A dog that suddenly is having accidents in the house, needs to go outside more often, appears to have trouble urinating, or has blood in the urine may have a bladder infection. Left untreated, bladder infections can become quite serious and cause fever and kidney problems. Fortunately, natural remedies for bladder infections are very effective and usually work quickly. Effective remedies for urinary tract infections include apple cider vinegar, colloidal silver and herbs.
Dog UTI Home Treatment
Apple Cider Vinegar
Internal Use of Apple Cider Vinegar for UTI
Apple cider vinegar is an easy, inexpensive natural remedy for bladder infections in dogs. When using apple cider vinegar for medicinal purposes, you should use raw and organic apple cider vinegar. However, in a pinch, you can use regular apple cider vinegar, often with good results as well. Apple cider vinegar can be mixed with a dog's regular food, plain yogurt, or added to drinking water. This page will give dosing instructions for this remedy.
Topical Use of Apple Cider Vinegar for UTI
Not every dog will readily accept apple cider vinegar internally. Watch Earth Clinic's popular video demonstrating two gentle but effective methods to apply apple cider vinegar topically. Your pet will love you for it and it works well for bladder infections when applied to scruff of the neck or the paws. We will also show you how to make a quick and easy apple cider vinegar solution for your dog.
Colloidal Silver is a natural antibiotic and easy to give to most dogs because it is tasteless. You can add it to your dog's food or water or you can give it to them with a syringe. Use 1 teaspoon four times a day for a small dog, 2 teaspoons four times a day for medium dogs and 3 teaspoons 4 times a day for large dogs. You can double the dose if it does not seem to be working. Puppies can have this remedy as well. Use ¼ to ½ teaspoon four times a day. A dog cannot overdose on colloidal silver; it is better to give more than is needed than not enough.
Herbs for Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs
Cranberry capsules can be given to dogs twice a day. You can hide them in peanut butter or cream cheese. Some dogs will even tolerate the powder from the capsules emptied out and mixed into their food. Give large dogs 2 -3 capsules twice a day. Give medium dogs 1-2 capsules twice a day. Give small dogs 1 capsule a day (or if you empty the capsule out to mix with food, give ½ of the contents twice a day.)
If you can find cornsilk tea or tincture, this is a mild tasting but effective herb for bladder infections in dogs. For large dogs, give 1 – 2 droppers full twice a day of the tincture, or 2 cups of the tea. (You can try giving it in place of water in his bowl.) For medium dogs, give ½ – 1 dropper full twice a day or 1 cup of the tea. For small dogs, give ¼ dropper full twice a day or ½ cup of the tea.
D-Mannose is a tasteless powder that can be mixed with food. This works well for pets and is easy to dose. It is given once or twice a day. Large dogs will need 1 teaspoon twice daily. Medium sized dogs will need ½ teaspoon twice daily. Small dogs will need ¼ teaspoon twice daily.
What About Puppies and Bladder Infections?
The above remedies are appropriate for puppies as well. Depending on the size of your puppy, you can give the dose recommended for small dogs. Or if your puppy is very small, cut the recommended small dog dose in half or less.
If the above remedies are not working for your pet or your pet seems worse, you should get an opinion from a reputable veterinarian to make sure there is not something more serious going on. Bladder stones will often give dogs similar symptoms.
If your dog is having chronic bladder infections, you may need to change his diet. Urinary tract problems are not uncommon among dogs fed grocery store kibble.
Keep reading to learn which remedies worked best for our readers (Hint: ACV).
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