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Bladder Infection Remedies for Dogs

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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Posted by Julie (Chicago, Illinois) on 03/16/2009

[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 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'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!

Replied by Wanda
Klamath Falls, OR

I tried ACV and Yogurt for my yellow lab on Friday night, 4/17 and it seemed to help immediately. However, after her third dose she vomited some of her food (not too much) so we stopped. She seemed to start up again with frequent urination and a little blood in her urine so I started it up again this a.m. with 1 TBLS of each. How long should we try this before going to the vet? I don't want her to suffer or make things worse. Thank you for your opinions and help with this.
Replied by Dolce
Toronto, Canada

ARE YOU ALL CRAZY? Never self-diagnos your pet? would you self diagnose your mother? no you'de rush her to emerg... take your pet to the Vet before you have to pack him or her in a box and bury her in your backyard. cummon' folks lets use our brains here please! Thanks.
Replied by Auddymay
Muskegon, Mi

I will be giving my 13 year old Lab ACV. No guilt at all in the self diagnosis. I went to her vet practice, who has been seeing her her whole life. I explained that my geriatric girl was suddenly urinating all over, and that I suspected a UTI. I even had a sample, which was too old, but they would not have taken it, anyway...without seeing the dog as well. I had just got done explaining that I am not working, and having trouble financially. Could they please just confirm the diagnosis? Ummm...nope. So much for caring what happens to a CLIENT (patient implies caring) of 13 years. I even asked if there was a clinic I could take her...all I got was, sorry, bubbye.
Replied by Jennifer
Queens, Ny, USA

[WARNING!]   STOP BEING CRAZY PEOPLE!!! I have been in the veterinary field for 10 years now as a licensed nurse and I am HORRIFIED that people would SELF DIAGNOSE beings other than THEMSELVES! You CANNOT 'self diagnose' your pet. PERIOD. Veterinarians and vet nurses go to MEDICAL school for training and LICENSING on how to diagnose,treat and cure illnesses. By going on a website like this is GREAT for YOURSELF and yourself ONLY. YOU know if something hurts in your own body, YOU know if something doesnt feel right and YOU can try self help treatments or remedies on yourself. But DO NOT attempt to self-diagnose your pet!!! I can tell you from years of experience that you could be causing damage to your pet. By trying a 'remedy' for something you THINK could be going on with your pet, you could be making the problem worse OR wasting valuble time by not getting to the CORE diagnosis. ie: say your pet is exibiting signs of a UTI, frequent urination that may or may not have blood in it, licking vulva/penis and straining to urinate ( now first, in a male cat, this is LIFE THREATENING and seek medical attention immediatley) If you were to just give ACV thinking this may resolve the problem, well yes, it MAY HELP symptoms but it is not a cure because we are missing the underlying CAUSE of the UTI, or uti symptoms such as BLADDER STONES. ACV will do nothing in this case.

Now as for the case above with the dog having UTI symptoms and the vet of 13 years just dissmissed them due to financial issues, FIND ANOTHER VET. It is a shame that vets and other buisnesses are turning people away but it definatley feels like a different case when they turn away a helpless animal. SHAME on them. There are however other places where Im sure if you explained the current situation you were in, they would work out a payment plan. Think of it this way: they need to make a living too, so they need your buisness. But SHAME on that vet, how rotten.


Replied by Chase H
Austin, Tx

Jennifer from Queens, you need to calm down. There is absolutely nothing wrong with attempting a natural alternative before taking your pet straight to the local Vet and pumping them full of antibiotics. I realize that with certain problems, the assistance of a vet is necessary (yearly shots, heart worm treatment, accidents, etc.) However, in this case we're talking about curing a possible bladder infection with Apple Cider Vinegar, which is commonly used in our own foods, cleansing recipes & for many other reasons. You're response makes it sound like the instructions say, "4 tablespoons of Draino, followed by 2 shots of Vodka". The amount of antibiotics that human doctors hand out on a daily basis in this country is absurd. Many of them have serious side effects that the patient is never warned of. For example, in my teens I was given antibiotics to take twice daily for very mild acne. In the end, the prescribed medication did nothing to cure my acne (changing my diet did, which was never suggested by the dermatologist) and the side effect? -permanently discolored teeth, that were perfectly white prior to taking the antibiotics. My point is, vets/doctors for humans and animals alike do NOT always have the best answer. They have the answer they are taught to give in med/vet school. Unfortunately, those answers are persuaded by $$$. I know that the majority of vets are crazy about animals and aren't consciously in it for the money, but the fact is that if you suggested (or even researched) natural remedies to common pet problems, you couldn't sell all those extra prescriptions/vet visits that pay for your salaries and offices. That being said, if my dog had blood in her urine or wasn't completely better after 1 week of using ACV, I would immediately take her to the vet, but I don't see anything wrong with at least trying a natural remedy first.
Replied by Liz
Seattle, Wa

Calm down. First, MANY vets will take advantage of the fact that they are wielding the power. And will try very hard to scare you into getting all kinds of tests for your pet, even tho the urine sample comes back positive for a UTI. No longer content to go for a simple (and inexpensive) fix, they guilt you into thinking that your pet needs ultrasounds and myriad monitoring on the Rare chance that the UTI is now in the kidneys or that it could be cancer. Seriously.

My dog routinely gets UTIs. Since I had them all the time as a child and young adult, I know the signs (after watching her suffer through many of them). So yes, I self-diagnose. She take ACV a lot. we also give her an herbal blend of uva-ursi and probiotics to keep her healthy. She has long hair and a sensitive digestive system, so if anything doesn't agree with her, she wears it on her hair.. so yes, we diagnose. We do not assume that medical professionals are descended from the gods. They don't always have our best interests at heart...just like human doctors.

Replied by Michelle
Augusta, Me

I don't think there's anything wrong about not rushing your dog to a vet everytime there's an issue. In my experience vets are just as bad as doctors if not worse, they are only in it for the money. I have yet to find a vet that truly cares for my animals and not my money.
Replied by Pineygirlk5
Bayville, Nj

i agree with both sides of this.... Some vets are out there to suck the money from your wallet! But yet there are some that really do care and want to help your pet! I myself have had dogs my whole life and know the signs of a uti! And would try to treat home first and if it didnt start to clear up with in a few days I would take her to the vet! And michelle its a shame u dont live near me! I have a WONDERFUL vet!!! Everyone there is great they have about 5 vets that work there the asst and woman at the front desk are great! They try to work with you if you cant afford. And they never push you for test that arent needed! The name is barnegat animal clinic!!!! They are the best!!!!!!! And affordable!
Replied by George
Toronto, Canada

Jennifer from Queens,

Although I agree that when there is blood in the urine a trip to the vet is probably warranted, I completely disagree that is wrong to try home remedies with your pets. Perhaps you should try a google search of "vaccinosis in dogs" to get an idea of how many people have been victimized by listening to the advice given to them by these "professionals". Or look into the controversies behind the pet food industry, which now funds veterinary schools and pretends to teach vets about appropriate diets. Reality is that many people don't trust their vet anymore, because they've listened to the advice in the past, and all that's happened is they've lost a lot of money, and had their pet get sicker or worse still, not survive.

Replied by Jilbert57
Brinnon, Wa, Usa

I have suffered UTI's and know the symptoms, and when my 6 month old male jack russell started showing signs of the same, frequent urination, bloody sometimes, it was off to the Dr. After a few tests and different Dr.Observations, he was found out to be a urate stone former. (he is now 12 and went on to form 2 urate stones and then two xanthine stones from over medication).

Anyway, if I would have tried to create an acidic environment in my dogs bladder by changing the ph to keep things from growing it would have only exacerbated the problem, as I need to keep his urine alkaline. Anyway, maybe like I just did with my aussie/heeler having an ear problem: took her to the vet, he swabbed her ear and looked at it under a microscrope and diagnosed yeast, then I ordered a product off Amazon which took care of it. He wanted me to use drops but I just said no thanks, just wanted to make sure her ear drum was intact. So maybe go to the vet and get a diagnosis, then come home and do the homeopathy route? Just a suggestion.

Replied by Patricia
Lyons, Ga

I think the suggestions of home remedies on this site is really great and helpful. I have 10 pets that are all rescue animals; 3 golden retrievers, one mixed bull dog and 6 cats. The cats are all neutered (5 males) and one female spayed. Of the dogs 3 are male and one female who is spayed. I live off social security and have custody of a 12 year grandson who I do not get child support for. My income is low and it is a struggle to make my bills each month. All my pets are indoor pets; the dogs go outside to use bathroom and exercise and back indoors. The cats have 8 litter boxes strategically located in different parts of the house. The cats' diet consists mostly wet food with dry as a 24hr snack/filler. They have their own room with table etc. , so dogs cannot reach. Dogs diet is dry food with occasional canned. They do not get scraps. I cannot afford even routine heartworm/flea preventative. So... They are kept indoors. This a realistic approach not idealistically. My grandson and I also have 2 special needs pets. One cat with 3 legs (before being spayed; his leg shot off at shoulder by someone) and 1 golden retriever born without an ear and slightly slow; but extremely sweet and humble.

We manage....... But barely; between quality bought food for them and quality litter of 120 lbs 2x monthly and baking soda; we exist with the circumstances...... Todays Economy is horrible..... I hold my breath each and every day and watch for signs of my pets ill-health and pray that I can at least do minimal treatment. I keep over the counter meds on hand; I drive to a vets office 40 miles away to a country vet whose receptionist lets me buy meds over the counter without prescription. Thank God for a website that does give a little extra knowledge for treatment WHEN YOU CANNOT AFFORD an office visit much less treatment, If not, I guess having the money to put down a beloved pet would still be an expense that would cause not paying a bill..... There are soooo many unwanted and abandoned animals in this county it is heart breaking. If its a crime and uncompassionate to try to use home remedies for treatment versus rushing to vet and get turned away because I am poor; I guess I will just have to be put down. What can I say?

Replied by Fran
Vaud, Nc

Patricia - My heart goes out to you and I just want to thank you for being so compassionate. I can tell by your post that you're a wonderful "pet mom" (and grandma too). I'll remember you and your family in my prayers.
Replied by Jeff's Pets
Niles, Mi

Come on Dolce. I would'nt let my Mom drink out of a mud puddle or toilet or, tie her to a tree either. My dog is a big part of the family and I treat her better than most people I know but she is still a pet, not a human!!
Replied by Christine
San Jose, Ca

Dolce from Toronto and Jennifer from Queens: You two need to settle down and get a clue into reality. There are many reasons why vets are avoided when possible (ergo, the popularity of this site!). My Cavalier was prescribed Clavamox for her very frequent UTI's in between sporadic blood tests. This was not only extraordinarily costly, but the trips to the vet and many blood tests put my baby through A LOT of stress, not to mention that Clavamox can cause yeast infections and other issues. Tired of this charade, I began giving her (Lillie is her name) daily protein in the form of raw hamburger (~ 1 TBSP/day); she is ~20 pounds). Lillie is now a happy camper, loves her hamburger, and hasn't had a UTI since. I may also begin to give her ~ 1TBSP per day of All Natural Yogurt with Probiotic Cultures. The brand I buy is "Karoun" from Sav Mart or Lucky's Supermarket.
Replied by Jim
Bellingham, Wa , Usa

For UTI's give your dog Cinnamon mixed into some yogurt - we do a level teaspoon for our 45# female. As a preventative they have been getting this weekly and no issues and no more UTI's. And yes, it does work with people - adjust accordingly.
Replied by Barbara
Fort Drum, New York

The very first thing my Vet asks when one of our dogs has a problem, is what are they symptoms & what have you tried to use at home? I had a vet years ago to try to tell me 1st my older dog needed a $600 xray, then since I couldn't afford it, to put the dog down. I went for a second opinion, and Spike needed $13 allergy pills and a change of diet. That's been 4 years ago, and he is fine... Old.. But fine. So even with all of the education in the world, sometimes you can't beat common sense- according to the new vet!
Replied by Jackie
Indianapolis, In

It's not self diagnosing, it's called trying to save some money!!! Not every one is rich or made of money! It's called trying to get your pet better at home if it's possible. Nothing wrong with doing that at all! If your pet is not in extreme pain or discomfort, or it's not an emergency, there is nothing wrong with going online and searching for home remedies or help with advice! I know my pet better than any vet, and in fact several times I diagnosed what was wrong with my pet way before a vet did, and even many times had to take my pet back to the vet because they got it wrong several times... Not saying that's the way with all vets, as she now has a new one;) Doctors and vets are not always right, sorry folks, don't care how long you went to school for it. So if your pet is not suffering or in pain or does not have a high fever, there is nothing wrong with trying first to help it at home... if that does not work, then take it to the vet.
Replied by Linda
Rancho Dominguez, Ca

Hi All - there is much to be said on both sides of the isle on the issue of diagnosing and medicating your animals vs going to the vet. May I offer some notes along these lines: Vet care is very expensive these days. A lot of vets realize their clients want the best for their animals and will work with them accordingly. I, fortunately, have one of these vets. Find a vet you can work with. Also, know your animal very well. I have a Mini Schnauzer: they are prone to having bladder infections, stones and bad teeth. My dog also has a heart murmur. If you get a yearly check up, you know what you are up against.

Mandy had another bladder infection last October. I had no idea where it came from since I fed her well and we were both drinking a special water I got for the price of fuel to drive miles away. On her last check up to see if she was over it, her doc and I talked it over. She finally mentioned that Mandy's pH was too alkaline and she saw the beginnings of stone formation. She said a dog's pH should be a bit acid, around 6. 7 or so. Suddenly, a light went on: the water we were drinking was 8. 5pH alkaline (7 being avg)! Then I explained that we had begun drinking this new great water (that cured me of some ills but made Mandy sick) and we realized that was the cause of Mandy's bladder infection. My vet admitted that she had given no thought as to pH value regarding the disease.

Bottom line is whatever you feed your dog or other animal, whatever water it drinks, environmental factors etc will affect the pH value. Any radical treatment may make the animal worse. You need to find out what the pH value is in your animal, what it should be and test out water, food etc to attain balance and health. There are test strips avaliable for humans (after all, you can use this info for yourself); you would need to inquire about test strips for animals. Prevention care is great, but that could also throw the pH off another direction if kept up after the animal's body has attained balance. There are some things like cranberry (pills), which, if used, must be flushed out of the system via drinking a lot of water. Therefore, if you use cranberry, the animal should drink enough to flush out the system. Additionally, some food additives are bad for dogs (relating this to dogs now; have no idea about cats). Ash in dog food is an additive you want to stay away from. Ash, when not thoroughly flushed from the dog's system, helps to creat stones. Other food or minerals may do the same thing. Do your research.

I am thankful for this website. It gives me ammo to fight any illness Mandy or I come up against in the future! Many thanks to all!

Replied by Tish
Toronto, Ontario

If I had trusted my vet my dog would be dead! Most doctors are fueled by the pharmacuetical companies!!! You want to get sick go to a hospital!!!!!

Get your diagnosis and then find natural sources!

My dog had cancer. She was diagnosed in January, the prognosiss was death in a few weeks! I did a lot of research and found two supplements that worked. The tumour is gone in her mouth. at one point it was so big she could not breath properly.

These supplements work well for people too but your doctor won't tell you about them. They have well written and researched studies to back them up so much so that now a pharmacuetical company has come up with it's own version of the one supplement that is tripple the cost and has to be administered by the vet once a week so you can imagine how much that will cost!

I can bet that most people on this thread that are for vets and doctors either are one themselves or have one in the family.

So I say get the diagnosis so you know what your dealing with and then look at every type of treatment there is, both pharmacuetical and natural then trust your gut instinct first!

Replied by Liane
Toronto, Ontario

Hi Tish from Toronto.. My dog also was given days to a week to live because of a tumour in her mouth. I am still treating her naturally and it has been 2 months but her tumour has started to grow again. Can you please share which supplements you used to cure your dog? Thank you.
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc, Canada

Liane from Toronto. Why not try Essiac tea. I cured a dog of cancer that way. Info is online. In addition, make a decoction from turmeric powder with some coconut oil and blackseed oil or 3-6-9- Udo's oil and give up to a table sp. Twice or more daily. If you want to read about turmeric, visit If the mouth is painful use black seed oil alternately, increasing it. You can also add whey protein to make a paste. Let us know how he does. Love, Om
Replied by Marylou
Lufkin, Tx

I understand people's frustration with veterniary service, for years I had a wonderful vet, when she retired, I took my two 4 year old puppies for a check up and a teeth cleaning as there was a wee bit of tatar on the back teeth. The new money grubbing vet pulled out all of the bottom front teeth on both puppies, told me they were dirty and not needed anyway, I was devastated, the teeth were pearly white, no tatar, no redness in the gums , no bad smell. All of this cost me more than $1,500.00 and many sleepless distressed nights. I am so upset and no longer have trust. I feel my puppies were terribly abused and I was robbed. I had also refered a friend to this vet and they removed 9 teeth from her young dog and charged her a fortune as well. I love my dogs, money is not the issue. Abuse and lack of respect leaves me with bitter feelings. Natural remedies are less invasive, more practical and everyone can afford them.


Replied by Kay

Just to set the record straight. I love this site and people have the RIGHT to use herbs and vitamins and anything other than big pharma it is our God given right , that is why he put the all natural trees etc on this earth for us to use , not chemicals so the cabal and usa inc. can make more money off of our backs and control us like they are doing now . There are also people hired and paid to go on sites like these and others to blog and change peoples minds to what they want and its usually the companies themselves doing it or a sub contracted company working for the big companies, I know this cause some have wanted my service to do it, its not rocket science that the PTB want to control you, anybody coming on here claiming to be a vet or pushing that way we need to be very cautious of. You don't know who these people are, this site like others are here to help people, they are not asking for money, there are a lot of aternatives out there, other that putting you or your pet down, and they come up with names like self diagnoses , they are leading you, people need to wake up before our freedom is completely taken from us.
Replied by Alice

My lab puppy had UTI when she was 7mo (now she is 1yo). I was at home with her all the time so I was able to make the decision of taking care of her at home, rather than going to the vet and putting her on antibiotics. She peed frequently but she wasn't blocked. I gave her small bowl of strawberries, raspberries, and watermelon with a little bit of honey, two times a day. Within a week, she got over with UTI. No antibiotics needed.

And no, I am not scared to give my dog a small amount of berries or melons. She has been on natural raw/home-cooked organic diet since I got her as a small puppy. Giving her some berries or melons for a week won't make her diabetic. Here the benefits of extra vitamins and antioxidants in the fruits are much more than the problem of sugar. Diabetes is a result of a long term dietary habit that causes blood sugar problem. Most likely the dog is being fed on cheap commercial food rather than homemade organic species-appropriate diet.

With regard to maintain health (both in humans and pets), self-reliance is ever so important (given, you are the only one responsible for your and your dog's diet). It would be naive to think that the medical industry as a whole is on the helping side. In my opinion, money is more important to them than anything else. There are genuine doctors out there, but there are way more irresponsible, money-craving doctors. My friend in a prestigious Ivy League medical school told me that the specialty that requires the highest examination score is plastic surgery - not cardiovascular surgery or neurosurgery. That says a lot about what the industry is about.

Replied by Necia

@Marylou....I sure hope this vet is not still practicing. How ridiculous to pull teeth unnecessarily, wow!
Replied by Lori
Cleveland, Oh

I read some of the previous posts, and I had to add my two cents. With regards to vets only wanting your money, I couldn't agree more. I have yet to have a positive experience with a vet who is sincere in helping animals - they prefer to be persuaded and fueled by pharmaceutical companies while taking everything they can from my wallet. Please read online about "vaccinosis" in pets, it could save your pet's life. My vet was so insistent on annual vaccines, and after one of my dogs came very close to death shortly after her annual vaccines, I did the necessary research that could have prevented the horrific tragedy. In doing this research, I found that my girls were getting vaccines every year that they absolutely did not need. Considering their environment (suburban life with little to no contact with other dogs), they were definitely over-vaccinated. My poor Lulu had a very serious reaction, called Immune Thrombocytopenia, and her body basically began to shut down. After 3 days and nights in the ER clinic, she pulled through, but they were surprised she made it. Part of her treatment was high doses of steroids, which led to a bad reaction known as Calcinomas Cutis, and the poor thing was covered in lesions and dry patches of skin, which in turn led to an entire summer with a cone collar. Everyone was miserable, especially Lulu, and it all stemmed from these "extremely necessary" annual vaccines. It would cost between $600-800 for my 2 dogs to be vaccinated every year, and the vet would make me feel like the worst dog mom on the planet if they were even a week beyond the due date of their annual vaccinations. Really??? After being patients at this clinic of con artists, I switched vets, but only to be faced with a similar experienc elsewhere. I have tried to get my girls in to see a holistic vet, but they are so booked solid, I cannot even get them to call me back. Honestly, the experiences I have had will most likely prevent me from getting another pet once my beloved girls pass on, which is sad because I am such an animal lover, and I know there are so many out there who need love and care. It is such a shame that even veterinarians, who I so naively thought were in it for the love of animals, have succumbed to the mighty dollar. I know I am making some broad generalizations, and I am sure that there are sincere vets out there, but I have yet to find one.
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Thanks for your post. I couldn't agree more with you. I have my experiences, too. When money is involved people forget their humaneness.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Doryn
Atlantic City, Nj

I gave the vet thousands of dollars to kill my dog with multiple surgeries, all kinds of meds, special foods, tests, sonograms, xrays, repetitive vacinations, etc. My toy poodle lived only 10 years. And the last three years brought him the four surgeries. None of it kept him alive. I am now terrified to let a vet get their hands on my present toy poodle. He gets a rabies shot every three years (not every year like the vet was giving my first little guy) He eats NOW dry food and recently started having Merrick organic grain free wet food. He has the symptoms of a UTI, which is where it all went downhill with poodle # 1. I know about the ACV treatment. I have been giving him a tsp of ACV mixed in with three tsp of wet food and his normal dry food. Although we did not get an immediate, same day cure, after several days, we have no blood in urine and no getting up at 3am to walk the streets. I'm really hoping to avoid all the drama of the first vet fiasco. I was willing to spend whatever was necessary to save my baby's life but the vet hospital took the money and his life was cut short. Not again. If this guys dies young it won't be because a greedy system killed him. Thanks for everyone on this site. You have helped me feel more confident about keeping my guy healthy without supporting the money hungry dog-o-nomics machine.
Replied by Adrienne

Just wanted to say I feel your pain, Doryn. I've had several experiences with vets that have left me wondering why they do the things they do. Well, they don't know anything else. They do what they've been taught to do.

You have come to the right place. This is a great web site for putting the power into your own hands for many ailments of people and pets. I will say, however, that the vet school here in Idaho has never let me down on diagnosis. But, once I have the diagnosis, I will use home remedies when it makes sense to do so. I hate the fact that vets resort to steroids they way they do....when in doubt, give them steroids!

I am treating our kitty cancer patient, Penelope, with the Budwig formula and Essiac Tea and we are very pleased with her progress, so far. As I mentioned in my own posts, I am giving her other things as well, but no radiation or chemo and she is feeling well, eating well....we are just very happy to be treating Nellie ourselves and not hurting her. I only wish I had been able to do this for some of our past pets, especially William who was wrongly diagnosed by our vet. I think he would be alive now if I'd had the correct diagnosis. So, from now on it's to the vet school for diagnosis. They have the equipment. But, then, we do the treatment, and to heck with their drugs, etc, unless we can't help them ourselves. But it looks like there are a lot of successful, natural remedies!

My best to you and your little doggie!

Replied by Jeannine
Ottawa Ontario

Let's use some common sense. When I noticed that my 15 year old Snowdog was peeing alot and having accidents I brought him to the vet. He was diagnosed as incontinent....then six months later it was so bad I brought him to another vet. Turnes out that he had a nasty was put on antibiotics for 30 days!!!! I was disgusted but followed through. I make all homemade meals for my dog and use several home remedies. My message to all pet owners is, Always bring your dog to the vet to know 100% sure what is wrong with your pet. Sometimes we can treat them without meds. My snowdog had a problem with his bowels 7 years ago diagnosed by a vet and I took the natural alternative. I've been using proactive measures on my pets and never had a vet expense in 15 years up until this infection. Please just at least get a sure confirmation of the pet's problem and then you can choose an accurate treatment at home in most situations.
Replied by Dr. G. Benton
Los Angeles, Ca

[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 Suseeq
Sydney Australia

It's great to see a vet believes in a natural cure as I've mentioned many a natural cure to my vet and they look at me with a dumb look, I would be interested to know of any other help us pet owners could do naturally to do to help our animals from you. Thankyou

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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

Replied by Om
Hope. Bc Canada

The microwaving of food makes it stale, all nutrients killed. Namaste, Om

Posted by Rena (Rochester Hills, MI) on 10/08/2014


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.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

You could give her a half tsp. of the salt which works instantly on people as per Ted's advice and my own experience.

You could at other times add ACV to the food. About a scant tsp.

Namaste, Om

Posted by Linda (Spokane Wa) on 03/08/2014

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.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Linda!

I *hear* you on the high price for the fancy diet. I know some who do feed it and others who have chosen to research the ingredients and then select another more affordable diet based on their research. I cannot recommend a specific diet for you, but I do encourage you to research diets or consider home made; dogfoodadvisor and dogfoodanalysis are both good sites to start your research.

You might consider Ted's sea salt remedy for a UTI:

Use a quality sea salt - the aquarium stores tend to sell the best.

A crisis dose is 1 teaspoon of sea salt into a liter of pure, non-chlorinated water, for 1-2 days [play it by ear; you *should* see a rather immediate resolution to the symptoms in that time frame, but if not go for 3 days and consider adding cranberry juice to the water.

A maintenance dose after the crisis resolves is 1/4 teaspoon sea salt into 1 liter of water.

If your dog won't drink the water with 1 teaspoon of sea salt added to it, consider dosing 1/2 teaspoon sea salt into canned food and hiding it that way so your dog takes it. Give 1/2 teaspoon am and pm for up to 2 days.

Ted also adds: "As to the apple cider vinegar for UTI, I do not think it to be as effective as a sea salt remedy. However if ACV is used then it is likely to be mixed with a pinch of baking soda."

Some folks report good results with powdered cranberry. As for the powdered cranberry dosage, some contributors have used 2 capsules [Cranactin brand] diluted in 1 oz water for a cat, while others have used 1 capsule for a 65 pound dog. This is something you will have to compare brands and potencies and work out for your dog, but it makes sense to me to start out with 1 capsules with food am and pm during a crisis and then scale back to 1/2 capsule am and pm for maintenance.

Many mix yogurt and ACV together and feed with the am and pm meals. 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons of raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered, "with the mother" ACV into wet food or yogurt. Yogurt provides probiotics; it may be easier to simply buy the probiotics in powder form and add to the diet, as some dogs don't do well with dairy.

The ACV can be used as a maintenance dose with the food; if you dose a probiotic as well its a good idea to switch brands every couple of weeks to rotate the species of probiotic for proper balance in the gut.

If the UTI comes back after using home remedies you really should make another appointment with the vet to rule out/rule in urinary crystals or bladder stones.

Replied by Ledeen
San Clemente

This was very informative. My vet said that she has to stay on a specific diet of Hill perscription CD. She does not like it but, she will eat it. Now she is overweight and he suggested that we reduce her food in take of CD and add pumpkin filling from a can? Do you have any suggestions?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Ledeen!

The canned pumpkin helps your dog feel full so not notice the reduced portion so much. Some use green beans instead. One thought tho, is to check her thyroid to make sure she is fat because she is over eating - vs fat due to slow metabolism from under active thyroid.

Replied by Tori
Huntington Beach, CA

My vet basically told me that my dog had to stay on Hill's Prescription (UTI) food or Royal Canin for the rest of her life. Both of these brands (the only dry dog food for UTI) are cost prohibitive at $60-$85 a BAG for 30lbs....$120 or more per month for DRY dog food! Hill's food is considered inferior and Royal Canin is only a little bit better. There was at least one study that I read out of UC Davis that indicated that the reduced amounts of protein in these foods is not good for dogs on a permanent basis. The purpose of the food is to help break up stones, not to stop bladder infections. The infection is a separate that correct? The crystals only become a problem when there is a bladder infection?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Toni!

I agree with your vet; your dog needs a special diet for life. Now, there is no saying it must be Prescription Hills or Royal Canin - but it does need to be designed to help dissolve and prevent crystals; consider daily supplementation with D manose powder to help prevent UTIs.

The Prescription Hills and other prescription diets that are so expensive actually do a good job at what they are formulated to do: while the OTC Hills diets are essentially crap, the prescription lines do a good job of keeping a pet with certain disorders alive. NO diet is fool proof - I have a friend with a pug with stones who has been feeding prescription Hills since day one who is now on the canned diet to dissolve stones: the reality is, if your pet is genetically predisposed to a disease condition there is no magic diet. All you can do is monitor your pet carefully, try to prevent the formation of stones or crystals and monitor your pet carefully to provide vet care or surgery if it comes to that point.

You mention crystals - did you get a diagnosis of struvite crystals for your dog? Adding ACV to your dog's diet may help to dissolve and prevent the formation of these crystals.

Replied by Lm

As a vet tech for 15 years who has finally seen the light, anyone depending on commercially prepared "prescription" diets is simply maintaining a medical condition with a band-aid, not curing a problem. Look into species-appropriate diets and cure your pets that way - with real, fresh food, antioxidants and some herbs that in most cases can get them OFF expensive diets and medications, and actually stop the condition. Conventional vets make a large portion of their income selling these diets, and keeping clients coming back - not because they see themselves doing anything wrong, but simply because this is what gets taught in vet school. Vets receive intentionally little true nutritional information in as far as preventing disease, a plan promoted by the pet food industry. Prescriptions, and prescription diets, are a business model taught in school that is beneficial to the practice, but not actually to the business. Do the research and learn that these diets are not the way to keep your pets healthy. Try Dr. Karen Becker's website, and any other holistic sites, for a lot of comprehensive information on how to alleviate long-term conditions through correct diet.

As for the main topic about UTIs, treating one UTI with some of the above mentioned remedies can be fine if the only symptom is frequent or smelly urination, but if there is not a quick response, there are other symptoms, or there is recurrence, diagnosis is essential to determine the cause of the urination. My general attack is to list the symptoms, decide if it seems like an isolated problem or could be a more involved one, and treat at home for a few days as long as there is improvement, and not an increase in severity or number of symptoms. This does require a good degree of knowledge sometimes, to make these decisions though. So my best recommendation is for those who feel confident in being able to make the determination from when frequent urination goes from something treatable at home to something that needs diagnosis, try it if you like, but get vet attention if there is not speedy response. For those who do not feel qualified to make that decision for their pets, find a holistic vet. Then you can have your diagnosis, and still get to use the healthier home remedies without the guilt trip that many conventional vets will lay on you for even considering it.

Posted by Missraven (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 02/01/2013

[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!!

Posted by Jessica (Woodstock, Ga) on 05/01/2012

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.

Replied by Lidia
Dallas, Texas

Jenifer from Queens. Didn't you know the vinegar desolves kidney stones?
Replied by Blondedog

What idiot clinic/shelter would spay a puppy at 2 months old?!!!!!
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

This is a common practice for impounds and shelters, to alter any pet prior to adoption. The rule of thumb is 2 lbs or heavier and the procedure can be done in pups or kits as young as 6-8 weeks of age. For some troubled areas this practice may help control a pet overpopulation problem, however for the long term well being of the pet many savvy vets to do not support this procedure.

Posted by Luvern (Paris, On) on 03/23/2012

[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.

Posted by Andie (Vancouver, Bc, Canada) on 03/16/2012

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?

Replied by Monica
Reseda, Ca

Hi there, I have a 2 year old cat who gets chronic UTI's, I tried apple cider vinegar and it worked ok but he kept getting them. I discovered CranActin Pills work like magic! I dilute 2 capsules in 1 cup of purified water and give him a dropper full in the morning and 1 in the evening. He hasn't had one in about a month. You can find them at Vitamin World or on Amazon. Good Luck!
Replied by Mothering4him
Beautiful, Pa

Make sure you are using organic, raw Apple Cider Vinegar with the "mother" (foggy looking). The clear (regular) kind is not good.

Posted by Janeneh (Leigh, Rodney, New Zealand) on 02/18/2012

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

Replied by Lidia
Dallas, Texas

Increase water , can or raw food for it has 70% water dry food, ony has 10% water. try the salmon or white fish, low magniseium. herbal remedies for pets, cantharis, stagaphysagris available in supplemens and other other herbal concoction in health food stores.

Posted by Kerrie (Glace Bay, Nova Scotia) on 02/08/2012

[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 :)

Replied by Kerrie
Glace Bay, N.s

One question though, I switched him to all wet food, but now he hasn't had a bowel movement in almost 3 days, is this normal? Just tried mixing 1/2 TSP. of mineral oil in his food and hoping it works.

Posted by Meghan (Warren, Mi) on 11/19/2011

[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.

Posted by Cindy Mc Master (Polokwane, Limpopo South Africa) on 10/02/2011

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.

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!
Replied by Kelly
Houston, Tx

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.

I wish you the best and hope your dog gets better!!!

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh

Please make sure you're using the organic Apple Cider Vinegar, the brand that begins with "Br". The tasty is not "nasty" at all. To make it easier for your dog to take, mix it in with his food instead of his water. Maybe a tablespoon in each feeding, if you feed twice per day.

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 Sindy (Montreal, Quebec Canada) on 09/10/2011

[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.

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