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We have a rescued female French Bulldog from a breeding kennels.

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We have a rescued female French Bulldog from a breeding kennels. We think she is about 2 1/2 to 3 years old. We were told she had been spayed but we are not totally sure. She had one successful litter of puppies but lost all of her second set. Hence she is now with us! I am new to owning dogs so I need some specific advice. Today, I notices that twice when she has had a 'wee' there seems to be some blood with it. It is also very strong smelling. Apart from her snorting, and gagging sometimes followed by a bit of mucus or sick, she appears well and healthy. As we don't know much about her background and have limited knowledge about dogs, I wanted to know if this could be serious and she needs to see a vet urgently? Or might it be an infection or actually very normal? Please could you put our minds at rest.
Thank you.
Sue Reilly

Hello Sue. I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.

Tilly is very fortunate to have found her way into your home:)

It sounds like she may have a urinary tract infection especially if she's producing smaller amounts of urine and has increased frequency of urination. Not all dogs show these signs but many of them do.
I wouldn't consider this to be an ER type of situation; she can be seen when your vet opens (you should plan to take a urine sample with you, if possible). If this is the problem, though, she'll need antibiotics before improvement is seen.
Increasing her fluid intake is a good thing to do since it can help to flush out the bladder.

Other possibilities might include bladder stones although it would take an x-ray or ultrasound in most cases to diagnose these conditions.

If she hasn't been spayed, then a pyometra (infection in the uterus) would be a concern if you're seeing a vaginal discharge or blood/pus not necessarily associated with urine.
But, if the blood is clearly present when she urinates (and only at this time), then this condition is less likely.

I hope this helps and provides some reassurance about Tilly's behavior. Deb

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you so much. I thought that might be the case. My husband was more worried about his'princess' than myself! My 'mother' instincts thought it might be an infection as she seems well in other respects. However, because Tilly is a dog and not a little person, I thought it best to put our minds at rest. We will see if we can get an emergency appointment with the vets on Monday. In the meantime, we'll just keep an eye on her.

Thank you once again.

You're more than welcome and thanks for the rating and bonus; they're greatly appreciated.

Yes, your instincts were right on the money in this case and always glad to confirm when this is the case:)

Best of luck with her. Regards, Deb