Home Remedies for Dog’s Urinary Tract Infection

By isak, June 6, 2009

How can I tell if my pet has UTI? One of the first warning signs of cat or dog urinary tract infection might be some straining, pain or discomfort when urinating, but any change in urinary habits could signal UTI.

Watch out for incontinence or increased frequency of urination, the ability to pass only a very small or an abnormally large amount of urine, and urination in inappropriate places. Cats often stop using the litter box altogether to urinate. Other symptoms may include the passing of urine which is cloudy or strong in odor, an increased thirst, and visible inflammation or irritation. Symptoms which may indicate UTI (but could also be signs of other illness) include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, fever and back pain.

What can I do about it? Urinary tract infection in dogs can be a recurring phenomenon and it might tire you to constantly take your dog to the vet. Consequently, you may wonder if a dog’s urinary tract infection can be treated with a homemade formula. Fortunately, a dog’s UTI can be treated from the comfort of home. Make sure, though, that the dog’s condition is not severe. If it is, it is highly advised that instead of giving the animal homemade treatment, you take it to the vet for proper diagnosis and appropriate medical treatment.

Urinary tract infection does not pose a life-threatening risk to dogs. Thus, you may address the problem yourself in your home. There are several homemade remedies that are effective in treating a dog’s UTI. Some of these remedies are listed below.

1. Frequent bathing. Bathing your pet frequently can help prevent the recurrence or spread of bacteria that are causing complications. Bathing the dog frequently can help flush out bacteria that may invade its urinary system through the opening of the urethra.

2. Citrus juices. If your dog is suffering from UTI, you can give it citrus juices such as orange juice, lime juice, and cranberry juice. These can help boost the acid level of the dog’s urine.

3. Apple cider vinegar. This has properties which can neutralize the bacteria present in the dog’s urine, reducing the discomfort caused by the disease to the pet. You can give the animal apple cider vinegar by mixing it in water.

4. Clean water. Give your dog ample amount of clean water everyday. This can help wash out the bacteria that have accumulated in the canine’s urine. In the process, the infection may be lessened.

Aside from the remedies listed above, you may also give your dog herbal remedies and homeopathic remedies. These remedies have been shown to have wonderful effects in dogs suffering from UTI and other urinary problems. These remedies cannot only help cure the UTI in your dog; these likewise prevent the recurrence of the disease. Herbal and homeopathic remedies are also safe because they do not have side effects that may add to the discomfort and pain felt by the pet.

If you are going to use herbal and homeopathic remedies in treating a dog’s urinary tract infection, especially look for products which have uva ursi, staphysagris, berberis vulgaris, golden rod, juniper berry, and cantharis as ingredients. These ingredients have properties which can help soothe the dog’s bladder, relieve the inflammation, and ultimately strengthen the bladder. Prolonged use of these remedies can help keep ypur dog in top shape by preventing the recurrence of infections.

Urinary tract infection is truly a rising problem in today’s society. However, you can help keep your dog safe from infections by giving it home remedies. It is still very essential, though, that you take your pet to the vet regularly for check-up. By doing so, occurrence of infections can be detected and dealt with earlier.

Melissa Simmonds is a dog health enthusiast. She has done much research in the hope of finding ways of treating a dog’s urinary tract infection She has learned from her research that a dog’s UTI can be treated with homemade remedies.

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Cranberry Extract is high in Vitamin C and prevents bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall. Women who drink a pint of juice a day had 63% reduction in recurrence of urinary tract infections. And YES YOU CAN GIVE IT TO YOUR PETS!!!! One 3000 mg capsule is equivalent to 24 ounces of cranberry juice.

Dosing schedule: 1/8 capsule for cats & small dogs, ¼ capsule for medium dogs, ½ capsule for large dogs and 1 capsule for giant breed dogs. Give THREE times a day.

From the Antietam Valley Animal Hospital‘s newsletter

Guidelines for Use: Cranberry has no known interactions with antibiotics or other medications. But by acidifying the urine, cranberry may lessen the effect of another herb sometimes used for UTIs called uva ursi (also known as bearberry). Try one or the other.


  1. Shelby Rankin says:

    My 4 month old male puppy is passing blood in his urine and has urine frequency, is there a home remedy for him his breed is German Shorthair Pointer about 30lbs.

  2. Karen says:

    I hace a 10 week old pit/boxer mix that might be showing signs of a uti..what is your reccomended dosage with a cranberry capsule?

  3. Sharon says:

    What is the recommended dosage of UVA ursi for canines? I have a female golden who’s older and suffering from an uti, I would rather not give her meds if I don’t 100% have to. Thanks I am urgently awaiting your response.

    • isak says:

      Dosing information is hard to come by.

      For most herbs we don’t know the exact dosage that should be effective. So, when we don’t know, we usually tend to extrapolate from the human dose. The medication should have a dose on the bottle which is safe for humans to take. For a dog of 70 lbs you would generally give 1.5-2 times the dose that is recommended for humans. (I know it seems backwards, but dogs usually need a higher dose of most medications or supplements than people).

      Uva Ursi is not a totally benign drug though. Given long term it can reduce potassium levels. It can be toxic if given in too high a dose as well. If I was recommending it to a patient I would use it for 4-5 days in a row when it seems like an infection is brewing, but I would not use it long term.


  4. Angela says:

    My dog has a UTI and I’ve been trying the apple cider but she’s not a huge fan of it so I was wondering if “21st century bladder support” from petsmart will help, it does have vitamin C 20 mg, cranberry extract 30mg, soy protein concentrate 40mg, wild yam extract 100mg, Rehmannia root 120mg, pumpkin seed powder 125mg. or am I just better off giving her plain cranberry pills from the health store?

  5. Tene says:

    Is it okay if i give my dog an antibiotic for her UTI while she is pregnant? Or I just give her water and Vitamins C?

  6. Hailey says:

    What about juniper berry pills? I have 425 mg ones at home can I use those? What’s the proper dosage a day for a pug?

  7. Kim says:

    I just realized today that my dog has a UTI, apx. a year ago she had one I took her to the vet she took antibiotics and cranberry pills 4200 mg. I gave her 2 of those cranberry pills today :( have I hurt her by doing this? or should I just not give her anymore for a few days? I would never do anything to hurt her!! HELP!

  8. jay says:

    how many mg do you give the dog for the uti I have a shih Tzu medium size I see the pills have different mgs which one should I use on top of the 1/4 of the pill

  9. Chantel says:

    I used cranberry juice with no sugar added with his water and my dog’s uti cleared up almost immediately! He is back to his normal self!

  10. Debbie Burnette says:

    D-mannose…its a sugar one of the essential ones our body lacks because of our lousey nutrition (sometimes just based on the environment. ?….anyhow I was very sick at one time and a doc handed me about 10 prescriptions. ? Said u will live with this for therest of ur life I said no did some research about missing sugars..added them and have been healthy ever since..d-mannose is one of those sugars.the bacteria attaches to it and it flushes out of the body…gonna give it to my dog now..she started with uti symptoms today…from
    Whosayswecantfigureitoutourselves….just try

  11. Jackie Hargis says:

    I agree, no citrus, especially sugary citrus SHOULD NOT be given to dogs with a UTI! what were they thinking???shessh, even people are highly reccomended NOT to drink juices or citrus with a UTI….it will make it worse! Just water, sugar free cranberry juice, or apple cider mixed in lightly with water! lots and lots and lots of water.

  12. nikki says:

    Isak–thanks so much! I am going to try the vinegar rinse on his paws they are so sore :( I feel.awful because I think.he is in allot of pain and discomfort. How long do.you think I should give the uva ursi until I.bring him to the vet? Is there anything else that can be done for the pain and discomfort?

    • LoriL says:

      I am also very interested in what else isak has to recommend – my pup seems to be going through the same thing, with the exception he’s not having issues with his ears yet. I don’t know about your dog, nikki, but I’ve had issues with mine not wanting to drink much water the last week & now he’s got diarrhea, too. He seems to be experiencing some discomfort as well.

  13. nikki says:

    Thanks so much for the info. My pup has had allot of changes the past few months and since has a reoccurring uti. First time was treated with antibiotics but I would love to treat at home if possible. I also think he had a food allergy so have just switched him over to grain free to rule that out as his paws are very itchy and his ears are flared up and cleaning them with the solution from the vet doesn’t seem to help anymore :( he also has a yellow coloured discharge that comes out of his penis…..any other suggestions?? I feel awful as he must be in extreme discomfort.

    • isak says:

      Sounds like you are on the right path: stabilizing his diet and going grain-free.

      A small amount of green or yellow discharge at the tip of the penis is common and normal in dogs. As they mature and go through puberty (if not neutered) it will be more pronounced. It is called smegma and is a combination of skin cells, oils, moisture and some small amount of bacteria. It can also be related to uti.

      For his ears, you could try a vinegar rinse: Create a mixture of 1/3 apple organic cider vinegar (2% to 2.5% acetic acid) and 2/3 water. Using a dropper, gently flush the ear canal with between 1 and 5 ml of the solutions. (1/5 teaspoon = 1 milliliter; 1 teaspoon = 5 ml)

      The vinegar rinse may even relieve the itchiness of his paws.

  14. LoriL says:

    If you’re worried about the sweeteners in cranberry juice, try just plain cranberries. I heat them up a little & mix with rice & boiled chicken breast & my dog loves it. It seems to slowly be helping. I don’t want to give him too much, either. I’ve been using about 1/2 cup with each meal. No sweeteners. I add a little sea salt as the vet says sodium will encourage more water consumption.

  15. Maryann says:



    • Leandra says:

      What store did you buy your cranberry capsules at? And also what brand, I am in need of doing this for my puppy immediately unfortunately..

      • isak says:

        You might be able to find Cranberry capsules in your local grocery store or a health food store. I think they should be fairly easy to find. The brand will vary from location to location so maybe this will help:

        Cranberry Extract is high in Vitamin C and prevents bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall. One 3000 mg capsule is equivalent to 24 ounces of cranberry juice.

        Dosing schedule… 1/8 capsule for cats & small dogs, ¼ capsule for medium dogs, ½ capsule for large dogs and 1 capsule for giant breed dogs. Give THREE times a day.

        From Antietam Valley Animal Hospital’s newsletter

  16. Maryann says:

    It is not advisable to give a dog cranberry juice. Especially with sweetners. This could be serious.

    It is better to give a dog cranberry capsules under the supervision of your vet. Be sure it does not contain sugar or sweetners. It should include a non-sweetner.

  17. Mike Barilli says:

    How much cranberry juice my dog is 25 lbs

    • isak says:

      Cranberry doesn’t cure existing infections, but it mechanically prevents bacteria from adhering to the tissue that lines the bladder and urinary tract. Because they are continuously washed out of the system, bacteria don’t have an opportunity to create new infections.

      Some dogs do not like cranberry juice. So dilute it with water until you find the point that they do like it. Cranberry capsules are easier to use and more effective than juice, since they are far more concentrated. On product labels, the terms cranberry, cranberry juice, cranberry extract, and cranberry concentrate tend to be used interchangeably.

      If your cranberry capsules are a veterinary product, follow label directions. If they’re designed for humans, adjust the dosage for your dog’s weight by assuming that the label dose applies to a human weighing 100-120 pounds. Giving cranberry in divided doses, such as twice or three times during the day, will make this preventive treatment more effective.

  18. vicki says:

    Are you able to use home remedies if the pet (dog) has crystals in the urine?

  19. Iknowalil says:

    Actually, they say that cranberry juice helps because it makes it to where the bacteria from the infection, or from what would cause the infection, doesn’t stick to your inner walls so it helps flush the bacteria in a way

  20. ashley says:

    How long does it take to notice the pup etting better on the avc?

    • isak says:

      Each dog is different, but I would think you would notice improvement within a day if what you are doing is working. I don’t know your pup’s exact situation, so I cannot say with certainty. Best to you!

  21. Rochelle says:

    I have suffered recurring UTI’s for many years and taken endless prescriptions for it. The thing that finally cured me is uva ursi and cranberry pills. Both can be purchased in capsule form (I get mine at Whole Foods.) Cranberry is safe to take long term and as often as you like, but uva ursi is damaging to the kidneys if taken long term. It is suggested to use only in case of actually having a UTI or occasionally to prevent one. For example I take cranberry almost everyday, and uva ursi only once a week, and more if I feel I have a UTI coming on… I can only assume this would translate over to using it for my dog. I have always thought that citrus is NOT good because of the acid. I can’t say how true this is but I’m my own case I have always avoided it when I have a UTI. Apparently cranberry is not as acidic. Again, I don’t know this to be fact, it’s just worked for me… I plan on giving my dog a cranberry pill a day from now on, besides it has a lot of good antioxidants and vitamins anyway… Best of luck to all your pooches!

    • Aggie says:

      I would definitely want to try your way of treating my dog’s UTI, but how many pills of uva ursi & how many times a day do I give it to him? I assume cranberry capsules would be one a day. He weights around 20 lbs.

  22. Stacy says:

    How much citrus can I give to my dog? He is 80 lbs.

    • isak says:

      “While dogs produce vitamin C in their bodies (unlike human beings and guinea pigs who must have it in their diet), under stress or disease, they may need vitamin C in excess of their manufacturing capacity. In excessive dose, vitamin C can cause flatulence and diarrhea. This intestinal tolerance level varies among dogs, but is generally around 3000 mg per day in an adult German Shepherd. I recommend this be given to all dogs. For dogs under 2 years of age, give 250 mg vitamin C twice a day. For dogs over 2 years of age, give 500 mg of vitamin C twice a day.source 1 | source 2

      From EarthClinic:

      As a daily supplement, “…incorporate substantial doses of powdered Vitamin C into the dog’s daily meal.
      Here is a daily dosage guide for adult dogs:
      Small dogs: 500mg – 1,000mg
      Medium – Large dogs: 1,000mg – 2,000mg
      Giant dogs: 2,000mg – 4,000mg

      Use a sodium ascorbate or another form of buffered vitamin C, as plain ascorbic acid may cause an upset stomach.

      Start with the lowest recommended dosage and gradually increase it once or twice per year. If the dog is producing loose stools the dosage may be a bit high so cut back slightly and increase it gradually over time.

  23. katie says:

    I agree with the citrus but what about cranberry juice???

    • isak says:

      Cranberry juice is very often recommended for cleansing kidneys.

      I doubt my dogs would drink citrus juice (especially lime juice), however the author’s research — and the research of others — supports citrus. So perhaps introducing Vitamin C in pill/tablet form will be fine. From one article:

      Vitamin C has properties that can help strengthen a dog’s immune system. Vitamin C can be given to the animal in the form of pellets. It can also be sourced from citrus juices.

  24. sarah price says:

    For Gods sake unless dogs are totally different from humans citrus is the worst thing you can do. Orange juice may have a lot of vitamin c but in your body a chemical process occurs that changes orange juice to a very alkaline product. Bacteria love alkalinity and thrive in those conditions. Look up foods to avoid for urinary infections . Citrus is one of them.
    Go pee on a stick after orange juice if you don’t believe me.
    If you are going to give false and harmful info than don’t give any at all

  25. Savannah Scott says:

    the good thing about herbal remedies is that they do not have side effects.`;*

  26. Karen says:

    This is very helpful info and I thank you for posting.
    How much ACV should I add to the water?

    • isak says:

      Generally, 1-1/2 tablespoons ACV daily for big dogs (50 lbs or more), 2 teaspoons for a 35 pound dog and 1 teaspoon for the 15 pound dog.

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