Blood urine or hematuria is a fairly common occurrence in dogs. But its frequency does not mean that you can neglect the pet’s condition and pay no attention to it. Blood is a sign that something in the animal’s body is not working properly. It is an indication that a dog’s organism cannot cope with an irritant on its own.
Symptoms of Hematuria
- Urine mixed with blood;
- Labored breathing;
- Vomiting with foam, nausea;
- Sluggish condition;
- Excessive anxiety;
- The dog does not allow itself to be touched in the abdominal area, a painful reaction is visible when pressed;
- Unquenchable thirst;
- Mucous membranes become pale;
- Straining while urinating.
What should be done if one day when walking your dog you observe that it is peeing with blood? What are possible causes? Is it dangerous and worth visiting a veterinarian? There are various causes and in this article we will discuss the most common ones.
Cystitis or Urethritis
Cystitis is an unpleasant disease. When the mucous membrane of the bladder gets inflamed, it leads to a change in the urine color. Symptoms:
- Urination pain
- Blood clots in the dog’s urine
Inflammation begins when bacteria enter the urinary tract. The development of the disease to the acute stage can be due to hypothermia or even stress. Females are more at risk for cystitis than dogs.
It happens when an animal gets injured while walking. For example, there was a fight or a collision with a cyclist. At first, everything seems to be normal, you cannot observe a cause for serious concern, the pet ‘got up, shook it off, and went on’. Yet, after a while you see that dog is peeing with blood, has difficulty urinating and eventually barely standing on his feet, hunched and weak. This is an alarming signal and an excuse to drop cases and sign up for the near future to the clinic. Your pet is likely to have damaged internal organs. Serious damage. Most likely, the blow fell on the kidneys or bladder.
Prostatitis in Males
Many dog guardians face such an unpleasant problem as prostatitis and other prostate diseases. If the pet has escaped castration or is bought specifically for breeding, then the probable cause of the appearance of blood drops in the urine of a dog may be the problem with the prostate. This can only be revealed through additional tests: ultrasound and x-rays. Therefore, with a hike to a specialist you should not – as soon as you see a suspicious color of urine, carry the dog to the veterinarian. In addition to blood, there may be other indicators of ill health: loss of appetite, prolonged urination and fever.
Pyometra in Females
The case of bloody urination in females only can be connected with some problems of the reproductive system. Pyometra is accumulation of pus in the uterus due to an underlying infection. The condition in all cases leads to compulsory sterilization. It has to be performed to save the life of an animal.
If you do not comply with the deworming plan, you may soon encounter problems. Blood in the urine may be due to a massive destruction of red blood cells. Hemoglobin through a kidney enters the bladder and colors its contents in an intense red hue. Your doctor will be able to tell you how to cure your pet and prescribe diagnostic and laboratory tests.
There are so many temptations on the street. And dogs are always curious to taste every new item. But as it often happens? eating garbage on the street is not a good idea and may lead to the development of blood clots in the urine of a dog. It may be a sign of serious intoxication. Or when something completely inedible, poisonous or toxic has been swallowed. For example, a dog stumbled upon a rodent – a mouse or a rat. And, of course, caught it and ate. And in a day or two you observe that the dog is peeing with blood in urine. This happens because the mouse had already had poison in its body. In all the poison for rodents a substance that prevents blood clotting is usually added. In such cases, every minute is precious. Only a doctor at the veterinary clinic can help you. He will prescribe gastric lavage and detoxification therapy.
All the causes for a dog peeing frequently with blood in urine are very dangerous and require immediate medical attention. Upon suspecting blood admixture where it should not be, be sure to contact a veterinarian as soon as may be.