Last Modified on Apr 11, 2014
On a pH scale of 1-14, 7 is considered neutral, meaning neither acid nor alkaline. A number less than 7 indicates acidity, while a number greater than 7 indicates alkalinity. It is the pH (acidity or alkalinity) of the pet's urine that is being measured in a urinalysis, not the pH of the food the patient has eaten, or the pH of the patient's blood. Most normal pets have a urine pH of 5.5 to 7.0. Extremes in urine pH are more likely to be associated with disease. An example: a dog with highly acidic urine may develop calcium oxalate stones whilst a dog with highly alkaline urine may be more susceptible to bladder infections and struvite stones.
Find a Natural Remedy to Alkalize Your Pets' Urine pH
This page is for user submitted home and natural alkalizing remedies for our pets. Be it cat, dog, chickens, horses, or monkeys; we are interested in remedies for all of them. We are very interested in gathering more home alkalizing techniques and strategies for pets. Of course, a good place to begin is with the Alkalizing Remedies offered by our resident expert, Ted from Bangkok, for an approach from a human health perspective. If you know of a remedy, please don't hesitate to let us know here.
07/06/2010: Wisslewj from Columbus, Ohio, Usa: "Dear EC,
I am a first time poster/long time reader so I hope this is where this goes.
First off, thanks Ted and EC for all the helpful information! I have been really blessed by all the stuff on alkalizing. I was wondering however how this might be applied to my dogs?
I feed them a raw meat diet. (I now use natures variety as its far easier and is still raw.) I know dogs tend towards more acidic and protein based foods and have compensating biology but I also assume they would benefit from bicarbs and proper mineral control as well.
Can and how does one administer this to dogs in the most effective way? Epsom salt in water? What about potassium balance? Any advice will be appreciated.
Thanks and God Bless
08/29/2011: Allegra7 from Spring, Tx replies: "A holistic vet recently told me that giving a 50 lb dog 500 mg of Vitamin C daily for about 10 days -2 weeks (split into 2 doses, mix with food) will be a great help in normalizing highly alkaline urine."
02/10/2012: Madeline from Central, Nj replies: "Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove pet urine stains from a sofa?"
02/13/2012: Jr from Coloma, Mi replies: "Have you tried Hydrogen Peroxide? It works pretty good."
12/06/2012: Vixyvix from Levin, New Zealand replies: "Does anyone have a remedy for hind gut acidosis in Horses? Im wondering if ACV and baking soda would help but at what quantities. I take alkaline drops in my water for myself but this would be extremely costly to use for a 500kg horse."
04/10/2014: Sunnyg from Brooklyn replies: "I am also curious about alkalizing a dog's pH. My vet said my dog's urine was 5.5 and was concerned, though I have consistently gotten 6.2 on her first morning urine (vet's test wasn't first morning urine). Eating primarily raw meat/organ/bone (acidic foods) with some pureed veg and fruit. I have heard apple cider vinegar might help, but have also read that it could be the complete opposite for an acidic dog and could make it worse. Also heard baking soda is bad for dogs (vomit bile). I have read so many people anecdotally recommending apple cider vinegar but I can't find an adequate explanation of how an acid (in this case ACV) alkalizes. She is presently having a bad allergic skin reaction to something, not sure what yet, I am afraid of aggravating it or creating more acid in an already borderline situation. Thank you for any help you can give."
04/11/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Sunnyg!
You stated " I can't find an adequate explanation of how an acid (in this case ACV) alkalizes."
This is a very simplified answer: "...the potassium and other mineral components in ACV can substantially reinforce the buffering and homeostatic systems that counteract the build-up of acids in the human body. This is what makes ACV an acid that can remedy the hyper acidity of modern diets and help the body return to acid-base homeostasis and generally more alkaline levels."
You also posted this: "Also heard baking soda is bad for dogs (vomit bile)."
Not sure where you heard this, but in my experience this is not the case; my dogs did not and do not vomit bile after drinking baking soda water.
An easy way to alkalize with baking soda is to add 1/2 teaspoon into 1 liter of pure water; if your dog hesitates at this amount, try 1/4 teaspoon into 1 liter of water and build it up incrementally over the course of a week or so. However given the current skin crisis your dog is experiencing, you might wish to dose 1 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and give this for 5-7 days - and then drop down to the maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon per liter."