Diuretics increase the amount of urine, bowel movement and perspiration, which aids in the removal of toxins from the body. This removal of toxins or body cleansing can be administered to canines too. Diuretics for dogs can be incorporated in their daily diet in small amounts mostly depending upon their size. There are different types of natural diuretics which are mainly classified as natural herbal diuretics and natural food diuretics.
Natural Herbal Diuretic
There are many natural diuretics for dogs in the form of herbs which can help them overcome several diseases and illness, which are mostly related to their digestive system. Herbs have medicinal value which can prove to be very effective and safe, however, natural herbal diuretics should not be given to dogs on a regular basis.
Alfalfa is an herbal antidote which is high in nutrients and works as an effective blood purifier that improves the dog's digestive system. It is also an effective remedy for acidity problems and upset stomach. Alfalfa also contains phytoestrogens which prevent the occurrence of heart attacks, cancer and osteoporosis (bone disease). You can chop up some alfalfa sprouts and give your dog two teaspoons with his daily meal. If you use an organic alfalfa powder, give your small dog ⅛ teaspoon, ¼ teaspoon to your medium-size dog or ½ teaspoon to your large dog.
Red clover is one of the most powerful and strongest natural diuretic for dogs. It is very helpful in case of skin diseases and also purifies blood. It is known to cure cough, asthma and even bronchitis problems. It has been proven that red clover is useful for eradicating cysts and cancer. Red clover is available in several forms including tinctures, tablets, capsules and liquid extract. Consult your vet for the exact dosage depending on the breed of your dog.
Raspberry leaves are used as a nutritional supplement for pregnant bitches. These leaves are very useful in strengthening the uterus. Also known as a reproduction tonic, raspberry leaves have certain astringent properties which help in treating diarrhea. This tonic should only be given after consulting the vet.
Burdock is a natural body cleanser which helps in blood purification, improves digestion and increases sweating, flushing out all the body toxins. It is also beneficial for treating skin diseases and arthritis in dogs. As burdock is a healthy food with no toxic side effects, it can be given to dogs in liberal quantity. Decoction of fresh or dried burdock root can be mixed with your dog's food. Alternatively, a strong tincture of fresh or dried root in glycerin can also be used.
Natural Foods as Diuretics
Natural foods that act as diuretics contain both vegetables and fruits which are very beneficial for a dog's health. These include:
Okra is found mostly in warm climates and is beneficial in curing intestinal problems in dogs, as it is a rich source of sodium.
Melons have a good amount of purified water content which helps the functioning of the kidneys and also helps in the treatment of stomach problems.
Papaya is a rich source of vitamin A, C, E, calcium, phosphorous and iron which heals any digestive problems the dog may be suffering from. It also acts as a natural supplement.
Dogs also like peach due to its sweet taste. It cleanses the body by eliminating the toxins and is also beneficial for the kidneys.
It is advised to administer these diuretics in the diet only after consulting with your regular vet. Different dog breeds require different diets and dosage. If not given in the right quantity, these can have adverse effects on your dog.
Disclaimer: This DogAppy article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice. Please consult your veterinarian before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested in this write-up.