Bladder Infection Remedies for Dogs

Dietary Changes
Posted by Christine (San Jose, Ca) on 11/14/2011

Hi, all. My 20 lb. Cavalier King Charles developed frequent UTI's. Every time I took her in (which stressed her because she knew she'd, once again, be poked and prodded) the vet would charge see her for 2 minutes, diagnose what I already knew (UTI), prescribe the antibiotic, Clavamox (which can cause a host of other issues, the least among them is a yeast infection), and charge me a huge amount of money. She would also insist on sporadic blood tests, withholding the Clavamox until I conceded. I got REAL tired of this CHIRADE, went to Pet Food Express, obtained the advice from one of their clerks who suggested more protein (she was only on dry kibble - not good for dogs to begin with), and I soon began to giver her ~ 2 TBSP of raw hamburger per day. She hasn't had a UTI since. She's happy and loves, loves, loves the hamburger!! :-)
I may also giver her natural, unsweetened yogurt with probiotics too.

P.S. Anyone who opposes natural remedies is clueless. We should only go to a vet as a last resort. Thanks (! ) to the person who began this site, and thanks so much to all of its contributors!!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Mary (Sterling Heights, Michigan) on 09/25/2008
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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.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Pete (VeryRural, MN) on 09/21/2008
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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.

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

Dietary Changes
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 02/17/2018

Great sleuthing there, Lauren! Glad he is doing better and that you shared what you learned!

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Tammy (Plymouth, Mi) on 09/10/2017

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..

Apple Cider Vinegar in Goat Milk
Posted by David10118 (Aubrey, Tx) on 02/01/2017

Hi Theresa, I wanted to inform you that Lola has passed. She spent all day Monday at the vet. Her blood was taken and many tests were run on it to rule out all types of diseases, cancer and pancreatitis. Her urine was also tested and everything looked good there too. She seemed to be fine all day. When we got her home, she had several shaking seizures and finally passed a few hours later. The vet was unsure of what caused her death. I want to thank you for your replies and advice. She will be missed dearly. She was a daddy's girl for sure. We also have an 8 month old Yorkie (Georgia) and a 7 year old Dachshund/Havenese Mix (Mia), both seem to be in very good health. Mia is Lola's sister and does miss her. I can tell she looks for her around the house from time to time. Again, thanks for everything. I hope our 2 remaining little ones live a long and healthy life.

Test for Bladder Stones
Posted by Mbee (Vancouver Ca) on 11/01/2016
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While I'm all for natural remedies, I definitely recommend seeking out a vet if UTI symptoms crop up in your pooch. I frequently use natural remedies for myself when treating a UTI, but I also know what's wrong with myself and force myself to drink tons of water to flush things out. Unfortunately we can't do this with our dogs.

my dog has had UTI's before, so I just assumed he had one again. After trying d-mannose, cranberry, ACV, kefir and increased water on my pooch to no avail I took him to the vet. THANK GOD I DID! His X-rays revealed 8 bladder stones one of which was lodged in his penis and he had to be operated on immediately to avoid going into Kidney failure.

I'm so grateful I didn't chance it, and wait any longer. Apparently certain breeds are quite prone to stones, so taking them to the vet is definitely worth it. Yes it was expensive. X-rays and bloodwork $650, surgery etc $2000, but I still have my Chewie! <3 As vet owners we can do all the reading we want, but there really is no replacement for things like blood tests and X-rays. So remember to keep that in mind if after a few days your dogs symptoms don't stop. Or maybe try one of those home uti tests to see if he or she has one, and if not get her to the vet ASAP.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/24/2017

Hey Carol,

There are many doses you can try, and 1 teaspoon to 2 cups of water might be a tolerable [taste wise] dose for your puppy. You can also try 2 tablespoons into half a can of tuna and see if she will take that as a treat. I also urge you to see your vet - as you say, your girl is a rescue and you do not know her history, so you want to rule out deeper issues such as bladder stones or crystals. If this were my pup I would do the ACV - and the vet, just in case.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Maria Cecilia (West Covina, California) on 12/30/2016
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My dog was going through the same exact situation. It started at midnight and by 2:30 am she could not even be in bed for ten seconds. While getting ready to take her to an emergency vet, I ran across this site and read your post. I am so thankful! I gave her one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with two teaspoons of a vanilla yogurt I had. It was incredible! 10 minutes later she went to bed. She asked to go outside only once more and it was just a normal peepee request. 🤗

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Janet (Michigan) on 08/25/2016
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I have an older animal that has been urinating all over the place... I Googled your site and it suggested ACV and plain yogurt... What a blessing! It's only been two days and I see a great Improvement!

Thank you for putting this information out there... Jan

Posted by Maggie (Idaho) on 08/05/2016 35 posts
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D-Mannose worked great for a urinary tract infection in my 14# dog. It was hard trying some of the remedies suggested here on Earth Clinic because she's almost 16 years old, set in her ways and refuses something she doesn't like. I tried apple cider vinegar in her food, Himalayan sea salt and cranberry juice but they didn't help. Made some corn silk tea from the silk on some corn that I'd bought at the store and mixed it with her food and that helped some. I could tell it made her feel better because she would urinate as soon as I took her outside. Before, she would walk around for a while, not wanting to urinate. She still had a discharge so I tried D-Mannose. I mixed the contents of a 500 mg capsule in her food three times a day for about 3 days and then twice a day for 4 days. She's fine now. What's nice about D-Mannose is that it's not bad tasting like some remedies so I was able to mix it with her food.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Sophiesmom (Economy, Pa) on 08/03/2015

I gave Sophie a tiny bit of food before she went to bed and she kept it down. I just think that low protein prescription food is not filling her up. She is starving!

General Feedback
Posted by Lm (Pa) on 05/18/2015

As a vet tech for 15 years who has finally seen the light, anyone depending on commercially prepared "prescription" diets is simply maintaining a medical condition with a band-aid, not curing a problem. Look into species-appropriate diets and cure your pets that way - with real, fresh food, antioxidants and some herbs that in most cases can get them OFF expensive diets and medications, and actually stop the condition. Conventional vets make a large portion of their income selling these diets, and keeping clients coming back - not because they see themselves doing anything wrong, but simply because this is what gets taught in vet school. Vets receive intentionally little true nutritional information in as far as preventing disease, a plan promoted by the pet food industry. Prescriptions, and prescription diets, are a business model taught in school that is beneficial to the practice, but not actually to the business. Do the research and learn that these diets are not the way to keep your pets healthy. Try Dr. Karen Becker's website, and any other holistic sites, for a lot of comprehensive information on how to alleviate long-term conditions through correct diet.

As for the main topic about UTIs, treating one UTI with some of the above mentioned remedies can be fine if the only symptom is frequent or smelly urination, but if there is not a quick response, there are other symptoms, or there is recurrence, diagnosis is essential to determine the cause of the urination. My general attack is to list the symptoms, decide if it seems like an isolated problem or could be a more involved one, and treat at home for a few days as long as there is improvement, and not an increase in severity or number of symptoms. This does require a good degree of knowledge sometimes, to make these decisions though. So my best recommendation is for those who feel confident in being able to make the determination from when frequent urination goes from something treatable at home to something that needs diagnosis, try it if you like, but get vet attention if there is not speedy response. For those who do not feel qualified to make that decision for their pets, find a holistic vet. Then you can have your diagnosis, and still get to use the healthier home remedies without the guilt trip that many conventional vets will lay on you for even considering it.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Rosanna (Illinois, US) on 02/06/2015
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GRAIN DIETS are the biggest problem and create UTIs. Get off of grains!!

Dietary Changes
Posted by Debbie (East Sussex) on 08/30/2016

I'd stay away from any dried food.

A 'wet' food would be better. But, better still a raw diet

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/18/2014

Hey Noelle!

I suggest you take your boy in again and spend the money at the vet. Find out why he is having chronic UTI's; are there stones or crystals present? Do a full blood panel; are the levels normal, or is there something deeper going on that is stressing the immune system? You might also check into thyroid medication rather than the hit/miss approach with iodine; out of the many expensive meds out there, the thyroid is a cheapie and it gets results.

I advise this only because, as you know, you have a senior blue boy with IVD - a genetic train wreck and I am sure who is a total sweetheart. A correct diagnosis as to why the chronic UTI is needed when so many helpful remedies have failed will help prevent unnecessary suffering.

Overall, since you are dealing with a jacked immune system and jacked nerve communication to the bladder, expressing his urine 6 times or more per day may help reduce the episodes. Consider alkalizing his water with baking soda - 1/2 to 1/4 in 1 liter of water and this as the only drinking water - the dosage is a maintenance dose, but for a crisis you could bump it up to 1 teaspoon per liter for 7 days.

You do not say what diet you are feeding; if not on RAW check the bag of kibble to ensure you are not feeding a grain based diet and that it is free of sugars and food dyes as these ingredients are directly linked to UTI's in dogs. Consider supplementing with vitamin C - 500 to 1000 mg am and pm.

Lastly, you might consider a doggie chiro or doggie acupuncturist. Yes, it is spending yet more money. My feeling is your boy is older, is immune compromised, and these techniques may help improve quality of life and extend his life.

Good luck and please report back!

Posted by Monroe444 (British Columbia, CA) on 04/10/2014

I was wondering what you mean by natural antibiotics - do you mean colloidal or ionic silver water? I was thinking about giving my dog colloidal silver for her UTI but decided against it because it's still an antibiotic, and I figure that if I disturb her gut flora it will just lead to more UTIs in the future, so I'm going to stick with D-mannose powder and cranberry capsules for now. I don't think her UTI is severe though, so maybe if it were I would do the silver. But if there is something else out there, I would love to hear about it.

I am also giving her herbs for Cushing's (the ones from Adrenal Harmony Gold) and have just added some more for her kidneys that are listed in some UTI formulas like stone root and oregon grape root.

Does anyone know anything about using human UTI test strips for dogs so I don't have to keep going back to the vets? Human test strips are so much less expensive than dog test strips - $13 for 10 as opposed to $40 for 2.

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/10/2014

Hey Monroe444!

It appears the post you replied to is from last year; not sure if the poster will answer about the natural antibiotics - I hope they do!

I did research into using human UTI test strips for dogs, and it appears the ones used for dogs are the exact same ones used in humans - so yes, you can save money and buy the human test strips for your dog.

Sea Salt
Posted by Dagmar Leininger (Jacksonville Fl) on 03/08/2017
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Thank you for these recipes, I have tried the Sea Salt with a bit of Apple Cider Vinegar in my dog's water and after 24 hrs, I AM SEEING GOOD RESULTS, thank you!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Janet (Michigan) on 08/25/2016

ACV and yogurt work for my dog as well!!! I am so appreciative and finding this information!!! After I gave Scrappy his second dose of yogurt in ACV he is now urinating normally!!

Vitamin C
Posted by Melissa Q (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) on 09/19/2012

Hi, I have a puppy age 6 months old, recently when I took her to a trip for holidaying. Upon returning home on the next day, I noticed that she has difficulty peeing. ( I search the net and suspected that she has urinary track infection) She tried to pee but only a few drops came out. Each time she did it, it could not came out and there would be little stained here and there.

Due to the holiday seasons her vet was not operating. I could not wait until the next day seeing her suffered. What I did was, I gave her 125mg of Vitamin C( Calcium Ascorbate) in the everning(mixing the poweder to her kibbles). The next morning she seem ok, no more urinary track infection... I guess. However, I continue to treat her with 125mg of Vit C for 2 days with Sodium Ascorbate and ascorbic Acid instead of Calcium Ascorbate as I have ran out of Calcium Ascorbate.

To my suprise she is back to normal after the 2nd day.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Bex (Riley Twp., Usa) on 02/23/2011
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While natural remedies are my first option we all must take a look at what foods we are feeding our pets. The dyes, genetically modified corn, fillers and by products cause many many issues with our beloved friends. The food you feed may very well cause diabetes, uti's tumors etc. Be aware of what you feed...

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Jim (Covington, Ky) on 01/12/2011

My 2 year old female cat was going outside the box. She didn't show any signs of weakness, bloating or pain, so I assumed the problem was behavioral in nature. For two months I tried to modify the behavior with a spray bottle of water but when I mentioned it my neighbor, she said to take Ruth to the vet "IMMEDIATELY".

Instead, I came here and just a few days after adding the ACV to wet food (and cutting out dry food) Ruth is back to going in the box and is more lively, playful and affectionate as she has ever been.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Jo (London, Uk) on 03/23/2012

How much vinegar did you put in your cats food?

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Abriete (Leverett, Ma) on 12/27/2010
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I am very grateful for all the information. I think my 2 year old bison has a uti and we've given her 11/2 tsp organic acv, 1 tblsp yogurt, homeopathic cantharsis and staphysagria, and 4 drops of gaia herbs usnea and uva ursi and 10 tblsp gaia herbs echinacea, goldenseal, propolis for 3 days and she is doing much better. First had blood tinged urine, then no blood but peeing in the house. Today no more peeing in the house (yay) so I think she is on the mend. I read to give cranberry everyday to prevent so I will do that. Also, don't leave them too long without a pee break-I think that is what caused this in mine. I studied herbs for 11/2 years for humans and it seems what works for humans will work for dogs.

Echinacea, goldenseal and propolis are immune enhancers and natural antibiotics. ACV helps the ph of the urine I think and yogurt promotes good bacteria in the gut. Cranberry helps the bacteria not stick to the walls of the bladder and also helps the ph be inhospitable to bacteria. Also, my dog wouldn't drink at all and drinking is important to flush out the bacteria so I gave her water and chicken broth mixed together and that worked. I also gave her a little orange juice which I read would help, but didn't want to give too much because of the sugar content. Good luck! Abriete

Posted by Jody (British Columbia, Canada) on 07/04/2010
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My 3 year old female St. Bernard has had three UTI's. Getting a urine sample from a St. Bernard is not easy to say the least:) The one before her present one I had tried the ACV and yogurt, unfortunately to no avail and had to resort to a vet visit and antibiotics. Two weeks ago I noticed her frequent urination again and went out and bought D-Mannose, which I had read great reviews about. WOW! In one to two days her urination was back to normal. I've given her one 500mg pill (opened in her food) three times a day since and was just researching when to decrease that dose. I may put her on one pill for maintenance now. It's really worth a try for all the damage antibiotics can do to animals and people (although yes, they do have their place in many instances:)

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