Natural Remedies for Dog UTI: Effective, Easy Treatments

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food

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Posted by Beverley (Rancho Santa Margarita, California) on 09/26/2008

After reading all of the posts here, I decided to try the ACV treatment on my 6 year old male cat "Hunter" who had a UTI. He wouldn't drink his water with it in it so my husband and I had to give it to him every morning and night by syringe. I put 1 teaspoon in a 16.9 oz bottle of water and then we just filled the syringe from that. Five days later and he is absolutely fine. Thanks so much to your posts here I couldn't afford another $300.00 vet bill.

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Posted by Mary (Sterling Heights, Michigan) on 09/25/2008

Thank you all so much! My little 13 yr old Lahsa (pound rescue two years ago) developed a bladder infection and (despite my doubts)1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar in a tiny bit canned cat food twice a day took care of it in a day and a half! You've saved me so much money. I initially dosed her with one teaspoon diluted in half with water (orally using a syringe)but a lot of it came back up. She doesn't much like it in her water, but hey, if that's all that's available, she (and the cats- a plus) will drink it (1/2 teaspoon in ~2 cups water). Thanks again! I'm telling everyone about this web site.

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Posted by Pete (VeryRural, MN) on 09/21/2008

Day 1 of ACV & I like what I see. Please read the below.

My 8 yr old Springer Spaniel had a bladder infection about 6 months ago, it was soon after she'd come out of heat, it gave her the typical discomfort, whimpering, peeing indoors, multiple dry pees outdoors etc... I took her to the vet who did the standard test & diagnosis exam, antibiotics and out the door for $275, a few days later Kayla was on the mend.

Well here we are today, yesterday actually & Kaylas been out of heat for a week now when she suddenly developes the same symptoms, as it was Saturday all I could do was sympathise w/her & made sure to walk her often. Poor girl she was panting, whimpering, pacing & me knowing the vet was at least two days away. Late last night I came to this site & saw this Apple Cider Vinegar remedy forum and figured what the heck it couldn't hurt....... I got some fresh ACV at the general store this morning and gave her 1.5 Tbsp. mixed w/her kibble. One hour later she's sleeping comfortably for a change, no whining, no visible discomfort, in fact she's obviously feeling just fine 'n dandy all afternoon. I give her another 1.5 Tbsp with tonights supper feeding, still she's feeling well & really appearing to be back to her old self. I'm retired & I'm with my dogs 24/7 mostly so I'll be careful to watch Kayla & to try to be impartial in my continued assessment of ACV treatments for UTI or bladder infections. I'll update this every day or so with a few quick comments, sorry this was so long winded but it seemed only proper to give Kaylas known history.

Replied by Pete
(VeryRural, MN)

Kayla is now in day 5 of the ACV treatment. btw Kayla weighs appx 45#s. I chose the dosing of 1.5Tbsp as it is a rather innocuous substance and wanted to make sure she got all the meds she needed.

I've not called my vet yet on the bladder infection as it seems to be getting better every day. Today (Thursday) is the first day that Kayla hasn't had any dry pees, they've tapered off slowly since day one of the ACV. Most notable and worthy of mention again is the fact that the very first dose of ACV halted all outward signs (pacing, whimpering, discomfort & zero accidents in the house) within just an hour or two after she consumed it in her food. She felt immediate relief and was resting comfortably in bed without waking for hours. I'm thinking of continuing the ACV @ 1.5Tbsp in her food twice a day for a total of two weeks, then perhaps twice weekly as a preventative measure. I'll come by and post again in a few days.

This was quite remarkable, a $1.19 remedy that'd cost me nearly $300.00 just 6 months earlier.

Could I make a modest donation to this site?

EC: Thanks, Pete. Very kind of you to offer. Donation info is here:

Replied by Pete
(VeryRural, MN)

I see a lot of 'YEA' comments were taken down & I wonder why. The entire two weeks of ACV treatment will have cost me $1.19 as opposed to the $275.00 vet visit w/2 weeks antibiotics that I paid 6 months ago. Kayla has no signs whatsoever and is back to normal behavior 100%. I'm not qualified to make medical evaluations but I am retired and single & so my two dogs are with me close to 24/7, I know for a fact that after 12 days/nights of ACV treatments that Kayla is cured.

I recommend that you try ACV twice a day on your dogs food for bladder infections before resorting to antibiotics for the most obvious reason, it is important NOT to expose your self or your pets needlessly to any extra antibiotic treatments.

Be diligent in following through and try a natural remedy first. There are vitamins and minerals missing in our canines and felines diets from packaged foods, a natural remedy such as ACV should not be overlooked.

Once again I'm going to mention that Kayla found immediate relief in the ACV, soon after the first dose (1.5Tbsp) of it in her food she was sleeping nicely and didn't wake up to the anxiety of her infection.

EC: No YEA posts have been removed from the bladder infection remedies for dogs page! Perhaps you were reviewing another page like acv for dogs...

Replied by Pete
(VeryRural, MN)

I'm glad to see that all the 'YEAs' are still in place as it was the strong testimonials that convinced me to try & to stick with this treatment instead of folding to the temptation of a vets visit.

Kayla is doing just fine, business as usual and her daughter (my other springer) has been on the ACV regimen from the start as well even though she had shown no bladder issues herself. It's ACV & can't harm them so now they get it in their food on Wed/Sun as preventative medicine. Funny thing though, Alice had a batch of pups 2 yrs ago and I held onto one of them 'Scooter' for about 10 months before giving her away to a friend whose springer had recently passed on. As I sat watching Scooter acclimate herself to the back yard and her new family that very first day she ran up to the apple tree and grabbed an apple off the ground ran under the deck and ate it, we all laughed at her behavior but little did we know she was adding nutrients her body was likely needing. A habit my friend Dave says she repeats often. These nutrients are missing from our pet foods.

Replied by Katie
(Birmingham, AL, USA)

My 60 lb. Lab/Beagle mix female started having accidents inside on Thanksgiving night, not the time to seek a vet's attention. Had been straining when she went outside for a while but didn't put 2&2 together but thought it must be a UTI when I saw blood in her urine. Googled UTI's and found info on home remedies. Found and read postings on your site, thanks Pete from Very Rural, and decided to give ACV a try as I had just spent $700 having her epilepsy diagnosed! My aunts, retired nurses, use ACV religiously so I figured it couldn't hurt. Put 1 Tbs. in 2 Tbs. plain yogurt and mixed with dry food. Got a few funny looks from her but she ate it all. Gave 3 doses that day and 3 the next. No more accidents and no more bloody urine. Don't want to overdue a "good thing" so going to cut back to 2 doses a day for 2 weeks, again thanks Pete (probably partial to your posting since I had a springer who was the "love of my life"!). I will probably also keep her on a preventative dose. Now, if I could just get it to cure my Plantar Fascietis! - might give it a try! Thanks for the great site!

Replied by Connie Herring
(Riceville, Tn)

hi, so relieved to read your comments! I am out of town with my 8 year old bulldog Belle and she is having trouble urinating! Freaked me out as she has never had any health problems even though English Bulldogs are prone to MANY health issues. So I was about to take her to a vet locally (who I don't know! ) and probably walk away having spent $$$$$$ which I wouldn't mind if I weren't strapped financially right now. I know now that we brought her with us for a reason. Thank God! Sooo im going to attempt the cider remedy before the vet? A little scared, no a LOT scared! The vet said it was life threatening! I wish I knew for sure. Any comments or suggestions welcome!

Replied by Suseeq
(Sydney Australia)

ACV is good for a number of health issues. I give my dogs it every day in their drinking water so it won't hurt.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Cheryl (Kanata, Canada) on 08/19/2008

This is a follow up of my previous comment on trying apple cidar vinegar for our pup's uti.

08/06/2008: Cheryl from Ottawa, Canada replies: "So I'm hoping these testimonials will work for our pup.She was spayed last week & started having symptoms this week. Frequent urination inside as well, with a strong odor. Unfortunatley it is too late in the evening for our pup to have water so will add some acv tomorrow. For tonight I gave it to her straight & followed with a bit of orange juice. I will add the acv to her water & food tomorrow. I sure hope that tonight's dose will start to work for her! I'll let you all know..."

Well...It worked like a dream!! Within a day her symptoms improved. We continued the treatment for close to 2 weeks to make sure everything cleared. She's as good as new!

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Pat (Chicago, Illinois) on 04/04/2008

I can't believe how well apple cider vinegar worked for my dog, a 90 lb. Rottweiler. She started urinating in the house one evening (which she rarely does) and when she went outside, she'd squat but nothing came out. I found this site (and what a GREAT site it is) and realized it was a urinary track infection and gave her 1-tblsp. of apple cider vinegar mixed with her food twice a day. After the second dose she was cured. I've been giving it to her for a week now and am not sure how long I should continue. Any advice?

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Susan (Lawrenceville, Ga) on 03/05/2008

I was looking for a home remedy cure for my female dog who has urinary tract infection for the second time. I did not want to pay the expensive vet bill again. This is how i found your web site. I hurried to the store to get some ACV, put a tps. in her food and in no time she was back to her self. Praise GOD for this miracle! The same night while i was walking her i fell off of my shoe and spranged my foot to where i could barely walk. I took 2 tbls. of ACV 2 times a day. By the end of the second day i was up and running, literally. It decreased the pain and did not even turn purple.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Debra (Saginaw, Michigan) on 02/28/2008

Thank you so much for your web site. I have' 9 lb. 12 year old chihauhau he has had a UTI before and I took hime to the vet it cost me alot, so this time I could not afford to take him so I stumbled across you site and found out about ACV I gave him 1/2 teaspoon once a day in his food and in his water for three days it got better but he still was have problems urinating so I stopped the acv and gave him orange juice in a eye dropper for 2 days and he is fine. I did not have organic acv, but the next time my baby gets a uti I will. Thanks Again

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Pam (Welland, Ontario, Canada) on 10/08/2007

My 1 and 1/2 year old lab was just diaganosed wiht a bladder infection, I doing the antibiotics course right now , but she really needs better relief, what would be the daosage for a 65-70lb lab I am all for natural cures and preventive if it helps her she is very uncomfortable. THANK YOU. pam

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Andrew (Earth Clinic) on 07/26/2007

An update from my note of 2 months ago regarding Apple cider Vinegar and Pet Urinary tract infection- It is still working after 60 days, my Akita is not "leaking" and no more antibiotics! Please try this on your animal, adjust for body weight- results are wonderfully dramatic! Earthclinic is the finest most altruistic site on the internet!! Keep going!!

Replied by Melissa
(Missouri, US)

question...i have a 113 lb mutt that has had a bladder infection on and off for the last 4 month. She is on a sulfer medication and every 30 days she goes thru the bloody urine and not eating. I have started her on cranberry pills but keep seeing about acv. The liquid form that you buy at the store? I really want to get her back to good health. Shes only 5.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Melissa!

You can use the liquid form from the store, but the kind to use is the more expensive, organic, raw, 'with the mother'/live cultures. You can mix 1 teaspoon 3x day into her food, and on top of that also add some to her drinking water - 1 teaspoon into a liter of water.

Can I ask what diet you feed your giant girl? Grain based diets cause some dogs to have UTI's - so it may be worth your while to read the ingredient list on the diet you feed and change brands if you find the current diet is grain based.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Shea (Pittsfield, NH) on 06/04/2007

I am so glad that I stumbled upon this website. My black lab Susie was suffering from a Urninary Tract Infection earlier this week. She has them occasionally but typically when she does she will have accidents, and this time around, she was straining with nothing coming out. I noticed the problem too late in the evening to get her to a vet. So instead I did some research on home remedies and found a lot of information on ACV. I ran out to the store to pick some up, and gave her a teaspoon of ACV mixed in with her food. I gave her this mixture twice a day - within a day and a half...she was cured. I will continue to give her ACV as I have noticed her normally dry, dandruff-y coat is looking healthier already. Also I'm really hoping to prevent the "yellow spots" on the lawn. Everywhere she urinates, the grass dies in little circular patches. If this helps eliminate that problem as well - that would be wonderful.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Denise (Conrad, Ohio)

I have a diabetic schnauzer and he gets a tsp. of ACV in each home made meal. Diabetics are prone to urinary infections and he hasn't had one since the day he was diagnosed 3 years ago. His coat is also in great shape and some diabetics get really dried out hair. I love it! I like using something for my dog that I also use for myself.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil, Garlic

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Posted by Dorothy (Long Island, Ny) on 03/31/2016

My puppy had a uti and the last thing I wanted to do was give her antibiotics, so I came on here and did a lot of reading, so grateful for all the free advice. I started with a clove of raw garlic in every meal and the Apple Cider Vinegar 2 teaspoons along with coconut oil a teaspoon, after one to two days saw an improvement. Then added a probiotic and a uti supplement, shes doing great, its been six days and no more burning or squatting. I also cook for her chicken and rice and add a pinch of sea salt. So I don't know if it was one of the things I did or all of the things but shes happy, ...Thank you,

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt

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Posted by Primas (Nj) on 08/26/2017

My dog was trying to pee every 2 minutes and nothing was coming out. I found this website and went and bought the ACV and plain yogurt. Within a day she was almost back to normal. Only on day two. Keep you posted

Replied by Tammy
(Plymouth, Mi)

I've got a 13 yr. old female beagle. She she frequent UTI, and they throw her kidney and liver enzymes into Orbit. I'm going t try the ACV and yogurt, it's Sunday night and although I gave her antibiotics I found from her last UTI (last month! ) I want to see if the natural remedy can help. Jenna has been to the vet 5 times and I've spent over $1500, to treat the UTI and associated sumptons. Very stressful for everyone. Stay tuned..

Replied by Jana

I'm interested in the Apple Cider Vinegar and yogurt recipe for uti's in dogs .. Can you givs me the exact amouit of each ingredient so I can get my doberman puppy feeling better...? Thank you.

Replied by Mama To Many


I would probably try 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar in 2 teaspoons of yogurt twice a day.

I am making a wild guess that your dog is 15 pounds? If your dog is much smaller you could cut that amount in half.

Both are food and you can't really overdose.

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Kathywithaktheonkyway (Angier, North Carolina ) on 05/24/2017 1 posts

My husband and I have been together for almost 19 years and we rescue and adopt out FURbabies. And because we couldn't have children it has become even more of a passion for us to continue this for as long as we can and we currently have 12, (We had 13, but one of our our dogs, Bambi Lynn, suddenly passed away overnight after I took her to the Vet on May 5, 2017!😥), of our own, of which 6 are dogs and 5 are cats and we're fostering 1 of the dogs named Caesar, since September 2015, since their owners had to move into a rental home where their landlord won't allow them to have their pets. Our FURbabies are our family and we love them with all of our hearts. Our FURbabie dog, Lucy Lu, has Degenerative Myelopathy since last Summer and it's slowly been getting worse with her not being able to walk on her back legs. She had to stop going on walks with me with our other seven dogs, so I bought a harness for her and also a wheelchair. She is on Glucosamine Chondroitin and Meloxicam for arthritis and miraculously on January 1, 2017, she jumped up on her back legs and ran so fast down the front steps that I didn't expect it and I fell. Lol😝

Well, on this past Sunday morning, May 21, 2017, I took her outside to go to the bathroom and I noticed she couldn't pee very much which concerned me. I looked it up online and it said that it's definitely a side effect of her Degenerative Myelopathy. So I googled what I could do to help her with her urinary problems since it was on a Sunday and that's where I found this recipe for Apple Cider Vinegar, Plain Yogurt and Water for hydration. My husband went to the grocery store to get the yogurt and I mixed 1.5 tablespoons of the Apple Cider Vinegar with the Yogurt and added a little water for hydration and mixed it all together. I taste tested it before I gave it to her before I mixed it and after I mixed it and it tasted the same and she loved it! And the best part is that it actually worked and she's been peeing just fine ever since. I give it to her 2 x a day and it's like a treat to her.

i can't thank you enough for this recipe! It truly has been a blessing to us! ❤🐾❤

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Posted by Lady Dawnie (Orlando, Fl) on 11/14/2016

Hi, my Sasha is a 8yr. old 80 pound American Pitbull who has been dry peeing for a few days. I thought about ACV as I use it daily for many things for my family. However, I knew she would not drink her water if she smelled Apple Cider Vinegar in her bowl. I'm so happy I found this site. I mixed 2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar with 2 teaspoons of plain greek yogurt. After tasting this well mixed creamy remedy I added 2 teaspoons of applesauce to sweeten the bitter taste before giving it to Sasha and she loved her new treat. I will repeat in the morning. Sasha is sleeping like a baby. I will update after a few days of am and pm treatments.

Thanks for saving me a small fortune!

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