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 (NO grapefruit). These can help boost the acid level of the dog’s urine.

Grapefruit has the potential to actually be toxic to your dog, even the essential oils.. The peel, pith and seeds are the most dangerous as they contain chemical compounds known as psoralens which can cause lethargy, depression, diarrhea, vomiting, photo-sensitivity, drooling, trembling and a sensitivity to light. Toxicity can be fatal.

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. You would like to try 1 tsp. for a small dog and 1 tbs. for a medium-large dog. If you add it to your dog’s drinking water, you should also offer plain water, just in case your dog doesn’t want to drink the water with the ACV in it. You don’t want to risk his/her drinking less water and possibly becoming dehydrated.

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.

Article Source: Melissa_Simmonds


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. Aleia Kaskavage says:

    How much cranberry juice can I give my dog per day

    • isak says:

      Quite often, dogs will not drink cranberry juice due to the bitterness. Instead of cranberry juice, the easiest and quickest way to administer cranberry is to give your dog tablets. A 3,000 mg capsule is equivalent to 24 ounces of cranberry juice. Give small dogs 1/8 of a 3,000 mg capsule. Give medium sized dogs 1/4 of a capsule, give large dogs 1/2 a capsule, and give giant breed dogs a full capsule. Administer this dose up to three times a day until symptoms have gone.

      You should start off giving your dog only a small amount to be sure they can take it. Too much cranberry, could cause your dog an upset stomach and/or diarrhea. Neither of these should cause any serious problems, and once you stop giving your dog the juice, symptoms should subside. If they do not, then you should consult your local vet for guidance.


  2. Twig says:

    Does a probiotic have the same effect as cranberry pills, they both have vitamin c?

    • isak says:

      Cranberry essentially affects the pH in the urine making it more difficult for bacteria to take hold. This pH affect is why cranberry is not a longterm supplement — unless you are testing your pet’s pH regularly. When pH is too high or low, crystals can form in the bladder and/or urethra (the tube that drains urine from the body). There are test strips for this testing.

      Probiotics are good bacteria. They may create a better, more healthy overall environment in your pet’s gut as they work to fortify the immune system and can be administered a regular basis. From Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine:

      Two major mechanisms have been proposed to explain the beneficial effects of probiotics: the production of antibacterial substances, and the inhibition of pathogenic bacteria and their toxins from adhering to the intestinal lining. Probiotics also regulate the intestinal immune response. In some cases, they enhance the immune response against microorganisms and dietary antigens. In other instances, by down-regulating the immune system, they can prevent the onset of intestinal inflammation and allergic response.

  3. Wanda says:

    I have a 2 year old spayed border collie/Pitt mix. I’ve noticed in the past 4 days, she had been licking her genitals obsessively. My male dog is trying to mount her. I came home today and I noticed a wet spot on my chair. She has 24 access to water and she might be drinking a little more lately. She usually stays outside for hours and let’s me know when she wants to come in. Her energy level has always been high and it hasn’t changed. I’m thinking she had a UTI, and I want to give her the apple cider vinegar. I’m sure she won’t drink it in the water. Can I give her a tablespoon straight?

    • isak says:

      Was the spay recent? If so, it could be related to that.

      Or the obsessive licking could be a sign of pain, maybe related to a UTI. If you have ever had a UTI yourself, you know how painful that can be. If that is the case, your best option is to have your vet check her out. The vet can prescribe the appropriate pain meds as well as something for the UTI, if that is the problem.

      No, you don’t want to give your dog straight vinegar. In general, they do not like the taste. And a straight amount may make her vomit. It’s generally given very diluted in their water.

      Also, the obsessive licking is going to irritate her genitals and that will create a whole new problem. Her obsessive behavior may be what’s attracting the male.

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