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Poor Dash. Back in mid-April, when Dash was 4 months old, he had his first episode of bloody urine. His urine was dark red. We were alarmed, but he seemed completely fine with no other symptoms. The next day, before we had the chance to take him to the vet his urine went back to normal color. I figured he had a UTI and it cleared on its own.
Then a week later, he had blood in his urine again. And again he showed no other symptoms. We took him to the vet, who examined him, ruled out stones, and prescribed amoxicillin. His urine once again cleared up.
A little over a week after that, the bloody urine returned. We took him to the vet again, and they took a urine sample for a urinalysis. The vet suspected he might have crystals in his bladder or some sort of infection. The urinalysis came back negative for crystals and negative for bacteria. The vet diagnosed Dash (now 5 months old) with a food allergy. He prescribed Prednisone and a change in food. The bloody urine once again stopped. Dash transitioned well to his new food.
A month and a half passed with no episodes of bloody urine. In the meantime, we switched vets and Dash was neutered.
Then this past Monday, we noticed Dash's urine was bloody again. We took him to his new vet for an exam on Tuesday, ultrasound, and urinalysis. The ultrasound showed that his bladder was clear and looked healthy. Meanwhile, Dash's urine cleared up again.
The urinalysis came back Wednesday. It showed a high concentration of bilirubin, red blood cells, and protein. The vet consulted with an internalist, and they recommended a urine culture (in case it was an infection of the bladder or kidney) and or a blood test (in case it was a clotting issue). There were no visible signs of bruising or other indication of a clotting disorder, so we opted for the urine culture. Dash's urine became bloody again.
We took him to the vet again today (Thursday) to give a urine sample. They were alarmed at how very dark red it was and became very concerned for his health. Another doctor was consulted and they both recommended a chemistry panel to comprehensively check the blood. They suspected a possibility of a clotting disorder or an autoimmune disorder, which they say isn't very uncommon with exotic breeds. They took a blood sample, and we were sent home with instructions to keep Dash's activity level really low because he was at risk of collapsing. They also gave me the location and number of the nearest emergency animal clinic. Test results won't be available until tomorrow.
All day I kept a close eye on him and made him as cozy as possible. He napped much of the day and was pretty lethargic in the evening. I hand fed him his dinner. His energy level seems to have picked up a little as night approaches.
I am so worried. I have no idea what is wrong with my baby. He's only 7 months old! I am trying not to think the worst. Have any of you had a similar experience? Ugh! Tomorrow cannot come soon enough!