PET | TAO Soothe Bladder Supplement for Dogs and Cats
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Does your dog or cat:
- have accidents in the house?
- have dark and cloudy urine or show blood?
- strain to urinate?
- drink more water than usual?
- licks his or her urinary openings?
- Show lethargy, vomiting or won’t eat?
These bladder 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”
Take your pet to the vet immediately if these symptoms present.
Additionally, dogs with Cushing's disease repeatedly treated with steroids or catheterized dogs are at an increased risk for E. coli-related bacterial UTIs.
A traditional veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics, urinary acidifiers, or increased water intake for UTIs.
However, a veterinarian trained in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) may recommend the addition of a holistic supplement, such as PET | TAO's Soothe Bladder Supplement.
What is in the Soothe Bladder Supplement?
Crabberries 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.
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.
A study in 2007 revealed the “anti-adhesion” properties of proanthocyanidins.
Additionally, cranberries contain:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
In 1984, a study of people and mice showed consuming cranberry juice prevented E. coli bacteria from colonizing on cell walls.
Junipers are coniferous plants ranging in size from tall trees to low-spreading shrubs.
The juniper berry is actually the female seed cone, which looks similar to a blueberry but may be red or orange in color.
Medical professionals administered juniper berries medicinally in Europe dating back 200 years ago.
Juniper berries historically treat tapeworms, colic, urinary and gastrointestinal infections.
Juniper berries are excellent for treating UTIs.
Their antibacterial and antifungal properties fight the infection, while a volatile oil component of the berry called terpinen-4-ol helps filter the kidneys.
In fact, studies reveal juniper berry oil could fight bacteria and fungi resistant to antibiotics.
The berries’ diuretic effect increases urine flow, helping to flush out infection by diluting the urine and cleansing the bacteria.
Juniper berries are also anti-inflammatory, providing pain relief for bladder infections and UTIs.
The berries’ antioxidant effect is proven in scientific studies.
The oil can boost antioxidants in the body such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase and glutathione peroxidase.
Glutathione peroxidase is linked to prevention of diseases like cancer and heart disease.
Additionally, juniper berries are high in flavonoid and polyphenols, with strong free radical fighting capabilities.
The Greek name for marshmallow root is Althea, which means “to heal.”
Not to be confused with the marshmallows we see in the grocery store, which no longer contain the plant, Greek physician Hippocrates used marshmallow root to heal wounds.
In the Middle Ages, physicians administered the sap of the plant in a tea to soothe colds and sore throats.
Marshmallow root is also used to treat asthma and blood sugar management for diabetics.
Marshmallow root is an antimicrobial, demulcent, emollient, hypoglycemic and immunostimulant.
Demulcents form a soothing film over a mucous membrane.
According to one study, the demulcent property of marshmallow root soothes membranes.
Mature marshmallow roots contain as much as 35% mucilage, a gelatinous solution from plant roots, making it useful for treating internal mucous membranes.
The mucilage provides a protective barrier between membranes, such as the lining of the bladder, and irritants.
Marshmallow root also acts as a diuretic, increasing the flow of urine.
The plant helps minimize discomfort associated with kidney stones.
Marshmallow root is beneficial when combined with other diuretic herbs for kidney treatments or urinary problems.
Uva ursi, also known as Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, is a plant with leaves used for medicine.
“Uva ursi” means “bear’s grape” in Latin because bears enjoy eating the fruit of the plant.
Uva ursi is known for its uses with urinary tract disorders such as kidney and bladder infections.
Uva ursi contains a compound called arbutin.
In a high-acid urinary tract, the natural chemical compound becomes hydroquinone, an antiseptic, and glucose.
The high tannin content makes the plant a member of the Heath family and is helpful in urinary tract problems with minor bleeding in the urine.
In vitro studies using extracts of uva ursi leaf demonstrate antimicrobial activity against UTI-causing organisms such as C. albicans, E. coli, S. aureus, and Proteus vulgaris, and others.
Uva Ursi is antilithic.
Antilithic plants help prevent the formation of stones in the urinary tract and remove those already formed.
Researchers differ opinions on whether antilithic herbs dissolve stones or aid the body in passing them by promoting urine flow to flush kidneys.
Herbalists recommend using antilithics in conjunction with demulcent and anti-microbial herbs such as marshmallow root, which is in PET | TAO’s Soothe Bladder Supplement.
In one study, prophylactic use of uva ursi extract over a period of a year proved effective in preventing recurrent cystitis.
Does the Soothe Bladder Supplement Have Side Effects?
Contact your veterinarian before giving your pet any supplement.
Safe use in pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven.
Use with caution in animals on steroids, with cardiac issues, or with kidney issues.
If the animal's condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian.
Due to the tasty nature of our products, please do not leave products unattended around pets.
PET | TAO’s Soothe Bladder Supplement should not negatively impact your pet.
If you notice any harmful side effects, please consult your veterinarian immediately.
Formulated with an optimal blend of natural botanicals and mushrooms to support overall urinary tract health and to help maintain normal urine pH.
- Uva ursi
- Juniper Berry
- Marshmallow Root