As there are many serious as well as relatively minor bladder and urinary disorders, it is advisable to consult your veterinary surgeon if you think that your dog or cat may be suffering from this type of condition. As our pets age they may become more susceptible to these problems and kidney conditions are very common in cats and some breeds of dog. These will usually be diagnosed by your vet and should always be treated under veterinary supervision. Diet may be a factor and in general dried and heavily processed foods should be avoided as they may aggravate the situation, but there are specialised diets that your vet can recommend. Herbal medicines are effective in maintaining bladder and kidney function and in treating some chronic kidney and bladder conditions, either alone or in conjunction with conventional medication. Consult our A-Z of Common Problems for advice on which products are best for a specific conditions.