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My Golden Retriever seems to have a bladder infection, but

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My Golden Retriever seems to have a bladder infection, but our vet isn't going to be able to see her till tomorrow. I read online that you can give apple cider vinegar to help with the symptoms as the poor thing is rather uncomfortable. Is it okay to give her apple cider vinegar or is there something else that will ease her discomfort till we get her on antibotics?

Hi thereCustomer

Welcome to Just Answer! I would like to help you and your dog with this question, but need a bit more information in order to better assist you.


Is she urinating frequently?


Is she licking at her vulva a lot?


When did this start?



Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Yes , she is urinating frequently and licking her vulva alot. This started early afternoon.

Aw, poor girl!

Ok, I am going to go work on an answer and will be right back!



Hi againCustomer


This does indeed sound like your dog has a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).


UTI's in female dogs are fairly common. The urethra (the tube between the bladder and the outside) is short and wide in female dogs which allows bacteria an easy route to climb up into the bladder and cause infection. Overweight dogs or dogs who have recently had diarrhea can be more prone to infections because there is more likely to be fecal contamination of the urethral opening, which again makes it more likely for bacteria to climb up into the bladder.


Here is more about UTI's:


You asked about Apple Cider Vinegar and whether this is useful. The short answer is, No, it is not useful in dogs. In human medicine it is being touted as a wonder drug. However, unlike humans, dogs and cats cannot acidify their urine low enough to prevent UTI's so it wouldn't help your girl. There are lots of reports that you can find on the internet, but no actual proof of any benefit at all.


Now, what you CAN do that really will help you girl is to get her to drink drink drink! The idea with this is that she will then produce a lot of urine which will help to flush out the infection. Also, it is much less painful to void dilute urine than it is to void concentrated urine. So, this will make her more comfortable. There are a number of things you can do to increase water consumption:


You can mix a bit of food in with water to make a soup - that way your dog may be enticed to drink more.

I suggest opening a can of tuna *in water* and offering the liquid diluted with water 50:50.

Any clear fluids are fine to give - such as apple juice, gatorade, pedialyte. Dilute all of them 50:50 with water.

You could try Lactose Free milk (Lactaid is the Canadian brand ), diluted 50:50 with water.

Offer some canned dog food, and mix it with water to make a gravy to pour over her dry food

Other things you can do to encourage a dog to drink are:

- offer water from a very wide flat bowl

- If she likes dripping water, leave a tap.

- Offer bottled water and see if she prefers it.

- Offer chicken broth or beef broth, diluted 50:50

- See if she likes water with an ice cube in it.

- See if she likes it out of a cup or pasta bowl.

- You could try getting some human baby food in meat flavours (check that there are no onions or garlic in the ingredients) and mix that with warm water and offer that as a "soup" for her to drink. Beech Nut makes a line of baby food that has nothing but meat (beef, chicken, turkey or veal) in it.

Here's a link:

If you cannot find this, you could find another meat baby food - just read the label carefully to be sure there are no onions, onion powder, garlic, or garlic powder in it.

Cook a chicken breast and put it in the blender with enough water to turn it into baby-food consistency. Make it into a soup.

Many dogs LOVE water from a water fountain like those here:

Hopefully, these ideas will help you to get some fluids into your dog so her urine is more dilute and she is more comfortable until you can see your vet!

If this has been helpful, please Accept my answer and leave feedback. I will still be here to provide further information if you need it!

The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would strongly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.

Best wishes, Fiona


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