I think everyone is aware by now that MomFOD is pretty holistic when it comes to our care, so when one of us ended up with symptoms of a UTI, MomFOD (after phoning the vet, going in for an exam, and getting other meds) reached into her own drawer of supplements and pulled out D-Mannose with cranberry to help with the healing process.
What is it: D-Mannose is a sugar that is related to glucose and is extracted from cranberries and some other fruits like apples and peaches.
What does it do: D-Mannose purportedly stops foreign cells from sticking to the walls inside the bladder and urinary tract by attaching to those cells and flushing them from the body, preventing or resolving a urinary tract infection. This includes the E-coli virus, a common source of most UTIs, and it can also help flush crystals in cats with blockage issues, according to this article.
Safety: D-Mannose is considered generally safe and we found no reported side-effects in our research or at-home use. Some users may report bloating and sources say very high doses may lead to kidney problems.
Side Effects: Bloating was the only one our research came up with.
Where to find it: Most natural health stores carry it in the supplements section. It’s often packaged in capsules with vitamin C and cranberry extract.
Now, I’m no doctor, and neither is MomFOD, but we believe that D-Mannose is an excellent item to keep in the health cabinet and is especially helpful for travel and vacations. MomFOD doesn’t leave home without it! (I mean, she goes to the grocery stores and the gym and stuff but not, like, overseas without it.)
You can use the basic powder, a capsule with a combination of D-Mannose and cranberry, or find treats for your dogs and cats that contain it as an ingredient.
If you suspect that your cat or dog (or you) has a UTI, check with your vet (or doctor) to determine severity and decide whether or not D-Mannose is the right treatment for you. If your cat or dog suffers from recurrent UTIs, ask your doctor about preventative supplementation. In a world with too much anti-biotic use, it’s always nice to have an alternative treatment.
**We were not paid for this post. All opinions are our own and, while we show you what we use for ourselves, we are not specifically endorsing any product.**