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Went to Vet today: Blood in my dog pee

Went to Vet today: Blood in my dog pee

So this morning I went out with my peep for my morning walk, and as usual I took my morning pee, however it was pink! I didn’t really notice, and I must admit I have been feeling a little quiet but not feeling poorly. I have been eating and drinking fresh water regularly, plus a couple of low-calorie treats and basically just acting like my wagging self.

However if you saw Trina’s face, you think something major had happened to me. She quickly ended my morning walk and got on her mobile to call my vet for an appointment at once. Next thing I know, I’m being zipped into the back of a car and I went directly to my vet to see what the problem was with my pink pee.

Our vet is really nice and the first thing he did was give me a pat and a treat. Then he asked Trina a few questions:

1. When did you first notice the change in my pee.

During our morning walk or about 2 hours ago.

2. Is Maggie looking like she is in pain when she urinates and is she peeing a lot?

No, signs of pain, (but yes I was peeing a lot, but I usually do.)

3. Drinking more water than usual?

No, the usual amount.

Next he explained:

That there is was no need to panic. Blood in dog urine is a very common problem. However he did say it was very good that she brought me to see him due to its important that i get treated quickly. Otherwise, the problem could spiral out of control and I could possibly die!

There are Five Possible reasons why I have blood in my dog pee…

  • Blood in dog’s urine is most commonly caused by urinary track infection
  • I could have crystals or stones in my urinary tract. These stones scrape the urethra and cause bleeding.
  • I could have swallowed some poison, for example rat poison.
  • It might a tumor, which could be cancerous or non-cancerous.
  • If I was bitten by a tick, that could also be the cause of urinating blood. A tick bite can cause an infection called babesiosis, which destroys red blood cells.
If I was a male dog, I would also have to consider: Blood in a male dog’s pee could also be caused by an infection of the prostrate. Other signs of a prostate infection include a swollen penis and testicles. …

So what did my vet do to see why I have blood in my dog pee…

  • He did some tests to find out what is causing the problem
    pee collector

    I pee in the yellow collector and then it flows into the plastic container.

  • He checked to see if I had a fever. Which luckily I did not
  • He gave me a physical to see if I was in pain or swollen. (I was a little swollen)
  • I got an antibiotic shot
  • I was prescribed some Clavaseptin  for the infection and Rimadyl for the pain.
  • I was also given a really strange device that I am supposed to pee in (good luck with that)

So right now I am waiting on the test, taking my medicine and will see my vet again in 12 days to see if all is well. If they find anything strange in my tests they will give us a call to see if there is anything else that needs to be done. However I did get some good news, I’ve lost a little weight so I am right on track of slimming down for Spring!

Update 15 March, 2013 to date: The medicine helped, all my tests came back clear and I’ve been a healthy and happy beagle ever since!


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  1. My 8 year old Scottie has had signs of blood in his urine on and off this last week or so. We have taken him to the vets and had anti-biotics for one week, still signs of blood so on his second week of treatment. Its not visible in all his `leg cocking` , but quite visible at the end of a longer walk when I feel he is `pushing` to generate some pee. He is otherwise happy , eating , playing and eager to go out. No extra drinking or need to pee…. ? very concerned as to what is going on !!

    • Poor little thing. I am so wishing that your Scottie gets better soon. Has your vet suggested anything else or a second opinion? Cranberry has been know to help when added to your dog’s diet.
      Thanks for sharing and we have paws crossed that everything will turn out good.

      • We have to take Dexters sample back to vets at end of the week… then maybe x-rays to see whats going on if the blood is still present in his urine. We hope all clears up… if so i will ask about his diet. If not then it could be `stones` he is trying to pass… worse outcome could be a cancer that Scotties are more prone to. :(. We may have to get him `done` as we never got round to it earlier and this may stop future problems….. all a waiting game at the moment. He is running round like a puppy in the garden at the moment, loving the brief sunshine. Thank you for your concern.

        • Glad to hear that he seems happy and not in pain unless he strains. It could be stones, he seems to perky for something as awful as cancer. Paws crossed that all goes well.

  2. Today was the first day i saw my baby pee blood, she is house trained, she is about 3 1/2 yrs old. but today i noticed she peed 3 time inside the house. and it was pink. so i took her out side, and i did spot on little drop of bright red blood, well , she dont act like she is in pain. she still eats normal and plays normal. but i cant take her until two days from know i have to work, . any suggestion i could help her ease her situation . Thank you

    • So sorry to hear about your poor baby. Just make sure that your pup gets lost of water and watch to make sure she seems to behaving normal until you get the chance to take her to the vet. I’d suggest that the call the vet to see if he can recommend something that you can do, before you go to the vet. I’d ask about diet and if a little cranberry would help. Best of luck and we are all hoping that your little pup gets better soon.

  3. Hi.my baby peed with some blood last last week but since it never happened again, we thought it was ok. However, earlier, i saw a blood again in her pee. I don’t know what to do. I still cant bring her to a vet, not until after the holidays because its quite far from where I live. What should I do until then?

    • Hello, I am so sorry to hear about your poor pup and I hope that her symptoms will be able to clear up quickly.

      First thing first, get her to a vet as soon as possible, even a phone call might help while you wait. When Maggie had her infection, I added Blackberries, raspberries, or cranberries to her meals due to they have compounds called ellagitannins that prevent bacterial adhesions to the bladder wall. I also added parsley as well due to it’s effective diuretic that can aid in the elimination of waste. Parsley leaves have antiseptic qualities that are great for treating urinary tract infections. I also mixed it with a little yogurt.
      But remember…Urinary tract infections in pets are serious, so you definitely want to get your dog to the vet as soon as possible.
      I hope I was able to help a little and please keep me updated, I am really hoping your little baby gets better real soon.

  4. Hi Trina, my dog just pee and had 5 stones in the pee. Does it mean that she released all the kidney stones o still she can have more stones.
    Thank you!!!

    • Hi Maria, The only way to be sure is to have your dog checked by the vet to see if all the stones have passed. There really is no other way of knowing. Hopefully your dog is getting better.

  5. Hi Trina, my little one has been on antibiotics and painkillers for 10 days now, she couldn’t pee at all the first few days and then she had a few little mishaps indoors bless her, then another day couldn’t go again…so I took her back to the vests and they gave me 3 more days of antibiotics, today she has peed quite a few times but this eve I noticed she has blood in her pee, now I’m not sure what to do. Wait until she has finished these antibiotics or take her back..she ok in herself, normal playing, eating, and drinking? So yesterday and today peeing as normal but with a tinge of blood today? Any suggestions.. I have tried a teaspoon of cranberry juice in a tablespoon of natural yogurt.

    • I bet your little loves the cranberry and yogurt and must think it’s a treat. My best advice would be to call the vet and tell them that you are still finishing the antibiotics, however you have noticed a tinge of blood. If I remember right, Maggie had to finish her meds and then go back to the vet for another test, to make sure we were treating the correct problem and it wasn’t something more serious. Please keep me updated.

      • Hi Trina, thank you for getting back to me about my little one, she only has 1 more day of Antibiotics left and she does have a tinge of blood in her pee today, ( no didn’t really like the cranberry and yogurt ). Plus it worried a bit giving it to her, but I’m sure it would do her more good than harm. Please can you just tell me if its ok to give her some more yogurt and cranberry? Thank you very much for listening. Jan

        • Hi Janet, Awww..it’s a shame that your little dog did not like the cranberry and yogurt mix.
          The information I share is from my experience with Maggie and it is impossible to know or suggest what to do with your furry mate. I know a lot about dogs, however I am not a dog nutritionist or a veterinarian. And when it’s comes to Maggie’s health I always seek professional veterinarian care just to be sure. There are so many things that we are dog owners are not equipped to handle, I think you should contact your vet and see what they have say, just to be sure too. Best wishes to your little pup!

          • Hi Trina, just to thank you for your kind thoughts and your ear…

          • Absolutely! Please keep me updated! I always worry about furry friends, because they just can’t tell us in words.

  6. Our rescue pup is about 8yrs old. Female named Kenny. Drinks a LOT of water and pees a LOT. No signs of pain and very active; very playful and affectionate. Every couple of days or so I notice her urine is tinged pink – she likes peeing on our concrete patio more than the grass but that problem is for another day.

    Not sure what to do???


    • Hi Glen, It sounds like your rescue pup may have an infection. I would recommend that you book a vet appointment to see what the problem may be. If you can bring a sample of your dog’s pee! It will help your vet very much! Hope your pup gets better and stays off the patio too!

  7. hi my 7 years old strickey(great dane) gave birth to 14 pups on march 8th bt unfortunately only one is alive, the other 13 pups died before giving birth that means in her stomach itself and today after 10 days i saw my strickey had urined in a red colour.does that mean she had any infections or is it because of delivery? please help me out am kind of getting tensed by seeing her urine in blood colour.her intake is also taking little bit forceble. please tell me what to do?
    should i take x-ray of her?

    • I am so sorry for your loss and I hope that your dog is not too heartbroken. With all that has happened to her, I would suggest that you contact your vet and take her immediately to care and if possible get a sample of your dog’s urine for the vet to test. It could be a number of things and only vet will be able to tell. I wish her good health.

  8. Yea we did consulted but vet said there will be no need to worry about that and he said its obvious…..but when ever I see strickey’s urine am kind of afraid.

    • Just keep checking on her and updating your vet. Perhaps a second opinion may be in order.

  9. yea thanx and srry what do u mean by second opinion?

    • Sometimes I ask another vet. Maggie has her main one, and when something was very strange to me, I’d ask for another vet to be sure.

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