Last Modified on Jul 18, 2015
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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[WARNING!] 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!
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[YEA] I have a fourteen year old female Corgi/Shepherd mix named Molly who weighs around fifty pounds (she is definitely overweight! ), who developed a bad bladder infection all of a sudden. There was blood in her urine and she was exhibiting the stress behavior of relieving herself on the living room carpet, which she normally never does.
I followed the instructions given on this site and gave her organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar from Trader Joe's. It has been one week today; all her symptoms have been gone since day five.
Blood was no longer present in her urine (not visibly anyway like before) on the morning of day three. By day four, she wasn't going in the house any more. After day five she wasn't repeatedly squatting over and over outside like she felt she needed to keep trying to go. I am, however, continuing on with a maintenance dose since she has gum disease and I think it may have caused her bladder infection (I'm afraid to have her put under anesthesia for cleaning/surgery at her age).
I started out giving her one tablespoon in the morning with a recipe I came up with: boiled chicken, either baked yams or organic potatoes, a little frozen organic spinach, organic chicken broth, and one teaspoon of organic coconut oil. I mashed everything up with a potato masher and microwaved everything together in her bowl except the ACV, which I added afterward.
I repeated the same exact recipe around eight or nine hours later at dinner time, with another tablespoon of the ACV. I also gave her about a teaspoon of ACV at bedtime in three or four teaspoons of organic yogurt to hold her over for the night.
After the fourth day, I changed the doses of ACV to two teaspoons with breakfast, two teaspoons with dinner, and two teaspoons at bedtime. This equals two tablespoons total, a reduction of one teaspoon from before.
Today, day seven, I have reduced the doses down to one-and-a-half teaspoons with each meal: breakfast, dinner, bedtime yogurt. I'm going to see how it goes for a few days and reduce it down to one teaspoon three times a day, and then go from there, perhaps stopping the bedtime yogurt.
I hope this helps someone who is dealing with the same issue with their dog -- it was certainly a Godsend for me! Thank you very much earthclinic.com... :) Tamara
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I have a 5 year old female yorkie who weighs 11 pounds, she had a UTI back in March (7 months ago) after tests and X-rays and a really expensive vet bill, she has been fine. Yesterday I noticed she seemed to be asking to go outside way too often. Today I noticed she peed in the bathroom on the bath mat, same things she did in March.
If I try the ACV, how much would I give her?
What about the sea salt? I have Himalayan pink sea salt, would that work?
thank you in advance.
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Hope, Bc Canada
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.
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[YEA] 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!!
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.
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[YEA] 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.
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?
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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
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[YEA] 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 :)
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[YEA] 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.
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] 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 $250 later home with another bottle of antiobiotics. Once she's off the antibiotics, the UTI comes back.
I fortunately found this site and tried the ACV cure-- and it worked! I used 2T raw ACV ("with the mother) mixed with 2T organic plain yogurt, mixed w/food, 2x day. After the first dose she improved, and after 5 days now she seems completely cured! I will gradually step down the dosage and then keep her on 1x/week to keep things normal. I am SO thrilled that I found this website, thank you all!
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[YEA] Our 7 yr. Old doxie had bladder issues and you could tell it was painful and his stomach was tight. I personally use Apple Cider Vinegar for my kidney stone issues. Works Great!! I gave our doxie 1tsp 2x a day in yogurt and he is completely cleared up!! He is back to his ole fiesty self!! I only buy organic acv. It has "the mother" on the label.
[YEA] I wanted to wait before sending my feedback about treating my cat with ACV for his urinary problem untill I've tried it. My 11 year old Main Coon ( Chester ) 4 days ago, started showing signs of urinary issues.. He was squating in the little and only 2 or 3 drops would come out and he would go maybe every 3 minutes. Now he's a big boy and when he usualy goes well its Niagra falls. I was worried. I didnt want to take him to the vet right away and spend over 1000$ 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.