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Causes of Blood in Dog Urine

Adrienne is a certified dog trainer and former veterinarian assistant who partners with some of the best veterinarians worldwide.

What does it mean if I see blood when my dog urinates? Should I be concerned? What should I do?

What does it mean if I see blood when my dog urinates? Should I be concerned? What should I do?

Did You Find Blood in Your Dog's Urine?

It is not uncommon for dog owners to get alarmed upon seeing traces of blood in their dog's urine. They often rush their dogs to the vet fearing the worst. Although the cause is usually something minor that can be easily treated, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If treatment is necessary, the quicker it is started, the shorter the recovery time will be.

What does blood in the dog's urine look like? Blood that is actually mixed with the urine often tints the urine pinkish. Bright red blood (“frank blood”) is usually not coming from the urinary tract, but rather the vaginal or rectal area.

Know Where the Blood Is Coming From

So it is important for owners to try to detect whether the blood is coming out with the urine or coming from some other source. It’s always best to play it safe and see the vet to ensure your dog gets the most appropriate treatment.

There are several causes of blood in a dog's urine. Finding the most likely one will require investigation from the vet. Collecting a urine sample to bring to the vet would be an important first step.

Causes of Blood in a Dog's Urine

The following are some common (and some not-so-common) causes of blood in the urine in dogs. Please see your vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.

  • Urinary tract infections have symptoms including blood in the urine, often accompanied by frequent urination, painful urination (some dogs may start peeing on beds, carpets and in the house), straining, licking the genitals, strong urine odor, and fever. UTIs are more common in female dogs due to their anatomy. The condition can be easily treated with a course of antibiotics. Diagnosis is through a urine sample. A culture may be needed to identify the exact bacteria causing the infection so that the most appropriate antibiotic may be prescribed.
  • Bladder stones (also known as uroliths) are fairly common in dogs. The two most common types are struvite stones and calcium oxalate stones. Dogs with bladder stones will develop painful urination, straining, and bloody urine. Treatment mainly consists of dietary changes, and in the case of large stones, surgical removal.
  • Prostate infections occur only in intact (not fixed) male dogs. Symptoms may include bloody urine, an enlarged prostate, difficult and painful urination, straining, lack of appetite, and fever.
  • Tick-borne diseases may cause bloody urine among other symptoms.
  • Poisons may cause bloody discharges. The most common cause is the dog having eaten the rat poisons. Rat poisons cause blood clotting disorders and may cause bloody urine.
  • Other possible causes of blood in the urine include trauma to the bladder, blood clotting problems, and cancer involving the urinary or reproductive system, which is more common in middle-aged and older dogs.

Bleeding That May Be Confused With Blood in the Urine

Estrus Cycle

Novice dog owners might not be aware that an intact (not spayed) dog will bleed during her heat cycle. A dog will go in heat at about six months of age and will produce some vaginal swelling and bleeding during her first week. The bleeding will stop after approximately 7-10 days and be replaced by a straw-colored fluid. At this time, the dog is generally ready to mate.

Uterine Infection (Pyometra)

This condition occurs only in intact female dogs. Owners often confuse pyometra with the dog's heat cycle; they mistake a second episode of vaginal discharge, only a few weeks after the last heat, for a new heat cycle. Pyometra may be associated with a foul-smelling, mucus-filled, bloody vaginal discharge that resembles tomato soup.

Pyometra can quickly become life-threatening, so take your dog to a vet. Dogs may be given antibiotics to clear up the infection, and fluids to hydrate them. Often the uterus is removed.

What to Do

Dogs exhibiting blood in the urine should always be seen by a veterinarian. A urine sample may help a veterinarian make a diagnosis.

A teaspoonful or so of urine should be collected in a sterile container, labeled if needed with the pet's name and the time it was collected.

Urine samples should be very fresh, no older than four hours, and refrigerated if there is any delay. For more detailed instructions on how to collect a urine sample in dogs, read this article about dog urinalysis.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

Question: My four-year-old female red cattle cross has trouble urinating and tries frequently. Sometimes nothing comes out, other times there is a normal flow, and sometimes I see blood. There are no other symptoms. She is still active and eating. Also, she is spayed. Can you suggest what she may have?

Answer: Only your vet can really determine this. Bring a fresh urine sample along so they can have it tested.

Generally speaking, this sounds like a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are very common in female dogs due to their short urethras which make it easy for bacteria to reach. A round of antibiotics is often needed.

Another possibility is the presence of bladder stones. See your vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Question: Will a silent heat cause blood in my dog's urine?

Answer: During a silent heat, the dog's body still undergoes hormonal changes but nothing very obvious occurs from the outside appearance of the dog. Therefore, bleeding does not occur or if it occurs, it is very minimal. However, keep in mind that some dogs when in heat are very fastidious cleaners, and will lick traces of blood promptly, meaning that you never get to see it.

Question: How long after taking antibiotics will my female dog's urinary tract infection get better?

Answer: In general, antibiotics can take up to 3 to 5 days to start killing the infection, although many dogs show signs of improvement roughly around day 2. If her signs of urinary discomfort are not better by 4 or 5 days into treatment, you should report to your vet. She may need a different antibiotic or further diagnostics such as an x-ray taken of her bladder, to check for stones and/or an ultrasound.

Question: My Labrador dog has been given Ocu-glo tablets. Since yesterday he has passed blood in hs urine. What should I do about the blood in my Lab's urine?

Answer: If your dog is taking these tablets, I assume your dog must be diabetic considering that Ocu-glo is given to dogs prone to cataracts, which is a common complication of diabetes. With this in mind, there may be a chance that your dog may have developed a urinary tract infection considering that diabetic dogs are more prone to these. Your best course of action is to collect a urine sample and take your dog to the vet. There are of course other possible reasons for blood in the urine so your vet may want to do other tests to rule out of other possible causes.

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Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 23, 2020:

Hi Quassia,

It sounds like this needs further investigation. If it's a tumor, I would suggest seeing a specialist such as a veterinary oncologist for more in depth diagnosis and treatment options. She is so young, I hope you can get to the bottom of this.

Quassia on June 22, 2020:

Can anyone please help me. I am really worried. I have a 2 and half year old female Belgian shepherd who was neutered when she was 6months old. For past 2months we have been observing blood while she is urinating. Note that she is showing sign of blood mostly while she is urinating due to submissive behavior.

We have visited multiple doctors.. blood reports as per doctor is fine. One of them said that it is a tiny tumour and interjected medicine so that it gets desolved. Still no change.

Her appetite have gone down by 30%

We have seen know sign of illness or pain. She is hyper and playfull as usual.

Please suggest what to do.

Sasha on October 01, 2018:

My dog had crystals and a trace of blood in her urine, she had 3 urine test done in the last 6 month The 3rd urine test still show trace of blood but no crystals. She went for X-Ray and Ultrasound, it all came back good, she has no infection. Her doctor does not know why, she has to come back in 1 month and 2 to see if there is still blood in her urine. She is not licking her pee area at all and not straining to go.

Worried on September 12, 2018:

My golden doodle Gracie has been dealing with blood in her urine and painful peeing for over a year now. She has been on increasingly stronger antibiotics for longer periods of time. She is okay while on the meds but now we are in the same boat. This last round of meds was for 3 months and now two and a half weeks later has blood in her urine and is having difficulty peeing. I am at a loss. I cannot afford the $1500 to go to a university for experimental testing. I am trying supplements but not sure they are helping. :o(

Paula ocean on January 12, 2018:

Hi iv got a dobberman bitch she still comes into season twice a yr but this last few months shes been peeing blood and theres lumpy clots in the wee shes not in season at the moment and this keep happening.she keeps goin out every few minutes but cant seem to wee but the bloods coming you know what this could be pls

Alicia on January 06, 2018:

Appreciated Adrienne for the advice! :)

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 05, 2018:

Hello Alicia, those levels seem high!Now, I am not a vet, so all I can say is maybe consult with an internal medicine specialist or another vet for a second opinion? Maybe ask whether a bile acids test or an ultrasound to rule out liver disease or gall bladder problems (like gall bladder obstruction due to gallstones) may help? My dog's ALP was high last time too (she' 10), not that high though as in your dogs' but her AST, ALT and GGT were normal. I heard that in old dogs, a benign condition known as hepatic-nodular-hyperplasia can cause elevations in ALP, but not sure if this high. What does your vet think? I would seek a second opinion or a specialist.

Alicia on January 03, 2018:

Thanks Adrienne!

My vet suggest a blood test to see if the organs is in good condition.

The result is very scary.

Alkaline Phosphatase is 2053.

ALT is 222.

AST is 67.

Gamma is 10.

Currently the vet only prescribed liver vitamin (hepavite capsule).

I'm superb worried and lost of what should I do. Hope to hear you soon! :)

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 31, 2017:

Alicia only your vet can truly answer this or maybe ask a second opinion from another vet.

Alicia on December 28, 2017:

I've a mini schnauzer that is 12 yrs old.

She has went through cystostomy twice before. And she has bladder stone again.

Is it safe for her to go through another cystostomy again?

tina leach on November 08, 2017:

my dog is 8years old and I have seen her just wee when we were out and its red blood I don't no what to do as she is weeing over the house as well she has been done

Danita on September 07, 2017:

12 year old intact female dog has been leaving 2 to 3 drops of blood in several places in yard when i think she should be urinating. Not urinating as she normally does. When she does, it's been very dark yellow to orange ish color. Been happening for 3 days. Thought she was going in heat. So wasn't concerned until now. Because she isn't showing the other normal signs of it.

Alex on August 22, 2017:

My dog is peeing blood don't know what to do I'm just hoping it's not fatal

Danielle on July 30, 2017:

Please my son left our 4 month puppy outside in the TX heat he went to get him a hour later and the pup was not moving or breathing much at all so i gave him CPR and put him on the a.c. vent to cool hom down, about 2 hours later he was moving his. Head and starting to try walking then he peed on my leg and it was red with blood i thought it was just a little till. 30 mins later he started to move around howling and he peed again but this time he stiffened his body and the blood was really dark and alot !!! Please can u help me my son is freaking out and blame him self crying about how he , well please can u help we dont have a lot of money and normally i can fix most animal issues, i just dont know what to do this time

Luis on July 21, 2017:

I also think its uti because sometimes I put him a dog pamper so he doesn't pee the house.

Luis on July 21, 2017:

Hi, My 16 years old dachshund peed blood yesterday in several occasions like every 30 seconds to 1 minute. Today he's peeing normal but he's not lifting his leg to pee. Could someone tell what could this be? I though it was a uti so I started him on antibiotics.

Vijay Shakya, Kurukshetra,Haryana,Bharat. on July 12, 2017:

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Sharon on May 24, 2017:

My pug is dribbling and as blood in hrr urine. She is eating amd playing

Just concerned what it could be she as just turned 3 years old

tammie on April 25, 2017:

foster urinates first time easily it looks yello gold ,after that foster attemps to urinate and spurts of bright red blood comes out .

John H on January 31, 2017:

I have a 11 year old english bulldog and he has started to pee blood at the end of his urination. He is not noticbly struggling and does not seem to be in pain. Basically no behavioral issues whatsoever other than he is urinating more often. We took him to the Vet and collected a urine sample. He has always scratched himself uncontrollably in that area and he routinely visits the vet. What should I be expecting?...

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 29, 2016:

Nehal, please have your dog see the vet. This sounds quite serious.

Nehal Rajpal on October 29, 2016:

Hi, my dog is of comedian breed and he is of 10 months ,he has been vomiting red fluid and even excreting red jelly type fluid.

Megan on July 22, 2016:

Hey I have an olde English bulldogge get a few weeks shy of being 2yrs old. Last weekend(sat.) my dog ziggy was laying on couch an sat up quickly an started panting an drooling the drool was like water not normal drool so I new there was pain I got nervous felt his abdominal for swelling or bloating an nothing, so brought him out side an he ran to pee he peed like 5x in 15mins. Around the 3 time he urinated we thought we saw red in the urine but only saw out of the corner of our eyes than 4th time he urinated I watched the stream it looked normal but last push like he was emptying his bladder was a bright red blood that looked completely separated from any urine almost like oil an water how they separate if that makes sense. So I was panicked an than he peed a little more an was normal color no blood that I could see. We called ER vet an they were out awhile to get seen an they said we could monitor him an if things seem worse or behaviors change bring him in. So we watched an waited no blood all night or sunday morning but he wouldn't drink or seem to wanna eat anything so made him some bison an bison liver which he did eat happily but still not drinking so wanting to keep him hydrated I knew the hose would make him drink so got him to drink water woo-hoo right. Okay than but he seems to be refusing to urinate or hold it I was getting nervous by Sunday afternoon an saw him pee a tiny amount an even the stream was so tiny in fear of a blockage I was more nervous an brought to er vet they found nothing his levels in bladder were good no infection nothing they checked prostate because I noticed he was walking so off his back legs would look like jello or like he was swinging his knees during his gait an they did an cray an ultra sound an found no blockages or crystals nothing they just saw blood was for sure in his bladder. So Monday called primary an they got me in did same test an did a full panel blood screen an same thing everything came back good an healthy red an white cells/platelets were all good no sign of infection or no sign of immune system in trouble. So to say the least it's nerve racking not knowing an just wanting him to be okay. But found out his jello leg walk/lame was due too extremely bad hips which I knew about just were not that bad before an had surgery on one but had too wait till about 2yrs old for full hip replacement on the other ugh. If anyone has had a dog urinating blood an test all came back good if there is anyone out there that may have found an answer please let me know. He is acting normal now eating drinking but still I worry an don't want him to go undiagnosed if it's something that is rare or just easy to overlook.

Dzrt2ocean on June 13, 2016:

I have a Lhasa Apso who has been peeing blood drops after urinating for a month now... I've taken her to the Vet 2x... Once she was given one antibiotic and then the second time, she was given amoxicillin, but she's STILL peeing blood... So sometimes, when pet owners do come up with the money to take their babies in, they are not diagnosed properly and it can take a little bit to get them to the vet again due to costing so much w/o insurance. I've very worried about my precious puppy and not getting any straight answers or them just guessing at what the dog has is infuriating. :(

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 12, 2016:

Thank you for the update, it should clear up nicely with the vet's prescription antibiotics, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Booboo0511 on April 11, 2016:

Yes we been today she as cystitis thank you for your help

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 11, 2016:

Blood in a dog's urine is not normal. please have your dog see the vet.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 11, 2016:

Blood in pee is not normal, please take your dog to the vet.

Booboo0511 on April 08, 2016:

Update from earlier my two year old shat-pei blood in her pee only noticed this morning but not had none since

Booboo0511 on April 08, 2016:

My dog is passing blood in her pee just noticed this morning she also could be pregnant is this normal she is a two year old shar-pei

Dani on April 08, 2016:

My dog is passing blood in her pee just noticed this morning she also could be pregnant is this normal she is a two year old shar-pei

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 07, 2016:

Is your shihtzu an intact male or is he neutered? How long are the rides. Can you tell if he peeing urine with blood or is there blood on his private area?

michel on April 07, 2016:

why dose my shihtzu pee blood after riding in the truck he dont look stressed out he ride everywhere i dont understand its only long rides and we stop pee and drink water ...... any help

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 16, 2016:

Please see the vet it could be a urinary tract infection, prostate problems or other stuff that needs testing. This doesn't get better on its own.

Tammy on March 15, 2016:

I have a Boston terrier who will be 14 in May and the last couple of days I noticed that he has blood in his pee. ...he doesn't seem to be in pain when he pees... what could it be from ? Thank you.

Mimi on March 07, 2016:

Please be kind

My dog is 8 yrs old & still intact. He's recently started dripping spots of blood randomly. He's had 2 accidents in the last few days which is totally unlike him. All the research I've done suggests enlarged prostate... I bet recently lost everything I own In a flood & I'm broker then broke. I'm scared to death bc I can't afford to take him to the vet. It's bright red blood now & more frequent ... Still just droplets though... Do you have any suggestions ? I've read up on some holistic treatment that include saw palmetto or cleavers...what are your thoughts on those supplements?

I want to help him & I feel awful bc I can't. He's my sanity , my love & my best friend and I can't imagine my life without him. Any advice would be helpful. And please be kind... Trust me if I could afford a vet right now I'd have been there already. I'm so scared.

Lori on February 29, 2016:

If you can't afford to have your "beloved" dog vetted, then please, PLEASE, re-home this dog immediately so it can be cared for properly!!

Michael fabian on January 17, 2016:

IF there is any blood of any kind and you d0m not know EXACTLY what caused it SEE A vet immediately!!Its a sign something is WRONG!!!!!

diane33 on May 16, 2015:

I put DMSO on the underside of my dog when i see that her urine is pinkish or darker in color and it seems to help.It comes in a roll-on or liquid and jell and i buy it at the horse supply store. You'll be surprised by how it works, after i roll it on her i make her lay on a white blanket. DMSO let's more oxygen come into the animals system, i only use it at night before she lays down to sleep. Do some research on it, like type in DMSO/urineary problems. I use it on myself also. God Bless!

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 09, 2015:

This certainly warrants a vet visit, it can be something serious. It could be something curable though like vestibular disease or a UTI. But with tons of blood, it's imperative to see the EMERGENCY vet ASAP.

mo on May 09, 2015:

Help guyz!

My 11 yr old male boxer just had what i believe to be a stroke late the nite before last -Thurs. disoriented, walked in circles, kept falling to side. Then got worse next t walk peed a ton of blood and then again Last nite Trying to let him pass at home but am i wrong?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 25, 2015:

I would still see the vet to rule out kidney issues and see what is causing the blood in the urine as this is not normal.

Shelby on February 23, 2015:

Yea sorry it was last week he ate them. My phone autocorrected week to wessles.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 23, 2015:

I can't make out what you are trying to say when it happened? Was it last week he ate the half bottle? or more recently? Regardless, I would play it safe and see the vet.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 23, 2015:

That is very scary. Ibuprofen is bad for dogs and the amount ingested is worrisome. I would head to the emergency vet now.

Shelby on February 23, 2015:

My 6month old male pit black lad mix is not fix I've spotted blood mixed in with his urine. Idk what to do if it's Common or if it's serious. Last weelse he left him home n when we arribed back we seen he had ate a half of bottle of ibuprofen 200 mg. it was a 100 pill bottle and he ate 50 of em. Could this be a side effect?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 23, 2015:

Sorry, I do not log in as often at times. I hope your dog saw your vet and that he's on his way to a speedy recovery.

jenn on February 22, 2015:

Hi, I have a nine year old male yorkie who urinated pink today. He is eating fine, acting fine but drinking a lot of water. I am calling the Vet first thing in the am but am wondering if I should take him the emergency vet hospital tonight

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 16, 2015:

That is weird... I would get him checked out by a vet

Hec on February 16, 2015:

My dog Pee is regular, no problem... However when I go away for a few days I go to babysitting for dogs, he Pee all over and he Pee blood.... And I return he Pee normal... Why? He is Pug

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 25, 2015:

Hello Marlee, I think it's important to figure out why these recurrent infections are happening just to be safe. Has the urine been cultured after antibiotic treatment to ensure the most appropriate antibiotics are being used? Is the urine tested after finishing the course of antibiotics to ensure the infection is gone? Are the antibiotics given for the whole length of time as prescribed? Was a clotting profile done to ensure there are not any bleeding abnormalities? Has your vet considered doing a cystoscope (scoping of the lower urinary tract) to check for any abnormalities? Were you ever checked for stones? Sometimes this needs done through and abdominal ultrasound. Also, your kidneys may need to be checked to ensure that there aren't any kidney issues as these may not concentrate the urine as well, which predisposes to urinary tract infections and so can diabetes and cushing's disease. Sometimes, dogs with frequent diarrhea may get bacteria up there and some dogs are predisposed to uti's because of their conformation, a poor immune system or improper urine pH,. So, as seen, there are several possibilities. I would see the vet to see if there's anything triggering these episodes and perhaps if things come back inconclusive report to a holistic veterinarian. I hope you feel better.

marlee on January 25, 2015:

Im an 7yr old female im fixed. i've been bleeding for about 2 yrs now every 6mths tge doc put me in cipro but my owner is getting worried should i go back to the vet??????

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 16, 2014:

Wayne, there are several possibilities, a urinary tract infection, bladder stones and dehydration are just a few. However, in some cases, stress and inflammation/breakdown of cells in the muscle, can also cause the urine to appear brown. Good idea to collect a urine sample and get checked out by vet.

Wayne jordan on December 16, 2014:

I have two female pit bulls and today I was at work n both of them got n the pen together n got n a fight one of my pitbulls are now peeing a dark brown n her urine.. Do I need to b alarmed or what does it mean ?..thanks

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 30, 2014:

Sounds like your vet has run a variety of tests, and I imagine already did a urine culture to identify the most appropriate antibiotic and his bladder was checked for stones. I imagine at this point your vet wants to do a biopsy of the prostate to see if that's what is causing problems.I know how frustrating it is to not know what you are dealing with, but in order to stop the bleeding,he/she needs to (or try to) go to the bottom of the problem.

Deesdees2 on October 29, 2014:

Got 7 1/2 yr old baby boy. He has had blood in urine for months. No other problems. he has been on antibiotics for 3 months. Vet has done blood tests-normal. xrays -normal, scan showed kidney shape has changed, but nothing else. Got another month of antibiotics, not that they making any diff. They will prob now do biopsy, but really dont want that. Any one got any ideas. Scared stiff of losing him.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 28, 2014:

Well, vesicourachal diverticula can cause blood in the urine so that may be a possible explanation if that's what your vet found .

Kathy Jowett on October 28, 2014:

My 14 week old puppy has had dark brown urine since we got her at 10 weeks. At first, the bloody urine was dark brown and thick. Now it is still brown but has the consistency of regular urine. We have had every test done by a vet and 2 ultrasounds (external and internal). There is no UTI, no stones, no infection, nothing to explain the blood. There are no abnormalities inside the bladder and the kidneys are connected perfectly. She has been on 2 rounds of antibiotics with no success. She is not in pain and shows no signs of being sick. Her gums are very pink. Her blood count is good and her white blood cell count is normal. The blood is in her urine only and not in her stool. She eats and drinks as normal. Any thoughts on what could be causing the blood? The only things found by the vet was a premature right kidney (the left is healthy) and diverticuli on the end of her bladder. Any thoughts on what could be causing the blood?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 09, 2014:

You need to see the vet for this, if it's a UTi, she needs antibiotics. Best wishes.

Anita on September 09, 2014:

My female Labrador she is 2 years she is Peeing blood with no pain plz help

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 15, 2014:

I wished there was something you could do, but likely this is something serious that needs vet attention NOW. If money is an issue, look up for Banfield or VCA free vet exams which can save some money on the office visit, but they will charge though for any diagnostic tests and treatments.

julie123 on June 15, 2014:

My dog is about 4 years old and he is peeing blood and its seems to be come out with the pee at first it was a light pink then its just kept getting worse now its about nothing but blood at first I thought maybe it had yo do with an injury about a year or two ago he was run over by a fourwheeler and he was peeing blood then and then it stop. It just CE back about a week ago he is not eating what's so ever he is not drinking and if he does eat or drink its only when he is really hungry or thirsty we give fresh water every day and we even tried mixing in soft food with his hard food he does want to play as much any more which is unusual for him cause he has always been a very hyper dog he seem down like he is and 16 years old fragile dog and he is weak my parents won't take him to the vet and I am really scared for him please give me some advice I don't want to lose him I've had him since he was a puppy PLEASE!!!!

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 01, 2014:

Has your vet given any options such as chemo? Any holistic vets in your area?

sandy on April 01, 2014:

my dog marley is 14 he started with blood when he pee we took him to doctors they gave him pills it stop then started again,then he got an xray that show no stones,from ther he got an ultra sound that show something then they took a sample that show cancer of the bladder.We are suppose to go back and see what they can do we have not done that yet.Marley plays good and is happy and eats its sad to see heim trying to pee but nothing comes out what's gonna happen??? he does pee but tries a lot and nothing just drops of blood so sad he is such a good soldier

Rachel on March 07, 2014:

Recently i have been seeing symptoms of my dog retching as if he had something stuck in his throat, he did it quite often during the few days that it started, he heavilly breathe sometimes, a just yesterday started to eat less and less although still drinks causing him to have to pee and when he pees there is drops of vibrant red blood. He spends way much more time outside that usual now just breathing and sticking his nose up to feel the wind. Now i know you'll all be like bring your dog to the vet!! I don't have 100$ to spend on medication and treatments that most of the people here said didn't work. And don't you guys dare say i should give him away to a wealthier family so that i can just pass on my problems to someone else who wont want him thinking he will just die... I LOVE HIM so much and all i want is someone to tell me what he has so that i can then adresse the situation with the proper care that he needs. Today we have the blessing of technology and i'm am using it for help so pleasee.

The one who loces there dog very very very much and wont just give him away or put him in a spca because i don't have the means to pay for useless medication.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 01, 2014:

They say old age is not a disease. Sounds like she needs some issues addressed by a vet, old age may sometimes be a contributing factor for failing health, but there are often chances old dogs may be affected by conditions that are easily treatable and can help prolong their lives and the overall quality of life. Because your dog is also losing weight and not eating much, you want your vet to rule out any serious medical conditions and if nothing worrisome is found, urinary tract infections can be easily treated. In regards to eye problems, yes, many elderly dogs suffer from some forms, but again we don't know for sure until you see a vet, best wishes!

Judy on March 01, 2014:

I have a 14 year old larger dog, she has lost weight, not eating a lot and there was a lot of blood when she peed. She has been fixed when a pup, her one eye also seems to be like the second lid is shutting. Is this old age or a more serious condition??

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 09, 2014:

In some cases, red blood cells may break down when the dog exercises strenuously causing red blood in urine. Here's a link by a vet explaining this. This can happen in humans too: But of course, there's no way to know for sure what may be going on without having him see a vet. To play it safe, if it continues, the bleeding increases or your dog develops other symptoms you want to have a urine test sampled to rule out other causes. Best wishes!

Lydia on February 09, 2014:

Hi, I just got back from a hike with my neutered terrier mix, and I noticed on the way back he peed but there was blood in it. It wasn't mixed in with the urine, kind of separated. He doesn't seem to be in pain. Could he have injured his kidneys or something?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 03, 2013:

Phil, this vet answers causes of dark brown urine:

phil on December 03, 2013:

Can a fall cause dark urine?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 03, 2013:

Jim, please contact your vet about this. No, it's not normal. It's not uncommon for dogs to get a urinary tract infection after being spayed. Best wishes!

jim on May 03, 2013:

hi my female got D sexed three days ago is it normal to see her urine a red color . thanks jim

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 16, 2013:

Is she a female dog? is she spayed? how old is she? Blood clots may sometimes indicate a more serious urinary tract infection, however, blood in urine can also be caused by critical issues such as blood clotting disorders, ingestion of rat poison and more. Your dog should see the vet for proper diagnosis. Best wishes.

abhishek on April 16, 2013:

my dog has clots in his urine..blood clots..i spend time on the net and eventually realized blood was common but what about clotts

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 31, 2013:

Greetings, if she is have a hard time peeing and there is blood, those are both signs of a UTI. You should see a vet for this as there's nothing you can really do at home. She will likely need antibiotics. Here's an article on dog eating stools:

Aleks on March 30, 2013:


my female whippet, after a hard effort peeing with blood. IT happened twice now. First time a year ago and now after the pursuit of deer . Now she is 3 years old and perfectly healthy. Is it maybe due to intensive efforts???Should I visit a vet ???

And she has one more problem since she was small she seems to like poop. And sometimes when she is of the leash she finds some poop and eats it. Why dogs eat poop?

Cheers for helping :)

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 26, 2012:

I am worried about your dog, especially since he is not eating and acting sickly. Keep an eye one the gums, as blood loss causes anemia and the gums get pale in such a case. But you really want to see your vet BEFORE this happens, if the blood is continuous as you say, you will have to treat not only for the underlying cause but also for complications on top of that. Most cities have an emergency center that should be open regardless of time or holidays. they should be open 365 days a year 24/7. This is the best approach, best wishes!

Vinny on August 26, 2012:

It's almost 3 days. My male dog is sick, bloody urine continuously. Not eating and limp condition. Veterinarians closed, because of the holiday. In my area, inadequate. I am very worried about my dog​​. For help what should I do for him?

chrisleeg on August 15, 2012:

How sad...I have come home it is 7.30pm with all vets closed and I have noticed that my dog is passing blood. I have looked on the internet as vets are shut but he will attend one tommorrow. What a pack of spitful bitches with their comments of shouldn't have a dog and bagging people out for asking for advice on line....who the hell do u think u are?? some sort of god or something.?? if all you are on these pages for is to be rude to people seeking advice than i suggest u GET A LIFE.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on July 13, 2012:

Most likely a urinary tract infection but read the article for other possible causes. Have your vet examine a urine sample so this can be addressed. Best wishes!

Magda on July 13, 2012:

My 4 months old Maltese shizu had some blood in urine? I don't want something to be wrong with it. Please help me

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 06, 2012:

See if you can collect a urine sample and take her along to see the vet.

desi on June 06, 2012:

so my pitbull is almost 14 yrs old now.. this morning i found pee in my basement but it also had blood clots in the pee aswell... she was fixed wen we first got her and she has never done this bfor.. she doesn't seem to be in pain but she is peein a lot or at least trying to pee...wat shud i do???

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 14, 2012:

Not sure about your question. If you suspect a urinary tract infection, your dog should see a vet for antibiotics. best wishes!

sharon on May 14, 2012:

They aren't really that happy about it and i'm afronted when asking. but what can I do?I can't help being scent when my dog takes ill .

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 01, 2012:

Will keep Bubba in my prayers, hoping for the best!

worryingguy on May 01, 2012:

my like 12 year ish old choclate lab mix started to pee a lil blood in his urine first few pees looked like it was mixed took him out like 45 min ltr n it looked like urine then a lil blood pee, and the next pee like on same outing coming back by the porch was kinda like that too already called the vet n my dad to borrow money so i can pay the vet what i already owe her hopefully i can owe her again for a few payments please pray that nuttin is wrong other than a simple uti that will be ok again with some meds pray for my sweet lil bubba

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 20, 2012:

blood in dog urine always needs a vet's attention!

Jonathan on April 20, 2012:

Take you fur kid to the vet anytime you see blood in their urine!!!

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 18, 2012:

Jonathan, this sounds like a urinary tract infection, but may have other causes as listed on the article above. Bring your dog to the vet along with a urine sample.

jane on April 18, 2012:

Jonathan, you should check as you can get answer from experts on dog health and a supportive community.

Jonathan on April 18, 2012:

My dog started bleeding with urine I don't know why? Please somebody help.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 18, 2012:

There should not be blood at this stage. The blood is there during the proestrus stage, then the estrus stage when the dog allows mating the blood should subside and be replaced by a straw colored fluid. After estrus there should be no vaginal discharge as you describe. Have her see a vet to rule out a urinary tract infection or other health problem. Pyometra is also possible in intact females so this is also a condition you want to rule out.

Mstxgirl on April 18, 2012:

And before I am told that I shouldn't have let her tie up, my neighbors dog is a chi & we already talked abt breeding them on her next cycle. It wasn't done purposely this time, but they had their own agenda. LoL

Mstxgirl on April 18, 2012:

Hi! My 18mo yorkie just had her 2nd heat cycle.Its been a little over 3weeks. She tied up with my neighbors dog while on a walk with me a couple days ago. Today, I noticed some blood mixed in her pee on the pad, with several drops on and around the pad. Im thinking its just the end of her cycle. She still eats & drinks normally and plays even while on our normal walk.I will be taking her into the vet in a month to see if she is preggers.Her cycle started on march 19th & she mated once on April 10th. Any help would be appreciated. avoid 1 that bill then that would be great. Thanks!

eve on April 05, 2012:

my dog is licking over and over his genital, female, she dont drink water,

and i have a male dog and his urine has blood,

what may be the cause? its very hot in here now they dont drink enough water..

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 01, 2012:

It could be it burns when he urinates and keeps his leg high because he feels like he is not done urinating. Is he intact? if so this may be interesting to read:

alex leitch on April 01, 2012:

my dog has been urinating blood he is in no pain at all. but the wierdthing is he is urinating then still with his leg cocked standing for 2-5 mins whils blood is dripping. eating fine and drinking water as usual???? ive called vets they say it might be a stone or an anfection as he is in no pain.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 26, 2012:

It's difficult if he is used to go outdoors. Take a look at these: