Blood in the dog’s urine – do not panic!

Narrated from: Dog Health

If there is blood in your dog’s urine, it is not the end of the world – you should stay calm. There are many things that could cause this problem and most of the problems could be countered with the appropriate medicine. However, the best thing to do is to take the dog to your vet, so he can identify the exact problem. When you describe the dog’s condition to the vet it is important to note the exact color of the dog’s urine – if it is bright red, then the blood is probably coming from the vaginal or rectal area; if the color is pinkish, then the blood is mixed with the dog’s urine. Also, there is a difference between blood in the urine and blood in the feces; the latter could often be caused by a sharp object swallowed by the dog.

Potential causes for blood in the urine:


The most common cause for blood in the urine is an infection of the urinary tract. Such an infection could affect the prostate, the bladder, the kidneys or the urethra. An infection would be indicated by an inflammation of the affected area.

Your vet would probably prescribe some antibiotics. However, antibiotics have side effects on dogs just as they do on humans – so, if the infection is not that serious, you might want to try a homeopathic alternative. In both cases some homeopathic supplement might also be introduced, since urinary infections can turn in a recurring problem, so you will need to take prophylactic measures.


Blood in the urine could also be caused by stones in the urinary tract. If you notice that the dog strains when it urinates, or experiences pain, then the dog might have bladder stones. The problem has to be addressed, as with time bladder stones could seriously damage your dog’s health.

If the stones are too big, they may have to be removed surgically; however, in most cases they are treated with a medicine and a change in the dog’s diet. A lot of water should be introduced.


In a rare case, a dog would have blood in the urine because of a tumor. If the dog has a tumor, then it’s all up to the vet – he has to run the tests, determine what the tumor is and how it should be treated. In most cases, a surgical procedure must be performed.

Ticks or poisons

You should regularly check your dog for ticks. Ticks carry a lot of diseases, some of which could cause bloody urine, among other symptoms. The best thing to do is to remove the ticks of course, but you should still go to the vet and check if the dog has caught a serious disease.

If your dog has eaten rat poison or some other kind of poison, blood may be present in the urine. If you suspect that your dog could have swallowed poison from somewhere, you need to take the dog to the vet immediately.

Whatever the cause, go to the vet.

When blood is present in the urine, you should go to the vet no matter what the cause is. Describe the exact symptoms, present a sample of the urine and hope it is nothing serious – in most cases your dog will be fine with just a little effort on your part!

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