Bladder Infection Remedies for Dogs

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by HappyHonu (Poland, NY) on 04/22/2009
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My 2yr old shepard/husky mix started to exhibit signs of a bladder infection after I brought her home from being boarded for a week. She was frequently trying to pee and was unable to. She also had accidents in the house overnite which never happened before. I found your site while trying to verify, online, that her symptoms could actually be a bladder infection before making a Vet appointment. I tried the ACV & yogurt the same day (Monday). She is about 80lbs so I used 1 tblsp ACV and 2 tblsp of plain yogurt. That same nite there was no accident and she seemed calmer and not so anxious to go out all of the time. I gave her the combo 2 times per day. The second morning she vomited so I knew it was bothering her stomach. She is not a big eater and hadn't eaten much in the past few days so on tues I mixed half of her food with the mixture and she loved it. I also have her sister who is a picky eater and wants everything her sister gets so I added the yogurt only to her food and she actually ate it all! Bowls of food stay all day untouched usually. It is wednesday and I am confident that the bladder issue is cleared up. I will continue with the ACV for a couple more days to be sure. I will also continue to use the yogurt in their food because it has finally gotten them to eat after much trial and error with various foods. Thanks so much for the wonderful information on this site. I feel much better being able to help my dog with natural products instead of antibiotics. I realize that the antibiotics would be necessary if more serious symptoms persisted but to be able to avoid them when possible is much better.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Rebecca (Austin, Texas) on 04/19/2009
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My 5 month old puppy began to have urinary frequency and small drops of blood in her urine on Friday night. As soon as we got home from training class, she was urinating more frequently, having frequent episodes of dysuria in between and still having some drops of blood towards the end of her stream. I quickly researched home and natural remedies. I came upon this one and just happened to have unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar in my fridge. She is nearly 50 lbs, so I mixed 1 tablespoon with 2 tablespoons of yogurt right then. Later with her dinner, I again mixed 1 tablespoon with the yogurt and her normal meal. She was back to normal in the morning! We are still continuing the treatment to see if it will help her with problems she has been having with skin allergies, so far we have noticed some relief and improvement. =) Thanks.

Posted by Jan (Seattle, Wa) on 01/07/2009
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D-Mannose powder (simple sugar) eliminates urinary tract infection quickly (24-48 hours) and safely by causing the bacteria to be flushed right out of the body with normal urination. D-Mannose is easy to buy, your local Health Food store has it.

It is a shame and unforgivable that doctors are not recommending this product - to people and to pets! I have small 16 years old dog, the dosage I use - 1/2 teaspoon with a little of her favorite treats crumbled in it - 3 times for only 1 to 2 days, and the infection is gone! (No more blood in urine, no rotten smell.) It works like a magic for people and pets! No antibiotic needed!

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Rebecca (Winter Park, Florida) on 10/05/2008
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I found this website last night while searching for home remedies for my dog's UTI. I thought why not lets give it a shot. With the horrible economy I can't afford a $200 dollar vet bill. I started using the ACV last night. I gave my 65 pound 5 year old boxer 1.5 tablespoons mixed in with some plain yogurt. When she went out for her morning potty break she urinated only one time. It was normal in color with no blood. Just the night before she was going every 5 minutes or so and nothing was coming out and when urine did come out it was bloody. I have continued to give her the ACV today and plan to keep her on it for about a week. Boy was this one of the most effective home remedies I have ever found.

Posted by Lauren (Queens) on 07/22/2018
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D-Mannose for Uti in dogs

So guys....I have to share this for all the pet lovers out there since this site has helped me so much over the years, I felt like now is my time to make a contribution. So my 11 yr old cockapoo suddenly came down with an apparent Uti this weekend. I was at my wit's end trying to figure out what to do since his doctor's office was closed for the weekend. I tried probiotics/cranberry/uta ursi(not sure of the spelling) etc but nothing worked. I noticed that he started appearing really sick later that day and guys I was really scared. I mean this dog is my life lol....then I remembered....I had read somewhere that D-mannose is used sometimes with great success for this type of issue. I remembered that I had some stashed away in my pantry and immediately gave him to eat mixing it with a little bit of honey to make it more palatable. Well what do you know...the next morning, he went out to do his business and surprise....not a speck of blood in his urine, hallelujah.

Today day 2...same thing...urine clear as crystal. So guys please everyone with this problem try this remedy...hopefully it will work for you the way it did for me.

One more thing, your pup has to drink a lot of water to flush the bacteria out as well. In my case, my dog hates water so what I do is make some warm tea, add a little milk and he drinks it like crazy cause he loves milk.

If this post helps even one dog, I'll be so happy. Have a great night guys.

Apple Cider Vinegar in Goat Milk
Posted by Monica (Anmore, Canada) on 01/31/2021

So sorry for your loss. Hope her passing wasn't from a vaccine. My little poodle girl went downhill after a shot & got auto-immune disease Adissons disease). She's passed away now & I still mourn her death, 6 months ago. I will never ever vaccinate again. Ingredients like formaldehyde in them will surely cause damage or death, resulting in huge business for the vets & Big Pharma who wrote their textbooks & funds their training. Shameful. Same with shots for people. It's a wonder we are all still alive.

Apple Cider Vinegar in Goat Milk
Posted by Kelley (Missouri) on 02/21/2017

So sorry for your loss of Lola. I came across this thread as I was searching for a UTI home remedy for my dog. Your post saddened me so that I felt I had to extend my sympathy to you for your loss of a very dear friend. May your heart be filled with many happy memories of Lola.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Jane (Penticton, British Columbia) on 10/26/2016

Just to update .... I waited til she was finished with the antibiotics and saw signs that she still had an infection, so I mixed up about a tablespoon of vanilla yogurt with about a scant 1/2 tsp. ACV and literally coaxed her to try it and she ate it once she got a taste of it. Did this morning and evening for 3 days and she seems to be fine now. if I see any signs of infection starting up again, I will start using the yogurt and ACV again.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Penelope (Ashland, Ky) on 10/19/2014
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WOW!!! Thank you so much for the great info. My 15 yr. Old Corgi mix Tessie has been paralyzed in her back legs for several years and is prone to bladder infections. She had very bloody urine tonight, and none of the zillion vets here have Sunday or emergency hours. I was going to have to get through till Monday, and was concerned because her pee looked so bad all of a sudden. I express her bladder every four hours, and when she gets an infection, it feels "boggy" not firm. I tried the ACV with yogurt (1 tsp. In 2 tsp. Probiotic yogurt). I gave it to her 2. 5 hrs ago, she passed a few clots, her bladder is firming up, and her urine is clearing up already!!! What GREAT results!! Tessie and I thank you. :)

Sea Salt
Posted by Linda (Spokane Wa) on 03/08/2014

Canine Bladder Infection and high white cell count: I took our 5 year old Golden Retriever, Abbie, to the vet today after spending a night letting her in and out of the house constantly to try to urinate. I took her to the vet this morning and they confirmed she had a bad bladder infection and gave me an antibiotic ($118.00 and that was with a Wellness Plan discount) and a prescription for special Royal Canin dry dog food for bladder problems. The bag is only 17 lbs and cost a whopping $68.00! I tried to get a straight answer from the vet if this was food she was going to have to stay on forever and couldn't get a definite answer. We have another golden retriever also and are on a fixed income and frankly don't think we can afford to keep her on this food as I doubt that 17 lbs is even going to last her alone, a month. After reading about ACV benefits, I am wondering if the special food is even needed after the infection is cleared up. I am wondering how many people who posted about this problem are feeding their dog the super expensive special food or if ordinary good quality food with the ACV is enough. We had been feeding her Costco's Kirkland Salmon and sweet potato dry food and thought it was an improvement over the normal grocery store brands.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/07/2014

Hey Bailey!

Did your vet wish to culture the urine to determine the best antibiotic? Or was there another reason to culture? If you try a home remedy and the UTI comes right back, you may need to continue with your vet to rule out complications such as crystals or stones.

You might consider Ted's sea salt remedy for a UTI:

Use a quality sea salt - the aquarium stores tend to sell the best.

A crisis dose is 1 teaspoon of sea salt into a liter of pure, non-chlorinated water, for 1-2 days [play it by ear; you *should* see a rather immediate resolution to the symptoms in that time frame, but if not go for 3 days and consider adding cranberry juice to the water.

A maintenance dose after the crisis resolves is 1/4 teaspoon sea salt into 1 liter of water.

If your dog won't drink the water with 1 teaspoon of sea salt added to it, consider dosing 1/2 teaspoon sea salt into canned food and hiding it that way so your dog takes it. Give 1/2 teaspoon am and pm for up to 2 days.

Ted also adds: "As to the apple cider vinegar for UTI, I do not think it to be as effective as a sea salt remedy. However if ACV is used then it is likely to be mixed with a pinch of baking soda."

Some folks report good results with powdered cranberry. As for the powdered cranberry dosage, some contributors have used 2 capsules [Cranactin brand] diluted in 1 oz water for a cat, while others have used 1 capsule for a 65 pound dog. This is something you will have to compare brands and potencies and work out for your dog, but it makes sense to me to start out with 1 capsules with food am and pm during a crisis and then scale back to 1/2 capsule am and pm for maintenance.

As for the yogurt and ACV - many mix the two together and feed with the am and pm meals. 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons of raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered, "with the mother" ACV into wet food or yogurt. If you are looking for probiotics from the yogurt, it may be easier to simply buy the probiotics in powder form and add to the diet, as some dogs don't do well with dairy.

The ACV can be used as a maintenance dose with the food; if you dose a probiotic as well its a good idea to switch brands every couple of weeks to rotate the species of probiotic for proper balance in the gut.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Edna (Kansas City, Mo) on 10/30/2008
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It worked! I tried the apple cider vinegar remedy yesterday morning and my little 1 yr. old 4 lb. chihuahua-rat terrier mix seems back to normal today. No more "accidents" and her temperature is back to normal too.

i mixed 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar with about 2 big tablespoons of plain whole yogurt (organic) and some water, about a tablespoon or two, for hydration and she lapped it right up. I did this three times yesterday and gave her regular potty breaks. Tonight I added some of her dry kibble into the same mixture and the bowl was licked clean.

Her symptoms started a week ago. She peed on my boyfriend's shoe....while he was wearing it. I gues she was trying to tell us something was wrong then.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by HappyInNC (asheville, nc) on 10/13/2008
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ACV (apple cider vinegar) Today was my first visit to this site...found it on a search engine, and I have now bookmarked it! My little girl (22lb corgi mix-dog) was showing typical signs of a urinary tract infection. I tried the ACV suggestion about 6-8 hours ago and her lethargy has done a 180, as has her warm nose, the constant peeing, and obvious discomfort. On the "magic-8-ball"..."all signs point to yes"...Thank you SO much for the suggestion, it saved me $300 I dont have for a Dr Visit. I first tried it in H2O, wouldnt drink it, in wet food, didnt like it, then in plain yogurt, and she ate it in that put about a tsp and mixed it in good.I will update if things do not continue to improve, but from everything I have read, dont think i'll be back!

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Pete (VeryRural, MN) on 10/30/2008

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Katie (Birmingham, AL, USA) on 11/29/2008
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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!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Primas (Nj) on 08/26/2017
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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

Posted by Wilma (Vancouver, Canada) on 02/21/2017
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Organic Cranberry extract for pet UTIs, struvite stones and to acidify urine naturally.

While everyone generally knows that cranberry supplements are usually mentioned when trying to prevent urinary tract infections, it's sometimes not so well known that many supplements don't actually contain enough of the active phytochemical or the right ones to make a substantial difference to a dog or cat suffering UTIs. Cats that have diabetes are for example very prone to recurring UTIs as well as dogs that suffer from bladder cancer (TCC). Also not that well know is the fact that struvite bladder stones in dogs are usually a result of chronic UTIs. The recent lawsuit against multinational pet food companies regarding their "Prescription diets" also highlights the fact that these diets, frequently prescribed for urinary issues and bladder stones, are filled with low quality ingredients and might not be that different to those that are less expensive and "non prescription". So do cranberry supplements actually work?I would imagine that the key would be to find a "clinically proven pet UTI supplement", that has actually been independently tested and verified to work. I know of only one product that actually fits this bill and there are many reviews online, as well as the published clinical trial info in an actual Veterinary Journal. The product is called "Cranimals Original" and works to prevent recurrent UTIs from E Coli, and also prevents struvite stones from infections, acidifies urine naturally and helps alleviate infection related incontinence. Plus it helps reduce the continual use of antibiotics. It's non GMO and organic to boot.

So, perhaps Earthclinic members will be interested in the product along with all the other remedies they have posted about for urinary issues in pets.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Pitlover (Puyallup, Wa.) on 08/31/2016
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My blue nosed pitbull has been crying all afternoon and she started having blood show up in her urine. She started crying a lot more along with waiting by the backdoor to be taken outside to urinate frequently and she is straining to pee. Unfortunately my vet is closed for the day, so I decided to see what I could find online to make my puppy more comfortable in the meantime. I came across this website and after reading all the positive posts about apple cider vinegar, I decided to give it a shot. I mixed her a tablespoon of unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of plain vanilla greek yogurt. She is whining much less now and not waiting to be taken out every 10 seconds. So I am pretty happy that this seems to have worked for her. I was expecting to be up all night with her trying to make her comfortable.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil, Garlic
Posted by Dorothy (Long Island, Ny) on 03/31/2016
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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,

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Noelle (Elkhorn, Ne) on 12/18/2014
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I have a paralyzed little dachshund that suffers from chronic UTI's. The last 5 months have been one after the other. We try 2+ weeks of antibiotics, he'll get 'better', and then a week off the antibiotics and the infection starts to flare up again.

ACV did not work. He was on it for five days.

Sea salt did not work. He was on it for four days. Excessive drinking and peeing were the only result.

He has pure cranberry powder mixed into his food. Not helping.

He has yogurt every night (and has for years). The acidophilus has not prevented or help the current problem.

Going to try Vitamin C and then iodine (per suggestions read) before I take him in for his umpteenth vi$it to the vet for this problem. Any other suggestions??

FYI - he is 14.5 yrs old and I express his urine three times a day. He also suffers from alopecia. (he's a 'blue' dachshund. Lots of thyroid problems. Hmmm, maybe the iodine is the route to try first?)

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Susan (Tampa, Fl) on 08/06/2013
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Thank you so much for the great info. My dog woke up this morning showing signs of a UTI. I came across this site when I Googled it. The ACV and yogurt is working so well for her. I will tell all of my friends about your site if they ever need help with their pets

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