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I have a 10 year old golden retriever female. Just recently

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I have a 10 year old golden retriever female. Just recently she has not been able to hold her pee untill we get to our usual spot out side. . She pees and then tries to pee again after a few steps but a few drops of blood comes out. Please help
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
I am so sorry to hear that Eggs is having issues with urination and it has blood in it.
There are a handful of causes of urination that has blood in it:
1.) A urinary tract infection
2.) Bladder stones that traumatize the bladder and cause bleeding
3.) A bladder tumor, most likely in a senior pet
4.) Trauma- hit by car, muscle trauma of some kind
Ideally until you are able to get to your veterinarian, please increase water intake. You can do this by supplementing the dry food with water and flavoring the water (maple syrup for example) as well. Increasing the water intake will help "flush" out the bladder and reduce the pain associated with the bleeding.
Collecting a first morning sample in a tupperware container and refrigerating the sample if more than an hour old to have your vet evaluate the sample will help determine the cause of the blood in the urine.
Your vet will run a urinalysis, potentially do a urine culture to look for bacteria, an X-ray to rule out a bladder stone, and bloodwork to ensure there is not a metabolic cause or kidney issues causing the symptoms
Diagnosing the issue will help determine how best to treat the blood in the urine to get your pet comfortable swiftly
Below is more information on this condition in dogs, called hematuria (blood in urine):
http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/symptoms/hematuria-blood-in-urine-in-dogs
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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
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