How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Bladder Infections in Dogs

Mar 17, 2017

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!

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!



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Posted by Ceg (Pa) on 03/17/2017
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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
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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
Ontario
08/08/2016

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
08/08/2016

Christie, it won't hurt.


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
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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
Idaho
08/11/2016

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
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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
05/10/2016

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
05/10/2016

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
Idaho
08/11/2016

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
Mi
02/10/2016

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!

Hailey
Ontario
02/21/2016

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
02/12/2016

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.

Diana
Canada
02/15/2016

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
02/19/2016

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
02/20/2016

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.

Rudy
Santa Fe, Nm
02/20/2016

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
02/20/2016

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
02/20/2016

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
02/21/2016

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
02/21/2016

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
03/07/2016

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
03/07/2016

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
03/22/2016

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
03/31/2016

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
03/31/2016

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
06/28/2016

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
06/28/2016

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
07/06/2016

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.


Posted by Missi (Gorin, Mo) on 12/25/2015
5 out of 5 stars

After my female Border Collie came out of heat my intact boys were still VERY interested in her. I was suspisious of a UTI even though she didn't exhibit all the syptoms. My dogs (and I) take ACV daily so with giving her an additional dose plus the plain, uncultured greek yogurt in three small meals throughout the day worked wonders to make her less desirable and feel better. Thanks to this site!

Replied by Carol
Pa
12/26/2015

ACV. Wonderful for canine uti. I drink it daily myself! I'm currently giving 1 tsp with 2tblsp yogurt 2xdaily to my female dog. I will give to her for 1wk. She is 14lbs. 15yrs old. Excellent health. All her bloodwork came back normal levels. Can I give this as a preventative to my dog? My female Italian greyhound gets a uti yearly. What do u suggest I give as preventative dose to keep her clear????

Thank you very much. Carol

Replied by Tammy
Ash Nc
10/10/2016

It works great as a preventative!


Posted by Kiara (Ontario) on 12/07/2015
5 out of 5 stars

On Friday, Nov 27th I came home to a flood of pee on the ground. There were drops of blood in it, and Rosie was licking herself like crazy. I took her outside where she tried to go on our lawn about 20 times.. just squatting a moaning. I thought back to a few days prior when she had peed in the house completely uncharacteristically.. at the time, I thought it was a one-off but I knew now something was wrong. She had also been peeing more frequently all week. I felt stupid for not putting the pieces together.

When we came back inside, she was.... leaking. GROSS. Sorry. I googled and saw frequent urination, straining to pee, and blood are classic symptoms of a UTI. I was worried because of the blood but it was Friday night so the only option was the emergency vet which costs a fortune. I did some research online and read that raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in combination with plain natural yogurt de-alkalizes the urinary tract and provides near-instant relief. I had heard that this could help but still thought the only thing that could cure this was antibiotics.

Desperate, I ran out and purchased the unpasteurized cider vinegar and some plain Greek yogurt. I came home and took Rosie out... she was wailing at the end of her leash! I reconsidered the vet but ultimately thought she could wait til morning. A dozen more squats on the lawn, and I impatiently brought her in. I mixed a big scoop of yogurt with a couple tablespoons of vinegar. Rosie gagged a little, but being a labrador retriever with a bowl in front of her, she determinedly ate every drop.

Within an hour, she stopped licking herself. A few hours later and she was holding her bladder again. I gave her a little more magic treatment before bed. She made it through the night without an accident.

In the morning, she had to go badly. Throughout Saturday, I took her out every few hours, but she wasn't uncomfortable. She was more eager to go out, but that was about it. I gave her three doses of vinegar and yogurt that day.

By Sunday, she was.... normal?? I couldn't believe it. I know acid helps a urinary tract, but I couldn't believe the amount of distress she had been in and how relieved she was just two days later.

I continued the vinegar and yogurt for a week, once or twice a day. I can attest that there was almost immediate relief. She's now cured!

Replied by Diane
Elmhurst, Il
12/11/2015

How do you know how much Apple Cider Vinegar you would give to your dog? My 85lb Labradoodle has been on Cephalexin-500mg 2capsules 2X's per day for over 2 weeks now. Her urine still has high white cell count and crystals. Prescribed 2 more weeks on RX. Want to give the APV a try. Thanks!


Posted by Todzgirlx1 (Weeki Wachee, Florida) on 10/28/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Apple cider vinegar for dog's UTI

This totally works and works fast! I mixed 2 tablespoons each ACV and honey. Had to coax my puppy into eating it but he got it down.

Within 3 hours he started leaking urine for a few minutes at a time. Within 5 hours he is urinating slowly. He is no longer in a permanent squatting position and has perked up considerably. Cannot believe how fast and simple this was. My poor puppy has been miserable for days waiting for our vet apt tomorrow. Now he's taking food and drinking! Will continue this treatment twice a day for a week. THANK YOU everyone!

Replied by Leslieann144
Massena
12/06/2015

I'm so thankful for everyone's great comments and helpful advise. I have a 6yr old yellow lab, male and he had an accident on the floor yesterday morning, I thought he waited too long to go out. He has been drinking a lot, peeing a lot, then I noticed some blood on him. Of course I'm so scared something is wrong, I cant afford a vet bill, so did some research and found this site...so I had some ACV, he will eat just anything I feed him, poor dog all I had to mix it with was bread and bean soup. LOL, he made faces but he ate it!!! So I'll do it again tomorrow, hopefully it does the trick!!! Thanks everyone!


Posted by Anne B (Racine, Wi) on 10/14/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I have a 1yr old dachshund who exhibited possible signs of a bladder infection. I kept an eye on her for a day or so. When she was peeing blood and it was beyond vet hrs, I came across this website. I went and got some ACV from the store, gave it to her with yogurt and within the hour I noticed that she calmed down and didn't want to go out as much. I gave her one more dose before bed. She slept soundly all night and didn't ask to go out. This is day 2. By day 2, she still pees frequently but not like before and there's no blood in her urine (that's visible at least) as there was before. She's had one accident since the onset of this in the last two days which is better than the multiple she had before. I am praying that this helps her and will update this site in a few days as to how this goes. But I am so thankful to have found this site and this information. It really has saved me on a vet visit (hopefully) and it so much healthier for her after reading each of the posts.

Replied by Casie
New Orleans
10/19/2015

I also have a mini dachshund, she's about 11 pounds. Can you tell me the amount of ACV you gave her?

Replied by Paula
The Netherlands
10/25/2015

Our little mini daschund (teckel over here in europe) is in a second round with bladder infection now....she is sooooooooooooooooo picky won't eat ACV it in her reg. food...any suggestions?? Thank you in advance

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia
10/25/2015

Paula, Try parsley tea, mince a tablespoon parsley , stems and all, boil eight ounces water, pour over parsley. Allow to steep for 20 mins. Strain and give warm, Offer three times a day. must be made fresh daily.

Replied by Anne B.
Racine, Wi
10/27/2015

About 1 teaspoon on yogurt twice a day. Diluted in water.

Replied by Megan
Manor, Texas
04/19/2016

Hi Paula;

I used a 10 cc syringe to feed apple cider vinegar and water to my poodle a couple of hours ago, will give him one more dose before bed.

Megan


Posted by Vanessa (Beautiful Hawaii) on 10/07/2015

Aloha,

I have a 12 yr old German Shepherd approx. 68lbs with a UTI problem. After the first round of antibiotics doc said she has incontinence and put her on PROIN. Her UTI never really cleared up and she has since done 2 more courses of antibiotics. The last one was Cepalexin. I also gave her some probiotics too.

I found your site and tried the ACV. I managed to get a little into wet food only once. I could not get her to eat it in anything else so I recently purchased ACV capsules which are a 200mg extract. These I can hide in peanut butter!

She finished her last antibiotic on Sept 26th and was good until Monday Oct. 5th. She had one late afternoon pee on my rug. I did not see any blood. She was good until last night (10/6) and again no blood. The amount is not just a little leak but about 12" in diameter.

Because she isn't peeing all day everywhere anymore and no visible blood I am inclined to think it is incontinence?

Can someone please tell me how many ACV capsules should I give her and how often? I also gave her sea salt 1/2 tsp 2 times daily since Monday 10/5 This seemed to give her diarrhea and she is not eating much either.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
10/07/2015

Vanessa (Beautiful Hawaii) ---

I would use quality pumpkin oil over the food and ACV in caps or diluted. My cats and dogs don't mind. If you read up on P Oil you will be amazed. So I bought it as in the people section of EC a woman had cured herself with P Oil in three months. The health benefits are tremendous.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
10/09/2015

Hello Vanessa!

You might consider D-mannose for your girl - many have good long tern results with its use.

If the sea salt has not cured the UTI I would discontinue its use; it may no longer be a UTI that you are dealing with.

You can try 2-3 of the ACV pills per feeding.

Incontinence tends to occur in drips and dribbles when your dog is awake, and puddles when she is sleeping. UTI's tend to be in drips and dribbles also, but is accompanied by blood in the urine and pain/whining.

Replied by Pkpk
Denver, Colorado
10/13/2015

Vanessa --

My female cocker spaniel/poodle mix suffered from repeated UTIs. We finally switched vets and the new vet informed me that she had a bladder full of bladder stones and that unless the stones were removed, that she would continue to be reinfected by the bacteria that were present in the stones. I saw the stones on an x-ray and there hardly seemed room in her bladder for any urine.

My dog had surgery to remove the stones which filled a baby food jar which ranged in size from 1/4 of a pea to one larger than the diameter of a quarter.

The stones come from a certain bacteria that converts uric acid to magnesium struvite, which then sticks together and forms stones in the bladder. The infection can cause stones to form in a relatively short time, perhaps even as little as 2 weeks.

I now test her urine on a weekly basis with pH strips to make sure it is sufficiently acid (the bacteria makes the urine alkaline, so you can find out very quickly if your dog has a UTI that is not causing symptoms).

I started doing research about the stones and sure enough, I learned lots about "struvite stones." Even after the surgery she had some recurring stones. I ended up putting significant amounts of water in her food which helped to dissolve the stones and gave her a raw diet to make sure her urine was sufficiently acid to make it harder for the bacteria to infect the bladder. She is now happy and healthy, but I continue to put 1/4-1/2 cup of water in her food to make sure that she has plenty of fluid flushing out her bladder.

If your dog has recurring UTIs, be sure you have them checked out for stones. I would've saved my dog a lot of discomfort and perhaps a surgery bill if our original vet had alerted me early on to the condition.

Replied by Vanessa
Hawaii
10/13/2015

Pkpk, the vet did an ultrasound on her bladder and it was fine. Pumpkin oil was suggested by another member and going to try that next.

Replied by Brenda
California
12/03/2015

How ever many capsules to equal 2 tablespoons.

Same amount Honey. If your fur baby is eating the capsules fine, then you can give 2 tablespoons of Honey by the spoon full. She make lap it up off a spoon. :-)

Replied by Deidre
California
03/21/2016

I see your comments were 12/20/15 which was awhile back, but anyway, don't give an animal salt. Ever. (You can soak an injury in Epsom Salts, but don't drink it).



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