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my 16 year old dog is peeing all the time and bleeding is there

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my 16 year old dog is peeing all the time and bleeding is there a pet smart or petco cure we dont have much money
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Sir or Madam,
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My name is XXXX. X've professionally worked with animals for over 16 years dealing with both health and behavioral issues. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

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I need to ask for some additional information. Once I receive your responses, it will likely take 30-40 minutes to type my response. I hope you can be patient.

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Is she spayed?

If not, when was the last heat cycle?

Where is she bleeding from?

Has her thirst increased as well?

Any vomiting or diarrhea?

Is the urine just leaking out all the time or does she have to go all the time?

Is the urine pinkish?




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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

not spayed cat tell you how long ago its been a long time bleeding from pee aera she wants water all the time dont get sick at all i thank she is leaking but she has to go alot no pink

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Gary,
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Thanks for the additional information. It is helpful. I am going to go over a few different things so please read it all.
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I'm going to mention a condition that female dogs do get when they are not spayed. It is called pyometra. It doesn't sound like that is the problem but I want you to be aware of the condition since your dog is not spayed. You can read about this here:

http://petcare.suite101.com/article.cfm/pyometra

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Now there are many potential reasons that a dog might have blood in the urine. Your dog may just have a Urinary tract infection though there are other reasons for blood in the urine.. Common symptoms of a urinary tract infection are frequent urination, dribbling urine, blood in the urine, squatting frequently to urinate, strong odor to the urine, inappropriate urination and straining to urinate as well as an increase in fluid intake.

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It is also possible that bladder stones, or a prostate infection or a bleeding disorder may be the cause. Your Vet should check those possibilities out as well.

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A dog with a UTI does not always show all the symptoms and typically displays 2 or 3. I do urge you to have your dog seen by a vet.

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Blood in the urine can be caused urinary stones, Cystitis, Kidney Disease, Bladder Cancer, or Urinary Bacterial Infections.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I can give you the following site that discusses treatment methods for UTI's that might be of help to you.

http://www.vin.com/proceedings/Proceedings.plx?CID=WSAVA2003&PID=6538&O=Generic

 

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I know money is a real factor for you but I have to recommend you have her seen by your vet. I'm going to give you a list of sites that may help you financially to get her seen by a vet. There are even some vets that give you a free first visit so check the whole list.

Help-A-Pet

http://www.help-a-pet.org

This group helps low income families with vet care.

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IMOM

http://www.imom.org

This organization help people with emergency medical care in some cases.

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Care Credit

http://www.carecredit.com

Quick application and approval for care credit card. You can sometimes apply and get approval while you are at the vet office.

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American Animal Hospital Association

http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/home

Helps animals that have been abandoned or if the owner is having financial hardships

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Angels 4 Animals

http://www.Angels4Animals.org

This organization offers financial aid or treatment to those pets and owners in need.

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God's Creatures Ministry

http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html

Help pay Vet bills for those that need help

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The Pet Fund

http://thepetfund.com/

Helps provide emergency vet care to those in need.

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United Animal Nations

http://www.uan.org/lifeline/index.html

They help rescuers, low income and homeless pay for vet care.

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UK Assistance with Veterinary Bills

http://www.petloversonline.co.uk/financial.htm

For help in the UK.

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In Canada

http://www.farleyfoundation.org/

Other Groups Who are Breed or Injury Specific:

Corgi Aid

http://www.corgiaid.org/

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Dachshunds Needing IVDD surgery

http://members.rushmore.com/~dds/applyforhelp.htm

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Dobermans (senior and special needs)

Http://www.doberman911.org

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HandicappedPets.com

http://www.handicappedpets.com/Articles/help/

Sometimes helps handicapped pets.

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Labrador Lifeline

http://www.labradorlifeline.org/success/2005-abbey.htm

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LabMed: Rx For Rescued Labs

http://www.labmed.org/aid_main.html

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This site may have additional resources as well.

http://www.speakingforspot.com/helppayingforveterinarycare.html

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These vets may offer a free initial visit though you may have to pay for extra procedures and medications. See the next one for the coupons.

http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/directory.html?utm_content=link.corp.ffe.locator.

http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer

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Unfortunately, without testing, no one can tell you for sure which condition your dog has, but hopefully the information I have provided you can give you an idea of the different possibilities and allow you to determine your next step. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .

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If you have questions in the future that you wish me to answer, you may click here and bookmark the page or make it a favorite. It is best to put my name "JANE" in the question as well.

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Since there have been recalls on certain foods, please check the following site to be sure the food your animals eat is not affected. If it is affected, contact your vet as soon as possible. Have your dog seen if they have any symptoms. http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/RecallsWithdrawals/

 

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