Bladder Infection Remedies for Dogs

Cranberry
Posted by Shannon (Portland, Maine) on 12/01/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Cranberry and Cantharis for Dog urinary problems

If my Rottweiler mix eats birdseed, he inevitably will get a urinary tract infection. One Sunday, when the vet was closed we decided to try cranberry and cantharis and it was amazing! Worked even faster then the antibiotics prescribed by the vet. Firstly, if your dog likes the taste of cranberry jiuce, as mine does, give several 'doses' of unsweetened cranberry juice along with remedy. If not I am sure it will be effective in just pill form. Cantharis is available in most natural food stores as little blue pills. We gave our 110# dog 5 cantharis pills 3 times a day along with 2 cranberry pills. Cranberry pills come in different strengths so I would follow the directions on the bottle, but I think generally 1 pill for dogs under 75# and 2 pills for dogs over 75# should work. For cantheris, I would use a 1 pill per 20# ratio. We continued this treatment for one week after the first sign of blood in the urine and he had no issues. In fact, after the first dose and drink of juice, he was able to urinate within an hour and had a clear urine within about 3 hours. If your dog does not like cranberry juice, it is still important to encourage lots of fluid with this remedy, as the kidneys will need to be well hydrated for the acidity of the cranberry to flush the urinary tract.


Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Donna (Orange Springs, FL) on 01/28/2015

Thank you for the advise for the ACV for your lab. I have a black lab and I started seeing blood in her urine. I will definitely give this a try, because we love our baby, but being a single mom, it's hard for me to spend the extra money to go to the vet.


Test for Diabetes
Posted by Julie (Chicago, Illinois) on 03/16/2009
1 out of 5 stars

Warning

Re: the yogert and vinegar suppliment for canine bladder infections...

My dog had previous problems with getting bladder infections. I left my dog with the sitter for a trip to Texas. When we got back the sitter said, think you have an infection starting again...so I thought I would try using the vinegar and yogurt diet listed on your website for canines instead of wasting a lot of money taking her to a vet, because I thought I would outsmart the vet and save money. My dog didn't get better within the week. I ended up taking her to the VET anyhow. As it turns out, MY DOG WAS NOT SUFFERING FROM A BLADDER INFECTION, BUT WAS DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES. Her blood sugar was through the roof ((normal is around 130 to 140 and my dogs was 480!!!)) Diabetes, if left untreated is fatal and it presents itself as a bladder infection because the dog's system is virtually being flooded with sugar (and this is a blood disease just like in humans, so no amount of fed sugars would cause this)!!! If you think your Dog has a problem at all...take them to a Vet...it's safer. Don't self medicate to save money, leave your dogs treatment to a professional....Please learn from my stupid mistake and don't take chances with your beloved pets life like I did! I am completely ashamed of myself for trying to cut corners ~ Better safe than sorry!!! ~ The yogurt and vinegar wasn't bad for my dog and didn't harm her, but it definantly delayed my finding out the underlying problem for an extra week...diabetes is nothing to play around with!


Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Rebecca Hazell (Tampa, FL) on 03/12/2009

I was trying to find a solution to my Boxers excessive leaking after she went to the bathroom. I am not sure what is causing this but am pretty sure it's a UTI and am trying the ACV treatments that I am reading here. I lost my job in Oct. and have been jobless since and can't afford a vet visit. So I went online and googled home remedies for UTI for dogs and this site came up. I read a lot of the testimonials and was glad to find something so easy for my baby. She is a seven year old Boxer who is just such a wonderful companion. I too didn't understand why she was peeing in the house out of the blue when she has been so good at not peeing indoors. She hasn't had alot of the other symptoms that I am reading like whining, or getting up in the middle of the night.. but she has been leaking really bad after she goes pee (for about 20 minutes). Sometimes it just dribbles and other times it waits until she lays down and then there are pools of pee there.. it's gotten progressively worse and so I am trying this home remedy in the hopes that this is what is ailing her. I gave her a dose of two tablespoons with a two tablespoons of yogurt with about half of cup of food and mixed it all together. She ate it up right there on the spot... so it's still too early to know what kind of response she is going to have... but I am praying for some relief for her and us- as we are constantly having to put a diaper on her or making her lay down on a mat so that she doesn't leak onto the carpets... I will check back in - in a few days and let you all know if the treatment worked. It was a pleasure reading all of your testimonies and hearing all the stories of your beloved pets.. I too am trying to avoid a huge vet bill as I just can't afford it right now.. so if this works I will be soooooo thankful. Thanks for the care and concern of all who took the time to write. So others like myself can try to find healthy alternatives to the industry of Vets who insist we take our pets to see them when there are easier and less expensive means to treat our animals. Thank you to whomever monitors this site and keeps it running for our benefit.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Yellowlab (Charlotte, NC) on 11/19/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Thank goodness for this site. My puppy had back to back UTI's beginning at 4 months. (She's currently 7 months)We actually had to take her in for surgery to fix her "area". She was doing very well and suddenly got another UTI. We were at our wits end and really can't afford to take her in for anything serious anymore. I mixed in the ACV with yogurt and not only does she love it but it seems to be working. Thank you so much. =0)


Cream of Tartar
Posted by Lisa (Kaplan, USA) on 08/19/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Cream of Tartar
Posted by Theresa (Ontario) on 11/24/2016

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.


Cream of Tartar
Posted by M (Ozarks) on 12/24/2021
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Warning

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.


Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Susan (Lawrenceville, Ga) on 03/05/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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 Shea (Pittsfield, NH) on 06/04/2007
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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)
5 out of 5 stars

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.


D-Mannose
Posted by Eve (Laguna Hills, Ca) on 04/23/2018
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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.


Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Jana (Texas) on 03/05/2018

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.


Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 03/06/2018

Jana,

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 in Goat Milk
Posted by David10118 (Aubrey, Tx) on 01/23/2017
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Our poodle mix Lola is experiencing a UTI that started last night. I just gave her some organic ACV mixed it in with about 4 oz of raw goats milk. Hollywood Feed and other holistic based stores will carry it. I'll see if it works for her. I can tell she's in pain and she's shaking. Her tail is between her legs as if she's quite uncomfortable. I fed it to her the last time she had a UTI along with the meds the vet gave me. She sprung back to herself within a few days. I'm hoping this works. The vet's bill was outrageous for the diagnosis.

Apple Cider Vinegar in Goat Milk
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/24/2017

Hello David,

If this were my dog I would take her to the vet and get the meds again. I say this because you gave both the meds and the ACV, and then the issue resolved in short order: it is hard to know which remedy worked. Antibiotics tend to act very quickly while the ACV can take time, and your dog is hurting right now. So please, if you do not see immediate improvement with the ACV, take your girl in to the vet. One other thought; UTI's in pets have been directly linked to grain based diets. Please take a look at your dog food ingredient label and if you see corn and grains in the first few ingredients consider changing the diet to a meat based /grain free diet. You may pay more upfront for the food, but you save in the end with fewer vet bills.


Apple Cider Vinegar in Goat Milk
Posted by David10118 (Aubrey, Tx) on 01/29/2017

Thanks Theresa! We did take her last Wednesday (1-25). The vet checked her out and prescribed Clavamax and some Metacam for the inflammation. She was feeling pretty good for a day or so, then her pain and shaking started up again. She urinated in bed last night, so she is urinating, but mostly inside, and very little too. But no blood as far as I can see. She's not eating much, but I'm able to give her water using a syringe. We do give her grain free food and usually get the better Fromme products. She also loves drinking raw goats milk. I add some ACV in that as well as the water. Does this normally take this long for a small dog to improve? She's been laying around a lot, but the vet said to keep her calm and to let her rest. She doesn't want to jump on the couch or get off once she's up and she squeals a little in pain when she lands on her legs. I hope she gets back to feeling like herself within a few days. I appreciate your reply!!


Apple Cider Vinegar in Goat Milk
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/30/2017

Hey David,

It can take a week to get on top of the infection and for the pain to go away but you normally see gradual improvement - are you seeing that here? Did your vet check for bladder stones or crystals in the urine? For sure keep up the ACV any way she will take it, and consider D-mannose powder as well.


Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Crittaj (Columbus Ga) on 09/05/2016
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About 3 days ago my husband noticed blood in our 11 yr. old Italian Greyhound. It was easy to see in the grass after she urinated. She had been wanting to go outside about every hour or so and seem restless, just wouldn't settle down. Wanting to avoid an expensive vet visit, and also it was a holiday weekend, I looked online to look for a solution. I was very happy to read about Apple Cider Vinegar and the success fur baby owners have had with it. I immediately gave some to my dog in some plain yogurt and within a couple of hrs she seemed much more comfortable and didn't need to go outside nearly as often. By the next day I couldn't see blood in the grass when she urinated. There is still a little blood on tissue if I wipe her after going outside. Now, though, she smells the Apple Cider Vinegar and won't go near it or anything I put it in. Tried a syringe and she runs....any suggestions?

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Shaena (Colorado) on 09/22/2016

It's very good to put it in Dog's water. If you're using the right ratio of vinegar to wate,r they shouldn't taste it.


Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Jane (British Columbia) on 10/17/2016

My little 7 lb. dog is being treated now for a bladder infection with antibiotics from the vet. Can I also give her ACV and greek vanilla yogurt treatment at the same time or should I wait til the antibiotics are finished (she is on day 6 of a 10 day schedule)? Also I am confused about administering water. If I mix ACV and yogurt ... do I also add water to the mix?


Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/01/2016

Hey Pitlover!

A friend in breed here :-) A UTI is often the result from feeding a kibble that is corn based or contains grains. Please read your dog food ingredient label and if it contains corn or grains then look at switching to a grain free brand as keeping her on this diet will only lead to more UTI's and very likely skin complications.


Sea Salt, D Mannose
Posted by Ms (Tempe Az) on 08/27/2016
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My 13 lb mix has her third UTI in 11 months. I hate giving her antibiotics so am very happy to have found this site. I have been using a mix of the suggestions here. I started with ACV 1/4 tsp in water and that made her throw up, I tried again adding a little raw honey and that went better, did that 2 times a day for two days without much difference,

I then tried 1/4 tsp of sea salt twice a day for 2 days, that went well--blood gone, stream good.

I have d-mannose in the house so we are into the second day of 1/2 tsp three times a day. Stream still good, no blood, urine still very cloudy. I am checking her urine PH each morning and it is 7.5-8.0. I am very happy she is urinating easily, blood gone, etc., but concerned about how alkaline her urine still is.

My question is -- how long does it take for the infection to dissipate completely using these methods, and for her PH to return to the acid level. Thanks for any input and for this fantastic thread!!


Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Tammy (St Louis) on 04/24/2017

My 18 lb shitzu has bladder stones. How much ACV is put on the food?


Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Hannah (Seattle ) on 06/24/2016

Hi guys I have a question. I have two 8 week old chihuahua/wiener puppies. The female has been squatting but not peeing all day. At least 5 times every 30 minutes that she is awake. I read online that this could be a UTI. Do you think it would be alright to try the ACV on her or is she too small? If I do try how much should I give her?


Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 06/24/2016

Yes, but very diluted as you don't want to make her sick with too strong a dose.


Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Katy (Grand Canyon, Az) on 08/08/2016

I have 6year old chihuahua mix that has a urinary tract infection. The vet put her on Amox w/clav, been use it for five days now. Still no change. The amox c/clav is for 10days. Pay $120.00 at vet. I changed her food to hill's.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Diana (Lehigh, Fl) on 08/10/2016

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?


Dietary Changes
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney Australia) on 08/10/2016

Certainly can be. Follow the apple cider vinegar protocol.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Barb (Australia) on 07/15/2017

Hello,

I have a paralysed Skye Terrier who is 15 years old and I have read the above with interest. I was wondering if anyone else has had a similar problem with their dog. Nowelle's problem is now 2 years old and was wondering if she found anything else to help out.

The Vet has told me there is no further antibiotics to help her.

I have tried pro-biotic yoghurt, Canberry powder (I stopped this because my husband thought her pink urine might be the result of the canberry colour), apple cider vinegar. Nothing seems to be working quickly.

I know she is old but is still active and gets around on her doggie wheels. I just wish I could stop the infections.


Sea Salt
Posted by Rena (Rochester Hills, MI) on 10/08/2014

Hello,

I have a 5 year old female yorkie who weighs 11 pounds, she had a UTI back in March (7 months ago) after tests and X-rays and a really expensive vet bill, she has been fine. Yesterday I noticed she seemed to be asking to go outside way too often. Today I noticed she peed in the bathroom on the bath mat, same things she did in March.

If I try the ACV, how much would I give her?

What about the sea salt? I have Himalayan pink sea salt, would that work?

thank you in advance.

Sea Salt
Posted by D Ray (Mo) on 08/17/2016
5 out of 5 stars

How long can I keep my 12 lb Schnauzer on 1/2 tsp of ACV on her food once a day for UTI? This has worked unbelievably for us.


Sea Salt
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 08/18/2016

You can always keep her on it.


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

My dog is peeing all the time every few minutes see her squat..vet 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.?????

Dietary Changes
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 06/06/2014

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.


D-Mannose
Posted by Love Of Dogs (Australia) on 09/24/2016

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.


Sea Salt
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/11/2014

Hey Linda!

I *hear* you on the high price for the fancy diet. I know some who do feed it and others who have chosen to research the ingredients and then select another more affordable diet based on their research. I cannot recommend a specific diet for you, but I do encourage you to research diets or consider home made; dogfoodadvisor and dogfoodanalysis are both good sites to start your research.

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.

Many mix yogurt and ACV 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. Yogurt provides probiotics; 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.

If the UTI comes back after using home remedies you really should make another appointment with the vet to rule out/rule in urinary crystals or bladder stones.


Sea Salt
Posted by Nicole (Idaho) on 11/11/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love this simple and cheap home remedy for a UTI. I gave my dog 1/2 teaspoon sea salt at 8 last night and by 12 this afternoon her symptoms have completely susided. She's not peeing and dribbling, she's holding down food, and she's much much more comfortable. Thank you so much for the advice....it worked like a charm!!!!!!


Sea Salt
Posted by Mary (Michigan) on 09/05/2016

What do you put the sea salt in or on and how often and how much? I have a 11 yr.old pomeranian that weighs 30 pounds.


Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/29/2014

Hey Becca!

This is totally awesome!!!

Thank you for sharing your results!


Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Bailey (Newhall, Ca) on 02/07/2014

Can you please tell me the dosage you used with the ACV and yogurt. I have a 15lb boston terrier who has a UTI and I've already spent $300 and they would like to do a culture for another $150. If I could help my dog naturally I would like to try and bring the cost down :/



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