Bladder Infection Remedies for Dogs


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Posted by Tammie (Titusville, FL/USA) on 10/21/2008

I was told by my vet that I could use cranberry pills (1, once a day) as a way to prevent UTI's from re-occuring. I have tried this and it seems to work, but I would like to know what you think about this natural remedy and in what doses you might suggest. I'm thinking that after the dog is treated with vinegar to get rid of a UTI, then preventative measures are ok with the cranberry. However, if using vinegar as a preventative works too (and it's cheaper), what would be the recommended dosage for that?

I am SO glad I found this site! My lab mix (age 13) gets UTI's often (like right now!), and vinegar we can do! :) Do you recommend the vinegar remedy for UTI's to be done for a full 2 weeks or what?


Cranberry Capsules

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Posted by Monica (Reseda, California) on 03/01/2012

I tried apple cider vinegar on my 2 1/2 year old male cat, Benzi and it worked for a while but it was a strugle to get him to swallow it and, the moment I stopped giving it to him the infection would come back in a couple days. I found this cranberry capsules that treat UTI's in humans and have been diluting 2 capsules in 1 oz of distilled water and have been giving it to him twice a day for 2 weeks now and no sign of UTI's! Not to mention he doesn't mind the taste of it at all. I highly recommend them. I had taken him to the vet back in January and spent 700.00 dollars on a flush and antibiotics and diet food. A few days later he was sick again, so for those that say take him to the vet right away, unless you can afford 1000.00 dollars every vet visit, try alternative natural remedies, They Work!

Cream of Tartar

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Posted by Lisa (Kaplan, USA) on 08/19/2008

I use a teaspoon of cream of tartar in my dogs water every day for about a week and UTI'S are usually gone, say goodbye to ugly vet bills , at least for this problem.

Replied by Theresa

Thank you very much I wasn't sure what to do. I am one of many dog owners that can not afford a vet bill.

Replied by M


I recently found out that Cream of Tartar (tartaric acid and potassium bitartrate) is the chemical in grapes and raisins that is so toxic to the majority of dogs. Although, some dogs may tolerate the chemical, most cannot, and its ingestion, even in small amounts, will cause heart and kidney failure. Watch out for baked goods using “leavening agents”, as well. It's an umbrella term for Baking Powder, which is primarily Cream of Tartar.


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Posted by Lauren (Queens) on 07/22/2018

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.

Posted by Eve (Laguna Hills, Ca) on 04/23/2018

My daughter has large dogs. The dogs were getting UTI's. She has been giving D-Mannose to her dogs and happy day they are doing much better. She used the powder and mixes it in their food.

Posted by Maggie (Idaho) on 08/05/2016 36 posts

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.

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.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

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.

Replied by Love Of Dogs

I know olive leaf extract is a good immune booster & natural type antibiotic, doesn't kill good bacteria that I know of though. Also Manuka honey.

Posted by Jody (British Columbia, Canada) on 07/04/2010

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:)

Posted by Jan (Seattle, Wa) on 01/07/2009

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!

Dietary Changes

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Posted by Lauren (Queens) on 02/13/2018

Low phosphorus/Low crude protein for dogs with UTI's

Hey all you amazing folks at Ec....just wanted to share this with all you pet lovers out there. Approximately two months ago, I noticed my 10 year old cocker spaniel was passing blood when he pees. Needless to say, I was petrified when it first happened because my dog is my life lol. I immediately went to Dr. Google and quickly realized it can be caused by a UTI. Since I am into holistic, I started treating him with a few herbs which I purchased on Amazon. All was well for a while but then I noticed that as soon as he ate his kibble, after a few meals, the same thing happened. I went online again this time determined to find the true cause of this.

That's when I discovered that the phosphorous content as well as the crude protein in the food has to be super low in cases like this. I immediately got to work and found a food with 0.6% phosphorous from a company called First Mate with below 15% crude protein and guess what guys, it's been a month now and thank God he's good. I forget to add that I also started preparing some home cooked meals mostly with chicken and veggies which I feed him sometimes as well. Just wanted to share this with other animal lovers out there who might be faced with the same problem. Have a blessed day guys.

Replied by Mama To Many

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

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Sophiesmom
(Economy, Pa)

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!

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Posted by Rosanna (Illinois, US) on 02/06/2015

GRAIN DIETS are the biggest problem and create UTIs. Get off of grains!!

Replied by Diana
(Lehigh, Fl)

I have a young great dane and I saw blood in her urine today. I changed her food last month to Blue Buffalo. Could this be a uti?

Replied by Suseeq
(Sydney Australia)

Certainly can be. Follow the apple cider vinegar protocol.

Replied by Debbie
(East Sussex)

I'd stay away from any dried food.

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

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Posted by Lucy (Iowa) on 06/06/2014

My dog is peeing all the time every few minutes see her put her on amoxi pills for 2 weeks but still squatting all the time. doesnt seem to hurt and no dicolored urine. I am going to try some of the natural remedies I have seen on this page bur I am wondering if the food I have my older dog on is causing the problem. I switched a couple months ago to a no grain diet as 1 of my dogs seizures were becoming more frequent and this seems to have helped her, however the 1 with the bladder infection sneaks into this food dish and eats it as well as her own. So now wondering if this is the cause.?????

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Lucy!

What food are you feeding your older dog? What food are you feeding your younger dog with the UTI? Without knowing what you are feeding I cannot comment on the diet being the cause of the bladder infection.

That said, Ted from Bangkok suggests sea salt for a UTI:

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "Sea salt added to the dog's drinking water, 1 teaspoon per liter of water should reduce the UTIs if taken for 1-2 days; then a maintenance dose of 1/4 teaspoon per liter of water of sea salt should be fine. If it is not working then I would likely add some cranberry juice to the water instead of just plain water with sea salt."

If your dog won't take the sea salted water, you can hide the dry salt in the middle of a wad of cheese or in soft canned food - but break the dose up into one half teaspoon doses if you go this route.

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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!!!!

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Posted by Bex (Riley Twp., Usa) on 02/23/2011


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...

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Posted by Mollie (Cambridge, Ma) on 01/23/2011

I just posted a message regarding my male cat with a urinary tract infection. I said that I now give my cats canned cat food twice a day and mix 1/4 cup distilled water in each bowl. I don't generally measure the water and when I checked today, I see that I mix a little less than 1/4 cup water into each bowl of canned cat food.

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