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My 11 yr old mini doxie has been passing small blood clots in her urine. I have had my bathroom tile on the wall and floor removed and replaced last week. There was quite a bit of dust. Could this have caused it?

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Molly, 11 years old

Veterinarian's Assistant: How old is Molly?

11

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

No, the bathroom improvements shouldn't be incriminated for Molly's hematuria (blood in the urine). A bacterial urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common cause of hematuria (and stranguria/frequent attempts to urinate little or no urine) in an older female dog. Less commonly, uroliths (stones) or neoplasia (transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder/urethra) are found. Molly's vet will want to obtain urine by cystocentesis - percutaneous aspiration of her bladder through her abdominal wall - the most sterile manner in which to obtain urine - and perform a complete urinalysis looking for the presence of bacteria or abnormal numbers of either red or white blood cells - any of which suggest a UTI. If found, a broad spectrum antibiotic is prescribed for 10-14 days and the urine is rechecked 2 days after the course of threapy is completed in order to ensure that her urinary tract has been sterilized. Alternatively, her vet will suggest culturing the urine to determine the very best antibiotic to prescribe. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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