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12 year old Shih Tzu has gained lots of weight recently and

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12 year old Shih Tzu has gained lots of weight recently and also urinating blood. New 16 week male puppy in house

Dr. Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Dr. Drew :

Weight gain, and urinating blood, are issues that are not typically linked together by any particular disease,

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but obesity is a risk factor for developing a urinary tract infection,

Dr. Drew :

and hormonal imbalances, such as Hypothyroidism or Cushing's Syndrome, can both cause obesity as well as an increased risk of urinary tract infection.

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the typical approach in such a situation, is a thorough physical exam, blood tests, and urinalysis.

Dr. Drew :

x-rays or ultrasound might also be recommended, to check for bladder stones.

Customer: Is there any possibility she could be menstruating? The blood in her urine is, at times , jelly like. She was spayed years ago, but could something have gone wrong?
Dr. Drew :

no, that's a highly unlikely explanation if she was spayed years ago.

Customer: Good. Why is the blood of that consistency?
Dr. Drew :

mucus is common with inflammation in the bladder.

Customer: Are the conditions you mentioned above treatable without surgery, etc?
Dr. Drew :

bladder stones would require surgery, in most cases. the other issues are managed medically.

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Hi Sue,

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

Dr. Drew