How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Bladder Infections in Dogs

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Posted by Phil (Seattle, WA, USA) on 06/23/2009

Thank you all for this incredible tip about apple cider vinegar as a cure for a canine bladder infection. My dog Cleo (she's a BBD - big black dog - around 90 lbs) picked up a raging bladder infection yesterday, and of course with typically good timing did this right after the vet had gone home for the day (which ended up saving me probably three hundred bucks, as it turned out). She was clearly miserable: pacing around, and peeing literally every two minutes. After reading the posts here, I rather skeptically tried giving her apple cider vinegar (ACV), and was amazed at how fast it worked. Within 45 minutes she had calmed down and no longer had a desperate need to go out, and while she peed a few times during the rest of the evening she was basically fine, and slept soundly through the night.

What I gave her: I started with two tablespoons of ACV, and first tried mixing all of it with some food, but she took one sniff and was having none of it. So I resorted to the direct delivery option with a plastic syringe we have in the house. Since my wife was away, it was just me doing this, and it's not an option I'd recommend for entertainment - it wasn't fun for either of us! I later mixed another tablespoon in with some dry food, some yoghurt and some meat, and she loved the meat so much she ate everything. I don't know if the yoghurt was necessary, but whatever I did worked.

Anyway, thanks again to all who contributed.

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Posted by Grateful (Springdale, Arkansas) on 06/20/2009

The Apple Cider Vinegar treatment for my dog's UTI was a God send! Of course the vets don't want you to use this treatment, because it works and they don't get your money! Is it a cureall for everything? Of course not, but it seems to work for the UTI issue. My dog was wanting to pee all the time and was starting to have accidents in the house - something she never did before. My friend referred me to this web-site and I am very grateful to her. I immediately when to my cupboard and found my ACV. I had a baby syringe that holds 1/2 Tablespoon and gave my 28 lb. Corgi two syringe fulls of straight ACV. I then followed that up with her Bil-Jac treats, then gave her two syringes full of water, because she wasn't wanting to drink from her water dish. I put her in the laundry room overnight and she did pee twice on the towels I put out but there was no blood in her urine. So, this morning, when I put her outside, she only peed once and was ready to come back in - yesterday, she would just wander the yard trying to pee over and over. I have her another treatment of the ACV and added a syringe of orange juice and she has had no more accidents and seems to be feeling better. Just took her outside to pee again and not only did she only pee once, but felt like staying outside on her rug for awhile and enjoy the nice weather. I have now added a few drops of ACV to her water dish and she is drinking it now. Thanks EarthClinic! You not only helped to make my dog better, but saved my pocketbook, as well! ACV will now be a regular part of my dog's daily diet!

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Posted by Alysone (Camarillo, CA) on 05/25/2009

24 hour fix! When my 2 1/2 year old golden retriever suddenly showed signs of a UTI, I was very worried. I've worked in clinics before and I know how expensive any exam, testing and treatment may be - and, like almost everyone right now, I definitely don't have the money to pay a vet outrageous amounts. I found this site and immediately tried ACV home treatment; I used 2 table spoons of ACV in her dry dog food that morning. I had to coax her to eat with some gravy, but she got it all down. She later got another half tablespoon of ACV with yogurt that afternoon. This morning, she seems completely better! She only had to go once (compared to the squatting marathon of yesterday!) and is normal and frisky as ever. She'll be getting on tblspoon of that "delicious" stuff for another three days, just to make sure we're all clear.

Thanks for all the help and advice on this site!

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Posted by bagofnuts (Metairie, LA) on 04/30/2009

My large 105 lb. rhodesian could not urinate or very little. Vet said it was his prostate. Suggested neutering however he is on prednisone every other day so surgery was delicate. Did tests and results were good for surgery. I researched this site and tried the ACV and honey (2tbls. each) 2X a day and wow, he was urinating within 5 hours. Continued this for months and then changed to 1 tbls 1X a day. He is still doing fine and no surgery.

Thanks...what a find. He probably had stones even though vet tested and found none.

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Posted by Tekela (Los Angeles, CA) on 03/16/2009

I read the comments about using apple cider vinegar to treat UTI in dogs and I tried it the same day. Earlier in the day my Maltese had blood in his urine and by the end of the night (after giving him a dose of 1 tablespoon of ACV and 2 tablespoons of organic yogurt), the blood seemed to disappear. Twenty-four hours later there were no signs of blood and he appeared to be back to normal. ACV really works and I recommend it if you suspect your pet may have a UTI. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this really has made a difference in my life.

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Posted by Ross (St. Louis, MO) on 02/19/2009

Dog Bladder infection: My dog 11 year old black lab 75 LBS has had a bladder infection through out the month of January and February 2009.
I took our black lab to the veternarian several times and they ran urine samples to verify that our dog had a bladder infection and not something else.They also examined the dog to make sure he did not have anything else.The verternarian recommended a dosage of a anti biotic which lasted two weeks each time. During the period of while he was on the medication he was fine but after he got off the medication he went back to having problems and having the same symptoms. He would stand by the door crying at 3:00AM in the morning, he was always restless,and he could never stay in one spot for a long time. A week ago I gave my dog three table spoons of organic apple cider vinegar and I placed it in his food dish and would spread it around, then I gave him two spoonfuls of plain organic yogurt, and then a small portion of his dried food. I will feed my dog in the morning at 8:00AM then in the evening at 5:30PM. Since doing this his symptons have stopped, he is sleeping through the night, and he is no longer restless. He is also not urinating as much.It is working.

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Posted by Angie (BC, BC Canada) on 01/27/2009

hey my hinez 57 breed of dog, she had a bladder infection back in 2004. i brought her back 2x to the vet and cost me over $300, i went to my health food store and asked my girlfriend what i coud give, know this is my 2nd time to the vet but 1st time to the health food store about my girl. she suggested apple cider vinager and gravel root powder. know i take the acv myself but i take in gel cap form... its the same thing. i wrap it in cheese slices thats how she'll eat it. and the gravel powder i sprinkle on her food 2x a day... hope a little helpful... good luck everyone.

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Posted by Daniele (Naples, Florida) on 01/03/2009

For the first time, my 15 years old Maltese started blood urinating( UTI); I called my current vet, stressed the fact that I had just lost my job ( December 31st 2008) and I was in a state of panic for the reason mentioned above; he estimated between $100.00 to $150.00 if no complication ( he is a very compassionate Vet and his prices are very decent but now any price is too much for my budget) ; I asked if I could pay in 3 installments and he reinforced the Hospital Policy as where they require full payments on received treatments. You see, I have 4 pets ( one Maltese, one Lhasa Apso, one Himalayan all 15 years old and a rescue cat from Katrina who is 7 ) and over the years , I spent a fortune in veterinarian expenses between routine vaccines, annual regular check up, teeth cleaning etc.TG for their healthy dispositions...they all look like puppies ! I usually go on, but last time they never replied (3 months ago). Defeated by my financial disposition, I went to and wrote Dog urinary track infection and the rest is history . I started giving Snowie ( my Maltese) 1 TBSP of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with 2 TBSP of natural yogurt - that did not work- he had no interest whatsoever...! Since he is a little "glutton", I was very disappointed & surprised at his reaction; so, I reluctantly decided to give him a second feeding ( he only eats once a day in the AM) , so I mixed the Vinegar, Yogurt & Blue wet & dry food and ..Bingo! I fed him with the ACV for the first time at 1:30PM and the next time he urinated, there was less blood and by 8:00PM last night, there was no more bloody urine.and since -none! I was a bit apprehensive in relation to his first morning "pee" since last one was at 12:00AM --..and again --clear of blood. YEY! PS.: If you mix the ACV with their food, there is no need for yogurt!

I am a strong believer in Holistic food for all my babies( they have been on this kind of food since they were 2 months old) -a little more $$$ on the initial purchase versus regular pet food but on a long run, it pays since it cuts down on the Vet's visit. Your site has been a GREAT help to me & my Snowie and you can add me & my 4 " furries" as other fans in your club. AGAIN, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Ouf! Ouf! Ouf!

Replied by Vi
(Laurel, MD)

ACV works! I too, just paid a large vet bill last month. When my 11 year old lab woke me up at 3am sunday, did the dry pee dance on our morning walk, bloody urine in the house, along with the whining, & pacing and going to the door to go out every 5 mins, I took a chance & googled and found this site. I read what everyone else had to say and gave her 1 TBSP of Heinz ACV mixed with 2 TBSP of yogurt last night. I was amazed at how quickly her behavior changed. She settled down almost immediately, sleep comfortably all night and urinated normally the next morning. Since she gets feed 1 time a day, I mixed 1 TBSP of ACV in her dry food in the morning and gave her the yogurt ACV mixture that same night and she seems fine. I will probably cut back to just once a day for the rest of the week and then maybe every other day for a while.

I am so thankful for this site, saved me lots of $ and heartache.

Now if I could just find a remedy to shrink or aliviate those fatty tumors...

Thanks again!

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Posted by Edna (Onalaska, Wisconsin) on 01/01/2009

Need help: dog has blood in urine.

On Monday the 29th we had our 5 month old great dane neutered. On Tuesday he started peeing blood, I called the vet and he said to push fluid. we pushed fluid and he continued to be peeing blood, having accidents in the house. Peeing every 5 minutes, took him back to the vet that did the surgery, tested urine and they said it had blood in it and PH 7.5. sold us pills to help decrease the ph. Told us to come back in two days if not better.

I came across this site and tried the acv with yogart.He went 3 hours with out having accident. We actually have pull ups on him because he is so incontinent. I have still been giving him 1.5 teaspoons of ACV with yogart today and notice that he is still peeing blood, and is wetting his pull ups. he weights 84 lbs.Does anyone know if that is enough ACV. I am worried, He was not inc prior to surgery. How long will it take to clear this up. He is also on ATB clavomax.

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Posted by Valerie (Minneapolis, MN) on 12/26/2008

Last week my 50 pound, 8 year old pit bull was peeing blood (!) and unable to control his bladder in the house, especially when he was sleeping (he would pee in his bed). He was going outside about every 5 minutes to try to go to the bathroom. I came on this website and found the apple cider vinegar remedy and tried it, 1.5 T. in plain yogurt 2x daily. I used organic ACV with the mother. I also had some homeopathic kidney drops and muscle tested the dog to find that he needed that too. Within 2 days his urine was clear and he only had one accident in the house (at night). After 3 days we left him for 7 hours and came home to a dry dog and house!! Since then there have been no more accidents, no more blood, he hasn't needed any more of the kidney homeopathic, and we have a happy dog!! I have been continuing to muscle test him and find that he still needs the ACV and will continue to give him that with the yogurt forever if he needs it. I don't know what was wrong with him exactly, but I am SO GLAD to have circumvented the vet!!

Replied by Diane
(Hazleton, Pennsylvania)

I am 110% convinced that the ACV treatment works! Highly recommend to everyone who has dogs with bladder infections. However - I used the regular Heinz brand rather than organic since the organic seemed too strong for my 16 year old dog. I am curious to the muscle testing? What is it and how is it done?

Replied by Amber
(Tipton, Michigan)

Dear Valerie from Minneapolis,

I had a male chocolate lab that had the same problem. I thought it was a botched fixing, but it wasn't. He would leak urine on occasion that was bloody and I took him to the vet, but he found nothing. I finally saw a new vet and x-rays revealed a tumor. It was too big and we lost him. Please consider seeing a vet and make sure all is clear before relying on it just being a bladder infection. I am all for homeopathy, but make sure it isn't something else!!!

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Posted by Diane (Hazleton, Pennsylvania) on 12/22/2008

I just wanted to let you know that I am trying this home remedy for the first time today - 12/22/08. My old dog (16 year old beagle mix) is 50 lbs and I gave him 1 and 1/2 tsps in venison. He has been suffering with reoccurring infections since September 2008. Like everyone else, the vet visits are costing a small fortune. I will keep you posted as to the ACV treatment helps. Please say a prayer for my old man......this would be my only Christmas Present I want - my old boy to get better.

Replied by Diane
(Hazleton, Pennsylvania)

I just want to let you all know that I started the ACV on 12/22/08 and my old boy is absolutely more active and back to his old self. He has however had a few "accidents" but not as many as before and I will continue the ACV for a few more days. He did sleep much better the very first night and the panting and most of the pacing has stopped. It seems to be working.... keep praying for "Mr. Whiffer Sniffers".

My husband has also agreed that he looks much better and that my boy is back to his old self. If Mr. Sniffers can completely stop the accidents, I will swear by this treatment, but it has only been 1 1/2 days so far with the treatment.

Good luck to everybody with their dogs. Unfortuntely, they cannot talk and let us know how they feel.

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Posted by Alain (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 12/22/2008

I have 2 amazing chocolate labradors and with frequent urine infection I'm kind of used to it and always get medication. But after the last time I realized the meds don't work anymore!!!! One of my dogs is still having another UTI but this time there's a lot of blood dropping after the urine! I didn't really see any of the symnptomes you describe here as: peeing frequently and in the house or lost of appetite even drinking water! I had a test done last time and the vet told me there was not any crystals or stone in the urine.

I am very nervous because the last times there was blood in the urine as now but she never bleeds as much than now! I would say that it look like she can loose like 1/4 of a cup in a good walk! Well it is winter here and maybe it is more visible with the snow but I am very nervous. She doesn't look in pain and doesn't ask for the door either.

All the post here talk about blood in the urine but is anyone experience as much blood as me? I have to wash her everytime we come back from outside!!! well I will try tonight this ACV and I will let you know guys but in the mean time please let me know if you have seen anything like that.

Thanks to everyone,

Replied by Brittany
(Warrensburg, MO)

For my beagle I had to separate the food. For her, the smell of vinegar was just too strong. By separating the food the smell concentration was weakened and she was able to get close enough to the food to eat it. In the beginning I had to literally put the food pieces by her piece by piece. I hope this helps.

Replied by Alain
(Toronto, Canada)

I wrote before but this time things have changed! I got a second opinion from another vet and voila that it is not a urine infection but a bleeding from the bladder wall!!! Is that possible? The vet told me the the red cells were 6 to 10 but the white cells were over 100!!! but no trace of bacteria in the bladder!!! (but this time the sample has been taking dirctly from the bladder with a needle) what should I do? get a third opinion or pay a fortune ($600) with the ultrasound just to know what it is? Then pay for the treatement!!!!!! Please let me know someone, really don't know what to do anymore!!!

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Posted by Evan (Northport, NY) on 12/12/2008

Our 4 month old Lab pup has had a nasty bladder infection for weeks now. It's cost me hundreds of dollars at the vet, and still no cure. I found your website while hitting the internet to find my own answers, and completely agree with the Apple Cider Vinegar idea, since I personally use the stuff. My only problem is that my pup hates the stuff. We initially put 2 teaspoons mixed in with her food, but she went almost 2 full days of not eating to avoid it.

Round 2...We lowered the ACV down to 1 teaspoon in her food, but she would have none of it. Tried her water with 1 teaspoon...She just avoided the water to the point of dehydration. Is there something I could mix into her food that would hide the harsh taste? I think it would work, but I can't starve her into taking it while she's still in her major growth stage of her life. Any ideas would be appreciated.


EC: Please read the acv for cats feedback. Some great ideas on that page...

Replied by Marian
(Philadelphia, Pa)

I have a 3.5 yr old German shepherd and I give her boiled chicken livers in her food. The chicken livers have a very strong odor and will overwhelm the apple cider. Also the livers are very strong in iron and therefore healthy for our dogs. Good luck!

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Posted by Eve (London, On, Canada) on 12/05/2008

acv capsules: my puppy has been showing signs of a possible uti since wed. he has just started his vet visits (dec 2) was his first set. there is no blood in his urine but he is peeing alot more frequently and it seems he is whinning and seems to be very tired (still very playful though) and very thirsty. he goes pee alot in the yard but over the last few days he just can't seem to make there alot.

i can get to the grocery store tomorrow and get some actual liquid acv, but on hand i have some 500 mg capsules. i'm just not sure if they would do anything. i figured taking 2 is like taking 2 tbls. maybe i could mix 1/2 in his water dish. if it would work. if anyone had some imput. it would be greatly appreciated.

Replied by Jill
(Wichita, KS)

From what I've read, apple cider vinegar pills aren't as healthy or effective as the liquid. I would personally just use the liquid, organic if possible. God only knows what they put in those pills!

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