Blood in the urine of your dog is very easy symptoms to detect. The blood on the urine is usually easily treatable and is not generally a serious health problem. But there are few cases were blood on the dog’s pee means serious health problems.

Do not careless or freak out too much after seeing blood on your pooch urine. It is not a situation to careless or to panic but a condition to take some action. Take your dog to a vet and ask them if it is a serious problem and start treatment accordingly.

Why is there Blood in the Urine of your Dog?

There are a number of a factor due to which there is blood seen in your dog’s urine. One important cause for the blood in dog’s urine is its age. A young dog suffering from familial hematuria is caused due to hereditary. It is the most common cause of blood in the urine of dogs.

Blood seen in the urine of older dogs is commonly a sign of cancer. Like age, the cause can be determined by gender too. A dog with blood on urine is caused by the urine tract infection that is mostly females are likely to suffer.

The blood seen in the urine is medically referred to hematuria. Some cases where there is blood in the urine of the dog can be serious but most of the cases are treatable and are not serious.

Symptoms of Hematuria in Dogs

  • The obvious symptom is the blood itself on the urine f your dog.
  • The urine may be pink, brown-red, tea-colored or reddish in color instead of its normal pale yellow color.
  • Abnormally frequent urination.
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort.
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Dog urinating on the floor.
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Causes of Blood in the Urine of your Dog

The causes of blood in the urine of your dog can be determined with various factors from gender, breed type, age. Older dogs with blood in urine may have cancer in the kidney or in the urinary tract. Likewise, the younger dogs with blood on their pee are likely to have developed cancerous diseases but the most common cause is familial hematuria.

The common causes of blood in the pee of your dogs are as follows:

  • Kidney or bladder infection: It is caused due to bacteria that enter through the genital or rectal area. The symptom is a frequent urge to urinate but the urine does not come out. Even if the urine is out, it is often bloody or cloudy.
  • Urinary tract infection: It occurs mostly to female dogs than to male dogs. The common symptoms are a pain while urinating, constant licking of urinary opening, frequent urge to urinate. Although this infection looks unpleasant, it is easy to treat with some antibiotics.
  • Poisoning: Sometimes blood in the urine means that your dog has taken some toxic substance that is very harmful for their health. The other symptoms including blood in the urine are constant coughing, swollen of the abdomen, pain, trouble in smooth breathing. If you see these symptoms in your dog, do not delay to take him to a vet.
  • Estrus: It is not particularly a cause where blood is seen in the urine of your dog but the blood is seen in the same area and the owner might be confused it with the blood in the urine. Your dog might be ‘in heat’ which happens every six months which is a normal female reproductive cycle.
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Dog’s Urine in the carpet.
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Other Causes of Blood in the Urine

  • Tumor
  • Prostate
  • Injury
  • Cancer
  • Coagulation Disorder
  • Idiopathic renal hematuria

Diagnosis of Blood in the Urine in your Dog

Blood in the urine in a dog can have many causes which are mentioned above. Because of these possibilities, you have to take your dog to a vet for a proper check-up to know the cause. With proper details about recent injuries, intake of any toxic substance, new food or supplements intake will help the veterinarian in diagnosis.

The vet will start with a detailed physical examination for any possible abnormalities such as swelling. They will take the sample of the blood and examine the abnormal red and white blood cells levels.

The important tools for diagnostic would be urinalysis where the PH of the urine will be tested for the content level of mineral, red blood cell, hemoglobin, glucose, protein. After the check, the vet will be able to detect the possible cause of the blood in the urine.


The treatment for the blood in the urine of the dog depends on the diagnosis. After examining your dog, the vet will come up with the right treatment for a certain cause. It might include surgery or just some medication will do depending on the seriousness of the problem.

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Dog physical check-up.
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Keep the area clean so that no infection is spread. Always keep clean water in front of your dog and provide them with clean and healthy food.

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