If your dog is urinating blood, your pet may have a urinary tract infection. Although urinary tract infections are fairly common, they should be treated immediately. Of course, blood can also be a sign of other issues. In this article, you’ll learn what the possibilities are and which symptoms to look for, so you can more accurately report the details to your vet and help your pet to get better that much quicker.
- If your dog is urinating blood, the first thing to consider is a urinary tract infection (UTI). Your dog could have a UTI anywhere in the bladder system which means that it could be in the urethra (the tube that empties the bladder), the bladder itself or the kidneys. Although UTIs are relatively easy to treat, they are serious, since left unchecked, they can shut down the kidneys.
- If you have a female dog, she could have a uterine infection. If your dog is urinating blood but the infection is in the uterus, it is actually coming from the vagina. This is difficult to determine because your dog seems to bleed only when squatting to pee. Uterine infections can occur after your pet has had puppies or soon after she has come out of heat.
- If your dog is male, your pet could have a prostrate gland infection. One way to check is to look and see if the penis and/or testicles seem swollen.
Dog Urinating Blood – Other Possible Causes
- Physical injury can cause your dog to bleed when urinating. One sign that your pet has been hit by a car is a limp tail.
- Another possibility is bladder stones.
- Finally, if you have used rat poison lately, your dog may have gotten into it. When using poison substances, make sure to seal the container shut and store it in a place that your dog cannot get into. If you think this is what happened, be sure to tell your vet.
As you can see, there are many possible causes when your dog is urinating blood. No matter what you think the problem is, pay close attention to the symptoms and get your pet to the vet. The vet will use the information you provide, along with her own assessment to determine which tests to do and the best course of action.
You may not know that many bladder-related problems can be prevented by giving your dog a nutritional supplement that supports healthy bladder flow and keeps the urinary tract clean and infection-free. It is wise to make such a supplement part of your dog’s routine.
Since the bladder eliminates toxins from the body, keeping it healthy is as important as brushing the teeth. Giving your dog a supplement could very well prevent another case of your dog urinating blood in the future. If your dog has been diagnosed with a UTI, since the recurrence rate is high, it just makes sense to consider prevention.
The bladder support supplement that I give my dog comes in granular form. This makes it easy-I just sprinkle some granules into her mouth daily and it dissolves upon contact with the saliva. Of course, before giving your dog a supplement, make sure to do your research.