and clear that there is a problem – suspect a bladder infection. Grab a urine sample from the pee maker and bring it with your pet to your veterinarian. Commonly, a simple round of antibiotics will fix this problem. If the infection comes back, it’s time to find out if your pooch has bladder stones – these cause terrible irritation and almost always need surgical removal. There are alternative medicine treatments for bladder infections as well: herbs and/or homeopathy can help.

Next question: why did this happen? Why would your beloved four-legged friend have a bladder infection all of a sudden? Or, how can we keep this from happening again? Acid urine makes it really hard for bacteria to grow – acid urine comes from eating meat-based food – protein makes acid. Corn-based foods do not give an acid urine. Prescription diets add urine acidifiers to the food to reduce the risk of bladder problems – why not feed meat to our carnivorous canine friends?

One more thought: tight sphincters will keep the bacteria from crawling up our doggies’ urethra and into the bladder. How do we keep a tight sphincter muscle? Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (Animal Chiropractic) ensures the muscles in the body operate optimally by keeping the body moving.

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