We rescued Mona off the street when she was about four months old. She has been a very well behaved dog and was house-trained quickly, yet she has always appeared to be underweight because people question whether she eats enough food despite her eating a lot, about three times a day or more, almost twice as much as what is suggested on the labels. In addition to her thin physique, she has seasonal allergies that occur during the spring and autumn which manifest as a skin irritation causing dryness and red dots throughout her skin that come and go days at a time also making her itchy. However, my main concern today is about her urination. She typically drinks about three to four bowls of water a day, but she seems to be reluctant to drink more than two now. She has always been great about never doing her business within the home, but she has been urinating inside the house and even soiling her own bed. I am making an attempt to allow her to relieve herself outside every two hours or when she asks to be taken out. I have noticed her urine has a pungent fishy odor and is very concentrated, a dark clowdy yellow, with thick drops of blood that are emitted towards the end, after she relieves herself of the urine. She also seems to be straining when she urinates as she continues to squat for long periods of time despite having nothing left to urinate, sometimes a drop of blood. I have also noticed she has been leaking around the house random drops of urine with blood. She also has not been as active: She typically runs for about an hour and is quite enthusiastic about playing, but she is unwilling to run some days and stops midrun to make an attempt to urinate without much success. I try to moisturize her food with organic, unsweetened cranberry juice and add a few drops of apple cider vinegar to her water to balance her urine's pH to an acidic level; I have noticed she stopped urinating in the house yet still does so occasionally overnight. I am mainly concerned whether this could be caused by a urinary tract infection or a struvite stone.
In presence of incontinence, you should visit your veterinarian to examine your dog and perform several blood tests to identify possible urinary problem.
However, noticing the blood in the urine means it's urgent; it can be a urinary infection or the presence of stones (crystals) in the bladder or urethra, in addition to urine infection.
You should visit your vet as soon as possible, as it is necessary to administer antibiotics which your vet will prescribe.
All the best for you and Mona Munoz Santacoloma.
Note: This is an automatic answer provided by artificial intelligence previously reviewed by our veterinarians. In case of urgency, we recommend you to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.