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dog peeing red but only at the end
gmarroquin569 posted:
I have a 8 month year old German Shepard and as of lately we have noticed that he pees red but only at the end of his stream. We freaked out at first but then when we took him out again he didn't do it the hole night. Lately I have been noticing that he doesn't do it all the time and he does not seem to be discomforted at all. We want to take him to the vet but after reading post by different people who experienced the same thing and just waste money for a vet to tell them he cant find anything. Has this happens to someone else and if so is it normal for the red stream to only be at the end?
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
You provide a good history.

Blood at the end of a urine stream can be coming from the prostate. I would expect more blood in the entire stream with bladder stones or neoplasia, and sometimes we find microscopic blood in the urine when we do a urinalysis.

But your dog is young, so prostatic disease and cancer are very unlikely.

My opinion toward my patients and my own pets is that I want to make sure I pick up disease early on. Blood in the urine is not normal. If you came into see a veterinarian, and you could bring a clean catched urine sample. They would do a physical exam including a prostate exam. They might collect a very clean urine sample for culture, and they might take an xray. If blood occurs in the urine and those tests are all negative, then an ultrasound exam of the bladder and prostate would be the next step. We might try treating empirically with antibiotics even without a culture, but if the blood did not stop, I would still worry about bladder stones. Yes, they occur in young animals. Bleeding disorders can also cause blood in the urine, but usually not at the end of the stream.

I hope this is helpful.

Dr. Sandy


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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