How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Bladder Infections in Dogs

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Apple Cider Vinegar is an excellent home treatment for bladder infections (UTI's) in dogs. Pet owners have happily found relief for their pets within a matter of hours of administering the first dose!

How Much Apple Cider Vinegar Do I Give My Dog for a UTI?

The following are approximate amounts of apple cider vinegar to give a dog with a bladder infection. Usually the dose is given twice a day, though occasionally our readers give the dose 4 times a day, depending upon each individual situation.

  • 1 teaspoon for small dogs
  • 1 tablespoon for medium dogs
  • 2 tablespoons for large dogs

How Do I Get My Dog to Take Apple Cider Vinegar to Cure his UTI?

Our readers have used a variety of ways to to get their dogs to take apple cider vinegar.

  • mix it with equal parts plain Greek yogurt (which helps with healing, too!)
  • mix it with equal parts peanut butter and honey
  • used apple cider vinegar capsules and hide them in peanut butter

Some pet owners give some apple cider vinegar daily to their pets for maintenance. This also can help with fleas and allergies as well!

Topical Application of ACV for Bladder Infections in Dogs

Another effective method for bladder infections is to apply diluted Apple Cider Vinegar to the scruff of the neck or to the paws.

Watch Earth Clinic's video demonstrating two effective methods to apply apple cider vinegar topically. We'll also show you how to make an apple cider vinegar solution.

Read on to see how our readers have used apple cider vinegar to help their four legged friends with bladder infections. Please let us know if you have tried this natural remedy for your pet!

52 User Reviews

Posted by Guinandmela (Los Angeles) on 03/16/2018
4 out of 5 stars

This isn't a review but I was looking for help/advice. I noticed a week ago that on a long walk, her pee started out fine but throughout, she would squat and dribble pee. The pee was sometimes cloudy, sometimes clear, I think somewhat pink at times. Not like her to mark so many times (girl). I assumed UTI. I tried something I bought on Amazon with good reviews. I may have been inpatient and stopped and started using ACV (about 2 TBSP mixed with 3TBSP of organic beef broth). It's been about day 3 of using ACV and noticed a slightly less peeing on a 40 minute walk today. (about 6 times in total... didn't notice pink but these things are always so hard to see! ) I was wondering how long it took for people to notice a change. She isn't straining to pee. I do notice she is drinking a little more water than normal. Last night I felt a wet puddle spot on the rug. It didn't smell like pee or had any color to it so I'm not sure. I am doing my best to take her out as often as I can as I'm sure that is helpful to getting any bacteria out. I hope I'm doing this right. I will take her to the vet to do a culture test if I have to but would prefer not to put her on clavamox. Another thing I noticed today was that she had diarrhea. Could this be from too much acidity in her stomach? thank you in advance. (her recent bloodwork in January was normal)

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Guinandmela,

If this were my dog I would take her to the vet for a diagnosis. AND I would stress that I did not want Clavamox, that I wanted to try other options first. Your nutritional approach seems to be addressing symptoms -let the vet know that. But you really need to rule out any other hidden issue that may be causing the increased thirst, diarrhea and blood in the urine. Good luck and please report back.

Replied by Debbie
South St. Paul

My dog is a 140 pound Great Dane.Hhow much would I give her of the ACV and yogurt and what kind of yogurt do I get?

Posted by Tina (Slovenia) on 02/27/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I am so happy I ran to this page. My 4 month old puppy suddenly couldnt hold her peeing - she wet her own bed three times. Since it was saturday evening, I couldnt take her to vet and started googling and found ACV helped some of you. I decided to get some ACV and yougurt first thing next morning and try giving it to her. So next morning I gave her ACV - she wouldn't eat it mixed with yougourth though. So I mixed one teaspoon to her food and added some pork fat with it - she cant resist that. So she ate that and I repeated treatment at noon and evening. In the evening she felt a looot better and next morning she was like a new dog. No signs of any illness. So I am very grateful to those who posted this cure. It also saved me trip to vet.

Posted by Jamila (St Thomas, Usvi) on 08/27/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Your Website and the Pet Video Apple Cider Vinegar for UTIs in Dogs, Cats, etc truly came to our rescue Friday night. My husband and I have 2 dogs. Our 6 year old, 75 Lb Shepard Ratwiler mix, by accident, one came into contact with a toxic bug spray in the face Friday. By evening she displayed symptoms of a UTI. Frequent urination, then 10-12 attempts at urination immediately following; a fever and accelerated breathing rate. By midnight, we knew we were in trouble. Your Website article 11 Ways to Heal Dog UTIs and the Video Apple Cider Vinegar for UTIs in Dogs, especially the how to apply to the Paws in a bowl of water, was a dream come true! The next morning we gave her a warm bath, Apple Cider Vinegar with blueberries in water with her grain free food and by afternoon she was almost her old self again. No VET, No $Hundreds of $Dollars and No Antibiotics! Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!

Replied by Charlotte
San Diego, Ca

How much ACV did you put in the water? Our dog can taste ACV really well due to a really bad incident, we didn't know better at the time, and a few days we shot a teaspoon of straight ACV down her throat with syringe and she threw up... who wouldn't?

What's an effective ratio of water to ACV?

EC: Hi Charlotte, please see our ACV for Dogs page here for dosing info and gentle/effective ways to administer ACV transdermally.

Posted by Janet (North Carolina) on 07/02/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have been giving my 12 lb min pin 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar mixed w/tsp lowfat greek vanilla yogurt and peanut butter for about 3 days now. She had tested positive for a uti but with no signs of blood, just leaking on us and pet beds. Antibiotics worked at first but 2 days later was still leaking. After 3 days with Apple Cider Vinegar am and pm she's acting like old self again. You would never know she's 12. So how long should I continue giving her acv? Or is this a good health balancing thing to continue

Posted by Karen (Crown Point, In) on 04/25/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I'm beside myself because my Speed Racer has a UTI, 103.5 temp and won't eat. I did just see him drink water with his paw. Went to the vet last night, $400 later. He has an oral antibiotic and a product called Rebound (also orally); however he keeps vomiting. Worried that his meds won't help I ran to GNC and bought the ACV wth the Mother. Gave him the emergency dose of 5ml. He spit a little up because it does taste nasty (I tried it). I also added a little honey to it. Anyway, he seems okay now, but only time will tell. I will keep you all posted and a big THANK YOU for this site and recommendations!

Replied by Cindi
Oak Grove


Wonderful news! Thanks for sharing.

If it happens again, you can probably dilute the 5ml in water before dosing to make it easier for your dog to take. Maybe 5ml of Apple Cider Vinegar and 30 ml of water...


Replied by Sue

I have a now 5 month old cane corso who has had reoccuring bladder infections for a longggg time now. we have done the vet route several times, medications over and over again, and this morning she started squatting repeatedly. we are now going to try ACV and yogurt. Any suggestions on amounts for a large puppy (73 lbs). She is on a grain free kibble and also gets an immuno support and omega 3.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Sue!

A few thoughts for you. Read the pages on ACV for dosing ideas. I tend to go heavy and hide it in canned tuna, while others have smaller doses in water. Chronic infections make me think your girl is constantly being exposed to something that disagrees with her. It may be helpful to have a log or journal and record everything she takes by mouth - all treats, chewies, and human food. Consider the grain free diet you are feeding may also be the culprit and consider changing protiens. So if you are feeding a chicken based diet try a beef based diet and give it 6 weeks while you record results. Also consider on a rotating basis alkalizing her drinking water with baking soda, and also Ted's Borax protocol for dogs - another water treatment. Finally consider her conformation - if she has an 'inny' vulva this may be something she has to out grow and innies usually resolve with the first heat cycle. Please keep us posted!

Replied by Debbie
East Sussex Uk

It's important to get her PH levels right, using baking soda/bicarbonate of soda. If you look on here, you will get the information on that. If she's been having antibiotics, you will need to balance her gut flora. I would start giving her doses of colloidal silver. Daily. Again, info on here.

Replied by Ana
New York
15 posts

Make sure you get her checked out for worms too, sometimes pups can get that and it just makes them pee more because they are sensitive to that, most importantly get your dog off of commercial dog food. Please see Dr Dobias (Canadian Veterinarian) for his products, articles and videos, also join their community. Feeding a dog raw especially for a puppy is crucially important, if you do research on the commercial food industry you will cringe that you allowed a bag of that food open in you home, I know I did and thus our journey to a better simpler life began for our dog and us, and it turns out its cheaper in more than one way and you get smaller less smelly poops and a happy healthy dog. To make the transition cook your food and mix it for 2-4 days there should be no issues, then just go full speed ahead with just cooked food, there are many support sites out there find a few and look at the reviews until you find what suits you.

A must have is Dr Pitcairn's (American Veterinarian) book(he will walk your through a lot of questions on feeding and illness), even the old version is priceless. As long as there is nothing medically wrong you should see a lot of improvements just with a diet change almost immediately, please get support for this and be patient. A vet you can talk to that is not trying to sell you their commercial dog food is so important, a holistic one is priceless but not so easy to find let alone afford. Good luck and do keep posting here, I find lots of great ideas and resources here.

Posted by Ceg (Pa) on 03/17/2017
5 out of 5 stars

My dog seemed to have a UTI or bladder infection (frequent urination, blood in the urine, etc.) Of course, these symptoms show at the start of a major blizzard...4' of snow and no plow on our road for 3 days. Needless to say, we could not get to the vet. Desperate, I searched for home remedies and found this site. Used 1 teaspoon of organic ACV twice a day. NO more signs of blood after first day, less frequent urine after day 2, totally back to normal by day 3. Thank you!

Posted by Robynne (Frisco, Tx) on 08/28/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Although most of these posts under the topic appear older, last night I followed the advice of many dog owners who have posted about the wonderful effects of ACV for dogs with a UTI. I adopted 3 year-old sister Aussiedoodles 4 months ago. One of them has a hooded vulva, which unfortunately puts her at risk for UTI's. She had her first UTI within 2 weeks of adoption. Vomiting, frequent and bloody urine, licking her private area constantly, and lethargy were her symptoms. She spent a day at the vet with a IV because she couldn't hold anything down. The bill was $300.

Last night she started running around nervously, had to urinate frequently, and threw up. Of course it's Saturday night and the vet is not open on Sunday. I came to this website and felt it was my best option until I could get her to the vet. My husband is a physician and felt that trialing the ACV + yogurt could not hurt her. I used 1 tbsp ACV to 2 tbsp of plain yogurt for both dogs, who lapped it up immediately. I anticipated being up with her to address frequent urination and vomiting all night. My dog slept the whole night and no more vomiting. She lapped up her morning dose of ACV + yogurt and her grain free dog food. She has perked up today and is wagging her tail. Although she is not 100%, she certainly is much better and appears to be on her way to being well again. I must say I am pleasantly shocked that she is doing so well 12 hours later. Thank you Earth Clinic, you may have saved me a serious vet bill!

Posted by Sherry (Venice, Fl) on 07/18/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My three yr old doxie mix had some blood in her urine. She's had bladder stones before that resulted in an expensive operation. Thinking it was either that (again) or a uti I started searching the internet for natural resources, because a expensive vet bill was just not in the card right now. I came upon this site, read many reviews, and started giving her ACV. WOW! In one day it was nearly cleared up. In two days, so far, I've seen no blood. Thank you all for the good advice!

Replied by Christie

I have my maltese on antibiotics for struvite kidney stones and a UTI infection. Just found this site and gave her some ACV. She didn't want to take it mixed in water or food, so I gave it to her straight with a syringe, followed by water and a raw treat for being so good. My question is should I be giving it to her while she's on an antibiotic or wait until she finishes her meds?

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney Australia

Christie, it won't hurt.

Replied by Lisa

Hi Sherry,

I have a pie bald doxie and she too has had the operation less than 10 mos. ago for bladder stones. I have had her on a raw diet and watch her weight and add a chicken or beef broth to her raw food along with ACV in the broth. I think its helping to impede the what I fear is some sort of genetic predisposition to stones. She is having some symptoms again like frequent urination and what appears to be longer attempts at peeing. Sometimes, like tonight her pee, she peeped in the house was VERY pungent and foul smelling. How is your dog doing now? Does anyone else have what appears to be development of recurrences of bladder stones. She's quite young --about 3 now(rescued at about age 1)and had the stones at about 2 so I fear this is kind of a congenital problem that will be a life long struggle.

Posted by Lori (Benicia, Ca) on 05/31/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I'm so glad I came upon your website. I have an almost 3 year old dog that had blood in her urine the other day. Although she didn't exhibit any other signs like straining, pain, etc. I knew I couldn't let this go. I can't afford to take her to the vet and ended up on the website. I tried 2 tablespoons of ACV mixed in boiled chicken and waited until she went on the pee pads. Not only was there no blood, she was comfortable urinating. Even though her urine is free of any blood, I'm going to continue with the ACV for a couple more days to be safe. Them goodness for your site, you probably saved me thousands of dollars I don't have. She would of had to be sedated prior to going as she is fear aggressive.

Posted by San and Jack (Bath, Uk) on 05/27/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My 9 and a half year old golden retriever suddenly started weeing non stop - outside - crying and barking as he weed. - he was very unsettled indoors - crying and whining - I was v worried about him. - I knew that it was highly likely to be a UTI - he's had it once before and was treated with antibiotics. It was 7:30 in the evening - I came across this site and WOW - Apple cider vinegar worked amazing. - I used 2 heaped tablespoons of ACV and equal quantity of water pulled it up through a syringe and jetted it down his throat. (he would not eat it any other way) - I also gave him about 3 tablespoons of natural greek yogurt. Within 45 minutes he was not weeing constantly and settled. - He slept all through the night. I have given him the same dose this morn. He seems absolutely fine -however because its a bank holiday wknd - I have decided to take him to vet and get antibiotics as a standby.

Replied by Maggie
33 posts

You might try D-Mannose. After trying several of the remedies listed on Earth Clinic, including ACV, D-Mannose finally cleared up a UTI in my dog. It's not bitter so I just opened the capsule and mixed it with her food.

Posted by Kristen (Fl) on 05/09/2016
1 out of 5 stars

Was wondering if there is anything out there for my 15 pound dog who has a uti I can't get rid of. I have been using ACV and it not working . I did take her to vet they did all the test and no stones just UTI. I hate to put her back on antibiotics. Trying Nature's Way Kidney & Bladder. How about D-Mannose - can you give that to dogs?

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

Hi kristin, I looked in my notes for a answer that should help with your problem, 15 drops of each sarsaparilla, red clover and barberry orally twice a day for two weeks also a tablespoon cod liver oil, 1 teaspoon liquid vit c once per day. Good luck.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Kristen!

You certainly can give D-mannose to dogs and some folks find it very helpful.

One other thing to consider is diet; a grain based diet has been linked to UTI's in pets. Please read your dog food label and check for corn and grains. If you see them in the ingredients it is time to change to a grain free brand as corn and grains may be the culprit.

Replied by Maggie
33 posts

D-Mannose worked for my dog. I tried the other remedies but they didn't work.

Posted by Jj (Auberry, Ca) on 04/20/2016 1 posts
5 out of 5 stars

Sunday afternoon noticed my 5 month old Border Collie was having a problem peeing, very little at a time. She was pacing around with a wild look in her eye and at time displaying pain when trying to urinate. I know she is due for her first heat cycle, but never have had any pup or adult dog act this way (heat cycle or not).

Our vet would not be in until the next day at 9 am, so I searched and found this site. Read the reviews and decided to try it quickly.

Sierra is around 23 pounds, healthy and normal. I gave her a heaping tablespoon of ACV with two tablespoons of yogurt with some chicken that I have canned myself.

Within an hour, she stopped pacing and looking wild eyed. Still had the other symptoms going on, but did rest from 10 to 12, peed some.

Took her out again at 3:30, peed some but still symptoms of dry pee etc, but no painfulness.

Monday morning gave her the same dose except added kibbles to it, then at noon and again at dinner time. Still had some symptoms, and also leaks on the floor and one puddle (out of nowhere). She also had loose stools by this time so I cut back on the yogurt to 1 tbs. By the time Monday evening came she still had a few times of dry pee. I gave it one more day before calling our vet. Tuesday morning all symptoms were gone and it is now Thursday. I have cut out the yogurt after Wed morning but have continued to give the ACV 3 xs a day and will do so until Sunday. After that it will be 1 teaspoon a day with her usual kibble and canned chicken.

Side note: that Sunday I noticed earlier that her stool had a lot of corn in it and straining to get it out. We live on a ranch and she must have scooped up some chicken scratch when I wasn't looking. Cannot say for sure but I think that might have been what brought this on.

Sorry for being long winded, but wanted to cover the bases for others. JJ

Pic of Sierra is at 3 months old.

Posted by Mary (Boulder, Colorado) on 01/28/2016
5 out of 5 stars

What a wonderful thread regarding the use of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to cure bladder infection! I was skeptical at first but as I read the number of replies, with so many positive and very fast results, I decided to try it.

I think you all just saved my pup from certain antibiotics and me from a large vet bill.

My Pointer started drinking 4 bowls of water per day and was tinkling every few minutes when we would go outside. I suspected bladder/UTI infection after a couple days of this and was about to go to the vet the next day but last night she emptied her bladder right where she was sleeping and had no control of it. I was so worried that I went online and found this site. The success stories were so certain that I decided to give her the ACV immediately.

I put 2 tablespoons of ACV in a small bowl, a little handful of kibble to help her eat it. She licked the bowl clean in a short minute.

She went right to sleep and then this morning I did another 2 tablespoons of ACV in her breakfast bowl. She ate it all and was then sound asleep on the bed. No fuss to go outside.

She has peed on her walks but no extra tinkling. I can tell that her body temp is not as hot as it had been the past week and her eyes have stopped discharging that yucky crud - all overnight!

I will continue the remedy for a few more days and then taper down. But I will keep the ACV in her food once per week from now on. It can't hurt!

Thanks everyone!

Replied by Angel

I have an elderly male dog, about 55 pounds. I think he could have a UTI because he has been incontinent and his urine has a bad odor. He also has a neurological disease that causes rear leg weakness, etc. I see different dosages of the ACV...can anyone tell me how much to give my dog? It looks like maybe 1 Tablespoon?

Also, has anyone noticed any side effects from this, especially stomach or intestinal reactions? My guy has a very sensitive GI system. Thank you!


Hi Angel,

It would probably be good to still get your dog seen considering he has other factors that might be contributing factors to his bladder incontinence. Especially because he has back end issues .. this can affect the bladder function and bowl function too depending on if the back end is wonky and possibly applying pressure in the wrong spots. Chiropractic may be very helpful with that issue. An adjustment could relieve any pressures that might be affecting his bladder and possibly causing his incontinence.

With the ACV for UTI ... It definitely works great but, I'm reading some posts here and am unsure if you are all diluting the ACV with water at all in the dosage? Some sound like it's straight ACV which is not how it is meant to be given ... even if added to food.

I have a cat who appears to have Cycstitis based on her symptoms. She is challenged with being able to urinate comfortably but, lately, it has got worse. Normally, I give her cranberry powder and goat yogurt (this is a digestible form of dairy for our pets ... cow dairy is not) in her food daily to manage the problem which worked great for a number of years. She'd have the odd flare-up but otherwise, was good.

Lately, she's having more frequent flare-ups and so, I just tried a different method of administering a concoction to her that I was hopeful would be helpful. I mixed in a bottle 2tbsp ACV to 4tbsp distilled water and added a single capsule of cranberry powder (cracked it open and dumped it in :) ... Then shake the bottle to mix it all up. I syringed directly into her mouth 1ml every 40mins because she was acute and really struggling to urinate ... small drops only came out and some with blood streaks. Within 3 doses of this method of administering, she had a big pee!!

This concoction can be used on a daily basis as a form of maintenance ... I am giving it to her 2x daily with the hopes that she will be managed better than when I added it to her food (which she sometimes ate and sometimes didn't because the ACV is strong tasting and gross).

Hope this helps whomever needs a good remedy for bladder stuff ... It will help with general UTI too :)

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Angel,

The neurological issues that are affecting your dog's rear end can also affect bladder control. The foul odor of the urine raises red flags.

ACV might help, but do know that while ACV might have a quick effect on a young animal with a strong immune response, it may take a while to work on an older animal with a severe infection.

Our seniors can go down hill so quickly - please consider taking your old boy to the vet.


Hi Angel,

Here is something to consider in reference to your pet's rear end...chiropractic for pets...our little guys do well with an adjustment by a chiro who is licensed for pets and people!! Nerves that feed through the body to the various organs can often get congested and pinched off so as a result, dis-ease develops...give it a try if you haven't already made up your mind..and he also probably needs more than ACV..a good homeopathic vet might be in order....

Replied by Rudy
Santa Fe, Nm

Hello All,

I stumbled on to this site, and read where a lot of people cured a dog's bladder infection with ACV and Yogurt. I have taken my shepherd to the vet several times and its costed me a phenomenal amount of money. after two rounds of different antibiotics and tests. I can't see putting her through this again. I know by them drawing the urine from her bladder it causes her a lot of discomfort and I cant see me doing that to her anymore. I will give this remedy a try by putting 2 tbl spoons of ACV and yogurt in her food and Pray that I clears it up for her. I am at a loss right now and am desperate for any advice anyone can offer. I would certainly appreciate any further input because going back to a vet is not an option at this point. Thank you for the many posts and advice.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Rudy,

Did your two vet trips give you any insight as to why your GSD is getting UTI's? Did they suspect stones or crystals?

I have an AB who I got as a pup with a UTI; she had been raised onto a kibble that was corn based. I treated her for her UTI at the vet and change her diet to grain free and there has been no problem ever since.

Please check the ingredient label on your food - it could be a grocery upgrade is in order.

Santa Fe, Nm

Hello Theresa,

Thank you for your reply! No neither of the two vets mentioned an exact cause for the infection. one mentioned that he did not see any crystals or stones in the X-rays, but that her blood count levels were high. He advised that if it continued he would want to conduct more tests to see what else could be going one. He never mentioned one thing about her food being a possible cause. She was prescribed 10 days of 500 MG cephlaxin twice daily. It cleared for a while. I took her back for a followup and the second vet conducted another test and said she still saw the infection when they "Spun"the urine, she prescribed Amoxicillin 500 MG Twice Daily for 14 days, then she wanted more tests and for me to collect a urine sample. When I got my Shep someone had severely abused her, and its difficult even for me to do something like that without her really getting scared. the blood and bad urine smell have returned, which is why I was looking for an alternative measure.

I took your advice and looked at the label, sure enough WHOLE GRAIN CORN is in the ingredients. I didn't stop to think the food may be a problem. And without either of the Vets mentioning it, I assumed everything was okay. I will go out today and get her something that does not have any corn in it and try it out. Could you recommend a brand for me as she is pretty finicky about what she eats. Of course I will check out the labels. Thank you so much for your help, and your input, I sincerely appreciate it! You have helped out a best friend and companion of an old firefighter.

Replied by Tj
Rhode Island

Hello-- I found this site when looking up why my dog is trying to pee numerous times but only a little bit would come out. I followed the advice and gave him ACV and plain yogurt. He is peeing more than he was but I can't tell if it's blood or the vinegar. Would he be peeing the color of the vinegar? Although he is peeing more he still is peeing small amounts often. Should I continue with the ACV or take him to the vet? Sorry so long. Thank you in advance.

Worried mom

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Rudy,

Thank you for your service!!

I don't recommend any particular brand or have any brand loyalty as it always seems the really GOOD brands get bought out by big companies who then change the ingredients and the good name food looses its good qualities.

That said, right now I rotate among Taste of the Wild and Fromm, although there are more that I like also. The key is to read the ingredients and find a grain free recipe. There are really spendy diets out there - Orijen is one that I have tried that was food of the year; my particular dogs did not thrive on that food, so you have to pay attention to what works for your particular dog and not just by what people say is the best food.

You might read up on the various remedies for UTI's on EC, and also consider adding a probiotic to help restore your dog's good intestinal flora as the antibiotics take out all bacteria, good and bad, and that will set your dog up for a systemic yeast infection. You can use yogurt, but I prefer the kinds from the human health food store in the refrigerator case because they are more concentrated and there is no dairy to potentially upset a dog's tummy.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Tj,

I can't tell the age of your dog by the pic, but when I got my AB as a 10 week old pup from the breeder she had been raised on a corn based diet and she had a UTI when I got her. The vinegar color of the urine is most likely from blood. If you have ever had one, a UTI feels like you are peeing fire - it stings like the Dickens, and you just feel you have to go, go, go despite the sting. If this were my dog I would see the vet for meds. I would then check the diet you are feeding and if it is grain based switch to a grain free diet. Antibiotics will knock out both the bad and the good bacteria, so consider supplementing with a probiotic once you are done with the antibiotics. If this is not a puppy but an older dog - if corn is not in the diet, consider additional testing and work ups. Despite the additional expense it would be helpful to know if there are stones or crystals in the bladder which would require special care and feeding down the road.

Replied by Christine
Langley, BC

What is the mixture for Chihuahua's with apple cider vinegar. I have a 5 pound dog and I don't want to give it to her unless I know if it needs to be diluted.

Replied by Christine
Carlsbad, Ca

I have a 145 lb. Bernese Mountain Dog. She has had urgency in going to the bathroom and needed to pee a little bit several times a day, I would like to give her the ACV treatment but am really not sure how much to give her and how often and for how long? Can you help?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Christine,

I would start with adding 3 tablespoons into 2 cups of water and see if she will drink that. If not, dilute it further until she does take it. In addition, I would put 3 tablespoons into some wet food to disguise the taste and give this to her am and pm, and I would also sneak a few ACV loaded snacks in between to make sure she gets it into her to start working ASAP.

Replied by Lisa Harper
Belmont Nc

Just took our 7 1/2 year old Basset-hound/terrier mix in this past weekend for what ended up being a massive amount of stones (struvite) in her bladder. They did surgery yesterday. Now she is on amoxicillin for 10 days as well as changing her reg dry food (Chicken Soup for the Soul brand) to Royal Canin Urinary variety (both dry and moist) I have read about the remedy of administering ACV in the past. I have just given her some mixed in with her water. I imagine until the UTI is cleared up, I will continue to keep seeing her trying to go more often.

On the upswing she is peeing more and her appetite is back. She is sleeping well, no cries of discomfort at all, so the surgery was not as bad (pain wise) as I had thought. I have a friend in another state who advised long ago that dogs are carnivores, thus needing to be on a raw diet, not kibbles. I will explore the new food the vet mentioned, but also continue to be mindful of a more natural raw food diet. I just need to do more research on what raw items to give her. I pray that the acidic balance returns back to normal in a few days, (as I believe it truly will-given the ACV) because I hate seeing her be in such a state of confusion not going when she thinks she should be. I am glad I stumbled upon this page. Thanks for all the feedback here and I will keep checking in.

Vet did call earlier today and asked for her to not come back in until a month (new xray to check for picture of bladder area) as they suspect the sand size crystals not removed during surgery could very well end up forming more stones, if her PH is not balanced. So once again here's hoping and praying her issue dissolves itself in a few days with the ACV. I have mixed feelings on the antibiotic, because I know what that does in the end. So another concern would be starting her on a good probiotic after this medicine is complete in 7 days. Thanks again and I am open for feedback.

Replied by Nicole
Bronx, Ny

I tried putting apple cider vinegar in yogurt and her wet food and she still won't eat it, any advice? She is a 4 year old Maltese.

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

Nicole, try starting with a drop or two added to drinking water and you can build it up from there.

Replied by Jennifer
South Dakota

Theresa, a really good food that I have had many customers switch to is a brand called Taste of the Wild, comes in many flavors, and all natural, nor corn, wheat, its made with real meat like venison, bison, salmon, or wild boar, sweet potato and other good for them vegetables and fruits. I feed this to my dogs and cats. it can be a little pricey, but so very worth it. good luck on your fur kid.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Jennifer!

I think your comment is for the original poster [?]. I feed my pack a rotation diet of home made, Fromm, TOTW and others. I agree that top quality and grain free is key for urinary tract health.

Replied by Lallaw
San Diego, Ca

Kirkland dog food, sold only at Costco, saved my dog's life. It is a premium dog food at half the price of others. Approximately $28 for 40lbs. Best wishes....

Posted by Fran (East Riding Of Yorkshire) on 01/11/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My 12 year old westie had completed her anitbiotics and vet treatment 1 week ago after a previous cystitis onset. Then yesterday started again attempting urination very frequently, getting distressed, unable to settle or eat, going to the door to go out about 20 times in a 3 hour period. I could just see it all happening again and she was becoming more upset this time.

Read the comments and suggestions on this site and mixed 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar - (I use it in all cooking and salads) with 1 teaspoon of peanut butter and honey to a paste. I had to get her to lick it off my fingers as she was really off her food. She ate it all quite easily. Over the next hour I observed her and was amazed - I could see her start to settle after 30mins. Slept allnight, she has had one non-distressed wee this morning and eating again. We are both very happy(:

Thanks to all for sharing your experiences.

Picture below of happy westie with her best friend settled next to fire. I will update on her progress in the next few days.

Posted by Theress (West Islip, New York) on 01/04/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I gave my yorkie 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 2 teaspoons of plain greek yogurt within an hour my dog was so much better. The frequent urge to urinate the blood in her urine all dissapated within hours... I was shocked how well this worked.