Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Diabetes Diagnosis
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt, Cranberry
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt, Sea Salt
- Bladder Stones
- Buchu Leaf
- Cranberry Capsules
- Cranberry, D- Mannose
- Cream of Tartar
- Dietary Changes
- Double Helix Water
- General Feedback
- Multiple Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt
- Solutions for Blood in Urine
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin C for Blood in Urine
Apple Cider Vinegar Mixed in Food
[YEA] 06/04/2007: Shea from Pittsfield, NH: "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."
[YEA] 05/28/2007: Andrew from plfd, New Jersey: "re: Dog w/recurring urinary tract infection... Dear Pet Lovers, My 6 year old rescued akita/Malmute has a recurring, (every few months) UTI- which I treat w/cephalexin, for a month or so and its gone. Now on my 5th treatment, with the drug, wonder if Apple cider vinegar, is safe long term, the dosage, (He's is 90-95lbs) and if anyone has had real success? I take it personally, (thanks Ted!) for reflux, and will take it till I die! Thanks and Luck to all in drugless health! Andrew (&Bear) in N.J."
[YEA] 02/01/2007: Pauline from Citrus Heights, CA: "I have had nothing but trouble with this little dog I rescued 2 years ago. Prior owner, did not want her anymore, as she kept having UTI's and peeing. I knew this when I got her. After many doc appointments, and a spay. Finally one doctor told me, that she would need surgery, as she had bladder stones. I opt out of surgery, and went on line to find out, what if anything I could do to help this little dog. Since Oct of 2006, I have not only changed the way I feed Dottie, BUT, have incorporated ACV into her food. I HAVE HAD NO ILLNESS, NOR has she had any more UTI's or stones. I cannot thank Earthclinc enough. NOW..when I get phone calls from my friends regarding issues with their dogs, I refer them to this site. and tell them about my beautiful Dottie. Dottie is now 3ish and is a Peke. ACV was such a simple solution. Why vets don't use a more holistic approach to a health dog is beyond me!"Replies
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 09/28/2009: Tigger226 from Northville, Mi replies: "I am thrilled to find this site. Last year I lost my son who was a week old and at the same time my precious Sophie (shih-tzu/yorkie mix) had a UTI, I had lost my job as well so I was broke and very depressed, I spent over 1100.00 on x-rays, anitbiotics and new food and everything else that went along with her UTI. I was not going to let her go to at a time when I needed my best friend to help me thru a terribly tragic time with the loss of my son, I consider my dog my daughter. Anyways, the UTI finally went away after a month, and the use of some other natural remedy it seemed ok. She was back to normal until 2 months ago. We started it all over again, 500.00 in vet bills, keflax, clavamox and she came thru the 1st UTI and then 2 weeks ago it started again, and on Keflex again but while she was on the Keflex I noticed she had peed all over the couch, I had blamed a friend with a beer for spilling it, but after reading this I guess she had incontinence, even with being on the antibiotics. I have spent another 100.00 this time and am disgusted. Anyways, I was just getting ready to call the vet again because I was told she would need a 400.00 ultrasound to see if she has stones, she has no blood in her urine at all and her urine isn't foul smelling but they suggested it... ouch... I am unemployed and cannot afford it, but I will do whatever I have to, just to keep her comfortable and happy, she is only 3.5. This dog is quite smart and she sees me mixing ACV in food and water and won't touch either now, so I have to resort to a dropper and forcing her to take it. She is 12#'s - will 1 1/2 tbsp ok 2x's a day? I just want her to be ok. I have noticed her feeling better since I put the first dose in her favorite cat food.. that she can never resist. I am totally changing her diet, she eats alot of people food and I think that maybe causing some of her issues. I have noticed her weepy, red eyes have cleared up in just a few hours... how great!!!! thank you so much for the alternative idea, I like it so much better than antibiotics... oh by the way, if anyone besides me has a dog that needs anal glands expressed on a regular basis... I have noticed pumpkin in a can helps cut down on the amount of times it needs to be done. The fiber in the pumpkin helps naturally express the glands and I have been using it for the last 6 months and now only express them every 3 months instead of every 4-6 weeks. I love natural remedies!!!! Thanks again to everyone, and good health to our children!!!!"
[YEA] 05/06/2006: Carole from NJ: "I have an 11 lb. Chihuahua. His urine was always at a pH of 8 with crystals forming. I put him on a urinary acidifier tablet for a couple of years and it did not do anything. I tried 1/2 teaspoon of ACV once a day and in only one week his urine pH went down to 5!!! Even the doctor was amazed when I told her what I did."
[YEA] Denise from Conrad, Ohio: "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."
[YEA] Rachel from St. Louis, MO: "My parent's dog had horrible kidney stones and a urinary tract infection. He could not hold his urine sometimes and other times he could not release it. He was in a lot of pain. The vet reccomended surgery. My mom was reluctant because she believes in natural cures and the fact that there is a 40% chance of it repeating in a year. She put him on a special diet and it didn't work. After two days of putting him on the Apple Cider Vinegar, he appears to be cured! They put a little in his drinking water and a few drops in his food. It worked like a wonder drug! He is happy and energetic again and is no longer having accidents or in pain. He is back to his old self. Highly Recomended!"
Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
[YEA] 08/06/2013: Susan from Tampa, Fl: "Thank you so much for the great info. My dog woke up this morning showing signs of a UTI. I came across this site when I Googled it. The ACV and yogurt is working so well for her. I will tell all of my friends about your site if they ever need help with their pets"
[YEA] 06/20/2012: Josie from Chicago, Il: "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!!"
Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt, Cranberry
[YEA] 07/27/2009: Mary from St. Cloud, Minnesota: "As a retired vet assistant and pet owner, I know both sides of the picture when a pet is ill. For urinary problems that recurr, retesting, antibiotics, etc. can become financially limiting especially in areas of the country where veterinary costs are extremely high. I have had great success using ACV, yogurt and cranberry/blueberry extracts to control bladder infections in one of my small dogs who has a recurring problem. My dogs eat a raw diet or no grain dry dog food and no one else has any issues. However, with the first few times of my corgi having a bladder infection, I chose to see my vet to rule out diabetes, bladder or kidney stones, cancer, etc. When it was clear that is was probably a genetic pre-disposition and our unusually hard well water, using the ACV, yogurt and cranberry therapy has been completely successful. Also adding some cottage cheese (1/4 cup every other day) to her diet is very helpful and she loves it! I think it is extremely important to use your head when it comes to caring for your pets. If you think your vet is unusually expensive, look for someone else. However, vets with years of successful experience are worth every penny it may cost. Discuss finances with your vet. A good vet is willing to work with you to find the best treatment options for your pet and your pocketbook. Also, chose a vet that is open to alternative therapies and treatments including accupuncture and chiropractic as these vets seem to continue to learn and do not allow ego to block different care of your pets. It's very unfortunate that veterinary costs have skyrocketed in the past several years. Routine tests and vaccinations now cost as much as treatment of an illness used to cost. Alternative remedies can be much more successful and MUCH easier on the pocket book. Just do your research before treating your pet for anything!"
Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt, Sea Salt
[YEA] 04/06/2008: Denise from Calgary, Alberta, Canada: "I had my Pyr/Collie F/S 85 lb. 2.4 yr old girl urinalyis done and the PH was 9.0, MAP crystals, no staph, no blood etc, RBC and WBC were fine, so NO antibiotics and 5 more (a total of 9) days before an xray to check for stones. She was given to me with many crystals and a severe leaking/blasdder infection at 6 weeks of age. She had a too short (I think) course of antibiotics and after I discontinued all treats her test was clear, crystal free and great PH. They did comprehensive blood work to rule out hereditary and genetic issues. I'd not given it much thought until she wet herself sleeping and started going more again. Now, today I gave her 1 TSP ACV diluted with 1 TSP water in an oral syringe with the intenet to give another equal dose this evening. She's had sweetened activia yogurt 2X daily for 2 days, cranberry juice 2x 1/2 cup daily, then switched to cranberry tablets 1 pill (9000 mg from 500 mg 18:1 ratio) a day for 2 days. I don't know if the pills are of use, please advise! I think the juice would be better?? I also added SEA SALT to her water, she took a nice, long drink. At anyrate, I took her PH this morning before the ACV and sea salt and it was 8.5. I took it again at 6 pm and it's 6.5. My understanding was if there's an infection, there's going to be crystals and high PH, but I'm thinking she has an issue with diet and needs sea salt as well. I'm so glad I found this site!! In still want to consult with her vet, maybe another one as I'm having trouble getting the vets to understand that I 'get' what's going on. I also think a CULTURE test should have or still should be performed as a urinalysis may not show some infections. ~SIGHS~ It's not a money issue, though I am always broke! I don't want her being so heavily sedated for xrays when I really dis-beleive there are stones that if there are, will dissolve anyways! I also have her on a no corn diet that I may have to reconsider as it's an acid adding veggie. Just thought I'd let folks no that ACV and or the sea salts WORK!! I'll post back and see how everyone's doing as well as keep you updated on her! Thanks AGAIN so much!!"
10/11/2011: Martha from Houston, Tx: "My 11 year Bishon won't eat the diet he was put on by his Vet for the prevention of stones formation in his bladder so what can I cook for him, what ingredients should I avoid and also will using Apple Cider Vinegar help him?
I worry for his health since he hasn't had anything to eat and very little to drink since 2 days ago. Today he started acting funny and keeps going outside and looks like he is eating grass.
[YEA] 10/30/2012: Tammyv from By The Sea, Or: "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."
[YEA] 12/01/2009: Shannon from Portland, Maine: "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."
[YEA] 09/27/2009: Jan from W. Ma: "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)."
[YEA] 10/21/2008: Tammie from Titusville, FL/USA: "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?
11/27/2008: Joanna from Ottawa, Ontario replies: "I know that cranberry juice is belived to be most effective as form of UTI prevention. However; I would like to know if pets taking cranberry juice are more prone to develop crystal and stones such us oxalate stones? My cocker spaniel takes cranberry juice daily 1 cap. a day, she has not been sick since last year. The last time she had UTI the vet said that she has high level of crystals, could she get them form cranberry juice?"
04/14/2013: Linda from Rancho Dominguez, Ca replies: "Does your dog's food contain Ash? What is your dog's pH value? When ash and similar are not completely flushed from your dog's system, it can form crystals/stones. A dog's pH value should be slightly acidic at around 6.8 or so. Whatever your dog eats or drinks (even water) can affect pH value. If too alkaline (above 7. 0), it can help cause crystals. Check it out."