Bladder Infection Remedies for Dogs

Last Modified on Oct 19, 2014


Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food   29  0   

Posted by Pam (Welland, Ontario, Canada) on 10/08/2007

[YEA]  My 1 and 1/2 year old lab was just diaganosed wiht a bladder infection, I doing the antibiotics course right now , but she really needs better relief, what would be the daosage for a 65-70lb lab I am all for natural cures and preventive if it helps her she is very uncomfortable. THANK YOU. pam rogers

Posted by Andrew (Earth Clinic) on 07/26/2007

[YEA]  An update from my note of 2 months ago regarding Apple cider Vinegar and Pet Urinary tract infection- It is still working after 60 days, my Akita is not "leaking" and no more antibiotics! Please try this on your animal, adjust for body weight- results are wonderfully dramatic! Earthclinic is the finest most altruistic site on the internet!! Keep going!!

Posted by Melissa
Missouri, US
09/03/2014
question...i have a 113 lb mutt that has had a bladder infection on and off for the last 4 month. She is on a sulfer medication and every 30 days she goes thru the bloody urine and not eating. I have started her on cranberry pills but keep seeing about acv. The liquid form that you buy at the store? I really want to get her back to good health. Shes only 5.
Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
09/04/2014
654 Posts
Hey Melissa!

You can use the liquid form from the store, but the kind to use is the more expensive, organic, raw, 'with the mother'/live cultures. You can mix 1 teaspoon 3x day into her food, and on top of that also add some to her drinking water - 1 teaspoon into a liter of water.

Can I ask what diet you feed your giant girl? Grain based diets cause some dogs to have UTI's - so it may be worth your while to read the ingredient list on the diet you feed and change brands if you find the current diet is grain based.

Posted by Shea (Pittsfield, NH) on 06/04/2007

[YEA]  I am so glad that I stumbled upon this website. My black lab Susie was suffering from a Urninary Tract Infection earlier this week. She has them occasionally but typically when she does she will have accidents, and this time around, she was straining with nothing coming out. I noticed the problem too late in the evening to get her to a vet. So instead I did some research on home remedies and found a lot of information on ACV. I ran out to the store to pick some up, and gave her a teaspoon of ACV mixed in with her food. I gave her this mixture twice a day - within a day and a half...she was cured. I will continue to give her ACV as I have noticed her normally dry, dandruff-y coat is looking healthier already. Also I'm really hoping to prevent the "yellow spots" on the lawn. Everywhere she urinates, the grass dies in little circular patches. If this helps eliminate that problem as well - that would be wonderful.

Posted by Andrew (plfd, New Jersey) on 05/28/2007

[YEA]  re: Dog w/recurring urinary tract infection... Dear Pet Lovers, My 6 year old rescued akita/Malmute has a recurring, (every few months) UTI- which I treat w/cephalexin, for a month or so and its gone. Now on my 5th treatment, with the drug, wonder if Apple cider vinegar, is safe long term, the dosage, (He's is 90-95lbs) and if anyone has had real success? I take it personally, (thanks Ted!) for reflux, and will take it till I die! Thanks and Luck to all in drugless health! Andrew (&Bear) in N.J.

Posted by Pauline (Citrus Heights, CA) on 02/01/2007

[YEA]  I have had nothing but trouble with this little dog I rescued 2 years ago. Prior owner, did not want her anymore, as she kept having UTI's and peeing. I knew this when I got her. After many doc appointments, and a spay. Finally one doctor told me, that she would need surgery, as she had bladder stones. I opt out of surgery, and went on line to find out, what if anything I could do to help this little dog. Since Oct of 2006, I have not only changed the way I feed Dottie, BUT, have incorporated ACV into her food. I HAVE HAD NO ILLNESS, NOR has she had any more UTI's or stones. I cannot thank Earthclinc enough. NOW..when I get phone calls from my friends regarding issues with their dogs, I refer them to this site. and tell them about my beautiful Dottie. Dottie is now 3ish and is a Peke. ACV was such a simple solution. Why vets don't use a more holistic approach to a health dog is beyond me!

Posted by Tigger226
Northville, Mi
09/28/2009
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I am thrilled to find this site. Last year I lost my son who was a week old and at the same time my precious Sophie (shih-tzu/yorkie mix) had a UTI, I had lost my job as well so I was broke and very depressed, I spent over 1100.00 on x-rays, anitbiotics and new food and everything else that went along with her UTI. I was not going to let her go to at a time when I needed my best friend to help me thru a terribly tragic time with the loss of my son, I consider my dog my daughter. Anyways, the UTI finally went away after a month, and the use of some other natural remedy it seemed ok. She was back to normal until 2 months ago. We started it all over again, 500.00 in vet bills, keflax, clavamox and she came thru the 1st UTI and then 2 weeks ago it started again, and on Keflex again but while she was on the Keflex I noticed she had peed all over the couch, I had blamed a friend with a beer for spilling it, but after reading this I guess she had incontinence, even with being on the antibiotics. I have spent another 100.00 this time and am disgusted. Anyways, I was just getting ready to call the vet again because I was told she would need a 400.00 ultrasound to see if she has stones, she has no blood in her urine at all and her urine isn't foul smelling but they suggested it... ouch... I am unemployed and cannot afford it, but I will do whatever I have to, just to keep her comfortable and happy, she is only 3.5. This dog is quite smart and she sees me mixing ACV in food and water and won't touch either now, so I have to resort to a dropper and forcing her to take it. She is 12#'s - will 1 1/2 tbsp ok 2x's a day? I just want her to be ok. I have noticed her feeling better since I put the first dose in her favorite cat food.. that she can never resist. I am totally changing her diet, she eats alot of people food and I think that maybe causing some of her issues. I have noticed her weepy, red eyes have cleared up in just a few hours... how great!!!! thank you so much for the alternative idea, I like it so much better than antibiotics... oh by the way, if anyone besides me has a dog that needs anal glands expressed on a regular basis... I have noticed pumpkin in a can helps cut down on the amount of times it needs to be done. The fiber in the pumpkin helps naturally express the glands and I have been using it for the last 6 months and now only express them every 3 months instead of every 4-6 weeks. I love natural remedies!!!! Thanks again to everyone, and good health to our children!!!!

Posted by Carole (NJ) on 05/06/2006

[YEA]  I have an 11 lb. Chihuahua. His urine was always at a pH of 8 with crystals forming. I put him on a urinary acidifier tablet for a couple of years and it did not do anything. I tried 1/2 teaspoon of ACV once a day and in only one week his urine pH went down to 5!!! Even the doctor was amazed when I told her what I did.

Posted by Denise (Conrad, Ohio)

[YEA]  I have a diabetic schnauzer and he gets a tsp. of ACV in each home made meal. Diabetics are prone to urinary infections and he hasn't had one since the day he was diagnosed 3 years ago. His coat is also in great shape and some diabetics get really dried out hair. I love it! I like using something for my dog that I also use for myself.

Posted by Rachel (St. Louis, MO)

[YEA]  My parent's dog had horrible kidney stones and a urinary tract infection. He could not hold his urine sometimes and other times he could not release it. He was in a lot of pain. The vet reccomended surgery. My mom was reluctant because she believes in natural cures and the fact that there is a 40% chance of it repeating in a year. She put him on a special diet and it didn't work. After two days of putting him on the Apple Cider Vinegar, he appears to be cured! They put a little in his drinking water and a few drops in his food. It worked like a wonder drug! He is happy and energetic again and is no longer having accidents or in pain. He is back to his old self. Highly Recomended!

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Posted by Becca (Abilene, Tx) on 01/29/2014

[YEA]  I got the most AWSOME news today from my vet! After 8 weeks of blood and protein in my yorkies urine and 4 rounds of antibiotics...we are now blood free and only a trace of protein! But guess what, it wasn't the antibiotics that he credits for the drastic improvement...it's the natural regime that I put her on...and he wants me to continue what I am doing and not give her any more antibiotics. He actually ask me about the treatment! Within 24 to 36 hours of mixing plain unflavored live cultured yogurt and a capful of unprocessed apple cider vinegar in with a 1/2 cup of her food, she was asking to go out less and when she did, her output was more...no dribbles! She has had no accidents in the house and she is acting like a 6 month old puppy instead of 5 years old! He looked at her Ph levels from where we started to where we are and at the moment, we are 7...nuetral....YAY! I will have her urine checked again in 2 weeks to see if the protein is completely gone, but I have no doubt that it will be...she is acting just too happy and healthy and I am one happy mom!

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
01/29/2014
654 Posts
Hey Becca!

This is totally awesome!!!

Thank you for sharing your results!

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
02/07/2014
654 Posts
Hey Bailey!

Did your vet wish to culture the urine to determine the best antibiotic? Or was there another reason to culture? If you try a home remedy and the UTI comes right back, you may need to continue with your vet to rule out complications such as crystals or stones.

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.

As for the yogurt and ACV - many mix the two 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. If you are looking for probiotics from the yogurt, 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.

Posted by Bailey
Newhall, Ca
02/07/2014
Can you please tell me the dosage you used with the ACV and yogurt. I have a 15lb boston terrier who has a UTI and I've already spent $300 and they would like to do a culture for another $150. If I could help my dog naturally I would like to try and bring the cost down :/
Posted by Penelope
Ashland, Ky
10/19/2014
[YEA]   WOW!!! Thank you so much for the great info. My 15 yr. Old Corgi mix Tessie has been paralyzed in her back legs for several years and is prone to bladder infections. She had very bloody urine tonight, and none of the zillion vets here have Sunday or emergency hours. I was going to have to get through till Monday, and was concerned because her pee looked so bad all of a sudden. I express her bladder every four hours, and when she gets an infection, it feels "boggy" not firm. I tried the ACV with yogurt (1 tsp. In 2 tsp. Probiotic yogurt). I gave it to her 2. 5 hrs ago, she passed a few clots, her bladder is firming up, and her urine is clearing up already!!! What GREAT results!! Tessie and I thank you. :)

Posted by Susan (Tampa, Fl) on 08/06/2013

[YEA]  Thank you so much for the great info. My dog woke up this morning showing signs of a UTI. I came across this site when I Googled it. The ACV and yogurt is working so well for her. I will tell all of my friends about your site if they ever need help with their pets

Posted by Josie (Chicago, Il) on 06/20/2012

[YEA]  My Terrier Pit Bull Brownie hadn't urinated for 2 days following bouts of thick textured and foul smelling urine. I had been giving her cranberry capsules for 2 weeks and did not see any improvement. She was absolutely miserable. I happened to stumble on this site and followed the advice of giving her the 1tbsp apple cider vinegar coupled with 1 tbsp plain yogurt. I took her for her evening walk 1 hr after the dosage and she still did not urinate. Later that evening, this remedy worked like a charm, although at an inopportune moment and on my polished wood floor. The urine was not thick or smelly. I was so thrilled she had finally peed that no punishment ensued for that infraction. Best remedy ever!!

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Posted by Mary (St. Cloud, Minnesota) on 07/27/2009

[YEA]  As a retired vet assistant and pet owner, I know both sides of the picture when a pet is ill. For urinary problems that recurr, retesting, antibiotics, etc. can become financially limiting especially in areas of the country where veterinary costs are extremely high. I have had great success using ACV, yogurt and cranberry/blueberry extracts to control bladder infections in one of my small dogs who has a recurring problem. My dogs eat a raw diet or no grain dry dog food and no one else has any issues. However, with the first few times of my corgi having a bladder infection, I chose to see my vet to rule out diabetes, bladder or kidney stones, cancer, etc. When it was clear that is was probably a genetic pre-disposition and our unusually hard well water, using the ACV, yogurt and cranberry therapy has been completely successful. Also adding some cottage cheese (1/4 cup every other day) to her diet is very helpful and she loves it! I think it is extremely important to use your head when it comes to caring for your pets. If you think your vet is unusually expensive, look for someone else. However, vets with years of successful experience are worth every penny it may cost. Discuss finances with your vet. A good vet is willing to work with you to find the best treatment options for your pet and your pocketbook. Also, chose a vet that is open to alternative therapies and treatments including accupuncture and chiropractic as these vets seem to continue to learn and do not allow ego to block different care of your pets. It's very unfortunate that veterinary costs have skyrocketed in the past several years. Routine tests and vaccinations now cost as much as treatment of an illness used to cost. Alternative remedies can be much more successful and MUCH easier on the pocket book. Just do your research before treating your pet for anything!

Posted by Louhandy
Los Angeles, Ca
01/21/2014
i have an elderly 32 lb mutt that's been experiencing repeated uti's because of urinary crystals...her vet recommended a medicated kibble to reduce the ph of her urine, but the cost was prohibitive...I've read up on Apple Cider Vinegar + yogurt + cranberries + sea salt and feel that's the way to go...please let me know what dosage combination of the above I should give her daily to make sure she stays her healthiest doggie best... thanks, Lou
Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
01/22/2014
654 Posts
Hey Louhandy!

This is Ted's advice on dosing sea salt:

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

A crisis dose is 1 teaspoon of sea salt into a litre 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 if you are not already dosing the cranberry in conjunction with this therapy]

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

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."

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 2 capsules with food am and pm during a crisis and then scale back to 1 capsule am and pm for maintenance.

As for the yogurt and ACV - many mix the two together and feed with the am and pm meals. 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons of raw, unpasturized, unfiltered, "with the mother" ACV into wet food or yogurt. If you are looking for probiotics from the yogurt, 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.

Now, balancing out your dog's PH is critical in addressing crytals in the urine [aka Crystalluria] but crystalluria represents a risk factor for kidney stones so you should continue to work with your vet to monitor if the crystals resolve or continue to be present, and to be on the lookout for potential complications of urinary obstruction or kidney stones.

Read all about it here:

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/urinary/c_multi_crystalluria

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Posted by Denise (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 04/06/2008

[YEA]  I had my Pyr/Collie F/S 85 lb. 2.4 yr old girl urinalyis done and the PH was 9.0, MAP crystals, no staph, no blood etc, RBC and WBC were fine, so NO antibiotics and 5 more (a total of 9) days before an xray to check for stones. She was given to me with many crystals and a severe leaking/blasdder infection at 6 weeks of age. She had a too short (I think) course of antibiotics and after I discontinued all treats her test was clear, crystal free and great PH. They did comprehensive blood work to rule out hereditary and genetic issues. I'd not given it much thought until she wet herself sleeping and started going more again. Now, today I gave her 1 TSP ACV diluted with 1 TSP water in an oral syringe with the intenet to give another equal dose this evening. She's had sweetened activia yogurt 2X daily for 2 days, cranberry juice 2x 1/2 cup daily, then switched to cranberry tablets 1 pill (9000 mg from 500 mg 18:1 ratio) a day for 2 days. I don't know if the pills are of use, please advise! I think the juice would be better?? I also added SEA SALT to her water, she took a nice, long drink. At anyrate, I took her PH this morning before the ACV and sea salt and it was 8.5. I took it again at 6 pm and it's 6.5. My understanding was if there's an infection, there's going to be crystals and high PH, but I'm thinking she has an issue with diet and needs sea salt as well. I'm so glad I found this site!! In still want to consult with her vet, maybe another one as I'm having trouble getting the vets to understand that I 'get' what's going on. I also think a CULTURE test should have or still should be performed as a urinalysis may not show some infections. ~SIGHS~ It's not a money issue, though I am always broke! I don't want her being so heavily sedated for xrays when I really dis-beleive there are stones that if there are, will dissolve anyways! I also have her on a no corn diet that I may have to reconsider as it's an acid adding veggie. Just thought I'd let folks no that ACV and or the sea salts WORK!! I'll post back and see how everyone's doing as well as keep you updated on her! Thanks AGAIN so much!!

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Posted by Martha (Houston, Tx) on 10/11/2011

My 11 year Bishon won't eat the diet he was put on by his Vet for the prevention of stones formation in his bladder so what can I cook for him, what ingredients should I avoid and also will using Apple Cider Vinegar help him?

I worry for his health since he hasn't had anything to eat and very little to drink since 2 days ago. Today he started acting funny and keeps going outside and looks like he is eating grass.

Thanks

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Posted by Tammyv (By The Sea, Or) on 10/30/2012

[YEA]  I have read many post out there about reoccuring UTI's. Our little male Pom was having a bout of the same and for the past 2 years we have kept them at bay by adding 1/4 t. Of Buchu Leaf powder to his food 2x a day. He hasn't had one since. And a friend came to visit and asked if I had any "cranberry juice" I immediately "knew" what she needed and gave her some Buchu powder too - 2t. and she was fine the UTI never set in! Goggle it as it has been used for years for UTI's in both animals and people. I do not know the long term effects if any, but know it works for now.


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