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She is peeing blood but not every time. She is pottying more not acting sick and has a cold nose. Could she have a bladder infection? She is a Doxie and is 11 yrs old

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. There are all sorts of infections the dog can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. What is the dog's name?

Her name is heidi

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Heidi?

No she is normal in every sense. Hasn't lost her appetite or anything

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I am so sorry that Heidi has this change to her urine. 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 as Heidi
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 or no salt broth for example) as well. Increasing the water intake will help "flush" out the bladder and reduce the pain associated with the bleeding. If your veterinarian can see you today that would be ideal to minimize risk of progression over the weekend or a trip to the veterinary er if things progress. I would much rather treat her now when she is still comfortable versus in 12 hours when she potentially will be restless, increased urination frequency, panting, difficulty getting comfortable, reduced appetite.

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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