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. JOYCE MUNROE says:

    My 4 year old 52 pound golden doodle, had a UTI and I found giving her a probiotic yogurt, one 100g serving each day seemed to clear her problem within a few days. This was my own remedy trying probiotic yogurt, there’s no guarantee it will work, but it’s worth a try if your dog is having this problem.

  2. Nicole Dobson says:

    I have a 9 month old chiweenie puppy. She is going through her firstcycle of heat. She has been vomiting yesterday and seems to have a decrease in energy since she went into heat. Yesterday and today she seems to pee and then dribble, pee then dribble. Is this consistent with a uti or is this a symptom of going into heat??? We are on day 9 of her cycle, and the vomiting was controlled with phenegran and her appetite has definitely returned, however the peeing and dribbling has me concerned. I would love any advice you could give. Thank you

    • isak says:

      Females dogs in heat often develop UTIs around their heat cycles as their hormones fluctuate and urine pH levels change.

      As for the vomiting: any idea what the cause was?

  3. Monyca says:

    Thank you so much!! The information was extremely helpful!!

  4. Savannah says:

    My 9 month old puppy is peeing blood and can’t poop. The vet I go to says it’s a UTI. What can I give her to save $150 for a visit.

    • isak says:

      For the constipation, you could add a little plain pumpkin to her food or even a little oil — mineral oil, olive oil, etc. Also make sure she has plenty of water.

      As for the UTI, a vet visit is the best way to go. They can test her urine and determine the correct bacteria in her system and prescribed the correct antibiotic for that bacteria. If left unchecked, it could become painful. If it does, she will try to not pee making things worse.

      Often the antibiotic prescribed is a 10-14 day dose of amoxicillin or clavamox (amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium). Some fish stores and online pet supply stores sell amoxicillin that is labelled for fish tanks called Fish-Mox. It is non-prescription amoxicillin.

  5. Jane Francis says:

    I have a 14 week old make cocker that I got when he was barely 8 weeks. As soon as I got him home I noticed frequent urination or at least an attempt to urinate. I took him to the vet immediately and he does have a UTI with struvite crystals. He’s on his third round of Clavamox, have also added cranberry supplement and 1 tsp of ACV per day. I called his breeder and she said she’s never had any of these problems in her dogs. He will go back to vet on the 27th after this round of drugs is finiahed Im worried about my little guy and forget trying to housebreak him.
    Any ideas? I wasn’t aware a male puppy would get this. THX

    • isak says:

      Only 15% of patients with struvite bladder stones are male.

      Struvite stones in the dog are almost always formed because of the urinary changes that occur with specific types of bladder infection: almost always Staphyloccocal infection. Also, struvite requires an alkaline pH to form.

      After you’ve cleared up the bacterial infection, the next thing to do for a pet with crystals or stones is to create a healthy urine pH that is neither too acidic nor too alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral. Everything above 7 is alkaline, and everything below 7 is acidic. Often, a pet’s urine pH can be maintained naturally between 6 and 6.5, a good healthy range, on an appropriate diet. Dry pet food causes an increase in urine concentration, which can contribute to crystal and stone formation. Creating more dilute urine by offering a moisture-rich diet is critical to avoiding a recurrence of stones or crystals. An appropriate diet in combination with infection management is often effective at dissolving struvite stones, but it can take a few weeks to several months for the stones to completely disappear.

      To reduce urine pH – which is the goal in most struvite situations – you want to feed your pet a low-carb, grain-free, potato-free, and preferably fresh or at least canned food diet for the increased moisture content.

      You can buy pH strips from your vet or at the local drug store to check your pet’s urine pH at home so you know when it’s in or outside the desired range. In the morning prior to feeding your dog is when you should collect the urine sample. You can either hold the pH tape in the stream of urine while your dog is voiding, or you can catch a urine sample in a container and dip the tape into the sample to check the pH. This should be done immediately with a fresh sample to insure accuracy.

      To prevent the re-occurrence of struvites, it’s recommended to do the following:

    • Closely monitor your dog’s urinary pH to detect UTIs (dogs should have a pH of between 5.5 and 7.0).
    • Supplement with cranberry capsules. Compounds found in cranberries help to prevent bacteria from attaching to the tissue that lines the bladder and urinary tract. Monitor the pH of the urine as making it too acidic can cause calcium oxalate crystals to form.
    • Supplement with probiotics. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria. A healthy population of beneficial bacteria in the dog’s system will help to combat any unhealthy bacteria (such as the bacteria that causes UTIs).
    • Vitamin C is often recommended for dogs prone to UTIs due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Some vets recommend DL-Methionine instead because dogs process the Vitamin C so quickly.
    • Uva Ursi is an herb often used to treat UTIs due to its anti-bacteria properties. It should only be used intermittently for short periods of time.
    • Best to you.

  • Simeon says:

    For small to medium breed dogs, how much acidic juice should I give her, and should I dilute with water?

    • isak says:

      Cranberry juice diluted with water can be given to dogs with a bladder infection, and just as in people, it will help to flush the system and acidify the urine in the bladder which helps to kill bacteria. This will not treat the bladder infection alone, so a course of antibiotics would still be necessary and potentially, depending on the severity of the bladder infection urinary acidifiers will also be beneficial. Be sure to get juice that has no or very little sugar in it.

      Dogs often don’t like cranberry juice… even diluted in water. So you might try the gel-pills (from Walmart). One 3000 mg capsule is equivalent to 24 ounces of cranberry juice. As a guideline 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.

      You do need to be careful with how much you’re giving her. You don’t want her urine to become too acidic, or that’ll just cause other problems, such as oxalyte crystals. You should test the pH balance of her urine fairly often. Here’s an example test. By checking her urine, you can make sure you’re giving her just the right amount for a neutral pH balance, because how much of the supplement she’ll need may be hard to predict. It can vary from dog to dog.

      Citrus juice may help in the same manner, although cranberry juice is probably more effective as a flushing agent for the bladder and kidneys. But again, just in small doses — maybe 1/4 cup once or twice a day for a medium dog. Any fruit juice for a dog should be free of added sugar, artificial colors, or other ingredients.

  • Shari says:

    can a schnauzer dog with diabeties have cranberry juice or orange juice

    • isak says:

      Yes to both, just do it in moderation. You might try putting whole fresh or frozen thawed cranberries in a blender with a little orange juice to make a puree for your dog. This can be mixed into some food. Just keep in mind that cranberries are best used for preventative purposes. If your dog has a full blown UTI, he/she will likely benefit most from a round of antibiotics as well.

  • Tabatha says:

    His symptoms were frequent,bloody urination,excessive drinking.Prior to that he has had dribbling mostly when he barks. I felt it was due to his age so I wasn’t worried until he was exhibiting actual symptoms of UTI But the dribble disappeared for a few weeks and now it has returned but that’s the only symptom that has come back. I read about golden rod strengthening the bladder and reducing crystals. I started giving him staphyagrias. Is three granulars three times a day enough? I have ordered golden rod. I didn’t want to wait a week to start him on therapy as I do not want the UTI to return.

    • isak says:

      Keep in mind that in classical homeopathy only one remedy is given at a time. The three granulars three times a day — is that coming from the bottle? If so, I’d follow their dosage directions.

      And let us know how it all works out.

  • Tabatha says:

    Hi, I have a male cattle dog he’s around 15. This year He has been battling with urinary dribble about a month ago it seemed to have escalated into a full UTI. I choose to treat him with pure cranberry 1oz twice a day for three days and it seemed to work. For maintenance I gave him a natural product called Berry balance in addition to that I give him a table spoon of apple cider vinegar twice a week in his drinking water. But the dribble is back what am I doing wrong? Is it safe to continue prolonged use of cranberry products? I had stopped the berry Balance but it has only been a three four days maybe I should give pure cranberry again and continue with the berry balance?

    • isak says:

      In moderation, I think you are okay to continue the berry balance, however I wonder if you have fully addressed the full UTI you mentioned occurring last month. What were the symptoms then?

      The urinary dribble could be that his bladder muscles are just softening with age, but without a checkup with your vet, it’s hard to say with certainty what is going on.

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