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Bladder Infection Remedies for Dogs

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Apple Cider Vinegar   29  0   

Posted by Diane (Hazleton, Pennsylvania) on 12/22/2008

I just wanted to let you know that I am trying this home remedy for the first time today - 12/22/08. My old dog (16 year old beagle mix) is 50 lbs and I gave him 1 and 1/2 tsps in venison. He has been suffering with reoccurring infections since September 2008. Like everyone else, the vet visits are costing a small fortune. I will keep you posted as to the ACV treatment helps. Please say a prayer for my old man......this would be my only Christmas Present I want - my old boy to get better.

Replied by Diane
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
[YEA]   I just want to let you all know that I started the ACV on 12/22/08 and my old boy is absolutely more active and back to his old self. He has however had a few "accidents" but not as many as before and I will continue the ACV for a few more days. He did sleep much better the very first night and the panting and most of the pacing has stopped. It seems to be working.... keep praying for "Mr. Whiffer Sniffers".

My husband has also agreed that he looks much better and that my boy is back to his old self. If Mr. Sniffers can completely stop the accidents, I will swear by this treatment, but it has only been 1 1/2 days so far with the treatment.

Good luck to everybody with their dogs. Unfortuntely, they cannot talk and let us know how they feel.

Posted by Alain (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 12/22/2008

I have 2 amazing chocolate labradors and with frequent urine infection I'm kind of used to it and always get medication. But after the last time I realized the meds don't work anymore!!!! One of my dogs is still having another UTI but this time there's a lot of blood dropping after the urine! I didn't really see any of the symnptomes you describe here as: peeing frequently and in the house or lost of appetite even drinking water! I had a test done last time and the vet told me there was not any crystals or stone in the urine.

I am very nervous because the last times there was blood in the urine as now but she never bleeds as much than now! I would say that it look like she can loose like 1/4 of a cup in a good walk! Well it is winter here and maybe it is more visible with the snow but I am very nervous. She doesn't look in pain and doesn't ask for the door either.

All the post here talk about blood in the urine but is anyone experience as much blood as me? I have to wash her everytime we come back from outside!!! well I will try tonight this ACV and I will let you know guys but in the mean time please let me know if you have seen anything like that.

Thanks to everyone,

Replied by Brittany
Warrensburg, MO
For my beagle I had to separate the food. For her, the smell of vinegar was just too strong. By separating the food the smell concentration was weakened and she was able to get close enough to the food to eat it. In the beginning I had to literally put the food pieces by her piece by piece. I hope this helps.
Replied by Alain
Toronto, Canada
I wrote before but this time things have changed! I got a second opinion from another vet and voila that it is not a urine infection but a bleeding from the bladder wall!!! Is that possible? The vet told me the the red cells were 6 to 10 but the white cells were over 100!!! but no trace of bacteria in the bladder!!! (but this time the sample has been taking dirctly from the bladder with a needle) what should I do? get a third opinion or pay a fortune ($600) with the ultrasound just to know what it is? Then pay for the treatement!!!!!! Please let me know someone, really don't know what to do anymore!!!

Posted by Evan (Northport, NY) on 12/12/2008

Our 4 month old Lab pup has had a nasty bladder infection for weeks now. It's cost me hundreds of dollars at the vet, and still no cure. I found your website while hitting the internet to find my own answers, and completely agree with the Apple Cider Vinegar idea, since I personally use the stuff. My only problem is that my pup hates the stuff. We initially put 2 teaspoons mixed in with her food, but she went almost 2 full days of not eating to avoid it.

Round 2...We lowered the ACV down to 1 teaspoon in her food, but she would have none of it. Tried her water with 1 teaspoon...She just avoided the water to the point of dehydration. Is there something I could mix into her food that would hide the harsh taste? I think it would work, but I can't starve her into taking it while she's still in her major growth stage of her life. Any ideas would be appreciated.


EC: Please read the acv for cats feedback. Some great ideas on that page...

Replied by Marian
Philadelphia, Pa
I have a 3.5 yr old German shepherd and I give her boiled chicken livers in her food. The chicken livers have a very strong odor and will overwhelm the apple cider. Also the livers are very strong in iron and therefore healthy for our dogs. Good luck!

Posted by Eve (London, On, Canada) on 12/05/2008

acv capsules: my puppy has been showing signs of a possible uti since wed. he has just started his vet visits (dec 2) was his first set. there is no blood in his urine but he is peeing alot more frequently and it seems he is whinning and seems to be very tired (still very playful though) and very thirsty. he goes pee alot in the yard but over the last few days he just can't seem to make there alot.

i can get to the grocery store tomorrow and get some actual liquid acv, but on hand i have some 500 mg capsules. i'm just not sure if they would do anything. i figured taking 2 is like taking 2 tbls. maybe i could mix 1/2 in his water dish. if it would work. if anyone had some imput. it would be greatly appreciated.

Replied by Jill
Wichita, KS
From what I've read, apple cider vinegar pills aren't as healthy or effective as the liquid. I would personally just use the liquid, organic if possible. God only knows what they put in those pills!

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Posted by Jim (Covington, Ky) on 01/12/2011

My 2 year old female cat was going outside the box. She didn't show any signs of weakness, bloating or pain, so I assumed the problem was behavioral in nature. For two months I tried to modify the behavior with a spray bottle of water but when I mentioned it my neighbor, she said to take Ruth to the vet "IMMEDIATELY".

Instead, I came here and just a few days after adding the ACV to wet food (and cutting out dry food) Ruth is back to going in the box and is more lively, playful and affectionate as she has ever been.

Replied by Jo
London, Uk
How much vinegar did you put in your cats food?

Posted by Sofie And Mia (New York, Ny) on 08/13/2009

[YEA]  I noticed yesterday that my little yorkie, Mia was urinating more often and hanging out in the bathroom by herself. This is really unusaul for her because she loves to be with me all of the time. I also remembered reading or hearing that when animals are ill, they will often hide. After not seeing her for a couple of hours, I called to her and she finally came out. Her entire backside was wet. I looked in the bathroom to see of there was any leak but there was not. I thought that she may have been licking herself because I noticed earlier that she was licking herself more often than usual. I smelled her, and there was not a foul odor, but it smelled like it could have been urine. I immediately bathed her. Afterward, when she was dry, I put her on my lap and felt something wet. I looked and saw that it looked like she might be leaking urine. I began furiously searching the internet (mind you, this was about 2AM. I found that these could be symptoms of a "UTI." I looked for for something I could do immediately until I could take her to the vet and I found this website. It listed Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt, two things that I had on hand as an effective home remedy.

She is a tiny dog, so I mixed 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, with 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of lite vanilla yogurt. She loved it. I kept an eye on her throughout the night (I hardly slept myself. She did not get up to relieve herself, and there seemed to be no leakage.) When we got up for our morning walk, she urinated as usual. It is now 1 pm, and there is still no leakage, and she hasn't had to urinate again.

She is laying in her bed, playing and not hiding in the bathroom anymore, nor has she licked herself. I am keeping an eye on her. I took today and tomorrow off, thinking I was going to the vet, and wanted to keep an eye on her. It looks like I may not need to go to the vet. I will definately keep an eye on her, and I will repeat the treatment again later. But as of right now, she seems much better.

Posted by Mary Ann (Canton, Ohio) on 08/03/2009

[YEA]  After waking up to a bathroom with several pee puddles on the floor laced with a tiny bit of blood, we quickly realized that our yellow lab Sadie had a problem. She's never had pee issues and simply couldn't stop squatting to pee. Naturally, this happened early on a Sunday, so the vet was unavailable. When I read all of the feedback about apple cider vinegar, I was a skeptic. But, not wanting her to suffer, I decided that I should at least give a couple of rounds of the stuff a try. I mixed two tablespoons of ACV into Sadie's dry food and added a bit of warm water, then stirred thoroughly. Surprisingly, she gobbled down the mixture quickly (of course, what Lab ever refused food?). I repeated this about four hours later and then one more time before we went to bed. During the evening, it was obvious that she started to feel better and the trips outside lessened considerably. She slept through the entire night with no incidents, had another dose this morning, and spent a normal day at home today. I'll continue to give her the mixture for three days since that seems to be what others have done. Thank you everyone for your wisdom on this canine treatment! I am a believer!

Replied by Donna
Orange Springs, FL
Thank you for the advise for the ACV for your lab. I have a black lab and I started seeing blood in her urine. I will definitely give this a try, because we love our baby, but being a single mom, it's hard for me to spend the extra money to go to the vet.

Posted by kcm (Mt Laurel, NJ) on 06/11/2009

[YEA]  I read some of the previous comments about the acv and yogurt to cure a dog's bladder infection. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical, but I thought what do I have to lose. I couldn't get a vet appointment for several days and Daisy (my 19 month old golden retriever who is 75 lbs) was peeing or trying to peeing many, many times throughout the day. You could tell she was struggling to pee and was just not a very happy dog. I put 2 tblspns of apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons of plain activa yogurt in her dog food and mixed it around. She ate it all and within 24 hours she was a completely different dog. I feed her the mixture twice a day, once in the morning and once at dinner. She is now back to normal. I am going to give her this mixture for several more days to make sure her infection is completely gone. This is the best solution ever! Not only did it save me a ton of money in vet bills, it works so quickly to bring her back to her active self.

Posted by HappyHonu (Poland, NY) on 04/22/2009

[YEA]  My 2yr old shepard/husky mix started to exhibit signs of a bladder infection after I brought her home from being boarded for a week. She was frequently trying to pee and was unable to. She also had accidents in the house overnite which never happened before. I found your site while trying to verify, online, that her symptoms could actually be a bladder infection before making a Vet appointment. I tried the ACV & yogurt the same day (Monday). She is about 80lbs so I used 1 tblsp ACV and 2 tblsp of plain yogurt. That same nite there was no accident and she seemed calmer and not so anxious to go out all of the time. I gave her the combo 2 times per day. The second morning she vomited so I knew it was bothering her stomach. She is not a big eater and hadn't eaten much in the past few days so on tues I mixed half of her food with the mixture and she loved it. I also have her sister who is a picky eater and wants everything her sister gets so I added the yogurt only to her food and she actually ate it all! Bowls of food stay all day untouched usually. It is wednesday and I am confident that the bladder issue is cleared up. I will continue with the ACV for a couple more days to be sure. I will also continue to use the yogurt in their food because it has finally gotten them to eat after much trial and error with various foods. Thanks so much for the wonderful information on this site. I feel much better being able to help my dog with natural products instead of antibiotics. I realize that the antibiotics would be necessary if more serious symptoms persisted but to be able to avoid them when possible is much better.

Posted by Rebecca (Austin, Texas) on 04/19/2009

[YEA]  My 5 month old puppy began to have urinary frequency and small drops of blood in her urine on Friday night. As soon as we got home from training class, she was urinating more frequently, having frequent episodes of dysuria in between and still having some drops of blood towards the end of her stream. I quickly researched home and natural remedies. I came upon this one and just happened to have unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar in my fridge. She is nearly 50 lbs, so I mixed 1 tablespoon with 2 tablespoons of yogurt right then. Later with her dinner, I again mixed 1 tablespoon with the yogurt and her normal meal. She was back to normal in the morning! We are still continuing the treatment to see if it will help her with problems she has been having with skin allergies, so far we have noticed some relief and improvement. =) Thanks.

Replied by Dogmommi26
Toronto, Ontatio, Canada
To the person with a 5 month old dog, unless you've been to a vet to dignose a uti/bladder infections it's likely she's just in HEAT.

My Olde English Bulldogge is 4 and she has never had a bladder/uti issues and is fed NOW Fresh adult food (for 2 years now, previously was Orijen but the protien levels weren't to my liking).

That being said last March she had pups and was spayed afterwards, now a year later she has a infection and I am looking for dosages on Cranberry Juice (pure, not from concentrate) for a 54 Lb dog?

Posted by Rebecca Hazell (Tampa, FL) on 03/12/2009

I was trying to find a solution to my Boxers excessive leaking after she went to the bathroom. I am not sure what is causing this but am pretty sure it's a UTI and am trying the ACV treatments that I am reading here. I lost my job in Oct. and have been jobless since and can't afford a vet visit. So I went online and googled home remedies for UTI for dogs and this site came up. I read a lot of the testimonials and was glad to find something so easy for my baby. She is a seven year old Boxer who is just such a wonderful companion. I too didn't understand why she was peeing in the house out of the blue when she has been so good at not peeing indoors. She hasn't had alot of the other symptoms that I am reading like whining, or getting up in the middle of the night.. but she has been leaking really bad after she goes pee (for about 20 minutes). Sometimes it just dribbles and other times it waits until she lays down and then there are pools of pee there.. it's gotten progressively worse and so I am trying this home remedy in the hopes that this is what is ailing her. I gave her a dose of two tablespoons with a two tablespoons of yogurt with about half of cup of food and mixed it all together. She ate it up right there on the spot... so it's still too early to know what kind of response she is going to have... but I am praying for some relief for her and us- as we are constantly having to put a diaper on her or making her lay down on a mat so that she doesn't leak onto the carpets... I will check back in - in a few days and let you all know if the treatment worked. It was a pleasure reading all of your testimonies and hearing all the stories of your beloved pets.. I too am trying to avoid a huge vet bill as I just can't afford it right now.. so if this works I will be soooooo thankful. Thanks for the care and concern of all who took the time to write. So others like myself can try to find healthy alternatives to the industry of Vets who insist we take our pets to see them when there are easier and less expensive means to treat our animals. Thank you to whomever monitors this site and keeps it running for our benefit.

Replied by Ivana
Tampa, Florida
How is your furbaby doing ?

Posted by Blanche (Orland Park, IL) on 12/05/2008

Our 8 year old Bullmastiff has had regular Bladder Infections for the last 5 years. Most recently she has been on Antibiotics from our vet anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 month at a time. Each time she get her infection back usually as soon as a couple of weeks after finishing her pills. This time we were told her infection was back and to start her up again, and we decided it was time to try another alternative. I am hoping and praying that the Apple Cider Vinnegar works for our Blanche as we are concerned about so many antibiotics in her system. I am mixing 2 tablespoons of ACV with 2 tablespoons of yougart 3 times a day to start. She is a big dog about 117 lbs so I increased it a little. I will let you all know what her outcome is as soon as I see any changes.

Replied by Lisa
Anchorage, AK
Blanche I just found this site and your situation seemed simiular to mine. Ladybugg is a 9 year black lab and has had recurring UTI for 2 years (usually 1 every 3 mo. or so). My vet put her on Macrobid since November, so far so good. However, it cost $78.00 p/month not to mention any possible long term side effects. After reading all these postings I decided to give it a try, althought not sure if she will need it every day or not. I think I will try the PH testing and see where she is at. But, would be definitely intrested on how it is working for your girl.

Posted by Anne (Preston, MD) on 12/05/2008

[YEA]  I just want to comment on the UTI in regards to dogs. I have an older german shepard that was on antibiotics for weeks and everytime I took her off the drugs the infection came back, seemingly worse. The dog was in pain and the vets said there was nothing to do but put her on SRONGER meds, I was not willing to do that. I gave her 2 tablespoons of ACV in her food and within several hours she was no longer in pain. Amazing! For about 3 months I gave her ACV about 3 or 4 times a week and then stopped giving it and she's never had symptoms again. I now give it maybe 3 or 4 days a month just to help keep everything in check. The vets said there was nothing they could do after I spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Makes me wonder.....

Posted by Karen (Enfield, CT) on 11/29/2008

[YEA]  I have a 6 month old Newfoundland female and she once again developed the signs of a urinary tract infection. The first time I had her treated with antibiotics from the Vet, this time I tried some Yogurt and ACV and IT WORKED! I was so excited that this natural cure actually worked and it worked right away! I tried two teaspoons of ACV with two to three Tablespoons of Yogurt. She ate it right away-my older male Newfie had some yogurt too and loved it. Now I need a remedy for dog hiccups-my pup gets them several times during the day.
Thanks for the help! Karen

Posted by Trysch (South Florida) on 11/23/2008

[YEA]  THANK YOU! I gave my precious princess 1 tsp ACV and 1 large tbsp yogurt for what appeared to be a bladder infection which started on a Friday. Saturday she got the mixture three times, and by Sunday she felt well enough to want to run and play with her toys again! She's still having some problems, but the incontinence is GONE!

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