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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.

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