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what to think and so about drops of blood after she urinates

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frequent urinating and afterwards a few drops of blood left behind.
Large external cysts and itchy skin,
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 7 years ago.
HiCustomer

I'm sure you already know that your dog needs to be seen by a Vet. Blood in the urine can be caused urinary stones, Cystitis, Kidney Disease, Bladder Cancer, or Urinary Bacterial Infections.

Urinary Stones are common and found in the kidneys, bladder and urethra though usually they are in the bladder. The formation of crystals or stones in urinary tract can be caused by the following factors usually working together: mineral crystals in the urine, bacteria, diseases, some medications, excess Vitamin C, imbalance in pH of urine. Typical symptoms are straining to urinate, frequent urination of small amounts and blood in the urine. Some breeds are known to have problems with stones. These are Miniature Schnauzer, Schnauzer, Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Bichon Frise, Miniature poodle, and Yorkshire terrier.

Cystitis is when your dog's bladder becomes inflamed. It is believed that infections, polyps, tumors and stones contribute to this condition, but the actual cause is unclear. Typical symptoms are straining to urinate, frequent urination, straining to urinate, difficulty urinating and blood in the urine.

Kidney Disease is a common cause of non-accidental death in dogs. It is not clear what causes kidney disease but it is believed that dehydration, blood loss, impaired heart function, tumors, infections and toxins contribute to it. Some medications for kidney disease may cause blood in the urine.

Bladder cancer occurs in middle-aged and older dogs. Bladder cancer is not as common as other causes such as Urinary tract infections, though it is not recognized early for that same reason. Typical symptoms are frequent urination, urinating small amounts, blood in the urine, and infections.

Urinary bacterial infections can occur in bladder (most common), kidneys, urethra, and prostate. They are easily treated once diagnosed. They are the major cause of the prostate disease in male dogs. The prostate becomes inhabited by bacterial and it becomes difficult to eliminate. Some other conditions such as diabetes, cancer and viral diseases affect a dog’s immune system and may contribute to this condition.

A lump or growth is hard to diagnose even with an office visit, over the internet it is even harder as we can not even see the growth. A lump may indicate cancer, but many such growths are harmless. Many lumps are not painful or bothersome. It may be a fatty tissue deposit called Lipomas or a wart or a hematoma, but to be positive your vet will need to test the lump to be sure.

Any lump found on your animal should be tested to determine if it is a cancerous or benign lump. Your vet will want to perform a fine-needle aspiration or other appropriate test. It is performed quickly and allows some of the cells of the lump to be evaluated by the veterinary pathologist. This test will allow the vet to determine the nature of the lump and take the necessary steps to remove it.

Here are a few sites for additional information and pictures to allow you to get an idea based on the physical characteristics..
http://www.thepetcenter.com/exa/lumps.html
Picture of Lipoma
http://www.daily-tangents.com/Lipoma/
Picture of Hemangiosarcoma
http://www.answers.com/topic/hemangiosarcoma
Picture of a mast cell tumor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Mast_cell_tumor_on_lip.JPG
http://www.vetsurgerycentral.com/mct.htm (mast tumor site)
Information on Canine Oral Papilloma virus
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_canine_viral_p apillomas.html

The itchy skin could be any number of causes as well including fleas, ringworm, mange, dry skin and allergies. Your Vet can give you a better diagnoses after a skin scraping has been performed since your dog needs to be examined anyway.

I hope this information is useful to you.

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