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Dog is playful and from all outside aspects fine. He is

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Dog is playful and from all outside aspects fine. He is asking to go out often and has fresh blood in his urine.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Chief - a basset hound who is 10.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Chief?
Customer: He was neutered 5 weeks ago. It went well, no complications. the reason for the delay was he is a champion AKC show dog - retired. He was having anal gland issues and the vet recommended the surgery to reduce testosterone levels.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today! Please give me a few moments to type my response and I will be right back!

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

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

Please monitor his urine stream, especially with the recent neutering to ensure that it is not a drip and a healthy stream. It is possible the neuter with his age has inflamed his prostate and this is the result but a recheck exam rectally and urinalysis is advised tomorrow.

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.

Again 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.

In addition to a urinalysis there is potential for doing 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 month ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier, were you able to get Chief to your veterinarian today? I would love an update when you are able.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today

If the information I have provided was helpful I would be grateful if you would rate our chat at the top of the screen so I am compensated for my time. Thank you and best of luck to you both, truly!

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Altman