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My dog recently has been peeing out blood. He is acting

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Hi, my dog recently has been peeing out blood. He is acting normal still eating, drinking water and playing. It just doesn't seem normal. Help!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Sir or Madam,
My name is ***** ***** I've been working professionally with dogs in both the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to help you.
One of the most common reasons for blood in the urine is a urinary tract infection. 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. I believe you need to have your Vet check your dog out so it can get medication for the problem.
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.
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.
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.
Amani will likely need to be seen by your vet to determine the exact cause. Now you might add some cranberry juice to his water. Some experts believe it helps and others don't, but all agree it won't hurt at all. The following site goes over treatments for uti's.
As long as your dog is not bleeding from multiple places and is still able to urinate, he should be ok to wait until your vet opens to be seen. However, if he becomes unable to urinate, he will need to be seen immediately. If he is bleeding from other places as well, he needs to be seen to test for poisoning. Be sure he has plenty of water and a place to eliminate as well.
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Have you seen that he cranberry juice at times helps? I can definitely give that a try. My vet will not be open until 48hrs from today. Do you believe that is a reasonable amount of time to wait to take him in. He has been urinating normally and no signs of pain or discomfort.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Cranberry juice tends to change the PH of the urine which can help if stones are involved. Since it can't hurt the situation, most people give it a try. However, if infection is present, an antibiotic will be necessary.
Two antibiotics that are commonly used are cephalexin (Keflex) and Enrofloxacin (Baytril.
You can read about Keflex and dosages here:
You can read about Baytril and dosages here:
Of course I can't recommend you give any prescription drug without informing your own vet. Here is a site that discusses holistic treatment.
I list two as some sites have limited views each day so if one is down the other is usually up.

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