Your dog should see a veterinarian within 24 hours after you notice blood in the urine (hematuria). But what does blood in dog urine look like? You will notice a red or pink discoloration in their urine, which indicates blood is present. It can be caused for various reasons, like a urinary tract infection or even cancer, which is why so many owners panic when they notice it. Below, we’ll discuss what blood in your dog’s urine could mean and how it’s treated.
Causes of Blood in the Urine
Blood in the urine can be easily missed, so don’t feel guilty if it’s detected at a regular vet check-up and not at home, but let’s move on to the potential causes of blood in your dog’s urine.1
Upper Urinary Tract
If the problem is in the upper urinary tract, it will involve the kidneys; just like humans, dogs have two kidneys.
Lower Urinary Tract
The bladder and urethra are parts of the lower urinary tract, and potential causes of blood in the urine might include:
Lastly, the reason for blood in your dog’s urine could be caused by the following:
How Will Your Vet Treat Blood in the Urine?
The treatment for bloody urine will depend on the cause,2 but the most important part you’ll play is getting your dog seen as soon as possible. The faster treatment begins, the better.
Your vet might recommend neutering for prostate neoplasia and benign prostate enlargement. Bladder stones might require surgery, and antibiotics will treat an infection like a UTI if the issue is related to bacteria. Your vet could also prescribe pain or anti-inflammatory medication to help your dog’s discomfort.
Depending on the diagnosis, a change in your dog’s diet might be a possibility. Certain foods will optimize urine pH and reduce stone formation, and consuming wet food will produce more dilute urine.
How to Prevent Urinary Problems Reoccurring?
The most important thing you can do is keep up with your regular vet checkups. If your vet determines your dog is predisposed to urinary issues, they can routinely test for them.
At home, monitor your dog’s urinary habits and urine color. Unfortunately, our dogs can’t communicate with us when something is going on with them, so careful monitoring is critical in keeping our dogs happy and safe.
It can be incredibly worrying when you notice blood in your dog’s urine, and some of the potential reasons for the blood can be frightening, like cancer. However, remaining calm is vital because some causes are more severe than others.
You are your dog’s voice and their first line of defense, so it’s crucial that you get your dog to the vet so they can get to the root of the problem. If your vet practice is closed when you notice the blood, take them to the nearest emergency vet so they don’t have to wait to be seen.
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