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Bladder Support for Cats & Dogs
Bladder Support for Cats & Dogs
Bladder Support for Cats & Dogs
Bladder Support for Cats & Dogs
Bladder Support for Cats & Dogs
Bladder Support for Cats & Dogs
Bladder Support for Cats & Dogs
Bladder Support for Cats & Dogs
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Bladder Support For Cats & Dogs

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New look, same great formulations! Dr Mercola's pet supplements have been rebranded to Bark & Whiskers™

  • Provides support for normal, healthy urinary tract function,
  • Features popular cranberry extract, D-mannose, and 7 other active ingredients

Net weight: 90 g (3.17 oz) | 90 scoops

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Your pets’ kidneys and bladder play an important role in their bodies’ detoxification processes. With the high toxic load in our modern environment, it’s more important than ever to support your pets’ urinary systems so they can stay strong and healthy.

As a pet parent, you could do several simple things every day to help maintain your pet’s urinary health. One of them is to feed them a fresh species-specific raw diet. Another is to make sure they get plenty of water, either from their food or their water bowls.

Bark & Whiskers' Bladder Support for Cats and Dogs supplement gives your pets a leg up in maintaining their urinary health. Featuring Organic Cranberry Fruit Powder and D-Mannose, this original formula supports all aspects of a pet’s urinary system, from the kidneys to the litter box. It also offers seven other powerful herbs and supplements.

Now it's easier than ever to provide your pets with support for optimal urinary health – and in a beef liver-flavoured powder that they’ll love.

New look, same great formulations! Dr Mercola's pet supplements have been rebranded to Bark & Whiskers™

  • Provides support for normal, healthy urinary tract function,
  • Features popular cranberry extract, D-mannose, and 7 other active ingredients

Net weight: 90 g (3.17 oz) | 90 scoops

Your pets’ kidneys and bladder play an important role in their bodies’ detoxification processes. With the high toxic load in our modern environment, it’s more important than ever to support your pets’ urinary systems so they can stay strong and healthy.

As a pet parent, you could do several simple things every day to help maintain your pet’s urinary health. One of them is to feed them a fresh species-specific raw diet. Another is to make sure they get plenty of water, either from their food or their water bowls.

Bark & Whiskers' Bladder Support for Cats and Dogs supplement gives your pets a leg up in maintaining their urinary health. Featuring Organic Cranberry Fruit Powder and D-Mannose, this original formula supports all aspects of a pet’s urinary system, from the kidneys to the litter box. It also offers seven other powerful herbs and supplements.

Now it's easier than ever to provide your pets with support for optimal urinary health – and in a beef liver-flavoured powder that they’ll love.

Administer Bladder Support orally, once per day.

Cats (2+ lbs) = 0.5 g (½ scoop)

Toy Breed Dogs (up to 14 lbs) = 0.5 g (½ scoop)

Small Breed Dogs (15 to 29 lbs) = 1 g (1 scoop)

Medium Breed Dogs (30 to 49 lbs) = 1.5 g (1½ scoops)

Large Breed Dogs (50 to 79 lbs) = 2 g (2 scoops)

Giant Breed Dogs (80+ lbs) = 3 g (3 scoops)

Bladder Support for Cats and Dogs is easy to store and does not require refrigeration or other special storage.

These ingredients were chosen for Bladder Support for their ability to support all aspects of a pet’s urinary system, from the kidneys to the whole urinary tract.

  1. Buchu Leaf

    An evergreen shrub native to South Africa, Buchu’s aromatic leaves contain diosphenol, a plant chemical that may promote normal, healthy kidney and urinary function.

  2. Glucosamine Sulfate and N-Acetyl-D-Glucosamine

    Glucosamine occurs naturally in your pet's body and is found in connective tissue. It's one of the building blocks of the protective lining of the bladder.

  3. MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

    MSM is an important source of bioavailable sulfur, a natural antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables. Sulfur is stored in nearly every cell in your pet's body and plays an important role in building healthy DNA and many free radical-fighting antioxidants.

  4. Marshmallow Root

    A flowering herb that grows up to four feet tall, marshmallow root is rich in mucilage and supports normal kidney detoxification and urinary function.

  5. Organic Bearberry (Uva ursi) Leaf

    Also known as Uva ursi and Kinnikinnick, this small shrub with orange-red berries grows in the northern regions of North America, Asia and Europe. Bearberry contains antioxidant polyphenols that promote optimal urinary tract health.

  6. Organic Nettle Leaf

    While you wouldn’t want to handle nettles if you found them growing beside a stream – as they sting – they are great for supporting your pet’s urinary tract. Their leaves also help maintain a normal inflammatory response.

Inactive Ingredients: Beef Liver Powder, Organic Tapioca Maltodextrin, Silicon Dioxide

Combined with a beef liver-flavoured powder, these ingredients provide broad-spectrum support for your pet’s urinary system.


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Administer during or after the cat or dog has eaten to rescue incidents of GI upset.

Safe use in pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven.

Absorption of drugs taken simultaneously may be delayed.

Contraindicated with kidney disorders and conditions giving rise to acidic urine.

If an animal's condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian.

Cranberry extract
& D-mannose

Provides polyphenols and
antioxidant power that promotes
urinary tract health.

Maintain healthy
detox function

Healthy kidney and bladder
functioning is crucial for the
health of any cat or dog.

FAQs

Over the past few decades, cranberry extract has become increasingly popular for supporting urinary tract health in humans.

In supplements, it’s often combined with D-mannose, a simple sugar found naturally in many different fruits and vegetables, including cranberries, apples, peaches and broccoli.

Dr Karen Becker states that she recommends cranberry extract and D-mannose for cats and dogs in her veterinary practice, which she thinks would benefit the urinary tract. The combination has a synergistic effect that helps maintain the healthy function of the urinary system, including the kidneys and bladder.

Cranberries contain special chemical compounds called proanthocyanidins. These polyphenols are what give many fruits and flowers their blue, purple or red colours.

But they do more than just add colour to plants. They are also beneficial for maintaining the health of your pet’s bladder and urinary tract.

Studies have also found that D-mannose is helpful in supporting normal healthy urinary function. D-mannose is similar in structure to glucose, but unlike glucose, D-mannose must be converted from its original state into fructose and then into glucose. This means it’s lower on the glycemic index.

When the polyphenol benefits of cranberry are paired with the health-promoting aspects of D-mannose, the combination provides exceptional support for maintaining your pet’s urinary health.

Assuming your pets are free of any of the signals listed below, there are a number of things you can do to help them maintain a healthy bladder and urinary tract.

While all pets rely on a healthy urinary tract for normal detoxification and benefit from proactive measures to support their health, some animals tend to benefit from extra support. These pets include:

  • Certain cat breeds, including Persians, Himalayans, Russian Blue Siamese, Birman and the Egyptian Mau.
  • Cats who live indoors.
  • Pets in stressful living conditions.
  • Overweight pets.
  • Male cats.
  • Pets living a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Spayed or neutered pets.
  • Older dogs who are female.

These animals either have genetic tendencies toward bladder and urinary issues, or their environment places added stress on their systems. Either way, they deserve extra attention.

By taking simple, daily steps to support their urinary health, you can help your pets get what they need to maintain healthy detoxification.

The first step involves your pet’s diet… a high-moisture, species-appropriate diet, like Furchild Meals.

Bark & Whiskers™ Bladder Support is not intended to replace medical treatment.

It's important that you know the symptoms that might mean your pets need immediate professional help from a trusted integrated vet.

Urinary tract and bladder complaints are among the more common reasons pet parents take their cats or dogs to see the vet.

In dogs, females tend to develop urinary issues more often than males. For example, by some estimates, up to 20% of spayed dogs develop urine leakage at some point.

That tendency is the opposite in cats, where males tend to have more issues than females.

While many urinary complaints are simple to resolve, some are a major warning bell that your pets are in trouble.

Urinary abnormalities can signal a major health problem. If you notice any of the following, get your pets to the vet immediately:

  • Your cats are urinating in places other than their litter box.
  • Your cats are making more frequent trips to the litter box.
  • Your dogs are suddenly urinating around the house.
  • There's visible blood in your pet's urine or litter box, or urine is dark or cloudy.
    • Note, if your dogs are eating Furchild Beef & Organic Vegetables recipes, the discolouration in your dog's pee/stool may not be blood itself but due to a compound in beets called betanin, which is what gives the vegetable its deep red pigment. Some pets (and people) have difficulty breaking down this pigment and passing it through their bodies, the condition is called, 'beeturia'. You'll be pleased to know that it's harmless. 
  • Your pets are unable to pass urine or pass very little.
  • Your pets are straining to urinate or crying out in pain.
  • Your pets are constantly licking their urinary openings.
  • Your pets have suddenly lost bladder control and are dribbling urine.
  • Your pets are vomiting, appear lethargic and don't want to eat.
  • Your pets are drinking more water than usual.

These are all signs that may indicate a potentially serious issue with your pet's bladder, kidneys or lower urinary tract.

In such cases, it's crucial to get your pet, along with a urine sample, to your vet.

This great product - Bladder Support for Cats and Dogs is provided via our exclusive partner, Bark & Whiskers, where Dr Karen Becker, one of the most followed wellness and integrative veterinarians in the world, shares the most up-to-date information on species-appropriate nutrition and care.

Dr. Becker

Just like Furchild, she believes that the food and lifestyle choices you make for your pets form the foundation of their health and longevity.

Moreover, Dr Becker is also the first veterinarian to give a TEDx Talk on species-appropriate nutrition. 

She enjoys empowering pet parents and helping them become knowledgeable advocates for their pets’ well-being. Instead of simply addressing the symptoms, Dr Becker promotes the use of functional medicine, which involves making dietary and lifestyle choices to help pets thrive and prevent illness.

And in 2021, she also co-authored with pet influencer, Rodney Habib, to publish their book - The Forever Dog, which became the first-ever No.1 New York Times best-selling book about intentionally creating canine well-being.

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If you're a dog parent, Dr Karen Becker recommends feeding a fresh, species-specific raw diet to promote healthy urine pH and help provide your dog with an optimal moisture intake.

But if you choose to feed your dogs a dry food diet, be sure to provide them with the extra fresh drinking water they need to help maintain their urinary health.

Here are a couple of everyday steps you can take to help your pup maintain optimal urinary and bladder health, and support healthy detoxification:

1. Keep your dog well-groomed and bathed.

Trim away long hair from around your dogs' genitals to help keep the area clean, and bathe them regularly.

By keeping your dogs' genital areas clean, you help prevent grease and dirt buildup that has the potential to create problems for their bladder and urinary tract health.

2. Allow your dogs to urinate frequently.

Give them breaks as often as possible so urine doesn't sit in their bladders for long periods. If it is not convenient to allow them outside every three hours or so, consider installing a pet door.

Just as with cats, plentiful moisture intake and frequent urination are nature's way of cleansing the bladder and urinary tract.

And here are some tips that apply to both cats and dogs…

1. Don't allow your pets to drink potentially hazardous water.

Tap water is often contaminated with fluoride, pesticides, heavy metals and other pollutants – and it always contains chlorine.

All of these contaminants load our pets' bodies with more toxins and pose risks not only to their urinary health but also to their overall health. Whenever possible, give them clean filtered water to drink.

2. If your pets are currently eating commercial dry food, consider transitioning them to a moist or raw diet, Furchild Meals.

A fresh, whole food, meat-based diet promotes a normal healthy urine pH, as well as general overall health.

Keep in mind that carbohydrates, especially grains, alkalise your pet's urine and may cause an undesirable shift in pH. As much as possible, choose options that minimise carbohydrates in your pet’s diet.

If you are feeding your cat dry food, try adding a small amount of warm water to provide extra moisture.

Many pet owners don't realise that there’s a connection between diet, urine pH and urinary health.

As you may already know, when scientists measure pH levels, they’re assessing whether a liquid is acid or alkaline.

What you might not know is that this measure of pH is actually quite important when it comes to your pet’s urinary health.

Every animal species that produces urine has an ideal pH range their urine should fall in. Some are more acidic while some are more alkaline.

To get an understanding of how this works, take a look at the pH scale diagram below.

As you can see, 7 is at the centre and is the neutral point in the acid-alkaline scale. A pH score greater than 7 is alkaline, while a score less than 7 is acidic. As the score gets further from the centre, it’s considered more alkaline or acidic.

Because they’re natural carnivores, cats and dogs should have a slightly acidic urine pH, optimally between 6 and 6.5. Helping your pets maintain a pH within this range helps maintain their urinary health.

Not surprisingly, diet has a significant influence on the pH of your pet's urine.

Since dogs and cats are designed to eat meat – which has an acidic pH – feeding them a species-appropriate diet high in meat promotes a urine pH in that ideal range.

However, when cats and dogs eat a typical commercial dry pet food grain-based diet, their urine pH can rise into the alkaline range. This is also true for many popular commercial “grain-free” diets based on other carbohydrates, such as potatoes, peas or lentils.

Feeding your pets a fresh, species-appropriate diet, like Furchild Meals can go a long way to protecting their urinary systems from unnecessary stress. Even a slight shift from the ideal pH can affect their urinary health.

On top of the effects it can have on urine pH, there's another major issue with commercial dry and canned pet foods… hydration!

Compared to other animals, cats have a low thirst drive.

Healthy cats won't lap up water like dogs or other animals. In fact, they're often more interested in just watching or playing with it…

This is because cats are naturally designed to get most of the water they need from their food.

Cats in the wild hunt and eat prey, which contains about 75% water. Their bodies are excellent at absorbing the water from their prey so their need to drink is comparatively low.

Lions, for example, can go up to four days without drinking water, although they will drink if it’s available. The same is true for cougars, who can go several days without drinking, if necessary.

While your cats may do you the favour of hunting small prey in your neighbourhood and leaving the trophies on your patio, they mostly depend on you for their food and water.

If you feed them canned cat food, they're getting about the same 75% moisture content as what cats naturally eat in the wild.

But dry food contains only about one-tenth of the ideal moisture content – far from what your cats need.

If you feed your cats dry food, you need to pay close attention to how much they drink. Since your cats are getting less water from their food, they need to drink more to make up the difference. And because of their natural design, they're not always likely to do so.

Your cats need water in order to make urine, which flushes toxins from their bodies. Without adequate water intake, their bodies can’t produce healthy amounts of urine, making it harder for them to maintain healthy detoxification.

Making sure they get enough water is crucial to their urinary and overall health.

A study conducted by a pet food company in 1999 discovered that the urinary health of cats who ate a canned food diet was considerably better than that of cats who ate a dry food diet.

Sadly, this study and others showing similar results haven't been enough to influence the feeding recommendations of many traditional veterinarians.

In light of these findings, Dr Karen Becker, a wellness and integrative veterinarian, recommends that you take a serious look at other feeding options if you're still feeding your cat a dry food diet.

Her top recommendation for overall pet health is to feed a diet of fresh, species-appropriate raw food. However, any increase in the amount of moisture in your pet's food is a step in the right direction for supporting urinary health.

Various pet food diets influence urinary health in pets through pH balance, hydration, and nutrient intake - for better or worse.

Opt for high-moisture, whole-food diets, avoid additives and dry food, and prioritise nutrients like omega-3s for better urinary tract function and reduced inflammation.

Here are our recommendations that are most popular with our pet parent community:

Furchild Meals

A fresh, whole-food, meat-based diet promotes a naturally healthy urine pH and overall general health. Our natural raw foods have a high moisture content, aiding in enhancing your pet's overall hydration—crucial for maintaining proper urinary function.

The correct balance in Furchild recipes ensures a controlled intake of mineral levels, including minerals like magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus. This balance helps prevent the formation of urinary crystals and stones. Furthermore, our balanced fat ratios provide our meals with anti-inflammatory properties, benefiting both urinary tract health and overall well-being.

Among the selection of Furchild Meals are those that include organic cranberries. These cranberries aid in preventing the attachment of bacteria to the walls of the urinary tract, thus reducing the risk of urinary tract infections.

Bone Broth

By providing essential nutrients like glycine and collagen, our premium and organic bone broths can help maintain the integrity of the urinary tract lining and support overall urinary function. Additionally, its hydrating properties contribute to proper urine dilution and flushing of the urinary system.

Raw Goat Milk & Kefir

By delivering probiotics and beneficial enzymes, they promote a balanced gut microbiome, which can indirectly enhance urinary tract function. These dairy products also provide hydration and contribute to urinary pH regulation, helping to prevent the formation of crystals and stones.

Fresh Raw Fish

By providing omega-3 fatty acids, our range of Fresh/frozen Wild-caught Fish has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the risk of urinary tract inflammation and promote overall urinary well-being. Additionally, the natural moisture content in fish contributes to hydration, supporting proper urine dilution and flushing of the urinary system.

For more food recommendations that support urinary health in your pet, click here. 

If your pet has any of the following urinary health issues diagnosed by a vet, [urinary tract infections, urinary stones (calculi), urinary blockages, urinary incontinence, cystitis (bladder inflammation), and kidney disease.] we recommend that you contact our qualified pet food advisors. They will be able to provide personalised recommendations that are appropriate for your pet's specific needs.

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