After experiencing this firsthand with my own dog, I wanted to do some research on what could possibly be causing his problem. As it turns out, there are actually quite a few different reasons why your dog may be peeing blood. So if you’re worried that your pup is going through the same thing my little guy did, read on for everything you need to know about why dogs pee blood and what you can do about it:
Peeing blood can be a serious condition, so you should call your vet right away
Peeing blood can be a serious condition, so you should call your vet right away. Your vet can help you figure out what the problem is and whether or not you need to make a trip to the emergency room.
If it’s just a little bit of blood in the urine and there are no other symptoms, then it might be something minor like an infection or stone in one of their kidneys. If your dog is vomiting, drinking lots of water, urinating frequently and has diarrhea at this point then they probably have another problem going on that needs further investigation by your veterinarian. You should definitely take them into see your vet if any of these signs are present as well!
Stop giving your dog water.
If your dog is peeing blood, you probably want to know what you can do to help. While it’s tempting to give your dog water all the time and keep them comfortable (which is always a good idea), there are some things that you should do to make sure that they don’t end up getting dehydrated.
- Dogs don’t have the ability to tell us when they’re thirsty, so we have to pay attention for signs of dehydration like increased thirstiness, panting or lethargy.
- If your dog suddenly begins drinking more than usual or stops eating as much as usual, this could mean that he is starting to feel dehydrated and needs more water. You may also notice if his urine becomes darker in color or if it seems “stronger.” This means that there’s less fluid in his urine which reflects how much fluid he has in his body overall.
- Dogs with chronic kidney disease (CKD) can develop urolithiasis (stones) which form due to calcium oxalate crystals forming inside their kidneys over time because these crystals aren’t being removed properly through urination due to poor kidney function.
Do not delay seeking care.
If you see blood in the urine of a dog that has been urinating normally, it could be a sign of bladder stones or other problems. If the blood stops and then returns (or if there is an increase in how much urine is being passed), it could be an indication of a more serious problem such as cancer or infection. Whether this happens or not depends on what’s causing the bleeding and whether or not your dog has been diagnosed with a condition like bladder stones before.
Use clean water to wipe the pee off of your dog’s fur or skin.
If your dog has peed on himself, you can use clean water to wipe the pee off of your dog’s fur or skin. Do not use soap or other cleaning products. If you think that the pee is dried onto their fur, it might be helpful to gently brush it out with a soft-bristled toothbrush before wiping them off with water.
Do not use water that is too hot or too cold; choose a temperature that feels comfortable for your hand!
Take a sample of your dog’s urine.
If your dog is still able to urinate, take a sample of his urine. This helps your vet determine whether the bleeding is caused by an infection or another issue. If your dog is too small to use a normal litter box, try using a plastic container with low sides. If your pooch is too large for this method, skip it; he’s probably not going anywhere anyway at this point.
If you can’t find any usable samples of blood in your dog’s urine and there isn’t any on him either (which would make sense if it was being passed out through his urethra), then chances are good that he has some form of cancer or other serious health condition that will require immediate attention from a veterinarian.
Your dog may have a serious condition that needs urgent treatment. If your dog is peeing blood, you should call your veterinarian right away so they can help diagnose and treat the problem. Even if it’s not an emergency, it’s still important to schedule an appointment as soon as possible because some of these conditions can cause permanent kidney damage or even death if left untreated.