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What is Blood in the Urine?

Veterinarians use the word hematuria to describe blood in your cat’s urine. Females are more likely to develop this condition than males. Blood in the urine can be a sign of infection, a hereditary condition, or a more serious health issue.

If your cat develops a problem in the urinary tract, you may see some blood in his urine. This can be a sign of a mild condition or it may be a symptom of a more serious, underlying condition.

Symptoms of Blood in the Urine in Cats

The symptoms associated with blood in the urine depend on the cause of the condition. Here are some of the most common symptoms that can accompany blood in your cat’s urine:

  • Red colored urine
  • Passing urine more frequently than normal
  • Red, raised patches on the skin
  • Palpable mass in cats who have tumors
  • Pain when urinating
  • Licking of urinary area
  • Odor of ammonia in urine
  • Prolonged squatting or straining while in the litter box
  • Avoiding the litter box
  • Urinating in unusual places inside
  • Distended abdominal area
  • Excessive thirst
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy

Types

There are several different types of conditions that could cause your cat to have blood in his urine. Some of the most common are:

  • Infection
  • Diseases of the endocrine system
  • Diabetes
  • Conditions of the urinary tract

Causes of Blood in the Urine in Cats

A variety of conditions can cause hematuria to occur. They range from mild to very serious and include:

  • Abnormality of the urinary tract
  • Parasitic infection
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Trauma
  • Cancer of the urinary tract that may occur with tumors
  • Kidney stones
  • Medications
  • Idiopathic, or of unknown origin

Diagnosis of Blood in the Urine in Cats

Your veterinarian will need information from you before examining your cat to determine the cause of hematuria. He will begin by asking you some questions about your cat’s health and behavior. Be sure to give as much information as possible regarding your cat’s birth history, pre-existing medical conditions and trauma that may have occurred. Your doctor will also ask you when the symptoms first started and if they have increased in severity recently. 

After taking a medical history, your doctor will examine your cat. A blood sample will be taken from your cat, as well. A CBC, or complete blood count, biochemical profile and urinalysis will be run at this time. Your veterinarian may also use a strip to determine if red discoloration in his urine is actually blood. 

Diagnostic tests such as in-house X-rays may be used to diagnose the cause of hematuria in cats. An ultrasound may also be performed to provide additional information, depending on what your doctor suspects the problem may be. A CT scan with contrast dye may also provide a detailed picture of your cat’s urinary tract. If your doctor palpates a mass in your cat’s abdomen, he may want to schedule a biopsy. During this procedure, he would take a small tissue sample of the tumor and send it to an outside laboratory. This is the procedure used to determine if the tumor is benign or malignant. 

Treatment of Blood in the Urine in Cats

It is important to treat the cause of hematuria as soon as possible to avoid serious complications. Cats that have blood clotting diseases can lose a great deal of blood in a short period of time. Conditions such as kidney stones can completely obstruct the bladder and cause it to rupture. This is a life-threatening situation for your pet. 

The treatment for blood in your cat’s urine depends largely upon the condition causing it. If infection is causing hematuria, your veterinarian may place your cat on antibiotics until the infection clears. Cats that are dehydrated or unstable will be treated with IV fluids. Conditions causing blood in your cat’s urine such as diabetes or endocrine diseases must be treated accordingly to clear hematuria. Cats that have been on medications such as steroids that are causing blood to appear, will be taken off those medications gradually. It is dangerous to stop some medications quickly, so your doctor will wean your cat from them. In some instances, this is enough to stop hematuria from occurring. If your doctor finds kidney stones or tumors in the urinary tract, surgery may be recommended.

Recovery of Blood in the Urine in Cats

Your cat’s recovery will depend on the cause of the condition and the treatment your doctor prescribes. It is important to attend all follow-up visits if necessary, give your cat all prescribed medications and report any negative changes in his condition to your veterinarian. With prompt diagnosis and proper treatment, many cats go on to recover from blood in the urine. Certain conditions may require ongoing treatment and management, but it is well worth it if your cat goes on to lead a happy, long life.

Blood in the Urine Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Kitten
Turkish Angora
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
Blood In Urine
Incontinence
foul smelling urine

Medication Used

antibiotic
Amatriptyline,

My cat started peeing outside the litter box, including dribbles, like he could not hold in his urine (even peed on me and he has never done thins before.) The pee went from dark to blood tinted, and there is even bright red blood dripping out of the urethra when he is not peeing. We can't see trauma to the area, and the urinalysis came back negative for a UTI. The vet stated there were crystals in his urine, but not enough for a concern. The vet gave him antibiotics, and he has been on them one day, but there are still blood drops leaking out of urethra. (Even without urine.) I am worried there is an issue that the vet isn't catching, especially since the clean urine sample itself didn't have much of any blood.

He has all the symptoms of a UTI with no UTI. Can it be a parasite directly in his penis? Uretha damage somehow? I feel bad for him because he is locked in a bathroom since he can't hold his pee easy.

He seems to be eating and drinking ok. Not as active, but still pretty happy (walking funny though because I think he's uncomfortable.)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are a few possible causes for blood including trauma, urinary stones, tumours, infections, kidney disease among other causes; a good thorough physical examination is required in cases where urinalysis is unremarkable. Without examining Kitten I wouldn’t be able to make a diagnosis, but a blood test may be valuable to look at kidney and liver values among other parameters (blood counts etc…). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Ok, so he said give the antibiotic until Friday to see (saying an infection in urethra may not show in urinalysis) if he is still bleeding, do I request blood labs? His physical findings showed nothing. I just don't have much money and was wondering which test is most vital for diagnosis, more labs or x-rays.

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Ivy
Half Persian tortoiseshell
5 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

licking her area after peeing
Struggling to pee but trying a lot
Frequent Urination

Medication Used

Meloxaid

I noticed my 5 month kitten peeing blood 3 days ago. I was really shocked and ran her over to my vets straight away. They gave her a dose of antibiotics and also anti inflammatory which I need to give her once a day. They asked for a morning urine sample which I took the next day and was completely red, I dropped it in first thing yesterday but haven’t heard back. The vet asked for an appointment but not until another two days and my kitten is still peeing bright red blood. They said it is very usual for such a young cat to be peeing blood. I’m really worried that it’s really serious and want to know what I can do in the meantime to make it go away. Other than the blood in urine and struggling to get it out, as well as frequent visits to the litter tray she is absolutely fine, purring a lot, eating well and playing happily with her sister. Should I be more worried and pestering the vets to see her sooner or is it not life threatening and a couple more days without seeing a vet should be ok? And what can I do in the meantime? I’m so worried that it’s serious and the longer I leave it the worse she’ll get?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
512 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without knowing more about Ivy's history, it is hard for me to know what might be causing this problem. The only thing that I might think would be an emergency is if she is actually bleeding from her vulva, vs. urinating bloody urine. As long as she is purring, bright and happy, and eating and playing, it doesn't seem to be an emergency, but I do think that further diagnostics need to be done, such as a urinalysis or an ultrasound. Unfortunately, there isn't anything that you can do at home to resolve this problem. I hope that she is okay.

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Angel
Himalayan
10 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine

My cat has blood in her urine and after treatment for a UTI a urine sample showed that ther is still blood present. The medication didnt change anything. What else could be wrong with my cat if this is not a UTI?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
512 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Different reasons for blood in the urine can include an infection, bladder stones, sterile stress related cystitis, or cancer. It would be best to discuss her condition with your veterinarian, as they have examined her, know more about her physical condition, and will be able to recommend any further diagnostics or treatments necessary.

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Mama Kitty
Sphynx
10 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine

My cat Mamakitty has been peeing blood for years. When she does pee blood she can take minutes for only a little pee. I don't know if I should take her to a vet or just get some medicine. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various causes for blood in the urine which may include infections, urinary stones, tumours, kidney disorders, poisoning, trauma, reproductive tract issues among other causes; I would highly recommend visiting your Veterinarian for urinalysis at a minimum and for a general examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Laycee
Not sure
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Red urine, soiling in the house

Hi,

I was wanting to know what could possibly be the problem with my cat. She has had red urine for about a week now and just this morning she had pooed on the breakfast bench.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
512 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Laycee might have a urinary tract infection, or a uterine infection if she isn't spayed. Cats will often start to urinate and defecate in abnormal places if they have irritation of the urinary tract, as it hurts and they start to associate the litter box with pain. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her, test her urine, and determine what might be going on and what the best course of treatment would be. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Nibby
tabby
9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine

My moms cat is 9 1/2 years old. He is obese and hasn’t been to the vet since he was neutered at 6 months old. Today he peed on the kitchen floor and it looked like there is blood in his urine when she cleaned it up. He is also drinking a lot more water than usual.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
512 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Nibby should be checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Male cats are prone to urinary blockages if they have infection or crystals in their urine, and it can very quickly become life threatening if not treated quickly. They may want to check some lab work to determine why he is having these problems, so that they can determine the best course of treatment for him. I hope that he is okay!

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Pantalones
Shorthair
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine

I have currently just returned about a week ago from being away from my cat for 6 months he was doing fine for about two weeks then suddenly he has been peeing in random spots in the house and is urine seems to have a red brown tint to it. He has never seemed to have a problem with the litter box before. I don't know if this could be due to stress with me getting back, maybe a change in food or environment. But besides this he seems like his usual self.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Urinating in random spots around the home may be behavioural due to a variety of causes, but the colour is concerning and should be seen by your Veterinarian. Without examining Pantalones I cannot say what the cause is, but your Veterinarian may take a urine sample to check for signs of blood among other abnormalities. Infections, trauma, poisoning, kidney disease, hormonal conditions among other causes may all cause similar symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Poppy
Tortoise
9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Meowing
Blood In Urine
accidents

My cat has been having accidents an unusual amount. Some of them are small accidents with blood in the urine. We took her to the vet about 3 months ago and they didn’t notice any health issues (they didn’t take any samples as she had peed in her carrier) and gave her two antibiotics. She’s had two accidents the past two weeks, one of which had blood in the urine.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
512 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Since Poppy didn't have an actual urine analysis when she was seen previously, it would be a good idea to have that done, as she doesn't seem to have improved on the antibiotics that were given. Possible reasons for he problem might be a resistant urinary tract infection, or bladder stones, crystals, or a sterile cystitis. Each of those conditions has different treatments, so your veterinarian will need to know which condition they are treating. If she tends to urinate in her carrier, there are home urine collection kits that your veterinarian can provide you with so that you can collect a good sample. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Nuke
mixed
6 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine

hi my 6 year old male cat has been squatting not passing anything but a few drop of slightly diluted blood we have had this in the past once he got sent home to be monitored while bloods where taken we've got builders in and out for 4 days and hes very nervous in general. could this be a mix of not enough water and stress? he does not seem to be in pain and squeezing hes belly gently does not bother him and he seems to be trying to go contiuously without anything happening but these few drops

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
512 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Stress could be contributing to this problem with Nuke, yes. Regardless of the cause, this is an emergency situation, and he needs to be seen immediately to get treatment for his urinary problems. Male cats are prone to urinary blockages that can quickly become life threatening. he needs to be examined, and your veterinarian will be able to assess him and prescribe a treatment for him so that his problem doesn't become more severe. I hope that he is okay.

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Terminator
Persian
17 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine

Medication Used

Amaxocillin

Hi,
I have a 17 year old cat which pees blood when she uses the litter. It gone on for at least an hours. She pees blood spots all over the carpet ( around 10-14 spots, jelly type). She also has thyroid, heart murmur, for which I give her meds . I have been given her antibiotics also twice a day all recommend by my vet. Its not helping her at all. I really need a honest opinion if shes in pain.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
512 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Shishir is having these problems. Without examining her, I can't diagnose anything, but I do think that having blood in the urine can be uncomfortable. There are a few things that you and your veterinarian might consider - her urine might need to be cultured to identify any resistant bacteria that the antibiotic that she is on isn't working for. She may have an interstitial cystitis that won't respond to antibiotics but might respond to other medications. She may have a tumor or bladder stones, that would be visible on an ultrasound. I'm not sure what testing has been done so far, but those are other things to think about. I hope that she recovers well.

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Rusty
Orange tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

Our cat Rusty has been having some urinary problems for the past two weeks.
He has been seen by a vet. They established that he has crystals. He has passed two hard granulas. He strains when he pees with little void. We were given new food, prescription diet cd and sd and antibiotics amox. He did get better and started acting like himself. But now it’s happen again. Pink colored pee, straining and having accidents.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Some cats may become prone to urinary crystals and may require constant feeding of prescription food and the administration of supplements; you should visit your Veterinarian again for urinalysis and to determine if there is an infection, crystals or both. There are some supplements which may be used to change the pH of urine but the type of crystals present would determine which should be used and not all are suitable for cats. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peanuts
DSH?
2-4 weeks??
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Medication Used

Auterzole

Peanuts was taken off a vagrant in our community. I just bathed him and have removed at least 30 ticks off him. they were mostly grey but there were also small brown ticks. He also had numerous fleas which came off in the water. I put a drop of Dettol in the water and I used head and shoulders shampoo. It seemed that he peed himself in the water which was a reddish brown color. Could that be blood in the urinary tract?
.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Red to brown urine is suggestive of blood in the urine and may be attributable to numerous causes including infection, trauma, poisoning among many other causes; Peanuts will have a weak immune system and may have picked up an infection or may have issues from all the ticks which were removed from him. Dettol shouldn’t be used on animals and as far as I am aware not safe for use in cats (I couldn’t find much information on it). Given the severity of the flea and tick infestation as well as the colour of the urine, I would suggest taking Peanuts to a charity clinic or a regular General Veterinarian for an examination and a blood test to check blood counts. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Deisel
Cat
3 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody Urine or stool
Bloody Urine

Cat has blood coming out of it during bathroom visits. The blood looks fresh and I've taken her to the vet three times and she's been on 3 different medicines for weeks and it's back.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various causes for blood in the urine which may include infections, urinary stones, trauma, poisoning, kidney disease among other causes; if you are going in circles with your current Veterinarian you should visit another Veterinarian in your area for another opinion to determine what they believe the underlying cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Kitten
5-6 weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

pees outside litter box

i just brought a female kitten home last night that was homeless. don't know history; about 5 weeks old. Noticed tonight that she has a red urine and i suspect it's blood. her stool has been loose and uses litter box for that but opts to pee on the floor. tonight was evidence of stool that was not very loose. could this be just stress? she is eating and drinking water.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
It is possible that Kitty is stressed from her new environment, but it is also possible if she is urinating blood that there is a urinary tract infection or other issue which is causing the presence of blood. Urinalysis would be best to see the level of blood, protein, glucose etc… in the urine so that your Veterinarian can decide whether to treat as an infection or something else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pebbles, Winter, Snowball, Princess, Khloe
Siamese, Tabby
7yrs, 6yrs & 5yrs
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine
Blood In Urine & frequent urinating

I have 5 female cats who are frequently urinating & 3 that have blood in the urine. They don't like using the cat litter box. What would be the best over the counter medicine I can get them? I've already taken 2 to the vet & they got an antibiotic shot but their still doing the exact same thing. I've even started using bottle water instead of tap. I would really appreciate any advice you can give. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Christina Howell

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various issues for blood in the urine which may include infections, stones, trauma, poisoning among other causes; I would recommend getting a sterile sample jar from your Veterinarian and getting one of your girls urine checked to see if there are stones, protein, white blood cells etc… Without knowing the specific underlying cause it is difficult to give advice on treatment and most instances will result in a prescription medicine not over the counter medicine. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ali
Calico
3.5 yrs
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine

Medication Used

none

My cat has been urinating outside of her litter box for last 3 days and blood was present in her urine.I asked my daughter if she has been giving her water daily because I noticed she didnt have water. I am hoping it is just a UTI, can i give her Cipro 6mg per kilogram?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various causes for blood in the urine and I cannot recommend that you give an antibiotic to a cat without examining them first, there is an antibiotic crisis in the world made worse may misuse. Possible causes of blood in the urine include urinary tract infections, urinary stones, trauma, poisoning, kidney disease among other causes. I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian for an examination and urinalysis to confirm any diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Packie
Cat
3.months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Kitten peeing small puddles out of litter box. Tinge of blood. But not lethargic or vomiting. Appetite fine. It looks like he is straining to pee. He pees little puddles here and there. But about 2wks ago he peed a lot and normal on the bed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Blood in the urine may be caused by various issues including infection, stones, inflammation, trauma, poisoning among other issues; you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and to receive treatment, sometimes cats will avoid the litter box because they associate the litter box with urinary discomfort. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat she 5 years old she pee little blood. And sometime a little . Do you think is serious.

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Midnight Louie
Domestic shorthair cross
17 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

My cat is an indoor cat and this morning when I changed his litter box that there was red liquid at the bottom of his box. I'm not sure whether it is because his litter box is red or not. He doesn't seem to be in any pain and he is eating and drinking as normal. He is his usual self. There are no other symptoms.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
If you are concerned with what appears to be red liquid, get some white paper towel and blot the urine to see if it is still red or not; blood in the urine may be caused by infections, urinary stones, trauma, poisoning, kidney disease among other causes; I would watch him when he goes to do his business and check for blood in the urine. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much. It was blood and I took him to the vet and he has cystitis. The vet said that I caught it early. Thanks for your advice.

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ellie
Siamese
1 year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Hello,My cat was diagnosed with stone.at first He cant pee so I took him to a Vet.When they try to put catheter there was a stone that came out from his penis.We tried to do xray but nothing was found.then we tried to do urinalysis ,,They found out that there was crystals in his urine, so he was confined for 3 days,when we took him home,they gave us take home medicines,one is anti biotic for 7 days 2 times a day. It is already the 7th day but the blood in his urine is still there. Is this normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
The presence of blood after seven days of antibiotic treatment may be due to the infection, irritation from the catheter, the passage of a stone or another issue; if there is still blood present at the end of treatment with no signs of improvement I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian again for another check and urinalysis. If bacteria is still present, your Veterinarian may prescribe an antibiotic and/or culture and sensitivity test. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What can I buy over counter to treat cats blood in urine?

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Chloe
mixed
11 years 7 months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Suspected infection

I took my cat to the vet this morning as she was constantly visiting the litter tray. She was passing small amounts of urine with blood. She comes off the litter tray and wipes herself on the carpet, then licks her genitals.
After being given an injection of a 14 day anribiotic she is visiting the tray less often but still has bloody urine and is licking.
How long will it take for the bleeding to stop and the antibiotic to take effect,
Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There is no set timeline for improvement in the presence of blood but we would normally see an improvement after a few days, the bleeding will not stop within a few hours. Follow the instructions given by your Veterinarian, if you still notice blood after a week speak again with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Callie
claico
16
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

blood in urine.

Dear Dr.
I have a 16 year old indoor car who's in good health.
She does have hyperthyroidism, which is on treatment with topical Tapazole.
She has had hematuria for about 7-8 months now, and 3 vets haven't been able to help.
We have tried special food, anti inflammatories and antibiotics.
Please help!

Khin.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Generally blood in the urine is caused by infection, inflammation, stones, trauma, kidney disease or tumours; in cases of hyperthyroidism, there is an increase in blood flow to the kidneys which may rupture a capillary here or there. I assume urine samples have been taken for culture and sensitivity as well as general urinalysis; if there are no other symptoms, I wouldn’t put too much stress on the bleeding, an x-ray may show a lesion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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