How to Treat UTI in Dogs: Home Remedies and Medicine Options

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Dog peeing on a treeIf your dog is prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs), you probably feel helpless at times. What can you give a dog for urinary tract infection? Is there a dog UTI treatment over-the-counter? How can you help prevent your dog from getting UTIs? We’ll answer these questions and more.

Dog UTI Treatment

First, you’ll want to be certain that it is a urinary tract infection that your dog has. We suggest taking your dog to the vet to confirm the UTI (unless your dog suffers from regular UTIs and you have a game plan that you have gone over with your dog’s vet.) Your veterinarian may suggest some dog UTI medicine or dog UTI antibiotics.

Dog UTI Symptoms

Watch this video by Pets Best Insurance to help you know what to look for in a UTI.

Dog UTI Home Remedy

There are many dog UTI home treatment options to help your dog feel more comfortable and recover. Below are six dog urinary tract infection home remedy options. Please check with your vet before administering a dog urinary tract infection treatment.

  1. Add one teaspoon (for small dogs) or 1-2 tablespoons (for big dogs) of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water bowl. Repeat up to two times per day for up to seven to ten days, depending on how severe the UTI is. Be sure to have a second bowl of water without apple cider vinegar in case your dog doesn’t like the taste.
  2. Have your dog soak in a hot bath (make sure it’s not too hot and the level isn’t too deep) for ten minutes to help relieve the muscles. Wash your dog with a mild soap and pay attention to the genital area. Don’t leave soap on the area for too long and be sure to rinse the area with clean, warm water. Do this every few days until the UTI is gone. Learn more about bathing your dog.
  3. Encourage your dog to drink more water by placing extra water bowls around the house. Change the water once or twice a day to make sure it’s fresh.
  4. Crush one 500mg Vitamin C tablet and sprinkle it over your dog’s food. Do this once per day for seven days.
  5. Give your dog one to three teaspoons of citrus juice. The juice should NOT be from concentrate and SHOULD be all natural. Make sure there is no added sugar because it could aggravate your dog’s UTI further.
  6. Add about two teaspoons of chopped blueberries or cranberries to your dog’s food. Do this twice per day for seven to ten days.

Can I Give My Dog Cranberry Juice?

We have heard time and time again that for humans, cranberry juice can help get rid of a UTI. But what about dogs? How much cranberry juice for a dog UTI and is it safe? We recommend speaking to your dog’s vet about this. Each dog is unique and what works for one, may be dangerous for another. We strongly urge you to speak with your dog’s vet before administering any type of treatment.

Can I Give My Dog Cranberry Pills

We don’t want to sound like a politician here, but our answer is the same as above. Please check with your dog’s veterinarian before giving cranberry pills to your dog.

3 Dog UTI Prevention Tips

Below are three tips for preventing bladder infection in dogs.

  1. Make sure your dog is drinking enough water
  2. Keep your dog well-groomed, especially around the genital area
  3. Encourage potty breaks for your dog; the longer urine sits in the bladder; the more opportunity for bacteria to multiply.

Dog UTI Test

Did you know you can find out if your dog has a UTI without visiting the vet? Try one of these dog UTI tests to detect a urinary tract infection in dogs as well as other illnesses. It could save you time and money at the vet’s office, especially if your dog is prone to UTIs. If the test comes back positive, you can then call your vet to get advice on how to proceed with treatment.

How often does your dog get a UTI?

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Growing up, Kimberly used to get the sniffles when she was around dogs. Thankfully, she grew out of her allergy and is now able to play and snuggle with dogs as much as she wants! She and her husband adopted Sally, a four-year-old hound mix, in early 2017, and she has brought so much joy into their lives. Life as pet parents has been very rewarding.

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Gerald Earwood m
Anyone got any suggestions
Gerald Earwood m
My poodle is 8 years old when she goes out to pee she goes a long time then when she finishes a real thick substance comes out
Kay Lewis
Sounds like she has a UTI or other infection. Probably should see a vet.
Kiya Hanson
My dog urinates once then squats 2 more times later on, but nothing comes out. Urine is not concentrated and she seems fine Otherwise
My boy dog keeps trying g to hump my girl dog, she is fixed. I noticed some greenish fluid coming out of his pee hole. I give him a little bit of tramadol and he stops doing it for awhile, but after a few hours he starts again. Vets are so expensive and I recently had major back surgery so money is tight. I feel so bad for him. How can I help him…
Give him one tablespoon of lemon and mix it in with his water. You can also use apple cider vinegar in there as well. Be sure to soak him in hot baths.
My 7 yeAR old female dog has had about 5or6 UTI infections in her life now she is acting like she has another but this time she screams when she has a bowel movement. Even though they are so few but ot diarrhea what can I do she wets all over her self when I pick her up. She also tries to bite me
Jane Doe
Take her to a vet!
I’m trying this for my 5 yr old female. I didn’t think about her muscles until I saw the bath idea, it’s nice out so she can relax herself outside too thankfully! I was shocked at how she liked the blueberries. So thankful they’re in season! 3 big blueberries made 2 tsp. She doesn’t like the ACV. Has anyone squeezed their own citrus juice for the sick pup? Which one is best? TYIA
We are using Florida’s Natural OJ. She loves it drizzled on food or bread, or just found that she will drink it straight, too. 3 days on blueberries and oj in food and she’s improved already!
When should we notice improvement when using the above remedies?
We are using the blueberries and oj, and have noticed a great improvement already in 2 days. It probably depends on how far along the infection was when you started. We tested and started as soon as she began having accidents and trying to go in lots of spots outside. Then saw blood in her urine. We will continue for 7-10 days to make sure it’s gone, and do a followup Petnostics urine test – very helpful tool!
I tried this treatment and it worked thank you
My dog has had all these symptoms so I’m pretty sure it’s a UTI, so appreciate you sharing these remedies for the poor guy!