02-17-2013, 11:15 AM
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2.5 year old Shih Tzu urinating a little blood. Help or advice please
Our two and a half year old shih tzu started showing blood in his urine two nights ago. My wife and I noticed this because there’s snow on the ground, so we immediately realized it when the snow was a little red. It’s not a lot of blood. Instead, he urinates fine for the most part, and then when he goes to squirt out the last few drops, it’s blood. We looked online and the most common cause of this is a UTI. We brought him to a vet yesterday to be safe and she ran a urine analysis. Initially, the test came back negative for a UTI, but she was sending it out-of-house to get results. Not sure if they perform a more thorough analysis at a lab. Since our little guy isn’t showing any signs of pain, she said she wouldn’t worry about it. We had the option to wait until Wednesday for the lab results to come back and then go from there, but we were nervous so we had an x-ray done yesterday. The x-ray came back fine, with no stones or anything, but she said the urine analysis could come back with a minor UTI or small bladder crystals which can turn into stones. If either of those happen, we will treat him accordingly. Our biggest concern about this is cancer. As I mentioned earlier, he’s less than three years old, and we’re terrified that something could be wrong. We’re nervous wrecks. We have two shih tzus and they're our entire life. We’re willing to do anything to make sure he is ok. Has anyone had any experience with this before? We appreciate your help.
P.S. We're debating going to a different vet because we worry that this vet isn't being thorough in this situation. After our trip to the vet, I read online about other people's experiences where the vet did a CBC and a urine culture. Our vet did neither. We've gone to this vet for a couple years now, and we think they're great, but we want to ensure our little guys are getting the best service available.
Last edited by kyle6286; 02-17-2013 at 11:19 AM.