Alkalizing Remedies for Pets

| Modified on Mar 11, 2024
On a pH scale of 1-14, 7 is considered neutral, meaning neither acid nor alkaline. A number less than 7 indicates acidity, while a number greater than 7 indicates alkalinity. It is the pH (acidity or alkalinity) of the pet's urine that is being measured in a urinalysis, not the pH of the food the patient has eaten, or the pH of the patient's blood. Most normal pets have a urine pH of 5.5 to 7.0. Extremes in urine pH are more likely to be associated with disease. An example: a dog with highly acidic urine may develop calcium oxalate stones whilst a dog with highly alkaline urine may be more susceptible to bladder infections and struvite stones.

Find a Natural Remedy to Alkalize Your Pets' Urine pH

This page is for user submitted home and natural alkalizing remedies for our pets. Be it cat, dog, chickens, horses, or monkeys; we are interested in remedies for all of them. We are very interested in gathering more home alkalizing techniques and strategies for pets. Of course, a good place to begin is with the Alkalizing Remedies offered by our resident expert, Ted from Bangkok, for an approach from a human health perspective. If you know of a remedy, please don't hesitate to let us know here.

Alkalizing Remedies

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Posted by Mikeandmona (California, US) on 11/02/2014

To keep our dogs alkalized we just throw a little lemon juice or bakin' soda in all their water bowls.

Replied by Joy
(Dayton, Ohio)

I read that D-mannose (cranberry) would eat up e-coli as my be-loved 15 year old dog has it in her bladder and no antibiotics are killing it. So I gave it to her and the urine test was a little improved but it created a dangerous acidic 4 level in her urine. Now I read vitamin c and cranberry create acidity in dogs. I am desperate to lower her PH level and find an antibiotic that will kill this infection. I did the culture thing and we have tried every antibiotic that should respond to this and they do not. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am afraid to do anything that would make it worse now.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Joy,

You might consider colloidal silver as an antibiotic, and baking soda in the water to alkalize.

Replied by Pamela
(Carlyle, Illinos)

I have read that baking soda causes the body to become alkaline. I do not know the mixture but you can look it up easily and research it before administering.I hope this helps.

Replied by Tara

A breeder and dog show handler recommended starting with one tablespoon of Apple Cider vinegar and working up to 2 tablespoons of Apple cider vinegar in our dogs water bowl. My holistic doctor also recommended using it for myself.

Alkalizing Remedies
Posted by Wisslewj (Columbus, Ohio, Usa) on 07/06/2010

Dear EC,

I am a first time poster/long time reader so I hope this is where this goes.

First off, thanks Ted and EC for all the helpful information! I have been really blessed by all the stuff on alkalizing. I was wondering however how this might be applied to my dogs?

I feed them a raw meat diet. (I now use natures variety as its far easier and is still raw.) I know dogs tend towards more acidic and protein based foods and have compensating biology but I also assume they would benefit from bicarbs and proper mineral control as well.

Can and how does one administer this to dogs in the most effective way? Epsom salt in water? What about potassium balance? Any advice will be appreciated.

Thanks and God Bless

Replied by Allegra7
(Spring, Tx)

A holistic vet recently told me that giving a 50 lb dog 500 mg of Vitamin C daily for about 10 days -2 weeks (split into 2 doses, mix with food) will be a great help in normalizing highly alkaline urine.

Replied by Madeline
(Central, Nj)

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove pet urine stains from a sofa?

Replied by Jr
(Coloma, Mi)

Have you tried Hydrogen Peroxide? It works pretty good.

Replied by Vixyvix
(Levin, New Zealand)

Does anyone have a remedy for hind gut acidosis in Horses? Im wondering if ACV and baking soda would help but at what quantities. I take alkaline drops in my water for myself but this would be extremely costly to use for a 500kg horse.

Replied by Sunnyg

I am also curious about alkalizing a dog's pH. My vet said my dog's urine was 5.5 and was concerned, though I have consistently gotten 6.2 on her first morning urine (vet's test wasn't first morning urine). Eating primarily raw meat/organ/bone (acidic foods) with some pureed veg and fruit. I have heard apple cider vinegar might help, but have also read that it could be the complete opposite for an acidic dog and could make it worse. Also heard baking soda is bad for dogs (vomit bile). I have read so many people anecdotally recommending apple cider vinegar but I can't find an adequate explanation of how an acid (in this case ACV) alkalizes. She is presently having a bad allergic skin reaction to something, not sure what yet, I am afraid of aggravating it or creating more acid in an already borderline situation. Thank you for any help you can give.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Sunnyg!

You stated " I can't find an adequate explanation of how an acid (in this case ACV) alkalizes."

This is a very simplified answer: "...the potassium and other mineral components in ACV can substantially reinforce the buffering and homeostatic systems that counteract the build-up of acids in the human body. This is what makes ACV an acid that can remedy the hyper acidity of modern diets and help the body return to acid-base homeostasis and generally more alkaline levels."


You also posted this: "Also heard baking soda is bad for dogs (vomit bile)."

Not sure where you heard this, but in my experience this is not the case; my dogs did not and do not vomit bile after drinking baking soda water.

An easy way to alkalize with baking soda is to add 1/2 teaspoon into 1 liter of pure water; if your dog hesitates at this amount, try 1/4 teaspoon into 1 liter of water and build it up incrementally over the course of a week or so. However given the current skin crisis your dog is experiencing, you might wish to dose 1 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and give this for 5-7 days - and then drop down to the maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon per liter.

Replied by Diamond

Sunnyg; I was thinking on the line of maybe your dog could have an allergy to one or all raw food/s ? I have to keep checking my pets where I have two that throw up if they eat can cat food, but appear ok when I cook fresh chicken for them. I have to find a way to test their ph because they are drinking a very large amount of water.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Robin (New Zealand) on 05/13/2020

We put ACV into the dogs water for his enlarged prostate. He hasn't had any more symptoms so we think it is working. As he is a senior dog ACV will be helping with joints too.