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Bladder Infection  

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Posted by Rebecca (Winter Park, Florida) on 10/05/2008
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I found this website last night while searching for home remedies for my dog's UTI. I thought why not lets give it a shot. With the horrible economy I can't afford a $200 dollar vet bill. I started using the ACV last night. I gave my 65 pound 5 year old boxer 1.5 tablespoons mixed in with some plain yogurt. When she went out for her morning potty break she urinated only one time. It was normal in color with no blood. Just the night before she was going every 5 minutes or so and nothing was coming out and when urine did come out it was bloody. I have continued to give her the ACV today and plan to keep her on it for about a week. Boy was this one of the most effective home remedies I have ever found.

EC: Many more bladder infection remedies for dogs here:

Replied by Wendy
Bloomington, Minnesota
My dog has a bladder infection took him to the vet gave him medication. He ran out and seems to still have it. Would like to try the ACV. He is also one Potassium Bromide 575 mg. for his seizures. Would this have a side affect on him?? Please help
Replied by Brandismama
Pomona, California
HELP ASAP! i dont know if my baby (1.5 yr old 36lb pitbull) has a bladder infection or not. my roomies were watching her for a week and a half and they told me shes starting to urinate and number 2 inside(dont know exatly how many days now), even when the back door is open. tonight i got home and she peed on my twise, probably with in 2 hours, and the carpet soon after. theres no blood and she doesnt seem to be in pain, shes cheery and everything but i cant tell theres something not right about her. is it a bladder infection??? or seperation anxiety for leaving her so long??? (shes very attatched to me, she was horribly abused befor i got her, shes my shadow, so could leaving leaving for a week and a half have affected her in this way?)

theres no blood, and shes doesnt seem to be having a hard time cus its a lot of urine, not whining, can walk. but shes urinating way more often then normal, and on the bed which has never happened.

please dont hastle me about not being a good moma by not taking her to the vet and coming on here for adivse, i love her very much like a daughter but i cant afford the bills or else i would.

is ACV highly recomended? please help me
Replied by Swan
Crystal, Mn
My red nose pit bull 10 months old keeps wanting me to taking her out to pee but she is not peeing and she is not her self she is not running around playing so I am concerned. But early she was peeing fine.
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hello Swan,

If you have ever had a UTI you know that you will feel the need to pee even if your bladder is empty. Monitor your girl's output; if she simply isn't peeing at all then you should see your vet. If she is peeing but in drips and drops, 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.

Please also consider diet; a corn based diet has been linked to UTI's so look at your dog food bag ingredient label and if you see corn or grain in the first 10 ingredients you need to switch up, because the food you are feeding could be making your dog sick.

Please report back!

Replied by Leah
Hampton Bays, Ny
I read all the posts regarding Apple Cider Vinegar remedies. However, I am unsure of the dosage. My dog weighs 55 pounds. I think I would mix the Apple Cider Vinegar with yogurt. What would the ratio be?
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

I would try a teaspoon, three times a day.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Pete (VeryRural, MN) on 09/21/2008
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Day 1 of ACV & I like what I see. Please read the below.

My 8 yr old Springer Spaniel had a bladder infection about 6 months ago, it was soon after she'd come out of heat, it gave her the typical discomfort, whimpering, peeing indoors, multiple dry pees outdoors etc... I took her to the vet who did the standard test & diagnosis exam, antibiotics and out the door for $275, a few days later Kayla was on the mend.

Well here we are today, yesterday actually & Kaylas been out of heat for a week now when she suddenly developes the same symptoms, as it was Saturday all I could do was sympathise w/her & made sure to walk her often. Poor girl she was panting, whimpering, pacing & me knowing the vet was at least two days away. Late last night I came to this site & saw this Apple Cider Vinegar remedy forum and figured what the heck it couldn't hurt....... I got some fresh ACV at the general store this morning and gave her 1.5 Tbsp. mixed w/her kibble. One hour later she's sleeping comfortably for a change, no whining, no visible discomfort, in fact she's obviously feeling just fine 'n dandy all afternoon. I give her another 1.5 Tbsp with tonights supper feeding, still she's feeling well & really appearing to be back to her old self. I'm retired & I'm with my dogs 24/7 mostly so I'll be careful to watch Kayla & to try to be impartial in my continued assessment of ACV treatments for UTI or bladder infections. I'll update this every day or so with a few quick comments, sorry this was so long winded but it seemed only proper to give Kaylas known history.


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Posted by Anonymous (Los Angeles)
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Apple cider vinegar didn't help my dog. However, I found that keeping his eyes clear of discharge by using a clean index or thumb finger pad as often as possible cured the issue. You must be very gentle! At first your dog may not particularly like this being done. However, if you are very gentle with the process, your dog will soon allow you to clear his/her eyes and will be forever grateful for this ritual.

Replied by Debbiefudge
Brighton, East Sussex Uk.
Gently clean the eye area with some cotton wool and cooled boiled water. Not your fingers!!

A spoonfull of ACV onto the back of the dogs neck, twice a day. In about 3 days the infection will have gone. If you don't have a syringe to apply it. Just soak some cotton wool in the ACV and squeeze it onto your dogs neck. This works on cats also. I think it's systemic. Just use it like you would put flea drops on the back of the neck. Try to get it on the skin, rather than just on the fur. With a cat, you may need someone to help you!!


Posted by Kim (Winnipeg, Canada) on 08/19/2014

I want to know how much apple cider vinegar I should use on my dog. She is 25 lbs and has cushions. The medication does not work and we have tried many. Do I spray on and leave? Do I rinse?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Kim!

Please read up about Cushings disease on EC's page:

If you are using the ACV topically, you can dilute 10:1 - ten parts water to 1 part ACV and saturate your dog and just let him air dry.

Replied by Di
Lake City Us
Its always best to start out weak and move up to stronger solution... I suggest, after my own trial error and research to take 4 quarts of water to 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (u can add 2 tbs of scent free tear free baby soap especailly for sensitive or irritated skin) this mix should last a 25# dog over a week.

For broken or irritated skin sponge or cloth on solution until coat n skin are damp and air dry. repeat daily until skin is healed, you can use more solution if needed just remember slowly increase the amount of acv, pat dry with towel wet dogs until damp then air dry, and never place dog where its under 70 degrees until its completely dry. ;) good luck

Dull Coat Issues  

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Posted by Pippa (Picton, New Zealand) on 09/28/2011
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I use apple cider vinegar on top of my dogs food, diluted with water. I may add some olive oil or blackstrap molasses to hide the taste. My dogs coat shines within hours. It is lush and soft.

My chickens look shiny with a dash of ACV in their drinking water.

Posted by FE (Laguna, Phillipines) on 02/17/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I've been giving my pets a dose of apple cider 3 x a week, and it reflects well on their coat!

Posted by Heather (Kathmandu, Nepal) on 04/17/2006
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Our Tibetan Mastiff/German Shepard mix puppy had really itchy dandruff and a really dull coat. I started feeding her about 5ml of apple cider vinegar once or twice a day. She really doesn't like it, and when I add it to her food, then she doesn't want to eat her food. Instead I put it in a syringe and feed it to her that way. Her coat improved in about two days, and now it is thick and shiny and not much dandruff. She also had weepy eyes and now she doesn't. Other dogs from the same litter have thin hair and patches coming out. Our landlord was so impressed that they started using it themselves! They said that our dog looked like a different dog altogether.

Ear and Eye Infections  

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Posted by Pamela (Calgary Alberta, Canada ) on 07/08/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Tried your solution for our dog ( ACV ) for ears with great success!! We are very grateful to have found you on EarthClinic Natural Cures.

Replied by Terry
Cumberland, Md
I am willing to try ACV for my 12 yr. old lab mix. He has ear infections this time of year. I think his hearing is almost gone. Hoping this helps.

Will the ACV solution lay in my dogs ear and cause further infection?

Replied by Peggy
Covington, Ky
I just see your website, My Labrador has been sick with ear infections and Itching and biting. I took her to Vet its was allegedly, she still sick, It's been a month and half. I am feeling helpless to help her. I am going to try your Apple Cider on her today. Thank you

Posted by Latasha (Queensland, AU) on 02/18/2015

My dog has an ear infection, and medication is not helping. I've heard you can use Apple cider vinegar in a dilution for the ears and ive heard on a few online forums it has cured a lot of people's dogs with yeast in ear and also infected ears. How would I make a solution? Does one cup ACV To one cup of water sound right? and rinse the ear out just like you would with EPIoptic ear cleaner brought from vet? Any help would be great. thank you.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Latasha!

If the medications are not working, I would schedule a check up with the vet who first prescribed the meds as you may be dealing with ear mites as opposed to yeast or bacteria.

That said, yes - flush the ears as you if you were using EpiOtic solution. If the ears are tender and sore I would use 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water OR use garlic infused olive oil until the skin heals as the vinegar can sting abraded skin. If the skin is not broken you can use 1 part each vinegar, water and rubbing alcohol.

Replied by Cheryl
My dog has dirty ears. I always need to clean them every other day.

Posted by Shaun (Portsmouth Uk, Uk) on 11/02/2010
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May 2009 I placed a thread concerning ACV. (Apple cider Vinegar, regarding my dog's ears. Without warning my dog's ears would start to get red and inflamed. After the first signs a day or two later they would be very bad. Red, sore, and in some cases bleeding. I then apply a solution of ACV (equal amount 50/50, Apple Cider Vinegar and water), twice a day, and this within 3 to 4 days would solve the problem. Before I tried a number of vets without any resolution. They would at great cost give me ear drops and other creams etc. They never worked just money down the drain.

I now apply ACV once a week to my dog's ears using a large cotton wool ball. I just wipe the inside of the ear and squeeze the AVC solution down the ear, I never push the cotton wool ball down the ear, just simply allow the solution to run down the ear channel. I believe the problem with my dog is down to his reaction to pollen, like rolling in cut grass. If it was not for ACV, I would not know what to do. Shaun Cunningham

Replied by Dalon
Taunton, Ma
What is the proper portions for mixing these ingredients?
Replied by Karen
Thanks for that information. Have been reading up on ACV and you have confirmed and given me hope, as my lab is suffering with his ears.
Replied by Lisa
Sioux Falls, SD
5 out of 5 stars

I have a westie and they are known for their large ears and infections within. I was out of the eardrops and have recently been a believer of Apple Cider Vinegar and I thought I'd give it a try 50/50 Apple Cider Vinegar and water mix and one application and no more ear problems. Thank God cause I'd be in the vet and then prescription drops. But I akready have the treatment at home and cost be nothing

Posted by Sean (Hawkeye, Iowa) on 06/24/2009
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Simply Amazing. Our Dauchshound had bad eye gunk to the point he could not open his eyes. We were constantly using a warm wet wash cloth to clean them 5 plus times a day. Yesterday he just looked so depressed and was so tired. Found some spots he must have been biting at so we were concerned. We were going to call the vet again to make an emergency appointment in the morning. 2 Different vets have just given him eye medication previously but it never seemed to work. I found this site yesterday looking for what has worked for others. I ran straight out to the convienence store, bought some ACV and came back to the house. I put a half mixture of ACV and water in a spray bottle. I bathed him, then after his bath I spayed the mixture on him. I dipped his Pupperoni Stick that he loves so much in a 1/3 miture ACV to water and tried to feed it to him as his treat after his bath. He refused to eat it. I then dipped my fingers in the sollution and opened his mouth and driped a few drops into his mouth. Also BTW I did not dry him off after the bath i let him air dry in the ACV mixture.

The Very next morning he has NO EYE GUNK! His coat looks great, he is not itching, or biting anywhere! He is running around as happy as can be! And NO vet! As someone said before, sometimes a vet can't get your issue taken care of as we had found. It is not that we dont care enough to take them to the vet, BECAUSE WE HAVE, its because the Vets solution does not always work. If it did I would have never found this website. After 2 summers of seeing my dog suffer from allergies, I can finally say we found a solution and he is right as rain!

Replied by Kelsirish1974
Seattle, Wa, USA
Something a bit off topic, but that is so often overlooked, is diet. While I am a huge believer in ACV and its myriad of benefits, nutrition is extremely important for your dog's health, as well. Almost all Veterinarians know absolutely nothing about nutrition for your dog. Treats like pupperoni are like giving your kids McDonald's everyday. (I know it is so hard to not sneak them a snack they love now and then:) There are a lot of great foods emerging now, though. They are not very much more expensive and your dog will truly get proper nutrition. Dogs that are malnourished are always hungry, just like people! Dog foods are not regulated at all and many bad things go into the foods they market to our best friends. If dogs are nourished well they may not need a "cure" like ACV or a visit to the Vet! I found this all out the hard way....I had a dog with severe allergies. I changed his food to a great quality food. It is a great gift to give our dogs...GOOD HEALTH! Thank you for letting me ramble about this topic for a moment. It is very close to my heart!
Replied by Mullaghcleevaun
Yuba City, Ca
Hi, ACV is the best... FORGET the Vet. I have been using ACV for 62years on my my dogs and the following is what I have been doing/giving to my present dogs which are...

Jindo 2years, Labrador 3years and a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 18months.

Food, "Fromm" with one tablespoon of organic ACV (undiluted) and one tablespoon of Flaxseed oil twice a day.

One Tablespoon of ACV with every bowl of water.

Clean ears with 50/50 ACV once a week

Sponge bath the dogs with 50/50 ACV and let it sink into the skin (do not towel dry)

Start out with 1/2 a Teaspoon, Teaspoon and the Tablespoon... you will have a healthy dog for a long time.


Replied by Sharon
Jacksonville, Fl
Thanks for writing about your Dachshund. We've acquired a mini-wire and her eyes are doing the same thing. We're trying the vinegar and water. Hopefully it'll be good for her and make her more energetic. Is it still working for you, and are you on a raw food diet? We're going to try it.

Posted by Georgina (Hobart, TAS Australia) on 06/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar for dog's eye infection

I noticed my 2 yo Labrador had some gunk in the corner of one eye 2 days ago. It looked like the normal eye-boogies he gets so I ignored it until later that day when it was clear he had an eye infection, as I could see drak green/grey gunk inside the eye itself. It was a Saturday morning so I called the vet to make an appt for later that day. I really didn't want to fork out $130-odd bucks (by the time you factor in the weekend consult plus anti-biotic prescription and then the follow-up visit), so I started searching for home remedies. I've used this site before for some opinions on extra virgin coconut oil (which I now use solely as my beauty routine and for any cuts/abrasions/infections) as well as Apple Cider Vinegar (which I use for digestive balancing).

I saw all the posts about dabbing ACV on the back of a pet's neck and thought, well if this many people swear by it I'll give it a try. I tried this as well as a weak solution (just enough to colour the water) to flush my dog's eye. After I washed the eye out I applied EVCO on a cotton ball to soothe the skin and hopefully help with the infection. I did this several times over the course of the day and it seemed to improve so I cancelled my vet appt, thinking at worst I could take him on the Monday. I thought the EVCO was doing the job so I continued with this as I figured it was also more comfortable for my dog. His eye got worse again in the afternoon and was quite yucky by evening. By this time it was too late for a vet visit and I felt like a terrible "mum"!

I tried the ACV on the back of the neck again, and this time I used at least a quarter of a cup undiluted, as he has SUPER thick hair and I really had to work it in to reach the skin. Most of it rubbed off or stayed in the outer coat I think. Anyway, enough must have got in this time because he started really quickly improving, so I did one more dose before bed. This morning I very tentatively checked on him thinking it would either be much better or totally disgusting. Luckily, it was much better and today after a couple of the same treatments it's looking really good. Still some eye-boogie but the reddening inside lower eyelid has really improved. I still used some EVCO for soothing the eye area, he seemed to like that.

So he stinks like high heaven and the house smells like "rotten feet" as my boyfriend tells me, but he's just as impressed as I am and I can't believe this actually WORKED. I don't know HOW this could work but the main thing is it does so without risk of harm. As any lab owner would know, they traditionally have pretty sensitive skin, but this doesn't appear to bother him. It saved us a wad of cash and it cleared his infection quicker than anti-biotics would have. I think he knows it's working too because he willingly leans his neck toward me when I put it on now. Cute little fella! :-)

Replied by Littlebit
Berrien Springs, Mi, Usa
I have a Boston Terrier who has dandruff and eye boogies with red eye close to the bottom lid. Vet says it's allergies. I just came across this website and would like to try the apple cider vinegar. What part of the neck do you apply the Apple Cider Vinegar to? What is EVCO? Thanks for the tips.

EC: EVCO -- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil!

Posted by Patty (Oshkosh, Wi) on 01/25/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Our Itallin Mastiff has allergies & constant ear infections. After trying antibiotics and drops for a month the yeast infections come back. Our Vet said to use 2 parts apple cider vinegar to equal parts water & 1 part 99% rubbing alcohol. (NOT 70% you get in the drug store) He said the 90-99% doesn't burn. Then to flush out his ears 2-3 times a week for the 1st week then cut back to 1 time per week. I went further to add healing herb extracts & have been rinsing him with the ACV mix for his allergies for a year now. I also make him all-natural soap. His coat has come back and we are down to 2 ear infections this last year instead of every month. I am going to have all-natural herbal dog soap, ear wash & more for sale next month.

Replied by Blklabchow10yr
Port Charlotte, Florida, United States
My lab has an itchy irritated back for a long time.. I've tried so many methods, and at this point inthe game, I have to wonder if some of the methods which most have said "works". I have to wonder if they didn't make it worse in some way.

I just got back from the store & have my bottle of apple cider vinegar & trying to convince myself to dab a bit on his back for the first time. I also picked up some greek plain yogurt, can't find any that doesn't have at least 8 grams of sugar in it, but otherwise it says it's natural & no flavoring. I let him lick a dab off my finger just to start small and see how he likes it & if it agrees with him, in a very small amount............ If this Vinegar helps relieve or even clear up his rashy back....... I will be FLOORED & will ... Do something to celebrate, because this has been HALF the stress in my life for a long time. It's heartbreaking literally to not be able to help him knowing it itches that bad. Vet did nothing but LOOK at it, talk a bit, ask questions & charge me 185.00 and gave me some pills which, after reading possible side effects, which the worst was Death, I was too scared to give him a pill , so............... vet trip was just about worthless.

WISH ME LUCK lol I pray the ACV at least HELPS, I hope.

Replied by Anneinny
Putnam Valley, Ny/usa
I'm SO grateful to have found this site as my lab often has sore ears! I'm going to try this today!

Someone mentioned YOGURT and that it almost always has sugar in it. It's very easy to make yogurt, the cost is about 1/2 the store price, it tastes BETTER and you can do it 1 hour before bed and awaken to fresh yogurt in the morning.

Set your oven to about 90 degrees C. Put 1/2 gallon whole milk in a steel or ceramic lined saucepan (not aluminum) and heat on the stovetop til it comes to the boil (or 82 degrees C if you have a candy thermometer). When the milk starts to boil, remove pan from the hot burner. Turn off the oven & keep oven door closed.

When milk has cooled to finger-warmth (or 40 degree C), add 1/2 cup PLAIN yogurt with ACTIVE CULTURES (easy to find at the grocer). Mix VERY well. Cover the pan with a tight lid, wrap in a large towel and place inside the warmish oven for about 8 hours. Go to bed. In the morning you'll awaken to homemade yogurt that tastes heavenly and has the texture of pudding. Put in covered containers in the frig. It makes about a liter.

If you want thicker, Greek-style yogurt, just strain it. Place a colander (strainer) lined with cheesecloth, multiple paper towels, a cotton kitchen towel or even a clean pillow case, above a bowl (I do this in the sink; it can be messy if you have poor aim). Spoon the yogurt into the lined collander so the excess liquid goes into the bowl beneath the strainer/collander. Optional: tie up the ends of the towel with a rubber band or string and suspend above the pan with a chopstick or kitchen spoon. After a few hours the yogurt will be adequately strained. Don't toss the liquid (whey)! You can put it in your dog's food (they love it) or even use when cooking your own food as a replacement for water or milk.

I give my dogs 1 soft egg and 1/2 cup yogurt every morning and it does seem to help their coats and digestive system.

Thanks for such a wonderful site! I so prefer natural solutions to chemicals and yes, our vet also charges about $130 just to walk in the door!! I appreciate the option to at least try something at home first!


Posted by Debra (Morganton, North Carolina) on 09/21/2007
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Mandy and I just moved into an area where pets are allowed, which in itself is a rarity. Fleas are an issue. Mandy is my only (baby) still at home and she's a 14 yr old schnauzer. She depends on me for everything as it should be. I depend on her for "lovin' and cuddlin'" and she's very good at it. Anyway, I've only recently discovered (lemon) flea killer, however, after using this half and half mixture leaves me to wonder. Did I do this right because this smell is almost unbareable it really smells like wet dirty dog, but not on Mandy only where she's been ie under coffee table, her bed' etc... Can anyone tell me how I messed this up because I don't see how??

Also, I have used the vinegar solution (one (1) part vinegar to two (2) part water) for a yeast build-up in Mandys ears and as of this day I'll swear by how well it works three (3) or four (4) days in a row then weekly treatment, amazing, and no vet bill nor chemicals which is a bonus for us as well as the world. THUMBS UP!!!

Replied by Tinkonthebrink
Asheville, Nc, Us
mandy - if you have carpets, sprinkle borax on them and brush in, don't vacuum too soon. But fleas are one of the areas where I don't rely on natural solutions. Dogs in our area need heartworm prevention and revolution resolves a myriad of problems, including fleas. One note: according to pfizer, it's 100% effective at 2 month intervals and almost 100% at 4 months (this is published in a government pda file, you can easily find the info). The people here who don't totally trust their vet's advice are correct to be suspicious and to do their own research. I dose every two months in warm weather and after the first hard freeze I do one last dose and then stop until 8 weeks after I start seeing any spring insects. We have six dogs, no fleas.

Posted by Carolyn (Gallon Jug, Belize)
5 out of 5 stars

I use a few drops of ACV solution (1 part ACV, 1 part water, 1 part rubbing alcohol) applied with an eyedropper in my dog's ears after a bath. It cleared up her dark ear discharge completely. We use it on ourselves as well since ear fungus is common in this humid part of the world.