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My 4 year old male Chihuahua has blood in his urine and tries

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My 4 year old male Chihuahua has blood in his urine and tries to urinate a lot. I am just wondering if it is just a uti. If so how can I treat it until the vets office opens on Tuesday?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
So sorry to hear Smidgett (I love the name!) is having blood in his urine
There are a handful of causes of urination that has blood in it:
1.) A urinary tract infection
2.) Bladder stones that traumatize the bladder and cause bleeding
3.) A bladder tumor, most likely in a senior pet
4.) Trauma- hit by car, muscle trauma of some kind
Ideally until you are able to get to your veterinarian, please increase water intake. You can do this by supplementing the dry food with water and flavoring the water (maple syrup for example) as well. Increasing the water intake will help "flush" out the bladder and reduce the pain associated with the bleeding.
I agree cranberry can help but you should get cranberry chews from your local pet store because he will be more likely to eat a chew versus the juice which is very bitter for him.
Collecting a first morning sample in a tupperware container and refrigerating the sample if more than an hour old to have your vet evaluate the sample will help determine the cause of the blood in the urine.
Your vet will run a urinalysis, potentially do a urine culture to look for bacteria, an X-ray to rule out a bladder stone, and bloodwork to ensure there is not a metabolic cause or kidney issues causing the symptoms
Diagnosing the issue will help determine how best to treat the blood in the urine to get your pet comfortable swiftly
Below is more information on this condition in dogs, called hematuria (blood in urine):
http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/symptoms/hematuria-blood-in-urine-in-dogs
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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
I am glad to see you were able to view my responses last night. How is Smidgett doing today?
Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both!
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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
Hi Crystal,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Smidgett. How is everything going?

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