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Bladder Infection Remedies for Dogs

Last Modified on Feb 10, 2016

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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Remedies for Bladder Infections (Dogs)

Alphabetical Popularity Recent Post
Apple Cider Vinegar432016-01-28
Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food262011-01-12
Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt42014-10-19
Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt, Cranberry12009-07-27
Buchu Leaf12012-10-30
Cinnamon and Yogurt12011-11-24
Cranberry Capsules12012-03-01
Cream of Tartar12008-08-19
Dietary Changes52015-02-06
General Feedback22015-05-18
Multiple Remedies22014-12-18
Sea Salt32014-10-08
Solutions for Blood in Urine12013-05-19
Test for Diabetes22012-03-02
Vitamin C12012-09-19

Apple Cider Vinegar  

Posted by Mary (Boulder, Colorado) on 01/28/2016

[YEA]  What a wonderful thread regarding the use of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to cure bladder infection! I was skeptical at first but as I read the number of replies, with so many positive and very fast results, I decided to try it.

I think you all just saved my pup from certain antibiotics and me from a large vet bill.

My Pointer started drinking 4 bowls of water per day and was tinkling every few minutes when we would go outside. I suspected bladder/UTI infection after a couple days of this and was about to go to the vet the next day but last night she emptied her bladder right where she was sleeping and had no control of it. I was so worried that I went online and found this site. The success stories were so certain that I decided to give her the ACV immediately.

I put 2 tablespoons of ACV in a small bowl, a little handful of kibble to help her eat it. She licked the bowl clean in a short minute.

She went right to sleep and then this morning I did another 2 tablespoons of ACV in her breakfast bowl. She ate it all and was then sound asleep on the bed. No fuss to go outside.

She has peed on her walks but no extra tinkling. I can tell that her body temp is not as hot as it had been the past week and her eyes have stopped discharging that yucky crud - all overnight!

I will continue the remedy for a few more days and then taper down. But I will keep the ACV in her food once per week from now on. It can't hurt!

Thanks everyone!

Replied by Angel

I have an elderly male dog, about 55 pounds. I think he could have a UTI because he has been incontinent and his urine has a bad odor. He also has a neurological disease that causes rear leg weakness, etc. I see different dosages of the ACV...can anyone tell me how much to give my dog? It looks like maybe 1 Tablespoon?

Also, has anyone noticed any side effects from this, especially stomach or intestinal reactions? My guy has a very sensitive GI system. Thank you!

Posted by Fran (East Riding Of Yorkshire) on 01/11/2016

[YEA]  My 12 year old westie had completed her anitbiotics and vet treatment 1 week ago after a previous cystitis onset. Then yesterday started again attempting urination very frequently, getting distressed, unable to settle or eat, going to the door to go out about 20 times in a 3 hour period. I could just see it all happening again and she was becoming more upset this time.

Read the comments and suggestions on this site and mixed 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar - (I use it in all cooking and salads) with 1 teaspoon of peanut butter and honey to a paste. I had to get her to lick it off my fingers as she was really off her food. She ate it all quite easily. Over the next hour I observed her and was amazed - I could see her start to settle after 30mins. Slept allnight, she has had one non-distressed wee this morning and eating again. We are both very happy(:

Thanks to all for sharing your experiences.

Picture below of happy westie with her best friend settled next to fire. I will update on her progress in the next few days.

Posted by Theress (West Islip, New York) on 01/04/2016

[YEA]  I gave my yorkie 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 2 teaspoons of plain greek yogurt within an hour my dog was so much better. The frequent urge to urinate the blood in her urine all dissapated within hours... I was shocked how well this worked.

Posted by Missi (Gorin, Mo) on 12/25/2015

[YEA]  After my female Border Collie came out of heat my intact boys were still VERY interested in her. I was suspisious of a UTI even though she didn't exhibit all the syptoms. My dogs (and I) take ACV daily so with giving her an additional dose plus the plain, uncultured greek yogurt in three small meals throughout the day worked wonders to make her less desirable and feel better. Thanks to this site!

Replied by Carol

ACV. Wonderful for canine uti. I drink it daily myself! I'm currently giving 1 tsp with 2tblsp yogurt 2xdaily to my female dog. I will give to her for 1wk. She is 14lbs. 15yrs old. Excellent health. All her bloodwork came back normal levels. Can I give this as a preventative to my dog? My female Italian greyhound gets a uti yearly. What do u suggest I give as preventative dose to keep her clear????

Thank you very much. Carol

Posted by Kiara (Ontario) on 12/07/2015

[YEA]  On Friday, Nov 27th I came home to a flood of pee on the ground. There were drops of blood in it, and Rosie was licking herself like crazy. I took her outside where she tried to go on our lawn about 20 times.. just squatting a moaning. I thought back to a few days prior when she had peed in the house completely uncharacteristically.. at the time, I thought it was a one-off but I knew now something was wrong. She had also been peeing more frequently all week. I felt stupid for not putting the pieces together.

When we came back inside, she was.... leaking. GROSS. Sorry. I googled and saw frequent urination, straining to pee, and blood are classic symptoms of a UTI. I was worried because of the blood but it was Friday night so the only option was the emergency vet which costs a fortune. I did some research online and read that raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in combination with plain natural yogurt de-alkalizes the urinary tract and provides near-instant relief. I had heard that this could help but still thought the only thing that could cure this was antibiotics.

Desperate, I ran out and purchased the unpasteurized cider vinegar and some plain Greek yogurt. I came home and took Rosie out... she was wailing at the end of her leash! I reconsidered the vet but ultimately thought she could wait til morning. A dozen more squats on the lawn, and I impatiently brought her in. I mixed a big scoop of yogurt with a couple tablespoons of vinegar. Rosie gagged a little, but being a labrador retriever with a bowl in front of her, she determinedly ate every drop.

Within an hour, she stopped licking herself. A few hours later and she was holding her bladder again. I gave her a little more magic treatment before bed. She made it through the night without an accident.

In the morning, she had to go badly. Throughout Saturday, I took her out every few hours, but she wasn't uncomfortable. She was more eager to go out, but that was about it. I gave her three doses of vinegar and yogurt that day.

By Sunday, she was.... normal?? I couldn't believe it. I know acid helps a urinary tract, but I couldn't believe the amount of distress she had been in and how relieved she was just two days later.

I continued the vinegar and yogurt for a week, once or twice a day. I can attest that there was almost immediate relief. She's now cured!

Replied by Diane
Elmhurst, Il

How do you know how much Apple Cider Vinegar you would give to your dog? My 85lb Labradoodle has been on Cephalexin-500mg 2capsules 2X's per day for over 2 weeks now. Her urine still has high white cell count and crystals. Prescribed 2 more weeks on RX. Want to give the APV a try. Thanks!

Posted by Todzgirlx1 (Weeki Wachee, Florida) on 10/28/2015

[YEA]  Apple cider vinegar for dog's UTI

OMG this totally works and works fast! I mixed 2 tablespoons each ACV and honey. Had to coax my puppy into eating it but he got it down.

Within 3 hours he started leaking urine for a few minutes at a time. Within 5 hours he is urinating slowly. He is no longer in a permanent squatting position and has perked up considerably. Cannot believe how fast and simple this was. My poor puppy has been miserable for days waiting for our vet apt tomorrow. Now he's taking food and drinking! Will continue this treatment twice a day for a week. THANK YOU everyone!

Replied by Leslieann144

I'm so thankful for everyone's great comments and helpful advise. I have a 6yr old yellow lab, male and he had an accident on the floor yesterday morning, I thought he waited too long to go out. He has been drinking a lot, peeing a lot, then I noticed some blood on him. Of course I'm so scared something is wrong, I cant afford a vet bill, so did some research and found this I had some ACV, he will eat just anything I feed him, poor dog all I had to mix it with was bread and bean soup. LOL, he made faces but he ate it!!! So I'll do it again tomorrow, hopefully it does the trick!!! Thanks everyone!

Posted by Anne B (Racine, Wi) on 10/14/2015

[YEA]  I have a 1yr old dachshund who exhibited possible signs of a bladder infection. I kept an eye on her for a day or so. When she was peeing blood and it was beyond vet hrs, I came across this website. I went and got some ACV from the store, gave it to her with yogurt and within the hour I noticed that she calmed down and didn't want to go out as much. I gave her one more dose before bed. She slept soundly all night and didn't ask to go out. This is day 2. By day 2, she still pees frequently but not like before and there's no blood in her urine (that's visible at least) as there was before. She's had one accident since the onset of this in the last two days which is better than the multiple she had before. I am praying that this helps her and will update this site in a few days as to how this goes. But I am so thankful to have found this site and this information. It really has saved me on a vet visit (hopefully) and it so much healthier for her after reading each of the posts.

Replied by Casie
New Orleans

I also have a mini dachshund, she's about 11 pounds. Can you tell me the amount of ACV you gave her?
Replied by Paula
The Netherlands

Our little mini daschund (teckel over here in europe) is in a second round with bladder infection now....she is sooooooooooooooooo picky won't eat ACV it in her reg. food...any suggestions?? Thank you in advance
Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

Paula, Try parsley tea, mince a tablespoon parsley , stems and all, boil eight ounces water, pour over parsley. Allow to steep for 20 mins. Strain and give warm, Offer three times a day. must be made fresh daily.
Replied by Anne B.
Racine, Wi

About 1 teaspoon on yogurt twice a day. Diluted in water.

Posted by Vanessa (Beautiful Hawaii) on 10/07/2015


I have a 12 yr old German Shepherd approx. 68lbs with a UTI problem. After the first round of antibiotics doc said she has incontinence and put her on PROIN. Her UTI never really cleared up and she has since done 2 more courses of antibiotics. The last one was Cepalexin. I also gave her some probiotics too.

I found your site and tried the ACV. I managed to get a little into wet food only once. I could not get her to eat it in anything else so I recently purchased ACV capsules which are a 200mg extract. These I can hide in peanut butter!

She finished her last antibiotic on Sept 26th and was good until Monday Oct. 5th. She had one late afternoon pee on my rug. I did not see any blood. She was good until last night (10/6) and again no blood. The amount is not just a little leak but about 12" in diameter.

Because she isn't peeing all day everywhere anymore and no visible blood I am inclined to think it is incontinence?

Can someone please tell me how many ACV capsules should I give her and how often? I also gave her sea salt 1/2 tsp 2 times daily since Monday 10/5 This seemed to give her diarrhea and she is not eating much either.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Vanessa (Beautiful Hawaii) ---

I would use quality pumpkin oil over the food and ACV in caps or diluted. My cats and dogs don't mind. If you read up on P Oil you will be amazed. So I bought it as in the people section of EC a woman had cured herself with P Oil in three months. The health benefits are tremendous.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hello Vanessa!

You might consider D-mannose for your girl - many have good long tern results with its use.

If the sea salt has not cured the UTI I would discontinue its use; it may no longer be a UTI that you are dealing with.

You can try 2-3 of the ACV pills per feeding.

Incontinence tends to occur in drips and dribbles when your dog is awake, and puddles when she is sleeping. UTI's tend to be in drips and dribbles also, but is accompanied by blood in the urine and pain/whining.

Replied by Pkpk
Denver, Colorado

Vanessa --

My female cocker spaniel/poodle mix suffered from repeated UTIs. We finally switched vets and the new vet informed me that she had a bladder full of bladder stones and that unless the stones were removed, that she would continue to be reinfected by the bacteria that were present in the stones. I saw the stones on an x-ray and there hardly seemed room in her bladder for any urine.

My dog had surgery to remove the stones which filled a baby food jar which ranged in size from 1/4 of a pea to one larger than the diameter of a quarter.

The stones come from a certain bacteria that converts uric acid to magnesium struvite, which then sticks together and forms stones in the bladder. The infection can cause stones to form in a relatively short time, perhaps even as little as 2 weeks.

I now test her urine on a weekly basis with pH strips to make sure it is sufficiently acid (the bacteria makes the urine alkaline, so you can find out very quickly if your dog has a UTI that is not causing symptoms).

I started doing research about the stones and sure enough, I learned lots about "struvite stones." Even after the surgery she had some recurring stones. I ended up putting significant amounts of water in her food which helped to dissolve the stones and gave her a raw diet to make sure her urine was sufficiently acid to make it harder for the bacteria to infect the bladder. She is now happy and healthy, but I continue to put 1/4-1/2 cup of water in her food to make sure that she has plenty of fluid flushing out her bladder.

If your dog has recurring UTIs, be sure you have them checked out for stones. I would've saved my dog a lot of discomfort and perhaps a surgery bill if our original vet had alerted me early on to the condition.

Replied by Vanessa

Pkpk, the vet did an ultrasound on her bladder and it was fine. Pumpkin oil was suggested by another member and going to try that next.
Replied by Brenda

How ever many capsules to equal 2 tablespoons.

Same amount Honey. If your fur baby is eating the capsules fine, then you can give 2 tablespoons of Honey by the spoon full. She make lap it up off a spoon. :-)

Posted by Anna (Annapolis, Md) on 09/21/2015

[YEA]  I am so happy to have found this website.

The Apple Cider Vinegar helped! I teaspoon BID (twice a day) mixed in the wet food plus some chopped parsley from my garden and my dog is his normal self again. No more accidents around the house. This is day 4 of the treatment, and we could put our steamcleaner back in the basement.

I wonder why our Vet rather prescribe Antibiotics before recommending this.

Thank you,


Replied by Anne B
Racine Wi

[YEA]   How long did it take for the symptoms to go away? I am on day 2 and I have def noticed a difference but my dog is still peeing frequently so I am unsure of how long to wait it out.

Posted by Julie Evans (Mirfield, West Yorkshire, Uk) on 08/11/2015

[YEA]  My 14 week old Hungarian Vizsla had a Urine Infection, after 2 weeks of anti-biotics, I wanted to try to prevent this from happening again. I bought Organic Apple Cider Vinegar from my local Supermarket. Put 1 teaspoon in her wet meat mixed with biscuits in the morning and evening. Her lunch was left as normal mix. I tried putting the ACV in her water, but she wouldn't drink it - I think the smell was too strong. The smell of the meat hid the smell of the ACV when mixed with meat. After 2 days she was much better. I continued for 1 week and 'hey presto' she's fine - no more white blood cells in her urine.

I wish to thank everyone for all their information posted. I wouldn't have known about this remedy without reading it here. Thank you.

Posted by Dr. G. Benton (Los Angeles, Ca) on 07/16/2015

[YEA]  I've been a Vet for 37 years, and have seen medication continue to get better, but also fail miserably. Although I do prescribe medication, I also have (and still do) advise clients to administer Apple Cider Vinegar to their pets for quick fixes. Animals are much like humans in the sense that too much antibiotic can lead to a recurring infection, due to the fact that the body becomes immune to the antibiotics. If it is in the beginning, or mild stages of a UTI, I advise them to use ACV, but also prescribe some medication that I say to only use after giving the ACV a try.

My advice is to mix 1TSP in their morning food, and 1TSP at night. If you only feed your dog once per day, do 1TBSP with their food. Dairy does not sit very well in dogs stomachs, so mixing it with yogurt isn't advised. Try mixing it into some canned wet food. If your dog doesn't usually eat canned wet food, consider it a treat for them.

If you have just noticed your dog starting to exhibit the signs of a UTI, try the ACV fix. If your dog has had signs for a while, and is getting worse see a vet at your earliest convenience. If there is blood in the urine, see a Veterinary professional immediately.

Hope this helps.

Take care.

Replied by Janette

Hi Dr. Benton, I am interested in your point of view here. I recently adopted a dog that was misrepresented to me. I was told he was 6-7 years old and had kennel cough. When the dog was transported to me, I had to take him to the vet less than 24 hours later because he was on the verge of death. The vet I saw told me that he is more like 10 years old (lifespan of the dogo argentino breed being 10-12 years). He was very skinny, had vomiting, blood in his stool, cataracts, kennel cough, and arthritis. We decided to hospitalize him to try to see if we could get him better. When he came home, he had some discolored urine toward the end of the pee, which had gone away after two subsequent urinations. During this time, we also had xrays, blood chemistry, and a fecal test done. All tests came back with normal results. He was on clavamox, metronidazole (if m remembering correctly) for 7 days, cerenia for 4 days, sucralfate for 5 days, and pepcid ac permanently. The kennel cough seems to have cleared up and the blood on the stool went away. It's very hard to find something that he will eat, so we're not getting weight back on him and struggling to not lose weight. He drinks water just fine. Now I'm concerned because he had one pee that smelled very bad. I brought him to the vet Friday because his vomiting started back up and they put him back on cerenia and pepcid. Then he had cloudy pee toward the end. Saturday he was fine in the morning and all of a sudden just looked dumpy. He then had blood in his pee. This ended after about 6 hours when he looked happy again and even had a great appetite comparatively. The cloudiness at the end of urination hasn't gone away. When I told my vet these things they suggested getting an ultrasound at another clinic. Is there any way this could be a uti? I'm really struggling here with what is the right thing to do. He seems to get better but then has these setbacks. I don't want him to suffer. If it is as simple as a uti I can keep trying but if not I think it would be best to euthanize him at his age. Any thoughts would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
Replied by Danielle
New York

How long do u give it to them? My English bull dog has been on antibiotics for 6 weeks 4 weeks for dermamites and now amoxicillin for the uti. I am giving her the amoxiciin and acv.
Replied by Lexi

Try pumpkin, it is good for his digestion & improves appetite, they usually love pumpkin (canned pumpkin from the baking isle in the grocery store), it is great for diarrhea also & constipation, it is a high fiber, so keeps them regular, (put a heaping tablespoon in his feed & also a TBLS of apple cider vinegar every feeding as well, also put a half cup of water in his meals to make sure u r flushing his kidneys. I hope this helps your sweet boy. These are easy things to try & sure can help.

As a Professional Animal caretaker of 45 years, I found these simple things to help many ailments.

Posted by Kelly (Houston, Tx) on 06/18/2015

[YEA]  My dog, a 4 yr old American Bulldog, had a bladder infection that seemed to not work with antibiotics given by the vet. After multiple medications and 3 vet visits within a 3 week time period, the last visit they did ultrasound and X-rays to see if he had kidney stones or whatever was going on and to why he was not responding to antibiotics. After reviewing imaging, his bladder was so large and full of urine we were unable to see his prostate b/c bladder pushed it back so far. My dog had blockage and was still unable to urinate along with peeing blood also. Vet suggested I go to ER to have his bladder drained with catheter b/c when the vet office attempted they said they were unable to do it b/c they didn't he the proper tools. ? the vet also stated that he most likely had prostate cancer. Idk where that came from b/c I just listened to her tell me that she could barely see the prostate b/c of the enlarged bladder. I understand that it def could be cancer but where did she come up with that based off of something she could not see? The cost of ER was $1500 for only draining of bladder and 24 hr care. Nothing else included. OR she suggested euthanasia!!!!! I broke down in tears and didn't know what was best to do. I did know, at that time I was not ready to make a decision, sooooo I brought my dog home. I cried and cried and felt I had to try other alternatives before going based off of 1 doctor.

I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar that I read up online and multiple reviews from others and I wanted to try. I just finished 2 days of giving him 2 T 2x/day and have already seen improvement. He has actually been able to make a much better pee on his own, waaaayyyy better than he did befor acv.

Now I will say this, Apple Cider Vinegar is nasty and my dog is not a fan. I tried putting Apple Cider Vinegar in his water along with mixing Apple Cider Vinegar with yogurt and he did not like either one. I have been putting Apple Cider Vinegar in a dropper and having to put it in his mouth to keep him from spitting it out. With that being said, whatever works best for you is the route I would take in administering Apple Cider Vinegar to your dog. I have another appt in 3 days to get a second opinion from a new vet and I hope to have better news than I did on my last 3 vet visits. As many of us, we are all pet lovers and will do anything to save our animals. If in doubt as I was, get a second opinion so that you know you tried all you could in order to save your pets life.

Replied by Delia

What happened when you saw the second dr?

Posted by Tamara (Clovis, California) on 02/12/2015

[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 :) Tamara

Posted by Happydogmom (Manchester, Nh) on 09/12/2011

[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!

Replied by Happydogmom
Manchester, Nh

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!

Posted by Carla (Surprise, Az) on 09/12/2011

[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.