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My 6 1/2 year old female pug has started slightly bleeding

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My 6 1/2 year old female pug has started slightly bleeding in the middle of every month. We find it in her urine (she leaves a puddle in the house, which is very atypical behavior for her). We've had her to the vet each time, and he has tested her urine, taken both an x-Ray and ultrasound if her bladder, and found nothing. Could this possibly be vaginal bleeding?
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Customer: She is an otherwise healthy pug, eating and behaving normally.
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

I can't ignore that she has urinated inappropriately at the same time hematuria (blood in the urine) appears. This would indicate that the blood originates in her urinary tract rather than her vagina although a bacterial vaginitis can certainly arise secondary to a bacterial urinary tract infection (UTI). Can you tell me, please, if a bacterial culture and sensitity has been performed on uine obtained by cystocentesis (percutaneous aspiration of her bladder through her abdominal wall) at the time she has been hematuric - even if a urinalysis didn't reveal other evidence of a UTI - abnormal numbers of white blood cells or bacteria in the urine?

Has a vaginal cytology been performed looking for changes in tthe vaginal cells typical of estrus (heat) when she's hematuric? Is there evidence of estrus - a swollen vulva at these times? If she's spayed, I would need to consider the ovarian remnant syndrome - a small piece of ovary was left in her abdomen when she was spayed. If she's not spayed, an ovarian cyst needs to be considered.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

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

Dr. Michael Salkin

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