The discomfort and irritation of a urinary tract infection is very uncomfortable and painful for your dog.If you’ve ever had one yourself, then you know how uncomfortable these infections are.

As with many conditions that impact humans, pet owners are often unaware that their dog has a urinary tract infection until they see blood in the urine and then the concern grows.

Causes and Concerns

There are a number of things that can cause a urinary tract infection in your dog, including:

  • E-coli bacteria
  • Bladder inflammation and/or infection
  • Trauma
  • Stress
  • Cancer
  • Prostate disease
  • Spinal cord difficulties and abnormalities
  • Incontinence
  • Stones or debris from the bladder or urethra
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Hormonal issues

There are also a number of risk factors for a urinary tract infection. It most often occurs in older female dogs as well as pooches with diabetes.

The most commonly occurring disease in dogs over the age of seven years is incontinence, as leakage can occur due to a weaker urinary sphincter muscle. Dogs with conditions like adrenal disease are also more predisposed to urinary tract infections.

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs

Figuring out if your dog has a urinary tract infection is a matter of observation. As is always the case with issues surrounding your pooch’s health, it’s important to check with holistic veterinarian to not only confirm the condition you suspect but to confirm the adequacy of treatment options for your dog.

Some of the signs and symptoms associated with urinary tract infections in dogs include:

  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • Fever
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Inability to urinate
  • Greater frequency of urination
  • Crying or straining to pass urin
  • Vomiting,
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Back pain
  • Appetite changes
  • Strong odor in uirne
  • Increased consumption of water

As the aforementioned symptoms can relate to other conditions, it’s important to get a solid diagnosis from a trained professional if the symptoms persist.


There’s been some research done and there are a number of possibilities that you can explore.  Because we like to advocate natural treatment options as often as possible, our focus leans to those areas.

Often times dogs are on and off antibiotics with no resolve to the real problem. Surgery, in some extreme cases, may be considered as well.

This topical Probiotic Spray works wonders for dogs and cats with UTI’S.  You spray it directly to the vagina/uretra on females or the penis area of male dogs. It’s very convenient and effective because it’s applied directly to the problem areas.

Other Helpful Treatment Ideas …

Some have advocated for starting a treatment regimen with cranberry juice, which has been commonly cited as aiding in keeping bacteria away from the bladder. In humans, cranberry is a key in prevention and support of urinary health. In dogs, it can have similar effects but it doesn’t always do the trick alone.

D-Mannose, which is a naturopathic remedy often used to treat urinary tract infections including reoccurring infections caused by a genetic imperfection. D-Mannose has been known to disrupt the ability of e-coli bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract.

It is derived from mannose, which is a sugar molecule (binding). Some have reported combining cranberry with a dosage of D-Mannose and have seen great improvements in their dogs’ urinary tract conditions.

The best forms are those that include cranberry extract.  You have to be patient when using D-Mannose. Don’t expect immediate results.

Check with your vet first regarding using D-Mannose if your dog is a diabetic.

Warning: DO NOT buy brands that include Xylitol which is deadly to dogs.

Dosage Guide: a 15-1/2  lb. dog would roughly get a little less than 1/4 teaspoon  mixed into food with a little water.

It’s always a good idea to include a probiotic to speed up the healing process.

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  • Ruby

    External treatments will not treat an infection inside the bladder, which is the definition of a Urinary Tract Infection. Your probiotic spray may help prevent infections since ecoli is a bacteria from the colon that is a problem when it manages to enter the urethra and travel to the bladder. Probiotics might help decrease the population of ecoli on the perineum. A more well researched choice is to make sure your dog drinks enought to urinate several times per day and then to wipe the urinary opening with an antiseptic cloth. Always wipe from the urinary opening back to the anus, never the other direction, to avoid carrying ecoli to the area of the urinary opening.

    • janie knetzer

      Thank you for sharing Ruby. That’s exactly how this product helps.


  • tom kuhns

    what would be the dosage for a 40 lb dog?

  • Wendy Gibbs

    I have a dog with recurrent uti’s, and I have used D-Mannose capsules 500mg. My dog weighs 7.5 kg. and I give him 3 x 500mg capsules daily. I have increased it to 4 daily when the uti started, and then reduced it to 3 x daily when it was under control. I now have him on 2 per day, as a maintenance dose. Hope that helps.

    • janie

      Hi Wendy:

      Thanks for sharing your details on how you use D-Mannose for UTI’s! Great job….


  • Patti

    Why will they not answer the questions about how many times a day is the dosage stated above??????? Very frustrating due to the fact I just bought this stuff and have no idea how much to give my dog.

    • janie

      What exactly did you buy Patti and from where, because we don’t show your email address in any of our orders?


  • Joy

    Please advise-if the dog’s Urine PH is 4 which is very acidic, is it still okay to give the D-Mannose to the dog? Dog has e-coli and no antibiotic is killing it.

    • janie

      What do you feed your dog Joy? Do you include any supplements?

      A dog’s pH should be between 6 and 6.5 but not above 7. Let me know about the supplements and what else you’re doing? Diet matters.


  • Carol

    OK. Great. A 15 1/2 pound dog would get a little less than a teaspoon. Once a day? Twice day? I have the same question Kathy had.

  • steve fensome

    Hi Could you tell me where i can purchase the d-mannose that you feature in your article or an equivalent product. thks

    • janie

      Hi Steve:

      If you click on the image in the article, it will take you to Amazon where you can purchase it. However, I see that you are in the UK, so the following link and product might work better for you.

      D Mannose UK

      I hope it helps Steve.


  • Kathy Chiavola

    yes, how many times a day? Thanks!

    • janie

      Not sure what you’re asking Kathy?

      If referring to D Mannose, the dosage is in the article.


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