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Bladder Infection Remedies for Dogs

Last Modified on Sep 21, 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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Most Popular Bladder Infections (Dogs) Remedies:

Apple Cider Vinegar30
Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food25
Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt4

User Reviews

Apple Cider Vinegar   30  0   

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,


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.

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.

Posted by Cindy (Sf, California) on 08/29/2011

[YEA]  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?

Posted by Karen H. (Greenwood, Mi) on 08/08/2011

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Dee (Sloatsburg, N.y United States) on 07/08/2011

[YEA]  Thank You for this website! After spending $400.00 ( in which I DO NOT HAVE) on tests and antibiotics 6 months ago. My 13 yr old dog once again was showing signs of bladder infection. The ACV treatment WORKED! Vets are so Important and Thank GOD they are there, But the truth is MANY of them are OVERPRICED and Unwilling to understand that Most people do Not have hundreds of dollars to spend on thier pets. Like $400.00 to find a bladder infection? REALLY?

Posted by Kay (Allentown, Pa) on 04/28/2011

[YEA]  Our 4 month old female choc lab was showing obvious signs of a UTI and not wanting to subject her to antibiotics and expensive lab tests, I chose to try the yogurt/ACV treatment and it totally worked! I gave her 1 tablespoon organic natural yogurt 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar four times the first day, spaced out 4 hours, and I could tell by that first evening that it was working. I was so thrilled and so relieved! I continued it through the second day, just wanting to make sure the infection was gone. I am going to continue to give it to her once a day as a supplement to keep the UTI from coming back again. Natural, healthy supplements have to be better than drugs and antibiotics from the vet!

Posted by Nowra Nsw (Nowra, South Coast, Nsw, Australia) on 04/25/2011

[YEA]  I read about apple cider vinegar( ACV) on this site, I have a small mini foxie, around 6kg, she was peeing or trying to pee, between 15-20 times on our daily walk, I figured it might be a bladder infection. I did call my vet and was told antibiotics, this was going to be a call out on a weekend of $195 antibiotics. Instead I thought I would try for 12 hours and see if indeed it works.

I used 1 teaspoon x 3 times a day and after 24 hours the peeing was 5 times on our walk instead of 15-20 the day before. The next day I continued same ACV and she was much better, temperature normal, peeing normal. The cost so far about 30C and no nasty chemicals! THANK YOU for this site! Spread the word.

Replied by Nowra
Nowra Nsw, Australia

Hi, my dog did not have any signs of blood in her urine, I forgot to say that I used 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with some natural yoghurt x 3 times a day, day 3 she is cured. I would try this before a vet any day.

Posted by Lacey's Mom (Honolulu, Hi ) on 03/14/2011

[YEA]  Lacey recently had had another UTI (3rd in the past 18 months all due to grain heavy dog food). First two times we took her to the vet who gave meds then she had a yeast infection both times following the UTI meds. Both times I only gave her can food. The third time she had a UTI(Feburary 2011)we gave her 1/2 tsp ACV for three days by syringe & water then squirt it down her throat after she eats for three days straight. Remember to give your dog food before you administer ACV. I forgot to let her eat before we gave her the ACV and she regurgutated it. All the other times when we gave ACV she always had some food in the tummy & responded well with no problems.

Posted by John (Apollo Beach, Florida) on 03/08/2011

[YEA]  My 3 year old Chocolate Lab (100lbs) started having a problem 2 days ago, she would have small accidents in the house which she never did and woke us up at 3:00 am needing to go out. We knew she had a bladder infection because she would go out and try to pee but nothing would happen, after finding this thread we gave her 2 tbl spoons of ACV mixed in with 2tbl spoons of non-flavored yogurt.

Well today she is back to her normal self this worked great for us, we will continue to give it to her for a couple of days just to make sure it has cleared up.

Thanks Too All!

Posted by Donna (Barbourville, Kentucky) on 07/08/2010

[SIDE EFFECTS]  My 14 yr. Old black lab is having a horrible time with kidney leakage. She weighs app. 100 lbs and yesterday we gave her apple cider vinegar but wasn't sure how much to give. I gave her app. 1 1/2 tablespoons and diluted with a little water ... She has been gagging since we gave her the ACV. What should I do????? I don't know if I should give her anymore of the ACV because she's still gagging and nothing comes up. She has plenty of water to drink ... But she only drinks when she wants to. How much and how can I give her the ACV? PLEASE ... I NEED HELP!! I DON'T WANT TO LOSE MY BIG GIRL ... I KNOW IT'S INEVITABLE WE ALL HAVE TO DIE BUT I DON'T THINK I CAN MENTALLY HANDLE IT AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE. ANYONE WITH MORE INFORMATION ... PLEASE ... PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP. Sincerely needing help.

Replied by Heidi
Asheville, Nc

To Donna from Barbourville, I just read your post- sorry it doesn't seem that anyone answered, it seems that you didn't dilute the ACV enough 1 1/2 tbsp. in just a little water still will be strong and the poor thing must have had a hard time with bad sensations in the throat or stomach. Dilute in at least 1 gallon of water 2 tbsp. There are enough posts here that you can go over and see what worked for other people in a similar situation. All the best wishes for you and your Lab. Don't give up, and really hope she's doing better.
Replied by Tweety647
Yuma, Az

you need to have some food in your dogs stomach before you give it the ACV and mix it with plain yogurt. Good luck

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