Hematuria (Blood in Urine) in Dogs

Overview of Hematuria (Blood in Urine) in Dogs

Hematuria is the presence of red blood cells in the urine. It may be gross (visible to the naked eye) or microscopic. Possible causes of hematuria in dogs include:

What to Watch For

The effect of hematuria on the pet may range from no obvious effect to severe. Severe bleeding into the urinary tract may cause the dog to become anemic and may cause weakness or collapse.

Other symptoms that commonly accompany hematuria include:

You should have your pet examined by your veterinarian if you observe hematuria or any of these other symptoms.

Diagnosis of Hematuria in Dogs

Your veterinarian may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your pet for hematuria:

Treatment of Hematuria in Dogs

Treatment depends upon the diagnosis. Your veterinarian may prescribe one or more of the following treatments for your dog:

Home Care

The presence of blood in the urine (hematuria) is abnormal. If you observe hematuria, you should take your pet to your veterinarian for evaluation.

Observe your pet closely for any of the associated clinical signs such as pain or straining when urinating. If possible, obtain a voided (free-catch) urine sample from your pet and take it with you when you visit your veterinarian.

Administer all prescribed medications as directed by your veterinarian. Promptly bring any unexpected changes in your pet’s condition to the attention of your veterinarian. Evaluate your pet’s environment for the presence of possible toxins, specifically, anti-coagulant rat poison.

In-depth Information on Hematuria in Dogs

Hematuria (blood in the urine) can be caused by several different disorders. The most common causes of hematuria are:

Less common causes of hematuria include:

Diagnosis In-depth

The following tests may be needed to diagnose the cause of hematuria:

Treatment In-depth

Treatment of hematuria depends on the underlying cause. Treatments for the common causes of hematuria in dogs are as follows: