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Bladder Infection Remedies for Dogs

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Cranberry   3  0   

Posted by Shannon (Portland, Maine) on 12/01/2009

[YEA]  Cranberry and Cantharis for Dog urinary problems

If my rottweiler mix eats birdseed, he inevitably will get a urinary tract infection. One Sunday, when the vet was closed we decided to try cranberry and cantharis and it was amazing! Worked even faster then the antibiotics prescribed by the vet. Firstly, if your dog likes the taste of cranberry jiuce, as mine does, give several 'doses' of unsweetened cranberry juice along with remedy. If not I am sure it will be effective in just pill form. Cantharis is available in most natural food stores as little blue pills. We gave our 110# dog 5 cantharis pills 3 times a day along with 2 cranberry pills. Cranberry pills come in different strengths so I would follow the directions on the bottle, but I think generally 1 pill for dogs under 75# and 2 pills for dogs over 75# should work. For cantheris, I would use a 1 pill per 20# ratio. We continued this treatment for one week after the first sign of blood in the urine and he had no issues. In fact, after the first dose and drink of juice, he was able to urinate within an hour and had a clear urine within about 3 hours. If your dog does not like cranberry juice, it is still important to encourage lots of fluid with this remedy, as the kidneys will need to be well hydrated for the acidity of the cranberry to flush the urinary tract.

Posted by Jan (W. Ma) on 09/27/2009

[YEA]  Cranberry extract (just a drop or two - it's potent stuff!) clears up urinary tract infections in humans and dogs (probably in cats also, but I've never tried).

Humans: dilute two drops in 8 oz. of water and drink. Use twice a day until gone (usually within 36 hours). Or just drink diluted regular cranberry juice, sugar-free.

Dogs: dilute one or two drops (depending on size of dogs) in water and squirt down throat with a medicine syringe. Use twice a day until gone (usually within 36 hours).

Posted by Tammie (Titusville, FL/USA) on 10/21/2008

[YEA]  I was told by my vet that I could use cranberry pills (1, once a day) as a way to prevent UTI's from re-occuring. I have tried this and it seems to work, but I would like to know what you think about this natural remedy and in what doses you might suggest. I'm thinking that after the dog is treated with vinegar to get rid of a UTI, then preventative measures are ok with the cranberry. However, if using vinegar as a preventative works too (and it's cheaper), what would be the recommended dosage for that?

I am SO glad I found this site! My lab mix (age 13) gets UTI's often (like right now!), and vinegar we can do! :) Do you recommend the vinegar remedy for UTI's to be done for a full 2 weeks or what?


Replied by Joanna
Ottawa, Ontario
I know that cranberry juice is belived to be most effective as form of UTI prevention. However; I would like to know if pets taking cranberry juice are more prone to develop crystal and stones such us oxalate stones? My cocker spaniel takes cranberry juice daily 1 cap. a day, she has not been sick since last year. The last time she had UTI the vet said that she has high level of crystals, could she get them form cranberry juice?
Replied by Linda
Rancho Dominguez, Ca
Does your dog's food contain Ash? What is your dog's pH value? When ash and similar are not completely flushed from your dog's system, it can form crystals/stones. A dog's pH value should be slightly acidic at around 6.8 or so. Whatever your dog eats or drinks (even water) can affect pH value. If too alkaline (above 7. 0), it can help cause crystals. Check it out.
Replied by Rose
Morrisville Pa
I have a 3 yr old daschund mix she has blood in her urine and she pees very little and strains herself to where she brakes the vessel in her . Can anyone help me with this to get her back on track thank you

Cranberry Capsules   2  0   

Posted by Monica (Reseda, California) on 03/01/2012

[YEA]  I tried apple cider vinegar on my 2 1/2 year old male cat, Benzi and it worked for a while but it was a strugle to get him to swallow it and, the moment I stopped giving it to him the infection would come back in a couple days. I found this cranberry capsules that treat UTI's in humans and have been diluting 2 capsules in 1 oz of distilled water and have been giving it to him twice a day for 2 weeks now and no sign of UTI's! Not to mention he doesn't mind the taste of it at all. I highly recommend them. I had taken him to the vet back in January and spent 700.00 dollars on a flush and antibiotics and diet food. A few days later he was sick again, so for those that say take him to the vet right away, unless you can afford 1000.00 dollars every vet visit, try alternative natural remedies, They Work!

Replied by Monica
Reseda, Ca
[YEA]   CranActin is the name of the capsules and you can find them at Vitamin World or on
Replied by Susan
Toledo, Oh
I use D-Mannose Powder that I learned about from Karen Becker, Holistic Vet but have always guessed at the dose for my cat. She hasn't had any bladder infections since - and we almost lost her from a severe one that came back a month later.
Replied by Susan
Toledo, Oh
I use D-Mannose Powder that I learned about from Karen Becker, Holistic Vet but have always guessed at the dose for my cat. She hasn't had any bladder infections since - and we almost lost her from a severe one that came back a month later.

Cranberry, D- Mannose   1  0   

Posted by Kk (Houston, Tx) on 07/23/2012

[YEA]  My 13 year old terrier mix had bladder surgery four years ago to remove a massive bladder stone. She had suffered with bladder infections for years and ended up with blood in her urine and needed 2,000 dollar surgery! A very large stone was removed. After the surgery to avoid *another* expensive, painful surgery I started sprinkling cranberry powder or D-mannose with Cranactin powder on her food. Just a quarter to a half a powdered capsule. It worked GREAT! The urinary tract infections stopped and the crystals stopped appearing in her urine. Her vet said to keep doing what I was doing because it worked! I also give her bottled water now.

Cream of Tartar   1  0   

Posted by Lisa (Kaplan, USA) on 08/19/2008

[YEA]  I use a teaspoon of cream of tartar in my dogs water every day for about a week and UTI'S are usually gone, say goodbye to ugly vet bills , at least for this problem.

D-Mannose   2  0   

Posted by Monroe444 (British Columbia, CA) on 04/10/2014

I was wondering what you mean by natural antibiotics - do you mean colloidal or ionic silver water? I was thinking about giving my dog colloidal silver for her UTI but decided against it because it's still an antibiotic, and I figure that if I disturb her gut flora it will just lead to more UTIs in the future, so I'm going to stick with D-mannose powder and cranberry capsules for now. I don't think her UTI is severe though, so maybe if it were I would do the silver. But if there is something else out there, I would love to hear about it.

I am also giving her herbs for Cushing's (the ones from Adrenal Harmony Gold) and have just added some more for her kidneys that are listed in some UTI formulas like stone root and oregon grape root.

Does anyone know anything about using human UTI test strips for dogs so I don't have to keep going back to the vets? Human test strips are so much less expensive than dog test strips - $13 for 10 as opposed to $40 for 2.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Monroe444!

It appears the post you replied to is from last year; not sure if the poster will answer about the natural antibiotics - I hope they do!

I did research into using human UTI test strips for dogs, and it appears the ones used for dogs are the exact same ones used in humans - so yes, you can save money and buy the human test strips for your dog.

Posted by Jan (Seattle, Wa) on 01/07/2009

[YEA]  D-Mannose powder (simple sugar) eliminates urinary tract infection quickly (24-48 hours) and safely by causing the bacteria to be flushed right out of the body with normal urination. D-Mannose is easy to buy, your local Health Food store has it.

It is a shame and unforgivable that doctors are not recommending this product - to people and to pets! I have small 16 years old dog, the dosage I use - 1/2 teaspoon with a little of her favorite treats crumbled in it - 3 times for only 1 to 2 days, and the infection is gone! (No more blood in urine, no rotten smell.) It works like a magic for people and pets! No antibiotic needed!

Replied by Jody
British Columbia, Canada
[YEA]   My 3 year old female St. Bernard has had three UTI's. Getting a urine sample from a St. Bernard is not easy to say the least:) The one before her present one I had tried the ACV and yogurt, unfortunately to no avail and had to resort to a vet visit and antibiotics. Two weeks ago I noticed her frequent urination again and went out and bought D-Mannose, which I had read great reviews about. WOW! In one to two days her urination was back to normal. I've given her one 500mg pill (opened in her food) three times a day since and was just researching when to decrease that dose. I may put her on one pill for maintenance now. It's really worth a try for all the damage antibiotics can do to animals and people (although yes, they do have their place in many instances:)
Replied by Livia
Vancouver, Bc
How did you know the infection was cleared? Do you pH as well to track normal levels. Sometimes blood is an obvious symptom but sometimes in the past there has been none except the increase in my 11 year old's pH. She has been good for over a year but today there is blood and frequent urination out of no where :( I normally do a combo of natural antibiotics and homeopathic remedies like cantheris etc but am really curious about D mannose. How did you determine dose?

Dietary Changes   1  0   

Posted by Sophiesmom (Economy, Pennsylvania) on 08/02/2015

[SIDE EFFECTS]  My 2-1-2 year old female lab had bladder stone surgery on July 16. She had been on Earthborn Holistic grain free bison food for 2 years with no problems. I would give her a little plain yogurt and a drizzle of molasses too. Now the vet put her on Royal Canin which she promptly threw up in chunks every night at 3am. I read the ingredients, chicken byproducts and corn. Yuck! So my vet told me to put her back on the Earthborn and gradually introduce her to Hills prescription for struvite and oxalate stones. She has had it three days now and threw up last night at 3am but primarily just phlegm. She is starving on this low protein crappy food! The vet hasn't gotten the stone results back yet. Her PH urine is 6.5. The grass is killed everywhere she urinates too. I wish I could just give her a good quality, grain free, holistic food like chicken food and try adding some potassium citrate or ACV in it. I was told the stones could come back.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
Hello, Sophie'smom (Economy, Pennsylvania) ---

I can well understand your frustration about your poor dog's condition.

For one thing, all Vets seem to sell Hill's garbage in expensive plastic bags. In years of caring for many pets, I have learned my lesson. You must do your own. Vets have no education in nutrition.

I feed a grain free fish or chicken top quality kibble which I soak in left over steaming liquid from veggies so that the food is not hard to digest. I process a mixture of veggies and add a scant tsp. turmeric and some slices of fresh ginger, all to be pureed. I mix the kibbles with this and top the dish with hemp seed oil or coconut oil. Plus a tbsp. ACV which disappears in the mix. Some veggies have to be steamed though. I also provide b-vitamins in Nutritional Yeast from the health food store.

I have long stopped to see vets as I do not want a mortgage on my house and a sick animal. For instance, my Newfie mix rescue has a bad long time skin condition mostly painfully on his beautiful tail. A by passing vet said the tail should be amputated. Do I need to say more? An open admission that they know very little.

Be your own vet and, yes, kefir or unsweetened yoghourt are very good. If you look up EC's remedy and ailment sections, you may find many good hints to try out. Even the ones for people as well as the pet section. Wish you both well.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
to Sophie'smom --- I forgot to mention to get organic parsley and make a soup with it to throw over the vegetables. Also, if you have access to unsprayed dandilyon, the entire plant - and dogs and cats love the tea in their kibbles. This is true super nutrition. Namaste, Om
Replied by Timh Donate

S: The severity and chronic nature of this UTI infection suggest more than kidneys affected. I know from experience that if the Liver or Colon are not in good shape, the kidneys will take the brunt and never get better despite treatments.

To clean your Canine's Colon, give only a pinch (maybe 1/4 spoon for Lab weighing 50lb+) in food once or twice a wk for a couple wks. This will proly stop the vomit problem.

What about water source? Tap water needs filtering. Add a few drops of Hydrogen Peroxide 3% to the drinking bowl to kill internal infections.

One more effective remedy I use on my pets, as for nutrition, which you seem to be struggling with. Add a few granules of Bee Pollen to the food daily. Bee Pollen contains all the nutrition not found in commercial foods and more, much more.

Replied by Dharmony
Here is a link to a really good paper from Whole Dog Journal on stones. Diet change is not always necessary. You are right not to want to give crappy food. Once you find out which kind of stones she had you could look it up here. Good luck. Canine Kidney Stone and Bladder Stone Prevention
Replied by Sophiesmom
Economy, Pa
I gave Sophie a tiny bit of food before she went to bed and she kept it down. I just think that low protein prescription food is not filling her up. She is starving!
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Sophie's Mom!

I agree with you - the non-grain meat diet with all the protein is the way to go - JMHO.

Low protien diets in conjunction with antibiots help stones to dissolve but a low protien diet has not shown to prevent their formation.


What can help is distilled water and wet food - or soaked kibble, and incentives to increase water intake such as bowls of flavored broths next to the water bowl.

Your girl's PH is in the good zone, but having ph test strips on hand can help alert you to problems as the ph changes when there is an infection which then allows the stones to grow larger.

The stones may well recur - some dogs are simply prone to this condition. Staying on top of things by checking the PH will help you keep your girl comfortable and as symptom free as possible.

Posted by Lucy (Iowa) on 06/06/2014

My dog is peeing all the time every few minutes see her put her on amoxi pills for 2 weeks but still squatting all the time. doesnt seem to hurt and no dicolored urine. I am going to try some of the natural remedies I have seen on this page bur I am wondering if the food I have my older dog on is causing the problem. I switched a couple months ago to a no grain diet as 1 of my dogs seizures were becoming more frequent and this seems to have helped her, however the 1 with the bladder infection sneaks into this food dish and eats it as well as her own. So now wondering if this is the cause.?????

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Lucy!

What food are you feeding your older dog? What food are you feeding your younger dog with the UTI? Without knowing what you are feeding I cannot comment on the diet being the cause of the bladder infection.

That said, Ted from Bangkok suggests sea salt for a UTI:

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "Sea salt added to the dog's drinking water, 1 teaspoon per liter of water should reduce the UTIs if taken for 1-2 days; then a maintenance dose of 1/4 teaspoon per liter of water of sea salt should be fine. If it is not working then I would likely add some cranberry juice to the water instead of just plain water with sea salt."

If your dog won't take the sea salted water, you can hide the dry salt in the middle of a wad of cheese or in soft canned food - but break the dose up into one half teaspoon doses if you go this route.

Posted by Meg (Murfreesboro, Tennessee, U.s.) on 08/06/2012

I found this website while I was looking for flea prevention for my dogs and cats and CANNOT wait to get to the store In the morning to pick up some ACV. While I was reading through many posts I noticed a lot of people having trouble with their male cats getting frequent UTI's or blockage problems. I have 4 cats and only one is male. We've had the male for a out 2 years with no problems until one day I noticed him in the litter box for like 30 min. at a time just staring at me and straining and when he'd finally come out of the litter. I'd about 5 min. later he would be right back in there. After about a day and a half he stopped eating so I took him to the vet. He told me that my cat was partially blocked and had sand built up in his urethra. He said that for some reason some male cats develop sand in their urine when fed your normal everyday cat foods even the ones that are suppose to be the best. He gave me the option of a costly penis amputation, catheterize ( also costly) him and clear the remainder of the block or he said if he was me that he would just start feeding him a brand of food that you can only get at a vets office it's a c/d multicare formula for feline bladder health and see if that clears the block on its own.... After a week or two I noticed him spending less and less time in the litter box and actually producing urine. The vet says he has to stay on this food the rest of his life and as soon as I feed him regular food he will block. It's about $18 for a 4 lb. bag which isn't cheap so he told me not to feed the other cats (all female) this food bc females dont have the same problem so there was no need to buy the expensive food for all of them. Now I feed the male in another room and it's been 6 months and I haven't had any other all day litter box sessions from Tiddle Bittle (my kitty) :) hope this helps someone!

Posted by Alan (Greensboro, Nc) on 02/17/2012

[YEA]  My older male cat Demetry was having the classic symptoms for a UTI and I researched information online and this was one site that I used. He had gotten to the point of trying to pee about every 30 min and the urine looked like straight blood about a quarter size to half dollar and I knew I had to do something. I also spoke to a vet and he suggested using food only labeled as specific to helping prevent UTI's.

Combining the information I found here and at other sites I began by using a oral syringe with a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar as well as trying to add a small amount to his food. He was not taking well to these treatments and he reduced his consumption greatly even if I just dipped my finger in the vinegar and swirled it into his wet food. So I changed my tactic and started feeding him wet food 3 times a day when I could and adding a decent amount of water, up to 3 tablespoons per third of a can of food and mixed it well with a fork.

I saw an improvement by the first day and by day 5 he seems to be back to normal. I do not see any blood in his urine, he is using the litter box again, and he is not constantly getting up to pee. I am still feeding him more wet food than I used to and adding water and he has a bowl of dry food (both are UTI foods) but does not eat much of that anymore, where that used to be his main diet.

Although the vinegar treatment did not seem to work for me, I believe that I was able increase his water consumption along with the proper foods and had success. I believe I will continue this treatment for another 3 weeks or so, but maybe I should continue to add water to his food from now on. He is a large cat, about 13 pounds, and I do not want to cause him to become unhealthy by gaining weight.

Posted by Rachel (Adelaide, South Australia) on 01/05/2012

My family and I were sitting in the lounge room when we heard a scratching noise coming from the kitchen. I went into the kitchen just in time to find our 12 year old male neutered cat peeing red urine on the wall. We quickly made a vet appointment and saw him that same afternoon. The vet said that he most likely has a urinary tract infection and said that we could have the choice of either an injection or tablet of antibiotics. So we accepted the injection.

We already had ACV (with mother) in the fridge and started mixing it with his food. Zac is a total indoor cat, but during this time he was obsessed about being outside and peeing every 5 minutes, digging holes everywhere, which is very unlike him because naturally he will hold his urine for 8 hours or longer and then do a long wee.

We kept the bathroom doors open for him because he didn't want to pee in the litter tray (because they associate it with pain when they get an infection), overnight and the next morning we made the decision to ban all dry food, so I went out and bought some tuna and expensive cat food and then mixed some with ACV (diluted). All throughout the day we tried to keep his fluids up and even feeding him ACV with a dropper. I'm not sure how much went down his throat because it was frothing everywhere. You also have to make sure that you dilute it enough that it doesn't burn their throat.

Unfortunately, by Saturday night (we first noticed the blood on Thursday) Zac was still obsessed with peeing small amounts so we took him to the vet and got tablets and mixed it with food. I'd also like to say that if our cat couldn't pee at all, we would have taken him to the vet sooner instead of relying on ACV because it's very dangerous if cats are trying to pee and nothing comes out because then the toxins build up with nowhere to go.

Luckily, 24 hours later on Sunday night, he did a big long wee, like for 30 seconds, so we are guessing that it was the antibiotics, but it could have been the ACV as well.

Some changes we have made since having that scare was NO dry food for the cats at all. Dry food is NOT a natural part of cats' diets. Your cats are supposed to get their water from their meals, which is the wild would be carcasses. Dry food is too salty and not only does it take moisture out of their system, but it's a missed opportunity for them to be fed water with their meal. Which brings me to...

When giving them their two meals a day we mix about half a cup of filtered water and mix it up into a soup-like consistency so that the crystals don't have a chance to form and that their kidneys and urinary tract system gets flushed out regularly. This means that you will need to clean out your litter tray more often and/or remember to let your cat out to the toilet a few hours after their meal to empty their bladder.

I live in Australia so am able to find kangaroo meat and such from the supermarket, so we mix that with water (more on hot days and lukewarm water on cold days, your cat out in the wild would eat meat that is body temperature). And they love their meals. If you are concerned about the missing taurine in their diet, you can give them chicken hearts or liver from your butcher, just make sure to research about taurine because too much can be as dangerous as too little.

Ignore all of the commercials and your vet when they try to sell you their anti-UTI dry food. It is still dry food. Like many things, go back to basics and learn to research for yourself, because your vet is trying to earn money for their practice as well as diagnose your pet. You really can't go wrong with meat and springwater, but plenty can go wrong with dry food.

Lastly, never ever ever let your cat come into contact with Tea Tree Oil. It is safe for humans but NOT for cats, not even on their skin - it is TOXIC because the liver cannot handle it. It seeps through their skin, and shuts down their nervous system, paralyzing and even killing them.

Posted by Mollie (Cambridge, Ma) on 01/23/2011

My male cat developed a urinary tract infection--he kept going back and forth to the litter box straining to urinate and constantly meowing. I had been putting 2 or 3 drops of organic apple cider vinegar in my cats' water bowls for years. When my male cat's problem developed I started To put a couple of drops of organic apple cider vinegar on his lips for him to lick a couple of times a day. It didn't help. I took him to the vet, who gave him antibiotics and pain medication. It worked only for a few days. I had to bring my cat back to the vet two more times for stronger antibiotics and more pain medication, which cost me about $700. Once more, the urinary problem arose after a few days. The vet said my cat needed to drink more water. I remembered reading about and hearing from a friend who puts water in her cat's canned cat food bowl. To keep my cats' weight down, I had recently started giving my cats canned cat food only once a day and dry twice a day. But now I give the cats canned cat food (high quality) twice a day with about a quarter of a cup of distilled water mixed into each bowl. I also put 2 or 3 small drops of high quality olive oil in the canned cat food for hair balls. And I put in 2 drops of organic apple cider vinegar in my male cat's canned cat food bowl once daily. In addition, I give each cat 2 chewable cat vitamins daily. My female cat loves the vitamins and gladly eats them. But for my male cat, I press the vitamins into a powder and mix it with a very small amount of canned cat food, which I give him before His regular bowl of canned cat food which is mixed with water, etc. Also, I had been using a clumping cat litter. Remembering back 25 Years or so when clumping litter came onto the market, a kindly veterinarian told me he thought that the clumping litter might cause urinary tract problems in male cats. So just in case, I have now gone back to using a non-clumping litter. I don't have much problems now with litter tracking, so I like the non-clumping litter, as well. The good news is that my male cat has not had any urination problems for about a month now. I still also put 2 or 3 drops of organic apple cider vinegar in their water bowls daily--I use mostly distilled water. I still give them some good quality dry food daily, but a small amount twice a day. I'd rather do all this than pay hundreds of dollars for medication for my cat that doesn't work longer than a few days.

Posted by Mollie (Cambridge, Ma) on 01/23/2011

I just posted a message regarding my male cat with a urinary tract infection. I said that I now give my cats canned cat food twice a day and mix 1/4 cup distilled water in each bowl. I don't generally measure the water and when I checked today, I see that I mix a little less than 1/4 cup water into each bowl of canned cat food.

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