My four-year-old Beagle mix is not acting like
himself. He is not eating and just lies around.
We noticed when he peed there was
blood on the ground. I don’t know what to do with him
now or how to help him. What could cause this?
What does blood in the urine mean?
In my practice (and if you believe the statistics, in veterinary medicine in general), bloody urine is a common complaint. Blood in the urine can mean a number of things, but it is never normal.
Urinary tract infections (also known as bladder infections) are by far the most common cause of bloody urine in pets. Teresa, based on your description, I’m guessing that’s what is causing your dog’s problems. Pets with bladder infections may urinate inappropriately in the house, drink more water, lose their appetite, become lethargic, or show vague signs of pain. Blood in the urine occurs in severe infections. Fortunately, most bladder infections can be cured with a course of antibiotics.
Besides bladder infections, there are a number of less frequent causes of blood in the urine. These may include bladder stones or crystals, prostate problems, trauma, masses or tumors in the bladder, certain kidney problems, or a decreased ability for blood to clot. Your vet should be able to determine whether your pet has one of these more serious conditions.
The long and short of it is that bloody urine always warrants immediate veterinary attention. If your pet has bloody urine, in the best case he is in pain, and in the worst case he has a serious medical condition.