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Blood In Dog’s Urine

Verlota Author
Published: April 11, 2019
Categories: Dog Ailments | Pet

Blood in a dog’s urine is an obvious sign that something is wrong; however, determining what the cause could be is not so obvious.

It can happen to any breed and it can happen at any age. Blood in a dog’s urine can be a sign of something serious, but what are the causes? First of all, blood in the urine is a medical condition called hematuria and the cause of it often depends on the dogs sex, age and breed.

bloody urine (hematuria)

CBD For Blood In Dogs Urine (hematuria)

Causes of hematuria in dogs?

The answer is, well not so simple. It could be any number of things depending on a number of factors. Urinary tract infections are often to blame, especially with female dogs. In younger dogs blood in the urine is often just hereditary while in older dogs it could actually be cancer.

Bladder or Kidney Infection – Hematuria can be caused by a bladder infection or kidney infection.

Tumors – Cancerous tumors in older dogs often lead to blood in the urine, however non cancerous tumors may also cause Hematuria.

Injury – A physical injury can be one cause for blood in the urine. Aggressive playing at a dog park or accidental slip on the stairs may be to blame.

Stones – may be caused by kidney or bladder stones, as the presence of stones strains these organs.

Prostate – If the prostate is to blame your dog may also be having trouble with bowel movements along with some laboring to urinate.

Poisoning – Dogs like to eat things, we all know that. Eating something toxic could cause blood in the urine. Additional symptoms to look for would be vomiting, difficulty breathing a lethargy

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Diagnosing Blood in the Urine in Dogs:

Blood in the urine in dogs should be taken very seriously. It could mean there is a severe medical issue that requires immediate attention.

A valuable diagnostic tool for hematuria is a urinalysis, testing and analyzing the pH. Veterinarians will give a very thorough physical examination to look for swelling in the abdomen as well as potential growth or tender areas. If there is concern that it may be a tumor, an ultrasound or x-ray may be ordered at that time.

Treatment of Canine Hematuria:

Depending on what the diagnosis is, there are several treatments for blood in the urine of dogs.

Infections: Bladder, kidney and urinary tract infections are often treated with antibiotics.

Stones: Low protein diets are may be prescribed for bladder or kidney stones. In severe cases they may have to be removed, surgically or non-surgically.

Poisoning: IV fluids are often used to help treat dogs that have ingested something poisonous to help stabilize their electrolyte and calcium levels.

Tumor: Treatment for tumors would depend on if it is benign or malignant and you may be referred to an oncologist who would help you decide what is the best option.

Prostate: If the prostatic disease is caused by an infection, an aggressive and long antibiotic regimen will often be prescribed. If there is a cyst or abscess causing the problem, surgery might also be an option to have it removed.

Injury: It is hard to say exactly what the treatment would be if injury is to blame. It would depend on several factors such as severity and location of the injury.

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Why CBD can be an effective treatment & preventative for hematuria in dogs

CBD – or Cannabidiol – can be very effective at limiting the causes of infections, and therefore reducing the risk of blood in the urine.  

Why CBD can be an effective treatment & preventative for hematuria in dogs

Cannabidiol (CBD) can be very beneficial for maintaining your dog’s immune system, cardiovascular system and overall vitality.  CBD helps to lessen the effects of lethargy, gastrointestinal issues and reduces anxiety, aggression and stress-related disorders.

Think of CBD as a supplement that can reduce the severity and frequency of most – if not all – of your dog’s symptoms of hematuria.  It can be ingested, under the tongue, or applied topically to the affected areas.  One of the most beneficial components of CBD is that it does not irritate the skin or cause any hallucinogenic effects.  When ingested, CBD can soothe irritation, inflammation and reduce pain associated with gastrointestinal infections, bladder infections and weakened kidneys.

Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid that has been shown to have a prominent effect on numerous ailments – including epilepsy, arthritis and cancer.  Remedies containing CBD achieve this by interacting with your dog’s endocannabinoid system. Almost all animals, like people, have an endocannabinoid system; this network of neurotransmitters is integral to physiological processes like memory, mood, pain, stress and appetite.

This complex biosystem is very prevalent in dogs in comparison to other species.  Canines have a high concentration of CB1 & CB2 receptors in their brainstem. CB1 receptors affect the brain, lungs, vascular system and muscles, gastrointestinal function; whereas, CB2 receptors are linked to bones, skin spleen and glial cells.  In combination, CB1-CB2 collaborate in influencing the overall immune system, liver, kidneys, bone marrow, pancreas and brainstem.

CBD can help your dog by producing anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, antipsychotic, antispasmodic and analgesic effects indirectly – that is, CBD interacts with your dog’s ECS (Endocannabinoid System) opposite to THC which directly binds to the Cannabinoid Receptors of the body.  This does two things: makes the positive remedial properties more bioavailable to your dog; and lessens or negates the psychoactive effects, such as those associated with THC ingestion.

As you can see by the scope of ailments that are affected by CBD, it is clear how introducing CBD into your dog’s routine can benefit their internal & external health.

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