Bladder Infection Remedies for Dogs

Solutions for Blood in Urine
Posted by Joan (Portland, Oregon, U.s.a.) on 05/19/2013

My dog suffered from huge amounts of blood in his urine for over six weeks. I brought him to a variety of vets who prescribed cephalexan, amoxycillin, and clavamox. Finally, I got him to a vet who put him on both clavamox and baytril. He has a full dosage of each, but at alternating intervals. So, each six hours, he takes either clavamox or baytril, a full dosage. I can only feed him at mid-point between dosages. So every three hours, he gets either medication or food. The food and supplements can render the antibiotic ineffective which is the reason for the three-hour intervals. The blood is finally gone from his urine and he has normal frequency of urination. With such a serious situation, home remedies did not work although I tried an assortment of them. It was the two strong antibiotics on the six-hour schedule that worked. It is important not to exceed the maximum dosage as determined by the dog's weight for each antibiotic, however.

Buchu Leaf
Posted by Tammyv (By The Sea, Or) on 10/30/2012
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I have read many post out there about reoccuring UTI's. Our little male Pom was having a bout of the same and for the past 2 years we have kept them at bay by adding 1/4 t. Of Buchu Leaf powder to his food 2x a day. He hasn't had one since. And a friend came to visit and asked if I had any "cranberry juice" I immediately "knew" what she needed and gave her some Buchu powder too - 2t. and she was fine the UTI never set in! Goggle it as it has been used for years for UTI's in both animals and people. I do not know the long term effects if any, but know it works for now.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
Posted by Josie (Chicago, Il) on 06/20/2012
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My Terrier Pit Bull Brownie hadn't urinated for 2 days following bouts of thick textured and foul smelling urine. I had been giving her cranberry capsules for 2 weeks and did not see any improvement. She was absolutely miserable. I happened to stumble on this site and followed the advice of giving her the 1tbsp apple cider vinegar coupled with 1 tbsp plain yogurt. I took her for her evening walk 1 hr after the dosage and she still did not urinate. Later that evening, this remedy worked like a charm, although at an inopportune moment and on my polished wood floor. The urine was not thick or smelly. I was so thrilled she had finally peed that no punishment ensued for that infraction. Best remedy ever!!

Test for Diabetes
Posted by Lauren (Mabelvale, Ar) on 03/02/2012

Before trying home remedies, please take your dog to the vet if you think your pet has a UTI or bladder stones. Not only did I miss signs (hindsight is 20/20), but so did the vet. Make sure they check for diabetes. I lost my little doxie to diabetes complications. We didn't know she had it until she was in a crash situation. The vet never mentioned this as a possiblility causing UTIs--her sugar spiked to 530 and she had ketoacidosis. Her kidneys failed and we lost her in 3 days.

Be safe--always check for diabetes!!!

Dietary Changes
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.

Posted by Jan (W. Ma) on 09/27/2009
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Cranberry extract (just a drop or two - it's potent stuff!) clears up urinary tract infections in humans and dogs (probably in cats also, but I've never tried).

Humans: dilute two drops in 8 oz. of water and drink. Use twice a day until gone (usually within 36 hours). Or just drink diluted regular cranberry juice, sugar-free.

Dogs: dilute one or two drops (depending on size of dogs) in water and squirt down throat with a medicine syringe. Use twice a day until gone (usually within 36 hours).

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Deb Goodman (Milan, Il) on 04/12/2016

My dog is showing signs of uti and refuses to get in car to go vet. So I am trying this remedy to give my 9 year old fur baby some relief hopefully.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Brian (Arkansas) on 08/05/2016

I want to try this sooooo bad with my female pug, but I can't get her to eat anything!!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney Australia) on 08/05/2016

Brian, I know someone who cured dog's bladder infection with 15 drops each sasparilla, red clover and barberry twice a day for two weeks. Also, one teaspoon liquid vitamins every day syringed down the throat.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Marian (British Columbia) on 08/21/2016

Use a syringe, and squirt it into his/her mouth.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Katherine (Wesley Chapel, Fl) on 04/21/2017

My 95 pound, 7 yr old black lab has all the symptoms of a UTI. I just gave her a 2nd dose of 2-tbsp ACV mixed into her kibble. I was wondering... how long did it take before your dogs UTI cleared up?

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Dogmommi26 (Toronto, Ontatio, Canada) on 02/06/2013

To the person with a 5 month old dog, unless you've been to a vet to dignose a uti/bladder infections it's likely she's just in HEAT.

My Olde English Bulldogge is 4 and she has never had a bladder/uti issues and is fed NOW Fresh adult food (for 2 years now, previously was Orijen but the protien levels weren't to my liking).

That being said last March she had pups and was spayed afterwards, now a year later she has a infection and I am looking for dosages on Cranberry Juice (pure, not from concentrate) for a 54 Lb dog?

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Ivana (Tampa, Florida) on 04/17/2009

How is your furbaby doing ?

General Feedback
Posted by Ashley (San Antonio, Texas) on 02/16/2009

My toy fox terrier a female, Chikeys who is 5 years old has an irregular heart beat and sometimes i could hear her breath hard, also she doesn't want to eat anything i tried to put a little food down for her i guess you can say force feed but that didn't really help. also another symptom she just developed is peeing blood, i just can't put all three symptoms together, 1. irregular heart beat 2. loss of appetite 3. urine with blood, also she still walks but she looks zombiesh. i just truly can't afford to go to the vet, i truly wish i had the money to take her but God only knows i don't. so any help advice will be truly appreciated, i don't want to loose her...i have another fox terrier (smooth) and two cats but they seem normal. so plz plz help a low income dog owner and give advice... it would be truly appreciated...

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Blanche (Orland Park, IL) on 12/05/2008

Our 8 year old Bullmastiff has had regular Bladder Infections for the last 5 years. Most recently she has been on Antibiotics from our vet anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 month at a time. Each time she get her infection back usually as soon as a couple of weeks after finishing her pills. This time we were told her infection was back and to start her up again, and we decided it was time to try another alternative. I am hoping and praying that the Apple Cider Vinnegar works for our Blanche as we are concerned about so many antibiotics in her system. I am mixing 2 tablespoons of ACV with 2 tablespoons of yougart 3 times a day to start. She is a big dog about 117 lbs so I increased it a little. I will let you all know what her outcome is as soon as I see any changes.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Lisa (Anchorage, AK) on 02/09/2009

Blanche I just found this site and your situation seemed simiular to mine. Ladybugg is a 9 year black lab and has had recurring UTI for 2 years (usually 1 every 3 mo. or so). My vet put her on Macrobid since November, so far so good. However, it cost $78.00 p/month not to mention any possible long term side effects. After reading all these postings I decided to give it a try, althought not sure if she will need it every day or not. I think I will try the PH testing and see where she is at. But, would be definitely intrested on how it is working for your girl.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Trysch (South Florida) on 11/23/2008
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THANK YOU! I gave my precious princess 1 tsp ACV and 1 large tbsp yogurt for what appeared to be a bladder infection which started on a Friday. Saturday she got the mixture three times, and by Sunday she felt well enough to want to run and play with her toys again! She's still having some problems, but the incontinence is GONE!

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Juanita (Conway Sc) on 10/27/2017

I am trying this today. My shitz-zu is having problems urinating. I don't have the money to have all those tests run. I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that this works.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/29/2017

Hey Juanita,

If your dog is unable to urinate you are dealing with a very serious problem and should take your dog to your vet. If you are dealing with a UTI, with frequent urination voiding very small amounts at a time, watch her closely on the ACV remedy and if she does not improve please call your vet and have a conversation about which tests are needed and what would be the most economical path forward for you and your dog.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Cathy (North Carolina) on 11/05/2017

How did you guys get the dogs to eat it - I just put it in a bowl for my girl and she will not touch it!!!!

EC: Try the topical application method... explained here:

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


Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Alicia (Mississippi ) on 07/06/2016

What type of yogurt did you use to mix it with?

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Connie Herring (Riceville, Tn) on 05/20/2016

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!

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney Australia) on 05/20/2016

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 Pat (Chicago, Illinois) on 04/04/2008
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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 Pam (Welland, Ontario, Canada) on 10/08/2007
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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
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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!!

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/04/2014

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.

Sea Salt
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) 383 posts

A sea salt added to the dog's drinking water, where about 1 teaspoon per liter of water should reduce the UTIs if taken for 1-2 days (my approximates). 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.

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.

Sea Salt
Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Usa) on 06/21/2011
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I have tried either or apple cider vinegar for certain infections, with my cat I gave her Apple Cider Vinegar in her food, she did great but because of her on going upper respiratory infection is seems like it will be an on going thing. Then my older dog was acting very strange, she likes the kitten but just out of the blue she attacked the kitten & was really tearing into the poor kitty, what I had figured was that the dog may have had an infection as well as my kitten so I put a little bit of sea salt in the dogs dish of water and the same day she seemed a little better an the same water with sea salt was finished the next day, whatever it was she seems to be better, thank god and thanks to this website & Ted for making it possible.

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