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So about a month or so ago my 5year old doberman was peeing abnormaly, and we thought maybe it was because of change in weather. He would barely pee when we took him out and (hes potty trained) yet he peed in the house as well. After awhile it went away and he was doing ok and it started happening again two/three weeks ago. And then it stopped again. Today my mother took him out and he was peeing normal and when i took him out about 20-30 mins ago he was peeing blood!!! Please tell me why this is happening and what i can do. A friend of mine told me about cranberry juice, but does that really help?

Not only that but he has fleas and he bites himself till he bleeds and has patches of skin missing and puss filled bumbs (large and small) All over his body. We've used lots of over the counter things to take away itching and irritation but nothing has worked.
We would have taken him to the vet but we dont have alot of money. The last time we took him was last year and the doctor said that the fleas were no big deal.
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So about a month or so ago my 5year old doberman was peeing abnormaly, and we thought maybe it was because of change in weather. He would barely pee when we took him out and (hes potty trained) yet he peed in the house as well. After awhile it went away and he was doing ok and it started happening again two/three weeks ago. And then it stopped again. Today my mother took him out and he was peeing normal and when i took him out about 20-30 mins ago he was peeing blood!!! Please tell me why this is happening and what i can do. A friend of mine told me about cranberry juice, but does that really help?

Not only that but he has fleas and he bites himself till he bleeds and has patches of skin missing and puss filled bumbs (large and small) All over his body. We've used lots of over the counter things to take away itching and irritation but nothing has worked.
We would have taken him to the vet but we dont have alot of money. The last time we took him was last year and the doctor said that the fleas were no big deal.
Sorry, but he NEEDS to go to the vet. Bloody urine can mean several things, including crystals, an infection or even cancer. Scratching that much at fleas, he could have a secondary skin infection. Either problem would make him miserable. Just think about how he feels with both of them. Find a vet who is willing to work with you financially, and take him in.


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But is there anything we can do until we can?
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Is he neutered? If not he can have prostate issues and need antibiotics and if not neutered he really needs to be. You can also use saw palmetto supplements for the blood in the urine but I would want my dog seen by a vet first to make sure that there is not something more serious going on.

I would just like to add on a personal note if the vet told you that the fleas were not a big deal and the dog has pussed filled bump I would really find a new vet, that’s just me.

As for the fleas, if he has patches of missing hair and puss filled bumps then yes the fleas are a big deal. I understand that you do not have a lot of money but here are a few suggestions that may help. For overall skin and coat issues I would add coconut oil to diet comes in a solid form and can be purchased from health food store. For the Fleas issue - dawn dishwashing detergent - copied from website on how to apply
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The brand of the dish soap. For dogs and other pets that can be bathed safely, you will need Dawn dish detergent. Using Dawn is recommended because it works best for killing the fleas where other brands may not, and it's the safest for your pet.


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Prepare the bath. Next the only thing you need to do is prepare the warm (not hot!) bath for your pet. Just run enough water, then put him or her in the tub or use a water hose outdoors, if needed.


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Soak the pet. Use a removable shower head, cup, or a water hose/spigot to fully soak the pet in water being cautious not to get in the eyes as it may irritate.


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Apply dish soap. Lather the pet with plenty of the Dawn dish detergent. You will need to spend several minutes scrubbing him or her, more depending on the severity of the fleas. Be gentle while scrubbing but you will need to scrub well to get to the skin where the fleas will hide. Having a pet brush on hand can be helpful when getting deep in the hair.


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Rinse the pet when you see dead fleas. When you start to see fleas fall off into the tub, you will need to rinse the pet to get rid of the dead fleas and get to the live ones. Basically, you should rinse and repeat just as you would if you were washing oil out of your own hair.


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Continue. Scrub until you see no fleas in the tub when you rinse. This can take a few minutes.


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They run to the head. Keep in mind that fleas will run to the head and face to hide. This means you will probably have to add a tiny drop of detergent and rinse. You can pick them off the face as you see them so you don't get soap and water in the eyes.

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One other thing about the fleas: you are going to need to spray your entire house and yard, also. Then, you need to vaccum the entire house, carpets, rugs, hard floors, around baseboards, all the furniture, and beds. Wrap the vaccuum bag in a couple of layers of plastic, and immediately take it out to the trash can. Wash all washable bedding the dog sleeps on in hot water (if it's non-washable, take it to the dry cleaners). You're going to need to repeat this every week or so, in addition to using a good flea control product on the dog, until the flees are gone. Depending on where you live, it could take a while to get rid of them.


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Is he neutered? If not he can have prostate issues and need antibiotics and if not neutered he really needs to be. You can also use saw palmetto supplements for the blood in the urine but I would want my dog seen by a vet first to make sure that there is not something more serious going on.

I would just like to add on a personal note if the vet told you that the fleas were not a big deal and the dog has pussed filled bump I would really find a new vet, that’s just me.

As for the fleas, if he has patches of missing hair and puss filled bumps then yes the fleas are a big deal. I understand that you do not have a lot of money but here are a few suggestions that may help. For overall skin and coat issues I would add coconut oil to diet comes in a solid form and can be purchased from health food store. For the Fleas issue - dawn dishwashing detergent - copied from website on how to apply
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Apply dish soap. Lather the pet with plenty of the Dawn dish detergent. You will need to spend several minutes scrubbing him or her, more depending on the severity of the fleas. Be gentle while scrubbing but you will need to scrub well to get to the skin where the fleas will hide. Having a pet brush on hand can be helpful when getting deep in the hair.


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Rinse the pet when you see dead fleas. When you start to see fleas fall off into the tub, you will need to rinse the pet to get rid of the dead fleas and get to the live ones. Basically, you should rinse and repeat just as you would if you were washing oil out of your own hair.


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Continue. Scrub until you see no fleas in the tub when you rinse. This can take a few minutes.


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They run to the head. Keep in mind that fleas will run to the head and face to hide. This means you will probably have to add a tiny drop of detergent and rinse. You can pick them off the face as you see them so you don't get soap and water in the eyes.


We DO use dawn dish detergent but they are also in the house. How do i get rid of them in my home. ( i have carpets)
I have a warlock doberman so he has to be washed outside. Because he will absolutley not get in the bathtub anymore.
I've heard that a dog may get aggressive and overweight if he is neutered when he is an older dog. Is this a myth? Could the hot spots and bumps be because of his food?
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One other thing about the fleas: you are going to need to spray your entire house and yard, also. Then, you need to vaccum the entire house, carpets, rugs, hard floors, around baseboards, all the furniture, and beds. Wrap the vaccuum bag in a couple of layers of plastic, and immediately take it out to the trash can. Wash all washable bedding the dog sleeps on in hot water (if it's non-washable, take it to the dry cleaners). You're going to need to repeat this every week or so, in addition to using a good flea control product on the dog, until the flees are gone. Depending on where you live, it could take a while to get rid of them.
I live in a trailor park where yards cannot have fences and there are TONS of flea bag cats, so a yard treatment wouldnt work. How many times a week should we be washing our dog?
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We DO use dawn dish detergent but they are also in the house. How do i get rid of them in my home. ( i have carpets)
I have a warlock doberman so he has to be washed outside. Because he will absolutley not get in the bathtub anymore.
I've heard that a dog may get aggressive and overweight if he is neutered when he is an older dog. Is this a myth? Could the hot spots and bumps be because of his food?
That is a myth. Genetics, socialization and excersize levels are what determines agression and weight.

The bumps and hot spots could be caused by his food, but are much more likely to be from the flees. I have had more than on animal start pulling out their hair if you so much as whispered the words "flee bite dermatitis".


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I live in a trailor park where yards cannot have fences and there are TONS of flea bag cats, so a yard treatment wouldnt work. How many times a week should we be washing our dog?
Spraying your yard will at least help cut down on the number of flees he is exposed to.

Generally, you shouldn't bathe more than once a week, unles your vet recommends it. However frequently you bathe, the most important thing is to rinse, rinse, rinse. And then, rinse again. You don't want to leave any soap or shampoo residue on him, because that will make him itch even more.


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That is a myth. Genetics, socialization and excersize levels are what determines agression and weight.

The bumps and hot spots could be caused by his food, but are much more likely to be from the flees. I have had more than on animal start pulling out their hair is you so much as whispered the words "flee bite dermatitis".
What do you mean by socialization.
Should i start running with my dog?
Also, he has long nails but he will nip anyone who comes near them with clippers because he was hurt a couple of times by the vet who did them, so what can i do about that?
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Spraying your yard will at least help cut down on the number of flees he is exposed to.

Generally, you shouldn't bathe more than once a week, unles your vet recommends it. However frequently you bathe, the most important thing is to rinse, rinse, rinse. And then, rinse again. You don't want to leave any soap or shampoo residue on him, because that will make him itch even more.
Will my dog get sick now that its winter, when bathing?
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For the dog's sake PLEASE get him to the vet ASAP!! Blood in the urine could be something very serious.
Yes those are myths about the neutering part. He has had fleas since last year?!! Poor dog. You need a new vet. As far as getting rid of the fleas in your house, you may have to call a pest control, especially if you have an infestation. Let us know how the vet visit goes. Hugs to your boy.
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Yes those are myths about the neutering part. He has had fleas since last year?!! Poor dog. You need a new vet. As far as getting rid of the fleas in your house, you may have to call a pest control, especially if you have an infestation. Let us know how the vet visit goes. Hugs to your boy.
we moved 6 months ago and he has fleas again in our new home. :/
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I know a lot of people are against preventative flea and tick stuff such as Frontline and Vectra, but if the fleas are as bad as you say, you may want to get one of these products to use. You have to get them from a vet.
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Socialization is the exposure he geot to other dogs and people, starting when he was a puppy. If he's never had positive interaction with other dogs or people, he has not had the proper socialization that he needs, and is likely to always be fearful of new situations.

I wouldn't run with him without clearing it with the vet first. Dobes (especially oversized ones, like "warlocks") are prone to joint problems, and all Dobes are prone to heart problems.

For the nails, he needs to either be muzzled (that's the only way I can do my Rattie), and/or reconditioned (through positive training methods) into accepting having his feet handled.


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Socialization is the exposure he geot to other dogs and people, starting when he was a puppy. If he's never had positive interaction with other dogs or people, he has not had the proper socialization that he needs, and is likely to always be fearful of new situations.

I wouldn't run with him without clearing it with the vet first. Dobes (especially oversized ones, like "warlocks") are prone to joint problems, and all Dobes are prone to heart problems.

For the nails, he needs to either be muzzled (that's the only way I can do my Rattie), and/or reconditioned (through positive training methods) into accepting having his feet handled.
He's very playful with other dogs and he never starts a fight,
But the other dogs seem to want to fight with him, in which he does nothing but look at them. But he is good with people and friendly .
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Dog fleas are a big, big problem, not only are they irratating, but they are also dangerous. They carry parasites such as Tape Worm which they can give to your dog making him even sicker.

You need visit a decent vet to get a proper flea treatment. Over the counter stuff is just a waste of money. Not being in America I don't know if you can get the flea killing tablet we can get here, perhaps you could ask your vet about the Capstar Pill by Novartis which will kill the fleas.
Your home will need fumigating, there are companies that will do this for you, though how much that will cost is anyones guess. If this is out of the question, then you need wash what ever soft furnishings you can in hot water.
You can buy sprays and powders which you apply around your home (pay special attention to the corners and dark crevices) to kill the fleas, you will have to re-apply many times in order to kill the newly hatched fleas.
You can try herbal remedies (you may have some of these items in your cupboard so you can start them now)

1. Rosemary Flea Dip
Steep two cups of fresh rosemary in boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and add up to a gallon of warm water depending on the size of your dog. Wait until it cools but is still warm and pour over your dog until he’s soaked. Allow your dog to dry naturally. Works especially well on hot summer days.

2. Lavender Essential Oil
Wash your dog thoroughly and towel dry. Apply a few drops of lavender essential oil to the base of the tail and another at the neck.

3. Brewer’s Yeast
Add a small Brewer’s yeast tablets to your dog’s food. Much like prescription meds (but much healthier), this is excreted through Fido’s skin making him less attractive to fleas. Check with your veterinarian for the proper dosages depending on weight.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar
A spoonful of this stuff added to your dog’s water makes their skin more acidic and not-at-all tasty to fleas. If apple cider vinegar is not your dog’s cup of tea, you can dilute it 50/50 with water, pour into a spray bottle and use as a repellent.

5. Lemon Spray Repellent
Cut a lemon into quarters, cover with boiling water and let it steep overnight. In the morning, spray all over your dog, especially behind the ears and around the head generally (be careful of his eyes), around the base of the tail, and under your dog’s legs.

If your dog has any open wounds, then do not apply number 4 and 5 to these areas, just imagine putting lemon juice/vinegar in a cut and you will know how your dog will feel.

You can try using Diatomaceaus earth (food grade) which you sprinkle around the home, leave a couple of days (I know that sounds horrid but it is necessary) and then vacuum up.
Reapply in a couple of days, repeat again a couple of days later.

As for the blood in your dogs urine.
Get him to a vet about this, this could be serious.
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