How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Bladder Infections in Dogs

| Modified on Sep 17, 2022
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Posted by Robynne (Frisco, Tx) on 08/28/2016
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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!


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Posted by Deirdre (CT) on 09/07/2021
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One of my dogs got a bladder infection last week and there was a little bit of blood. I popped on Earth Clinic to see what everyone suggested. Over 50 people suggested ACV so I immediately applied a 50/50 solution of organic ACV and water and: wiped it on her paw pads, the scruff of the neck, and later gave 2 teaspoons in her dinner. She went from peeing every hour back to normal peeing intervals within an hour or two. Highly recommend. I gave her another 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar once a day for the next few days.

There's a reason Apple Cider Vinegar is the most popular remedy for bladder infections in dogs, cats and people! It really works fast.


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Posted by Janet (North Carolina) on 07/02/2017
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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


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Posted by Christine (Langley, BC) on 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.


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Posted by Diane (Elmhurst, Il) on 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!


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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!

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Posted by Jj (Auberry, Ca) on 04/20/2016 1 posts
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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.



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Posted by Mary (Boulder, Colorado) on 01/28/2016
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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!

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Posted by Theress (West Islip, New York) on 01/04/2016
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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.


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Posted by Anne B (Racine Wi) on 10/14/2015
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How long did it take for the symptoms to go away? I am on day 2 and I have def noticed a difference but my dog is still peeing frequently so I am unsure of how long to wait it out.


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Posted by Carol (Pa) on 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


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Posted by Dr. G. Benton (Los Angeles, Ca) on 07/16/2015
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I've been a Vet for 37 years, and have seen medication continue to get better, but also fail miserably. Although I do prescribe medication, I also have (and still do) advise clients to administer Apple Cider Vinegar to their pets for quick fixes. Animals are much like humans in the sense that too much antibiotic can lead to a recurring infection, due to the fact that the body becomes immune to the antibiotics. If it is in the beginning, or mild stages of a UTI, I advise them to use ACV, but also prescribe some medication that I say to only use after giving the ACV a try.

My advice is to mix 1TSP in their morning food, and 1TSP at night. If you only feed your dog once per day, do 1TBSP with their food. Dairy does not sit very well in dogs stomachs, so mixing it with yogurt isn't advised. Try mixing it into some canned wet food. If your dog doesn't usually eat canned wet food, consider it a treat for them.

If you have just noticed your dog starting to exhibit the signs of a UTI, try the ACV fix. If your dog has had signs for a while, and is getting worse see a vet at your earliest convenience. If there is blood in the urine, see a Veterinary professional immediately.

Hope this helps.

Take care.

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Posted by Guinandmela (Los Angeles) on 03/16/2018
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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)

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Posted by Karen (Crown Point, In) on 04/25/2017
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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!

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Posted by Anne B (Racine, Wi) on 10/14/2015
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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.

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Posted by Casie (New Orleans) on 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?


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Posted by Cindy (Sf, California) on 08/29/2011
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When my 13 y/o schipperke showed symptoms of a UTI, I took her to the vet. $350 later we had a positive urinalisys, a bottle of antibiotics, and updated x-rays. When our other dog, a younger mixed breed of the same size started showing symptoms of a UTI, we didn't have the funds to go to the vet again. I put a teaspoon of ACV (B. Brand) in some soft food (a grain-free brand) and added it to her regular kibble, along with 1/4 of a cranberry tablet. She's been getting this twice a day for a few days now, and loves it. She licks up all the food, eats the pill, and has no more UTI symptoms. I've also been putting ACV in the schipperke's food as a preventative. Both dogs seem to love the taste!

Another tip: Wash all the dog dishes AND the dogs. UTI is most often caused by E. Coli, and that can come from a variety of sources. I don't know how my two little girls got it, but they both did. Maybe they ate something they shouldn't have, who knows?


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Posted by Tina (Slovenia) on 02/27/2018
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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.


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Posted by Fran (East Riding Of Yorkshire) on 01/11/2016
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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.


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Posted by Kiara (Ontario) on 12/07/2015
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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!


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