My 8 1/2 male dog is urinating blood. What should I do?
Thank you for contacting us about your pet. Blood in the urine is an indication of inflammation (and discomfort) in the urinary tract. In a male dog, there are several potential sources of inflammation including the bladder, kidneys, and the prostate gland. Causes of this inflammation and bleeding could include bacterial infection, stones (bladder or kidney stones), or even some types of cancer. It is very important to have your pet examined as soon as possible to determine the cause of the bleeding. A good physical exam will give a lot of information, and further diagnostic testing that might include a urinalysis, radiographs (x-rays), bacterial culture of the urine, and potentially ultrasound will help to diagnose your pets’ ailment. Once a diagnosis has been reached then appropriate therapy can be started to help your pet feel better.
Bladder stones can be life threatening, particularly in male dogs, if they block the urine flow completely. Please have your pet evaluated as soon as possible. We would be happy to meet you and your pet today.