Q. my english bull terrier female age 11 years is passing blood in her urine also few clots we are at the vets thurs but was just wondering any ideas

A. Try not to let her urinate before going to the clinic. To rule out UTI, have your vet collect a sterile urine sample for urinalysis as well as a culture and sensitivity. The C&S should identify any bacteria if present as well as the most effective antibiotic to use in treatment. Blood work (CBC, chemistry panel, thyroid panel) should also be submitted to check major organ function, especially the kidneys. Abdominal xrays or ultrasound can diagnose tumors or stones in the kidneys or bladder.

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A. Blood in the urine, as well as clots, are usually a sign of urine infection, although at her age a tumor could be an unfortunate option as well. if it's an infection it should be easily treated with antibiotics.

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