It is rare but it can happen. A dog peeing blood but acting normal does affect some dogs. As you can assume, the problem is in the urinary system. There are upper and lower tracts in the system so the problem may affect one of these. Below we are going to explain these and see what you should do about it.
This stands for urinary tract infection and it is a common thing. It is a common thing in humans as well. A dog peeing blood but acting normal can suffer from it and he won’t even know. There are a few more things you should know in this case scenario.
First of all, these are possible in male and female dogs. They can be painful and cause problems with urinating, but not always. This is why your dog will act normal. It is likely that he will act normal for some time and then he will show changes in behavior. He will be in pain by then! If your dog has blood in the urine, he will show some additional signs as well. These may include:
- He will lick his genitals all the time
- Has issues when trying to urinate
- Audible or visible pain
- Urine will drip constantly.
- He will urinate frequently
Upper and Lower Tract Problems
The urinary system in dogs consists of two main parts. These are upper and lower tracts. Blood in the urine can come from either of these tracts and as such you will have to know more about these.
Upper tract issues
Here we can see that kidneys are usually responsible for this. These are part of the upper tract, as you can assume. There are many reasons why this can happen. Here are some of the most common causes.
- Idiopathic renal hematuria can be the cause. There is no known reason for this. It just happens. Treatment is mandatory.
- Renal telangiectasia means that the blood vessels in the kidneys will expand. As such, blood can reach urine. Some dog breeds are extremely prone to this. The best example is Corgis.
- Kidney infection can be the reason why. It can affect one or both kidneys.
- Kidney cancer means that blood will come in contact with urine and your dog may not show any signs of the problem.
- Kidney stones can occur. However, these are very rare and they are usually not the cause.
Lower tract problems
A dog can pee urine with blood when his lower tract has damage or a problem. This affects the bladder and prostate the most.
- UTI or better said bladder infection is usually the cause here.
- An issue with the prostate can explain this problem. This obviously affects only male dogs.
- Cancer on the bladder. This is a possible explanation and it can explain why your dog doesn’t have any behavior changes. However, it is very rare.
There are many more explanations here. Some of these will make your dog act strange. Some will not. It really depends on a dog hence we cannot generalize the matter. But, you should look for these signs if your dog is peeing blood but he is still acting normal.
There are countless poisons that can come in contact with dogs. Rodenticide is one of them. This is poison for mice and rodents. It is ‘’delicious’’ hence it is a common fact that dogs and cats will eat it as well. One of many symptoms can be blood in the urine. You will have to take your pet to the vet as soon as possible! The toxin here is just one of many examples.
Always keep your chemicals and cleaning solutions somewhere your dog can’t reach them. Dogs are curious so they will sniff and taste everything they can. They don’t know that it is dangerous to them.
The example here we would like to use is when a dog is hit by a car. Internal damages can occur. They may be less severe hence a dog will pee blood just a couple of times. Or they can be very severe and even deadly. For instance, a kidney may be the problem here.
What Dog Owners Have To Do In This Case?
Just because your dog acts normal doesn’t mean that he is fine. Dogs are strong and they rarely show signs of pain. But, peeing blood is not normal. You will have to take him to a vet as soon as you notice this. In most cases, a simple issue will be the reason why. A proper treatment will sort it out and your dog will act normal and won’t pee blood anymore.
However, in rare situations, severe disease can be responsible. Luckily, if you start treatment as soon as possible you can get the most successful outcome. This is why regular vet checks are mandatory and why all of you should know about them.
Some of you may decide to wait. Maybe you are one of those owners who believes that all the issues will go away after some time. If you decide to do this, keep your eye on the dog. If he pees blood after 24 hours or after 2 days, you must take him to a vet. This simply means that there is a severe problem and help is something your pet must get. It won’t go away without treatment.
The Final Word
A dog peeing blood but acting normal is not a rare nor common thing. It does happen and it can happen to all dogs. You will have to stay calm once this happens and you will need to look for additional signs. UTI is usually the cause here. If you start the treatment at the beginning, your dog won’t experience any pain or discomfort. If you start, later on, the treatment will last longer and can be more complicated and more expensive.