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My Bichon is was spayed three months ago. She is 8 1/2

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My Bichon is was spayed three months ago. She is 8 1/2 months. We had a vet do this. She is drinking and eating normally and as playful as ever. When she has urinated today, since we have snow, I have noticed a few drops of red blood after she urinates. This started today. She does not lick the area and it appears to be a bright red color. I only see this when she is posturing to urinate. Does this sound like a UTI or spaying problem?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Hi Kinta,

Any blood present from her spay should no longer be bright red in color. This is suggestive of a urinary tract infection with the bright red blood you're seeing. In fact, bichons are pretty commonly afflicted with urinary issues. There's more info for you here: http://bichonhealth.org/HealthInfo/UrinaryStones.htm

The best approach for Kippi is to take her to the vet, ask them to perform a urinalysis and determine what is causing the blood. If she's still urinating and acting playful, as you describe, there's no need to rush to the ER vet this evening; this can wait for tomorrow.

Depending on what is found on her urinalysis, antibiotics and/or a diet change may be needed. I've seen puppies as young as 6 months who've battled urinary crystals and chronic UTI's. If this does just turn out to be a minor infection, do talk to your vet about a PREVENTIVE diet to reduce Kippi's risk of problems. Many bichons, with time, will wind up with urinary stones and the majority of the major cases will require expensive surgery. A preventive diet can save you thousands in the long run.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Kippi. How is everything going?
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