Last Modified on Jun 06, 2014
How to Stop a Bladder Infection in Dogs
Bladder infections, or cystitis, can be very difficult for your dog, as it can cause inflammation of the bladder and cause frequent, painful urination. Other bladder infection symptoms in dogs are cloudy smelly urine, females may have vaginal discharge, and a urinary analysis can show bacteria, white blood cells, and red blood cells in the urine. If left untreated, it may cause kidney infections.
Find a Cure for Your Dog with Bladder Infection Symptoms
On this page you can find user submitted remedies for the treatment of bladder infections in dogs. Some of our popular Earth Clinic cures for bladder infections are apple cider vinegar either mixed with food or diluted with water, cranberry, iodine, vitamin C, and sea salt. Let us know if you try any remedies you find on this site and how they worked for you. Know of a remedy not listed here? Please don't hesitate to share it with us!
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Diabetes Diagnosis
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt, Cranberry
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt, Sea Salt
- Bladder Stones
- Buchu Leaf
- Cranberry Capsules
- Cranberry, D- Mannose
- Cream of Tartar
- Dietary Changes
- Double Helix Water
- General Feedback
- Multiple Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt
- Solutions for Blood in Urine
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin C for Blood in Urine
[WARNING!] 03/16/2009: Julie from Chicago, Illinois: "Re: the yogert and vinegar suppliment for canine bladder infections...
My dog had previous problems with getting bladder infections. I left my dog with the sitter for a trip to Texas. When we got back the sitter said, think you have an infection starting again...so I thought I would try using the vinegar and yogurt diet listed on your website for canines instead of wasting a lot of money taking her to a vet, because I thought I would outsmart the vet and save money. My dog didn't get better within the week. I ended up taking her to the VET anyhow. As it turns out, MY DOG WAS NOT SUFFERING FROM A BLADDER INFECTION, BUT WAS DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES. Her blood sugar was through the roof ((normal is around 130 to 140 and my dogs was 480!!!)) Diabetes, if left untreated is fatal and it presents itself as a bladder infection because the dog's system is virtually being flooded with sugar (and this is a blood disease just like in humans, so no amount of fed sugars would cause this)!!! If you think your Dog has a problem at all...take them to a Vet...it's safer. Don't self medicate to save money, leave your dogs treatment to a professional....Please learn from my stupid mistake and don't take chances with your beloved pets life like I did! I am completely ashamed of myself for trying to cut corners ~ Better safe than sorry!!! ~ The yogurt and vinegar wasn't bad for my dog and didn't harm her, but it definantly delayed my finding out the underlying problem for an extra week...diabetes is nothing to play around with!"Replies
04/20/2009: Wanda from Klamath Falls, OR replies: "I tried ACV and Yogurt for my yellow lab on Friday night, 4/17 and it seemed to help immediately. However, after her third dose she vomited some of her food (not too much) so we stopped. She seemed to start up again with frequent urination and a little blood in her urine so I started it up again this a.m. with 1 TBLS of each. How long should we try this before going to the vet? I don't want her to suffer or make things worse. Thank you for your opinions and help with this."
07/29/2009: Dolce from Toronto, Canada replies: "ARE YOU ALL CRAZY? Never self-diagnos your pet? would you self diagnose your mother? no you'de rush her to emerg... take your pet to the Vet before you have to pack him or her in a box and bury her in your backyard. cummon' folks lets use our brains here please! Thanks."
08/05/2009: Auddymay from Muskegon, Mi replies: "I will be giving my 13 year old Lab ACV. No guilt at all in the self diagnosis. I went to her vet practice, who has been seeing her her whole life. I explained that my geriatric girl was suddenly urinating all over, and that I suspected a UTI. I even had a sample, which was too old, but they would not have taken it, anyway...without seeing the dog as well. I had just got done explaining that I am not working, and having trouble financially. Could they please just confirm the diagnosis? Ummm...nope. So much for caring what happens to a CLIENT (patient implies caring) of 13 years. I even asked if there was a clinic I could take her...all I got was, sorry, bubbye."
[WARNING!] 12/07/2009: Jennifer from Queens, Ny, USA replies: "STOP BEING CRAZY PEOPLE!!! I have been in the veterinary field for 10 years now as a licensed nurse and I am HORRIFIED that people would SELF DIAGNOSE beings other than THEMSELVES! You CANNOT 'self diagnose' your pet. PERIOD. Veterinarians and vet nurses go to MEDICAL school for training and LICENSING on how to diagnose,treat and cure illnesses. By going on a website like this is GREAT for YOURSELF and yourself ONLY. YOU know if something hurts in your own body, YOU know if something doesnt feel right and YOU can try self help treatments or remedies on yourself. But DO NOT attempt to self-diagnose your pet!!! I can tell you from years of experience that you could be causing damage to your pet. By trying a 'remedy' for something you THINK could be going on with your pet, you could be making the problem worse OR wasting valuble time by not getting to the CORE diagnosis. ie: say your pet is exibiting signs of a UTI, frequent urination that may or may not have blood in it, licking vulva/penis and straining to urinate ( now first, in a male cat, this is LIFE THREATENING and seek medical attention immediatley) If you were to just give ACV thinking this may resolve the problem, well yes, it MAY HELP symptoms but it is not a cure because we are missing the underlying CAUSE of the UTI, or uti symptoms such as BLADDER STONES. ACV will do nothing in this case.
Now as for the case above with the dog having UTI symptoms and the vet of 13 years just dissmissed them due to financial issues, FIND ANOTHER VET. It is a shame that vets and other buisnesses are turning people away but it definatley feels like a different case when they turn away a helpless animal. SHAME on them. There are however other places where Im sure if you explained the current situation you were in, they would work out a payment plan. Think of it this way: they need to make a living too, so they need your buisness. But SHAME on that vet, how rotten.
SO PLEASE BE SMART PEOPLE!!!TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR HELPLESS PETS THAT RELY ON YOU FOR HELP!!"
01/21/2010: Chase H from Austin, Tx replies: "Jennifer from Queens, you need to calm down. There is absolutely nothing wrong with attempting a natural alternative before taking your pet straight to the local Vet and pumping them full of antibiotics. I realize that with certain problems, the assistance of a vet is necessary (yearly shots, heart worm treatment, accidents, etc.) However, in this case we're talking about curing a possible bladder infection with Apple Cider Vinegar, which is commonly used in our own foods, cleansing recipes & for many other reasons. You're response makes it sound like the instructions say, "4 tablespoons of Draino, followed by 2 shots of Vodka". The amount of antibiotics that human doctors hand out on a daily basis in this country is absurd. Many of them have serious side effects that the patient is never warned of. For example, in my teens I was given antibiotics to take twice daily for very mild acne. In the end, the prescribed medication did nothing to cure my acne (changing my diet did, which was never suggested by the dermatologist) and the side effect? -permanently discolored teeth, that were perfectly white prior to taking the antibiotics. My point is, vets/doctors for humans and animals alike do NOT always have the best answer. They have the answer they are taught to give in med/vet school. Unfortunately, those answers are persuaded by $$$. I know that the majority of vets are crazy about animals and aren't consciously in it for the money, but the fact is that if you suggested (or even researched) natural remedies to common pet problems, you couldn't sell all those extra prescriptions/vet visits that pay for your salaries and offices. That being said, if my dog had blood in her urine or wasn't completely better after 1 week of using ACV, I would immediately take her to the vet, but I don't see anything wrong with at least trying a natural remedy first."
05/18/2010: Liz from Seattle, Wa replies: "Calm down. First, MANY vets will take advantage of the fact that they are wielding the power. And will try very hard to scare you into getting all kinds of tests for your pet, even tho the urine sample comes back positive for a UTI. No longer content to go for a simple (and inexpensive) fix, they guilt you into thinking that your pet needs ultrasounds and myriad monitoring on the Rare chance that the UTI is now in the kidneys or that it could be cancer. Seriously.
My dog routinely gets UTIs. Since I had them all the time as a child and young adult, I know the signs (after watching her suffer through many of them). So yes, I self-diagnose. She take ACV a lot. we also give her an herbal blend of uva-ursi and probiotics to keep her healthy. She has long hair and a sensitive digestive system, so if anything doesn't agree with her, she wears it on her hair.. so yes, we diagnose. We do not assume that medical professionals are descended from the gods. They don't always have our best interests at heart...just like human doctors."
03/29/2011: Michelle from Augusta, Me replies: "I don't think there's anything wrong about not rushing your dog to a vet everytime there's an issue. In my experience vets are just as bad as doctors if not worse, they are only in it for the money. I have yet to find a vet that truly cares for my animals and not my money."
04/13/2011: Pineygirlk5 from Bayville, Nj replies: "i agree with both sides of this.... Some vets are out there to suck the money from your wallet! But yet there are some that really do care and want to help your pet! I myself have had dogs my whole life and know the signs of a uti! And would try to treat home first and if it didnt start to clear up with in a few days I would take her to the vet! And michelle its a shame u dont live near me! I have a WONDERFUL vet!!! Everyone there is great they have about 5 vets that work there the asst and woman at the front desk are great! They try to work with you if you cant afford. And they never push you for test that arent needed! The name is barnegat animal clinic!!!! They are the best!!!!!!! And affordable!"
05/12/2011: George from Toronto, Canada replies: "Jennifer from Queens,
Although I agree that when there is blood in the urine a trip to the vet is probably warranted, I completely disagree that is wrong to try home remedies with your pets. Perhaps you should try a google search of "vaccinosis in dogs" to get an idea of how many people have been victimized by listening to the advice given to them by these "professionals". Or look into the controversies behind the pet food industry, which now funds veterinary schools and pretends to teach vets about appropriate diets. Reality is that many people don't trust their vet anymore, because they've listened to the advice in the past, and all that's happened is they've lost a lot of money, and had their pet get sicker or worse still, not survive."
07/10/2011: Jilbert57 from Brinnon, Wa, Usa replies: "I have suffered UTI's and know the symptoms, and when my 6 month old male jack russell started showing signs of the same, frequent urination, bloody sometimes, it was off to the Dr. After a few tests and different Dr.Observations, he was found out to be a urate stone former. (he is now 12 and went on to form 2 urate stones and then two xanthine stones from over medication).
Anyway, if I would have tried to create an acidic environment in my dogs bladder by changing the ph to keep things from growing it would have only exacerbated the problem, as I need to keep his urine alkaline. Anyway, maybe like I just did with my aussie/heeler having an ear problem: took her to the vet, he swabbed her ear and looked at it under a microscrope and diagnosed yeast, then I ordered a product off Amazon which took care of it. He wanted me to use drops but I just said no thanks, just wanted to make sure her ear drum was intact. So maybe go to the vet and get a diagnosis, then come home and do the homeopathy route? Just a suggestion."
07/29/2011: Patricia from Lyons, Ga replies: "I think the suggestions of home remedies on this site is really great and helpful. I have 10 pets that are all rescue animals; 3 golden retrievers, one mixed bull dog and 6 cats. The cats are all neutered (5 males) and one female spayed. Of the dogs 3 are male and one female who is spayed. I live off social security and have custody of a 12 year grandson who I do not get child support for. My income is low and it is a struggle to make my bills each month. All my pets are indoor pets; the dogs go outside to use bathroom and exercise and back indoors. The cats have 8 litter boxes strategically located in different parts of the house. The cats' diet consists mostly wet food with dry as a 24hr snack/filler. They have their own room with table etc. , so dogs cannot reach. Dogs diet is dry food with occasional canned. They do not get scraps. I cannot afford even routine heartworm/flea preventative. So... They are kept indoors. This a realistic approach not idealistically. My grandson and I also have 2 special needs pets. One cat with 3 legs (before being spayed; his leg shot off at shoulder by someone) and 1 golden retriever born without an ear and slightly slow; but extremely sweet and humble.
We manage....... But barely; between quality bought food for them and quality litter of 120 lbs 2x monthly and baking soda; we exist with the circumstances...... Todays Economy is horrible..... I hold my breath each and every day and watch for signs of my pets ill-health and pray that I can at least do minimal treatment. I keep over the counter meds on hand; I drive to a vets office 40 miles away to a country vet whose receptionist lets me buy meds over the counter without prescription. Thank God for a website that does give a little extra knowledge for treatment WHEN YOU CANNOT AFFORD an office visit much less treatment, If not, I guess having the money to put down a beloved pet would still be an expense that would cause not paying a bill..... There are soooo many unwanted and abandoned animals in this county it is heart breaking. If its a crime and uncompassionate to try to use home remedies for treatment versus rushing to vet and get turned away because I am poor; I guess I will just have to be put down. What can I say?"
08/10/2011: Fran from Vaud, Nc replies: "Patricia - My heart goes out to you and I just want to thank you for being so compassionate. I can tell by your post that you're a wonderful "pet mom" (and grandma too). I'll remember you and your family in my prayers."
10/16/2011: Jeff's Pets from Niles, Mi replies: "Come on Dolce. I would'nt let my Mom drink out of a mud puddle or toilet or, tie her to a tree either. My dog is a big part of the family and I treat her better than most people I know but she is still a pet, not a human!! "
11/14/2011: Christine from San Jose, Ca replies: "Dolce from Toronto and Jennifer from Queens: You two need to settle down and get a clue into reality. There are many reasons why vets are avoided when possible (ergo, the popularity of this site!). My Cavalier was prescribed Clavamox for her very frequent UTI's in between sporadic blood tests. This was not only extraordinarily costly, but the trips to the vet and many blood tests put my baby through A LOT of stress, not to mention that Clavamox can cause yeast infections and other issues. Tired of this charade, I began giving her (Lillie is her name) daily protein in the form of raw hamburger (~ 1 TBSP/day); she is ~20 pounds). Lillie is now a happy camper, loves her hamburger, and hasn't had a UTI since. I may also begin to give her ~ 1TBSP per day of All Natural Yogurt with Probiotic Cultures. The brand I buy is "Karoun" from Sav Mart or Lucky's Supermarket."
11/24/2011: Jim from Bellingham, Wa , Usa replies: "For UTI's give your dog Cinnamon mixed into some yogurt - we do a level teaspoon for our 45# female. As a preventative they have been getting this weekly and no issues and no more UTI's. And yes, it does work with people - adjust accordingly."
01/21/2012: Barbara from Fort Drum, New York replies: "The very first thing my Vet asks when one of our dogs has a problem, is what are they symptoms & what have you tried to use at home? I had a vet years ago to try to tell me 1st my older dog needed a $600 xray, then since I couldn't afford it, to put the dog down. I went for a second opinion, and Spike needed $13 allergy pills and a change of diet. That's been 4 years ago, and he is fine... Old.. But fine. So even with all of the education in the world, sometimes you can't beat common sense- according to the new vet!"
12/11/2012: Jackie from Indianapolis, In replies: "It's not self diagnosing, it's called trying to save some money!!! Not every one is rich or made of money! It's called trying to get your pet better at home if it's possible. Nothing wrong with doing that at all! If your pet is not in extreme pain or discomfort, or it's not an emergency, there is nothing wrong with going online and searching for home remedies or help with advice! I know my pet better than any vet, and in fact several times I diagnosed what was wrong with my pet way before a vet did, and even many times had to take my pet back to the vet because they got it wrong several times... Not saying that's the way with all vets, as she now has a new one;) Doctors and vets are not always right, sorry folks, don't care how long you went to school for it. So if your pet is not suffering or in pain or does not have a high fever, there is nothing wrong with trying first to help it at home... if that does not work, then take it to the vet."
04/14/2013: Linda from Rancho Dominguez, Ca replies: "Hi All - there is much to be said on both sides of the isle on the issue of diagnosing and medicating your animals vs going to the vet. May I offer some notes along these lines: Vet care is very expensive these days. A lot of vets realize their clients want the best for their animals and will work with them accordingly. I, fortunately, have one of these vets. Find a vet you can work with. Also, know your animal very well. I have a Mini Schnauzer: they are prone to having bladder infections, stones and bad teeth. My dog also has a heart murmur. If you get a yearly check up, you know what you are up against.
Mandy had another bladder infection last October. I had no idea where it came from since I fed her well and we were both drinking a special water I got for the price of fuel to drive miles away. On her last check up to see if she was over it, her doc and I talked it over. She finally mentioned that Mandy's pH was too alkaline and she saw the beginnings of stone formation. She said a dog's pH should be a bit acid, around 6. 7 or so. Suddenly, a light went on: the water we were drinking was 8. 5pH alkaline (7 being avg)! Then I explained that we had begun drinking this new great water (that cured me of some ills but made Mandy sick) and we realized that was the cause of Mandy's bladder infection. My vet admitted that she had given no thought as to pH value regarding the disease.
Bottom line is whatever you feed your dog or other animal, whatever water it drinks, environmental factors etc will affect the pH value. Any radical treatment may make the animal worse. You need to find out what the pH value is in your animal, what it should be and test out water, food etc to attain balance and health. There are test strips avaliable for humans (after all, you can use this info for yourself); you would need to inquire about test strips for animals. Prevention care is great, but that could also throw the pH off another direction if kept up after the animal's body has attained balance. There are some things like cranberry (pills), which, if used, must be flushed out of the system via drinking a lot of water. Therefore, if you use cranberry, the animal should drink enough to flush out the system. Additionally, some food additives are bad for dogs (relating this to dogs now; have no idea about cats). Ash in dog food is an additive you want to stay away from. Ash, when not thoroughly flushed from the dog's system, helps to creat stones. Other food or minerals may do the same thing. Do your research.
I am thankful for this website. It gives me ammo to fight any illness Mandy or I come up against in the future! Many thanks to all!"
04/20/2013: Tish from Toronto, Ontario replies: "If I had trusted my vet my dog would be dead! Most doctors are fueled by the pharmacuetical companies!!! You want to get sick go to a hospital!!!!!
Get your diagnosis and then find natural sources!
My dog had cancer. She was diagnosed in January, the prognosiss was death in a few weeks! I did a lot of research and found two supplements that worked. The tumour is gone in her mouth. at one point it was so big she could not breath properly.
These supplements work well for people too but your doctor won't tell you about them. They have well written and researched studies to back them up so much so that now a pharmacuetical company has come up with it's own version of the one supplement that is tripple the cost and has to be administered by the vet once a week so you can imagine how much that will cost!
I can bet that most people on this thread that are for vets and doctors either are one themselves or have one in the family.
So I say get the diagnosis so you know what your dealing with and then look at every type of treatment there is, both pharmacuetical and natural then trust your gut instinct first!"
07/30/2013: Liane from Toronto, Ontario replies: "Hi Tish from Toronto.. My dog also was given days to a week to live because of a tumour in her mouth. I am still treating her naturally and it has been 2 months but her tumour has started to grow again. Can you please share which supplements you used to cure your dog? Thank you."
07/30/2013: Om from Hope, Bc, Canada replies: "Liane from Toronto. Why not try Essiac tea. I cured a dog of cancer that way. Info is online. In addition, make a decoction from turmeric powder with some coconut oil and blackseed oil or 3-6-9- Udo's oil and give up to a table sp. Twice or more daily. If you want to read about turmeric, visit http--www.bioponic.com-pdfs-Turmeric. If the mouth is painful use black seed oil alternately, increasing it. You can also add whey protein to make a paste. Let us know how he does. Love, Om"
08/24/2013: Marylou from Lufkin, Tx replies: "I understand people's frustration with veterniary service, for years I had a wonderful vet, when she retired, I took my two 4 year old puppies for a check up and a teeth cleaning as there was a wee bit of tatar on the back teeth. The new money grubbing vet pulled out all of the bottom front teeth on both puppies, told me they were dirty and not needed anyway, I was devastated, the teeth were pearly white, no tatar, no redness in the gums , no bad smell. All of this cost me more than $1,500.00 and many sleepless distressed nights. I am so upset and no longer have trust. I feel my puppies were terribly abused and I was robbed. I had also refered a friend to this vet and they removed 9 teeth from her young dog and charged her a fortune as well. I love my dogs, money is not the issue. Abuse and lack of respect leaves me with bitter feelings. Natural remedies are less invasive, more practical and everyone can afford them.
03/08/2014: Linda from Spokane Wa: "Canine Bladder Infection and high white cell count: I took our 5 year old Golden Retriever, Abbie, to the vet today after spending a night letting her in and out of the house constantly to try to urinate. I took her to the vet this morning and they confirmed she had a bad bladder infection and gave me an antibiotic ($118.00 and that was with a Wellness Plan discount) and a prescription for special Royal Canin dry dog food for bladder problems. The bag is only 17 lbs and cost a whopping $68.00! I tried to get a straight answer from the vet if this was food she was going to have to stay on forever and couldn't get a definite answer. We have another golden retriever also and are on a fixed income and frankly don't think we can afford to keep her on this food as I doubt that 17 lbs is even going to last her alone, a month. After reading about ACV benefits, I am wondering if the special food is even needed after the infection is cleared up. I am wondering how many people who posted about this problem are feeding their dog the super expensive special food or if ordinary good quality food with the ACV is enough. We had been feeding her Costco's Kirkland Salmon and sweet potato dry food and thought it was an improvement over the normal grocery store brands."Replies
03/11/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Linda!
I *hear* you on the high price for the fancy diet. I know some who do feed it and others who have chosen to research the ingredients and then select another more affordable diet based on their research. I cannot recommend a specific diet for you, but I do encourage you to research diets or consider home made; dogfoodadvisor and dogfoodanalysis are both good sites to start your research.
You might consider Ted's sea salt remedy for a UTI:
Use a quality sea salt - the aquarium stores tend to sell the best.
A crisis dose is 1 teaspoon of sea salt into a liter of pure, non-chlorinated water, for 1-2 days [play it by ear; you *should* see a rather immediate resolution to the symptoms in that time frame, but if not go for 3 days and consider adding cranberry juice to the water.
A maintenance dose after the crisis resolves is 1/4 teaspoon sea salt into 1 liter of water.
If your dog won't drink the water with 1 teaspoon of sea salt added to it, consider dosing 1/2 teaspoon sea salt into canned food and hiding it that way so your dog takes it. Give 1/2 teaspoon am and pm for up to 2 days.
Ted also adds: "As to the apple cider vinegar for UTI, I do not think it to be as effective as a sea salt remedy. However if ACV is used then it is likely to be mixed with a pinch of baking soda."
Some folks report good results with powdered cranberry. As for the powdered cranberry dosage, some contributors have used 2 capsules [Cranactin brand] diluted in 1 oz water for a cat, while others have used 1 capsule for a 65 pound dog. This is something you will have to compare brands and potencies and work out for your dog, but it makes sense to me to start out with 1 capsules with food am and pm during a crisis and then scale back to 1/2 capsule am and pm for maintenance.
Many mix yogurt and ACV together and feed with the am and pm meals. 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons of raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered, "with the mother" ACV into wet food or yogurt. Yogurt provides probiotics; it may be easier to simply buy the probiotics in powder form and add to the diet, as some dogs don't do well with dairy.
The ACV can be used as a maintenance dose with the food; if you dose a probiotic as well its a good idea to switch brands every couple of weeks to rotate the species of probiotic for proper balance in the gut.
If the UTI comes back after using home remedies you really should make another appointment with the vet to rule out/rule in urinary crystals or bladder stones."
06/02/2014: Ledeen from San Clemente replies: "This was very informative. My vet said that she has to stay on a specific diet of Hill perscription CD. She does not like it but, she will eat it. Now she is overweight and he suggested that we reduce her food in take of CD and add pumpkin filling from a can? Do you have any suggestions?"
06/02/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Ledeen!
The canned pumpkin helps your dog feel full so not notice the reduced portion so much. Some use green beans instead. One thought tho, is to check her thyroid to make sure she is fat because she is over eating - vs fat due to slow metabolism from under active thyroid."
[YEA] 02/01/2013: Missraven from Pittsburgh, Pa: "I have a 12 year old cat that recently had a very bad uti and had to be hospitalized for 10 days. The antibiotic worked a little bit, but I don't think cleared the problem completely. When I got him home, he continued to urinate outside his litter box (which is what he was doing to initiate the vet visit) I started a search online to see what I could try naturally for him and found the ACV remedy. I started out by first switching him to all wet food- a uti blend, I used 1/2 tsp of organic ACV for one can of cat food. I also placed about 1/4 tsp into his water. I seriously didn't think he would touch it because he is extremely finicky. He proved me wrong there and gobbled it right up. BUT he still continued to urinate outside the littler box. I then thought maybe he is associating the pain with that specific litter box- so I went out and got a brand new box, and also another brand of cat litter, not clay- it is the recycled newspaper kind, like pellets. I am SO happy to say that after I did this, he started to use his littler box again- no problems. I truly believe the ACV mended his bladder fully and the change of litter box and litter disassociated the pain from his mind. Try both these steps. I was at my wit's end since he was peeing on my daughter's clothes constantly. ACV worked!!"
05/01/2012: Jessica from Woodstock, Ga: "Hello, Does Apple Cider Vinegar really work for uti's in dogs? We adopted our wonderful dog last year from the pound. As you know, they have them fixed before adopting out but they spayed our dog when she was only 2 months old. She now has an introverted vulva and gets uti's frequently. She is now a year old and it's getting really expensive trying to feed her the right diet plus taking her to the vet numerous times. Plus our (not so nice of words.. ) vet makes us pay for a urine sample test every single time.. Knowing what the outcome will be. So, I would really love to try this. If anybody has any tips for the dosages and time periods I should give it to her. She weighs about 60 to 65 lbs. Thanks in advance. Please email me any info at jmmathes89(at)yahoo.com"Replies
12/27/2012: Lidia from Dallas, Texas replies: "Jenifer from Queens. Didn't you know the vinegar desolves kidney stones?"
[YEA] 03/23/2012: Luvern from Paris, On: "Hi there, I am grateful to have found this thread because it helped my cat. Wednesday night I saw his litter box and the top of his urine was all crystals. Did some research, found this thread and went to the grocery store for apple cider vinegar. I was hesitant to administer it to him with a syringe but knowing the time frame of serious illness, I went ahead.
Note: My cat frothed white foam at the mouth for a minute right after he swallowed about 1/2 teaspoon of acv, no mix, just straight. I reccommed adding it to the food, water and the cats fur so they can lick it off and ingest it.
I added some to his Purina dry food and his water dish too. About a teaspoon between both.
I've been giving him Apple Cider Vinegar about 3 times a day. Wednesday, Thursday he did not urinate at all, today, Friday, he peed for about 4 minutes with NO crystals! There was a white foam on top of the urine which did not concern me, no crystals there.
I bought some canned tuna in water, and am mixing the Apple Cider Vinegar in with that. I also added a concentrated cranberry pill to his water (it disolves).
I gave him 3 syringes of water last night and about 3 minutes later he had a bowel movement that looked like 3 days worth.
This stuff works and it works fast so if you're in need of another opinion, and are skeptical like I was, it just works.
My cat is male about 5 years old and goes outdoors on a regular basis. He's feeling much better right now and I am changing his food from Purina to something else, not sure what yet, but not Iams.
Best of luck to you and your cat."
03/16/2012: Andie from Vancouver, Bc, Canada: "I just got my little Chickpea five days ago. He is pretty tiny as he was the runt. Vet checked, dewormed and first set of shots, I actually adopted him from a rescue shelter through a vet clinic so he was well looked after and was given a clean bill of health. He has been eating, drinking, sleeping, playing and using the litter box without any problems. But today I noticed that he was frequenting the litter box (5-6 times in an hour) he had a normal bowel movement but looks like he is straining to pee and was crying too. He has a vet appointment on Monday for a check up and his second set of shots. I'm just wondering if I should try ACV with him now and if it would work on such a little guy?? or if I should take him to the vet ASAP?"Replies
03/21/2012: Monica from Reseda, Ca replies: "Hi there, I have a 2 year old cat who gets chronic UTI's, I tried apple cider vinegar and it worked ok but he kept getting them. I discovered CranActin Pills work like magic! I dilute 2 capsules in 1 cup of purified water and give him a dropper full in the morning and 1 in the evening. He hasn't had one in about a month. You can find them at Vitamin World or on Amazon. Good Luck!"
09/24/2012: Mothering4him from Beautiful, Pa replies: "Make sure you are using organic, raw Apple Cider Vinegar with the "mother" (foggy looking). The clear (regular) kind is not good."
02/18/2012: Janeneh from Leigh, Rodney, New Zealand: "Our lovely 12 year old cat, Biddy, has over this last week done wees inside 5 x (never happened before now). I am wondering what you'd recommend to do - I read about Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and only using the urinary tract health dry foods ....
The cats have also had some tinned food last week and this week too - usually never have this type of food.
She usually has raw Ox liver/kidney - But I could only get lamb liver and they refuse to eat that.
So I am wondering if the tinned food could be causing problems?
Thanks for any help, Janene H"Replies
02/20/2012: Lidia from Dallas, Texas replies: "Increase water , can or raw food for it has 70% water dry food, ony has 10% water. try the salmon or white fish, low magniseium. herbal remedies for pets, cantharis, stagaphysagris available in supplemens and other other herbal concoction in health food stores."
[YEA] 02/08/2012: Kerrie from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia: "I have a male kitty, noticed he couldn't pee for about a day, searched the reasons why and panicked when I found out what could be causing it and called my vet.
Explained he was trying to pee only a bit came out.. the first thing he said was *Ok, this can cost 4 to 5 hundred dollars* the very first thing, didn't ask any questions at all! Said he was blocked and had to be drained.
Did a search and found you guys!!! :D It was a Saturday later in the evening everything was closed. Luckily my sis had some ACV she uses for heartburn.. Gave him some in his food and wiped some on his scruff and paws.. Ta-da.. Peeing kitty :)"Replies
02/09/2012: Kerrie from Glace Bay, N.s replies: "One question though, I switched him to all wet food, but now he hasn't had a bowel movement in almost 3 days, is this normal? Just tried mixing 1/2 TSP. of mineral oil in his food and hoping it works."
[YEA] 11/19/2011: Meghan from Warren, Mi: "Just wanted to drop a note in exuberation over ACV. I noticed my girl straining inappropriatly and only a few droplets coming out. Luckily she is smart enough to run to the litter box everytime I was near it to show me. I started ACV with mixing 3cc's in a can of wet food. I also supplemented twice a day with wet cat food and 2cc's ACV mixed in a syringe. Although she was not happy, after 48 hours (and a close eye kept) she ran in front of me to the box and urinated up a storm. Thank you for your help! I have also switched all cats to wet food."
10/02/2011: Cindy Mc Master from Polokwane, Limpopo South Africa: "Hi my name is Cindy I have a cat that was diagnosed with UTI I have read most of the post left on this site and finally decided to try it for myself my cat was taken to the vet on Wednesday and the vet gave him antibiotic to clear the Crystals and some other med to lower his ph. There was no positive reaction by Saturday I then went and got him the Apple Cider Vinegar I could not find the organic but I did find the raw and unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar and tried it I am glad to say that after starting him on it on Saturday afternoon with his wet cat food. It at first didn't look like it was working but I still continued to give it to him 3 times a day 1.25ml Apple Cider Vinegar and between 10 and 15ml water in his wet food he has started to urinate like normal again. I will continue this until he is completely out of the dark but he is all most back to normal. He is running around the house and giving my 5 other cats grief like never before I think he had a lot of catching up to do.
I just wanted to thank this site for all the wonderful info and the positive Reponses. It helped A LOT I can't believe that just within 2 days you can see the difference- it's amazing. I will be adding the Apple Cider Vinegar in their drinking water 3 times a week and once a week with the wet food just to make sure that they are all healthy and happy kitties. Thanks again to everyone for the great advice and helpful tips. PS. will keep you updated on the progress."
[YEA] 09/12/2011: Happydogmom from Manchester, Nh: "I have a 9-yr-old Plott Hound (100 lbs) who has been having recurring UTIs. Every time it's been off to the vet, then $250 later home with another bottle of antiobiotics. Once she's off the antibiotics, the UTI comes back.
I fortunately found this site and tried the ACV cure-- and it worked! I used 2T raw ACV ("with the mother) mixed with 2T organic plain yogurt, mixed w/food, 2x day. After the first dose she improved, and after 5 days now she seems completely cured! I will gradually step down the dosage and then keep her on 1x/week to keep things normal. I am SO thrilled that I found this website, thank you all!"Replies
11/03/2011: Happydogmom from Manchester, Nh replies: "Just an update on my Plott Hound with recurring UTIs -- not a single symptom since starting the ACV in September. I now have her on 1/2 tsp mixed with yogurt, mixed with her food, for maintenance. Thank you Earth Clinic folks!"
[YEA] 09/12/2011: Carla from Surprise, Az: "Our 7 yr. Old doxie had bladder issues and you could tell it was painful and his stomach was tight. I personally use Apple Cider Vinegar for my kidney stone issues. Works Great!! I gave our doxie 1tsp 2x a day in yogurt and he is completely cleared up!! He is back to his ole fiesty self!! I only buy organic acv. It has "the mother" on the label."
[YEA] 09/10/2011: Sindy from Montreal, Quebec Canada: "I wanted to wait before sending my feedback about treating my cat with ACV for his urinary problem untill I've tried it. My 11 year old Main Coon ( Chester ) 4 days ago, started showing signs of urinary issues.. He was squating in the little and only 2 or 3 drops would come out and he would go maybe every 3 minutes. Now he's a big boy and when he usualy goes well its Niagra falls. I was worried. I didnt want to take him to the vet right away and spend over 1000$ like I did with my other cat ( Boxer ). Boxer was liking himself nonstop and would cry when we would talk to him and wouldnt let chester approach him. At one point he was breathing with his mouth open and thats when I freaked and rushed him to the Emergency pet hospital, she wanted to do a lot of tests and I dont know what and said it would be 1800$. This was 3am and our regular vet was closed. We have had this issue with Boxer before and they just emptied his bladder and he was fine. I told her to do the same for now to relieve him a little and I would take him to my Vet in the morning. So she did and we watched him overnight he was a bit better but had not urinated. On the way to the vet he had peed in the car, I was soo excited. The vet put him on wet food Medical Brand called Urinary so. He said to feed him that for two months and bring him back, I think that came with some meds as well, I can't remember. I never went back to the vet, he has been on that food for almost a year now and doing great, I mix it with spring water as well. I didnt want to spend over 1000$ for Chester now.
So I came across this website. I just wanna start by saying Thank You, from the bottom of my heart, for every single post. I put Chester on the Urinary so wet food, he was on dry only but drinking a lot of water, the dry food was from the vet, some diabetes food, they said it was a weight control diet. That night, I started the ACV mixed with water. It was a store brand, nothing organic which I incorporated into his wet food. I also added less than a cap full in their water. That was at about 4pm, I awoke at 5:45am from a bad dream and Thought about Chester, I opend the door of my room and he came running to me as usual, I pet him and he went straight to the little box, this time I heard it. It wasn't the usual puddle but it was about 15 drops compaired to 2, I was so pleased, I went back to bed. When I woke up for good he was back to normal, the litter was more full but Boxer also shares the same one. I know he couldnt have filled it all by himself so I was happy. I kept giving him the diluted ACV maybe 4 times a day with a bit of food and spring water instead of feeding him twice a day like I normally do. He visited the litter box with a few drops from time to time, but less often sometimes 20 drops.
As long as I saw an improvement, I was satisfied. Mind you, I kept checking his Bladder to make sure it wasn't hard or painful to him, its seemed fine, he was eating, I kept going with the treatment. Day 3, much better mood and I would rarely see him go, litter box was still full in the morning when I'd wake up. During the day, everytime one of my cat would visit the box, I would go empty it to keep track. I will continue him on the same wet food as Boxer with a mix of dry food of the same exact brand to avoid constipation and will add the ACV for about 2 weeks or so but gradualy decrease the amount. I will add it to the food maybe once a week, just a little bit, as a preventative measure. ACV and all your posts saved my cat from this and spared by Visa. I am so grateful. I would really recommend ACV for this problem, but always keep an eye on your kitty's progress."
[YEA] 08/22/2011: Nancy from South Burlington, Vt: "I'm so glad I found this website this morning! Last night my 15-year-old female cat was running in and out of the litter box and squatting in odd places, straining to urinate. Since she's had UTI's in the past I recognized the signs and left a message with my vet at midnight. Then I found this info about ACV and decided I'd give it a try since I'd probably have to wait at least 12 hours before I got any meds. WOW! Talk about fast results! I added about 1 tsp. to some canned food this morning and left it with her in a sequestered room. She didn't go for it at first, but when I returned several hours later, she had eaten about half (approx. 2 tablespoons of food). I also put a splash in her water bowl along with some juice from the canned food. I got home with the meds after work, give her one pill by mouth (yes, I bled) followed by a normal serving of canned/raw food. (I have stopped giving her premium dry food altogether since this occured last night, figuring that it contributes to urninary tract issues. She's not happy about it, but hey, it's for her own good. )
So now it's 10pm and she has only gone for the litter box/newpaper once in the last 4 hours. Since she was going every 15 minutes last night, I'd say that's a remarkable improvement. Question for others: although I see everyone's testimonials listed, I don't see any actual recipe/advice on how to use ACV from the owner of this site. Am I missing something? I read about 20 postings and put together my own plan based on common stories. I plan to post again in a few days with an update. Thank you all!!"Replies
[YEA] 08/29/2011: Cindy from Sf, California replies: "I didn't see any dosage advice here either, just testamonials. Am I missing something?
When my 13 y/o schipperke showed symptoms of a UTI, I took her to the vet. $350 later we had a positive urinalisys, a bottle of antibiotics, and updated x-rays. When our other dog, a younger mixed breed of the same size started showing symptoms of a UTI, we didn't have the funds to go to the vet again. I put a teaspoon of ACV (B. Brand) in some soft food (a grain-free brand) and added it to her regular kibble, along with 1/4 of a cranberry tablet. She's been getting this twice a day for a few days now, and loves it. She licks up all the food, eats the pill, and has no more UTI symptoms. I've also been putting ACV in the schipperke's food as a preventative. Both dogs seem to love the taste!
Another tip: Wash all the dog dishes AND the dogs. UTI is most often caused by E. Coli, and that can come from a variety of sources. I don't know how my two little girls got it, but they both did. Maybe they ate something they shouldn't have, who knows?"
[YEA] 08/08/2011: Karen H. from Greenwood, Mi: "My Puppy (black lab) of 2 monthes old had a uti and was put on an antibiotic. To make a long story short she ended up taking 3 different antibiotics and DL methionine. She is now 4 months old and after spending 575.00 on vet bills I tried the organic ACV and after 5 days had a special test called INDEXX urine culture and urinalysis. Just got a phone call from the vets office and they said the infection is gone. Now I don't know if it was because of the last antibiotic she was on but I believe the ACV worked. I gave Her 1teaspoon a day mixed with a tablespoon of plain yogurt mixed with her dog food. Now my little pee wee is well and I could'nt be happier."Replies
05/26/2014: Angie from Indiana replies: "Lots of anxiety on this topic. The fact is, I treat myself naturally. Not because I'm cheap, although I am, but I believe in taking the poison as a last resort and treating myself with good nutrition. It hasn't been fail proof, but I'm not perfect in my nutrition and exercise, either. While I'm perfectly willing to be a guinea pig (no pun intended), I'm less reluctant with others and with my dogs. I am a firm believer in ACV and my husband even told the chiropractor if he cut off his leg I'd tell him to rub ACV on it (which is not true :)). But we have a 13 year old dog who has a history of UTI. I know exactly how it presents itself in her. I don't always catch it immediately, but always have the aha at some point. She has one now, as I've just discovered, and I will put ACV in her water bowl tonight and tomorrow until I can get her to the vet tomorrow evening. These remedies are just good supplemental nutrition for dogs prone to this issue. I don't do ACV on a daily basis, as I'm afraid of it eating at the teeth or bones, but I will do it for a week at a time once a month and when symptoms present themselves until I can get to a vet and during their recovery as supplement to the medical care. I give them canned pumpkin instead of peanut butter on their kongs and might accidentally drop a blueberry or two for them on occasion. We should supplement our dogs' nutrition as we should our own. I'll even admit I'm even getting ready to cave and have my gallbladder removed after a year of trying natural remedies. But I still believe in them and will implement them to ensure I stay healthy."
05/27/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Angie!
You might try Ted's Sea Salt remedy for UTI; 1 teaspoon of sea salt into 8 oz of water; its possible you could also split this dose in half and feed the salt mixed into wet food to hide it and feed a split meal half an hour apart [so both doses within an hour].
Read more on Ted's sea salt remedy for UTI: