Dog dark stool diarrhea

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It has also been seen in dogs after they have ingested a sufficient amount of blood from the oral cavity or respiratory tract. It is not a disease in itself but a symptom of some other underlying disease. The history you provide may give your veterinarian clues as to where the blood is originating from. The results of these tests will depend upon the underlying cause of the problem. Term used to refer to any drug that is used to slow down or stop the clotting of blood for medical purposes. Normally referred to as the area between the diaphragm and the pelvis. READ MORE Dietary Reactions in Dogs Gastrointestinal food reactions involve abnormal clinical symptoms to a particular. The science behind pet nutrition continues to make major advances. Balanced and complete nutrition is important for any animal. Rena Sherwood is a writer and Peter Gabriel fan who has lived in America and England. She has studied animals most of her life through direct observation and maintaining a personal library about pets. Small dogs and puppies are at the most risk of dying from dehydration caused by diarrhea. The diarrhea means the food has gotten your dog sick and you should call the vet. Noticing that your dog has bloody diarrhea can be alarming. Diarrhea in dogs is a condition that involves the passing. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the eHow Terms of Use and Privacy Policy . Bloody stool or diarrhea is common in veterinary medicine and often constitutes an emergency because it is so alarming. There are myriad causes that can span all ages and breeds. A thorough history and physical exam should always be performed on any patient that has hematochezia. It is also important to determine if the stool has been normal or if the pet has been having diarrhea. The stool appears dark and tarry and can have a foul odor. The pet is often straining to defecate and may be passing small amounts of stool with bright red blood or large amounts of bloody fluid. Often blood can be seen around the perineal area or on the fur or is detected on rectal exam by the veterinarian. Patients with HGE are quite ill and usually require hospitalization. Melena may be more subtle and difficult for owners to detect because it is not as conspicuous as bright red blood. Diagnosis is usually made by rectal exam or examination of the feces by a veterinarian. A fecal examination is needed to rule out intestinal parasites. Abdominal ultrasound and endoscopy can often be used to augment these initial diagnostics and are most useful in evaluating the GI tract. Further diagnostics and treatment can be discussed at that time based on the history of the patient and the results of the exam. She joined the ACCES staff in 2007 and works in the Renton hospital. Guerra enjoys treating trauma patients and exotic animals. Here are examples of some common clinical signs that you should never ignore in your dog or cat . Diarrhea that persists for more than a day should always be addressed. Most pets can receive simple treatments that will leave them feeling better in no time. Vomiting three or more times in a day is concerning and vomiting three or more times in an hour may be an emergency. Changes in thirst and urination can be challenging to identify in dogs and cats. Bright red blood often accompanies colitis or anal gland conditions. A pet that is straining or unable to urinate or defecate is in immediate danger. Many dogs and cats start out straining to go to the bathroom only to suddenly develop complete blockage. Male dogs and cats are at particular risk for urethral or urinary obstructions. Too many pets suffer needlessly or must endure more involved treatments due to delayed treatment. Use these seven symptoms as a guideline and always err on the side of caution when dealing with your pet. Recent conversations on these topics Understanding For Advanced Trainers It is weird how much one illustration can teach. I not only had two about three or four that taught me a lot more about being a trainer and the schooling was not for being a dog trainer it was for an animal care specialist. So you can understand what to do when somethings get out of hand. I say stop or pretends to raise my hand he gets even more Hyper. My dog had pups 4 days ago and tonight I noticed she had long strings of blood and after birth hanging out of her. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm. I would like to help you and your dog with this question but need a bit more information in order to better assist you. His energy levels have varied because he is usually really active however we have had 3 snowstorms and below zero temperatures so he cannot go out and run around. There have been a few days when he was lethargic in the house. I am going to go write up a detailed answer for you and will be back in about 15 min. It is that colour and consistency because it contains digested blood. There are a number of different things that can cause a dog to bleed into the stomach or intestines. Corn cobs are particularly dangerous as they often cause severe damage to the intestinal tract and may even perforate it. Another possibility is that your boy may have a gastric ulcer. A gastric ulcer is a full thickness lesion on the inner surface of the stomach. It can also happen with stomach infection of a bacteria called Helicobacter. Treatment also involves giving acid reducers to help the stomach to heal and antibiotics to treat any bacterial involvement. I can give you some suggestions on what to do until you can get to your vet. If you have concerns about your pet I would strongly advise contacting your regular veterinarian. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. My 85 lb Lab swallowed a whole corncob without chewing it. Once the membership offer upsell message is already shown . Often such sharp items may be seen in the feces protruding out. Some viral infections can temporarily irritate the walls of the small intestine and make it bleed. The anal sacs are on either side of the anus that contain a strong liquid pets use to mark their territory. These sacs normally empty whenever your pet has a bowel movement. Blood in stool is medically known as hematochezia or melena . The causes of blood in stools can be various and they can range from minor issues such as a diet changes to severe cases such as cancer of Parvo. Below are some common causes that may be investigated by your veterinarian. Protozoans such as coccidia may also cause bloody stools. Dogs must be switched to new foods gradually over the course of several days. Other causes may be eating spoiled foods or food intolerances and allergies. In such cases the blood is bright red and will eventually stop. Also check the rectal area for any rectal injuries especially involving the anal glands. Stop giving it if possible and the stools should soon turn back to normal. Affected dogs may also exhibit other symptoms other than black tarry stools such as purple tinted skin suggesting bleeding under the skin. Rat poison may also cause blood clotting disorders and bleeding and it may manifest as dark tarry stools. If you think this may be a possibilty have your dog seen ASAP. Possible complication as such may show up to 72 hours post surgery. You want to rule out the possibility of tumors such as polyps or cancer. The stool sample needs to be not older than 12 hours old to grant testing accuracy. The above article is not be used as a diagnostic tool or as a substitute for veterinary advice. Always consult with a vet should your dog exhibit bloody stools. You can help the HubPages community highlight top quality content by ranking this article up or down. Dog Blood in Stool Comments 436 comments Go to last comment ina friesen  3 years ago red bloody diarrhea from a new mother dog. USA Hub Author Diarrhea is quite normal in a new mother dog because most mothers ingest the placentas which causes some upset stomach. They may continue having some diarrhea as they clean up the pups during the first weeks or so. If the blood is more than a few drops I would also recommend a vet visit. However i love him and i still manage to get him top food brands and his necessities including a doctors visit once a year. So it may be that and the fact that we just moved into new place. Beverly  3 years ago My Shih Tzu has blood and mucus in his stool. Also check his skin on the shoulder blades for hydration. Schnauzer and she has had blood in her stool for a few weeks now. Liver is high in vitamin A and can be toxic for your dog. Consuming large amounts of vitamin A for your dog is not healthy. Prepared Dog and Cat Diets by Patricia Schenck for more information. I have a min pin thats 8 months old and she had blood in her stool with slimy mucusy stuff. I let her out before running errands and when i returned she was acting sick again and pooping black tar stuff. I lost a puppy to this virus a few years ago due to incompetant vets not considering it. Puppy Chow to feeding them with bottles and formula for pups. It is possible for one form of Parvo to pass through the placenta of the mother and infect a fetus before it is even born. The virus can be diagnosed by testing a sample of their stool. Naomi  3 years ago My 9 week old min schnauzer is having diarrhea with blood. Kay Bowers  3 years ago I have taken my dog to the vet and they tested him for parvo. They put him on antibiotics for the bloody stool and gave him a shot. He will squat and try and the move to a new spot and try again. The stool is very loose with bright red blood and there is lots of mucus. This last for several days and then his poop returns to normal. Please let me know if anyone has any thoughts as to what this might be. I have let him get an empty stomach and he started eating on his own yesterday. So now I am only feeding him white rice and cooked ground meat. Sceptical  3 years ago I think something is wrong with those of you that say they have no money for a vet visit. Be willing to give up a few of the things you might want or need to ensure your best animal friend is healthy and feels good. Treat your animal as you would want to be treated in this case. Such a lackadaisical pet owner does not deserve the responsability and priveledge of a dog or cat. I am sure in the long run your dog is probably better without you. I am always for the better safe than sorry and have a pet seen especially if this is not an isolated case. Some vets will not run these though if the pet has not be seen for a long time. Do a visual inspection also around the rectum in search of scrapes or anal gland issues. Love My Boxer  3 years ago I have a boxer who is 9 months old. I thought it was from eating some human food that my toddler son had given him. So I thought I would give it a couple days and see if it goes away. This is what happened to my two puppies the same night I got them at eight weeks old. The vet as well could not find the underlying cause but my dogs healed with antibiotics. It is frustrating because without an underlying issue one is concerned about this happening again. I gave her her regular food after the first loose bloody stool but that did not help. Her stools were normal yesterday morning but she did not want to eat. I do not like when I hear a dog is acting lethargic and refusing food. I hate to be blunt but I want to give you all of the symptons. The blood work came back with his WBC normal and most everything else was either normal or just slightly on the high end or low end. Then later I noticed that there was some geletin like substance with his diarhea and picked it up with a tissue which is when I realized it was blood. I called the vet and now he has him on Metronidazole and Sulfatrate. I am not sure what steps to take next or if I should let these meds run there course for the next five days. I am wondering if there is any relationship with the blood. Darlene  3 years ago I made a mistake it is not Sulfatrate it is Sulcrate with the Metronidazole. If he is still moping around I would check if he is dehydrated by lifting his skin over the shoulder blades and back and watching if it snaps quickly back into place. If he is bringing up the water after he is drinking then his stomach is not ready to deal with that much water. KFC he stole from a bucket and had an infection in his neck when we got him and had surgery and etc. I have a 12 year old English Setter that I have had since he was born because we raised dogs. The first time we learned he dropped 10 pounds and I was devastated because he ate all the time and is an alert dog. My 9yr old Jack Russel has had loose stools the past two days and I just recently noticed that he had a lil bit of brite blood at the end of his stool. He has a normal appetite and appears to be acting normal. Erin  3 years ago I have a three year old jack russell Terrior. He pooped on his bed and it appeared to have bright red blood in it. I have a fenced in yard and usually just open the door and let him out and when he is ready to come back in he stands by the door. Apparently there is a very tall tree in my back yard that produces what look like little berries and he went for them. I placed a call to my father to come right over and look at them. Cmc  2 years ago My dog was fine until I started him on Advantix. He threw up a lot and had diarreah with some bright red blood. This all happened within hours of being treated with it. I immediately bathed him with dawn dish liquid and gave him a dab of cannned pumpkin on his tongue. The vomiting stopped right away and within a few hours he was more active. I took him to the vet and tests were normal but he was put on antibiotcs. I just want people to be aware that advantix can kill your dog if he or she is sensitive to it. Today straining and barely pooping with some bright blood. These products are dangerous but nothing works at controlling fleas. He is a Pom and I bathe him once a week but we live in a wooded area. USA Hub Author When there are fleas you have to not only treat the dog but also treat the environment. It is useless to treat the dog when there are still flea eggs and larvae spread in the areas the dog frequents. It is hard to say if the application of Advantix and the blood in the stool are correlated. I would recommend a fecal test to rule out parasites or protozoans to be on the safe side. I mainly see dermatological issues or neurological ones. Vets will take special precautions when dealing with senior dogs. Discuss with the vet your fears and alternative options. Elle  2 years ago We left our 8 month old dog at the breeders for a week and brought him back home the first day he was fine but the second day back home he started to vomit yellow foam it looked like bile. I noticed that there was a little drip of blood on the stools. Why does my puppy keep on scratching the same area on the body even though when I specifically bathe that area. Okay I have a one year old yorkie who started throwing up white foam and had a little blood in his stool. USA Hub Author This sounds more like solving a mystery. Kim  2 years ago My dog since this morning has had bright red blood in her stools. He has received all his puppy vaccinations except for his very last set. Sometimes at the end they will have a jelly like consistency with some bright blood. I have not tried the whole bland diet with them yet as I am unsure about what to give them for this. She has been acting normal full of evergy and is eating and drinking normally. Amber  2 years ago I also wanted to add that she had her first vet visit last week and she was perfectly normal. On his paper though the doctor circled abnormal in the digestive section. USA Hub Author You know your dog best and yourself best. If this was just a one time occurrence it may be because of the trash eating. Unfortunately I cannot say for sure if this is something occasional or due to some other issue. The trash eating episode makes me think though this is more likely the cause. Keep her away from the trash and the people food and see if the bloody stools disappear if you wish. This sounds more like something due to the treats or the cough medicine. You can try a bland diet of rice and boiled skinless chicken for a few days to see if his tummy gets a bit better. I got home he had very loose stool with bright blood in it and vomit which had some undigested gum drops . I would be worried if they contained xylitol as in the sugar free versions. Yes we do need to run tests and xrays to rule out to rule out other things and yes these tests can be expensive. Sheps also have been known to need pancreatic enzymes added to their diet. Make sure all vaccinations are current and the animal has been treated for all intestional parasites. Last night he started to poop every 3 hours and each time the poop was surrounded with more and more blood. BUN levels and see if he is possibly suffering from uremia. I switched plain porridge immediately that day and the vomiting stopped. It may be anything from intestinal parasites to diet changes or any of the other causes listed in my article. I live in SA and the prices here are R400 just for a consultation. I researched and found that this could be possible side effects from the tablet. This upset tummy can very likely be sue to the sudden diet change. You can try to put some pancake syrup on his gums to increase his energy level. We adopted our lab mix from a shelter when she was 9wks old. A few days later we couldnt get her to move she was so lethargic. They kept her at the vet overnight and said it was coccidia. I believe the bland diet is what helped because she is almost ten months now and I have had to put her on a bland diet at least 4 other times because of her diarrhea. At this point we were coming home to her covered in diarrhea after being in her crate for only an hour. This helped for about a month and then the diarrhea came back. Nura   2 years ago Ok so I got 2 adult yorkies one of which is a toy. From the moment I got them they have been having a lot of digestive problems. He was treated with a systemic antifungal medication as will as IV fluids for dehydration and an antiemetic drug as well. It is the night before that Mati got really bad and Snoopy had the blood in his stool again. Come to find out the previous owners never told me that these dogs were on a special diet. I have switched out the nutro I was giving them and will continue to monitor their progress with the food. Doc also gave Mati shot of Reglan sub cut for vomiting as well as panacur to both. LOVING  2 years ago my pup is 3 months old and has been to the vet and had all its worms shots and parvo shots and for some reason he has started to have bright red blood in diarea. Starrbar  2 years ago My boxer puppy just turned 9 months old and last night my husband found blood in his stool. He was taken in and neutered 3 weeks ago and has recovered fine. He is very afraid of the vet and has anxiety issues when he goes. USA Hub Author If it is more than few drops of blood I would have him seen by the vet. If he playful and acting fine you can perhaps wait but I would have a fecal run to exclude parasites. I can tell you that it is best to get it checked out especially if it continues. His behaviour is normal and he is very active Christie  2 years ago hi i have had my gorgeous little male bigon frise for almost 2 weeks now but really recently i have noticed a small amount of blood in watery poo. I am thinking that since you had him for just a few weeks the previous breeder or owner must have given perhaps a different food. My sisters dog passed away today she was a shituz and she went to the vet today and they said it was something in her intestines well she passed away even after seeing her vet she had bloody stool and was puking a clear foamy liquid. Keep your fingers crossed for me that my little Trooper has nothing more than an infected anal gland or something like that. Dustydd  2 years ago My terrier mix 2 year old had a watery loose stool yesterday and was acting fine. Today around noon he had a bloody bottom and has been having bloody stools since. His stools look like watery cranberry sauce with coffee grinds. I think he may have ingested some milk about half a cup. The sample needs to be collected within 12 hours and the results are typically availably by the next day. Blood in stool is medically known as hematochezia or melena. Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful peace of text. He currently is on boiled chicken and rice diet for 4 days with medication. He did not throw up last night but had many spots of diarrhea without signs of blood. I was wondering if she will be ok until in the morning I dont know what to do. We brought him to the vet recently for the same problems except blood in stool and we have been giving him the prescribed medication. I Have a 4 year old doberman and we got him today and ever since we got him from the owner he has been laying down and pooping and peeing everywhere and blood in the stool. But it is a very serious concern and should not be taken lightly. Pomeranian mix who is always hyper and running around but yesterday she pooped just blood. I gave her some medicine for allergies because in the back of her neck she has a piece of hair missing and has dandruff. I check her poo for worms on a regular basis and I have never seen anything. Jojo  2 years ago I have a ten year old shih tsu who vomited and had bloody and dark diarhea last year. The vets still could not figure what was causing our little girl to feel so bad. So Get your pets teeth cleaned at least once a year as we found out all that bacteria in her mouth was finding her way into her stomach and causing her all these problems. Tucker12  2 years ago I have a 6 year old black lab mix. We do have him on liquid metronidazole 500mg twice a day. We had to go to liquid because he absolutely would not take the pill. TODAY coming b ack from my work I have found his stook thick tarry in the garden. Their is no food touched except I did give him worming tablets abut 3o mins ago with some ham wrapped up as he spitts the tablets out. I will let you all know tomorrow with what the vet has said. Tonight I watched her have a BM and found a little blood in the snow ans in her stool. I have given her regular treatments of Sentential and not missed a dose. My daughter do have bobby pins and I am worried she might have eaten one. I have a13 week old black lab has ate the same food always had loose watery stools for three weeks thought it would go away. Has a bright red blood in stools for overa week almost two today it was only clots of. Here recently she has been having normal stool and is happy go lucky and very playful. This Morning I took her out to potty and she had runny poo and a little blood. HR has lost his top 2 front teeth so I changed his diet to can food and soft packet foods. Rhayine  2 years ago I just got a rottweiler x puppy about 2 weeks ago. I most often have to convince her to eat with a homecooked meal. About an hour ago she was dribbling some tiny watery stools. I am color blind and cant tell if they were red or brown or what. Seh seems to be drinking her regular amount of water but will barely touch her food. I probably throw as much of her food away as she eats and it is all good food. My 2 year old labradoodle came down with bad poops a month or two ago. Always a goog idea to check it out at the vet with a fresh sample. I would definitely get to the vet for a puppies exhibiting these symptoms. The first 2 days her poop was normal but now she has diarreah and I have seen blood in her stool. I gave her boiled chicken today and the diarreah stop for awhile but as soon as she drinks water it starts all over again. If there are worms a bland diet will not take care of the problem. Chris  2 years ago I have a 6 year old lab that has recently developed an issue. I feel it may be food related but thought I would post on here for an opinion. Last week we fed leftover food from the fridge 2 or 3 nights in a row. A couple of turkey sandwiches 1 night and several teriaki chicken nuggets the next. A couple of days later he ate less of his dog food and looked a to have lost some weight. One the 4th and 5th days he has suffered watery stools with red blood. He continues to drink and urinate and is not overly lethargic. He is not as energetic as usual but walked around for an hour while we were out with him today. Tonight he jumped at me when I went to him and he continues to wag his tail when I am with him. He has not shown interst in his dry food but I bought him a can of food and fed it to him in 2 servings. He ate it with no issue and is actually licking his bowl looking for more. USA Hub Author Dogs are really not meant to eat foods meant for human consumption. If you read through this thread you can see how many people deal with problems when they feed their dogs people food or switch foods suddenly. You can feed him a bland diet of boiled rice and plain boiled skineless and boneless chicken for a few days to help his stomach settle but please then gradually put your dog on a premium dog food so his stomach and intestines can rest and stick with it so your dog will stay healthy. I would recommend a vet visit and a stool sample tested to rule out any other problems known to cause bloody stools such as parasites. But it sure sounds food may be the triggering factor here. Mike  2 years ago I just started a new job and I put my dog in her kennel during the day because she seems to get into trouble when I dont. There are many causes for bloody stools and it is really hard to pin point the real cause. Yesterday he seemed like a healthy nine month old puppy. Last night he took his third and final bathroom break of the day and it was dark black and I mean black as night. Earlier in the day he was active and playing with my other puppy. I mean he went from his same active self to absolutely going down in a matter of an hour. Has anyone ever seen something like this happen so out of the blue. The absolute only thing I can think is that I caught him drinking out of my toilet when it had urine in it while I was walking my other puppy. TIA How To Learn  2 years ago Passing trace amounts of blood in the stool is considered quite normal for dogs. But blood in the feces may sometimes be indicative of serious disorders in the body. Below we have detailed the causes and helpful remedies for curing bloody stool in dogs. ASAP Sharon  2 years ago Our dog has blood in his bowel movements. That was three weeks ago and he still has mucus blood with the bowel movement. Dez  2 years ago My 9 yr old chihuahua seems to be pooping and LEAKING a fair amount of blood. Most dogs with black gums have some patches of pink skin somewhere in the mouth. Recently he started having trouble going up the stairs and coming in from outside. I took him to the vet and was given a 10 day supply of arthritis medication. We are to use the 10 day supply to see how good he gets then stop the medication to see how long before he goes back to having trouble again. This morning he had terrible bloody diarrhea all over the kitchen which concerns me. We make sure he has plenty of water but I think there is an issue here with my pooch. If you read through its side effects bloody stools is amongst them. Miranda  2 years ago My dog is a mini Aussie and the other day he had chewed up my Oakley sunglasses which was about Tuesday night I would say and Wednesday morning he is puking and then Friday morning he is pooping straight blood. USA Hub Author This sounds like something that needs seen right away. The put her on medicine and now she has blodd in her stool and is super watery. But then other times its fine she is on a special diet but is there anything else I can do. She has a apt in two days but should I take her in sooner. They testd her for parvo and she came back negative soi was happy about that and I am going to drop off some stool tommorow for a fecile test. I have read many times a change I diet and wonder if that is in ref to one DOG food to another. His diet has changed over the last week from a couple bites each time we ate to NO human food and today I saw blood in stool with runny stool starting last night. Often puppies are on a special food from the breeder and are not changed diet gradually therefore getting an upset tummy. Brandyce  2 years ago Yes she was tested for parvo and she came out negative. He was still mobile and had energy to play up until this morning. I checked his gums and did that lifting of the skin test to see if he was dehydrated. Brandyce  2 years ago Just wanted to thank u for ur help. Turns out it was urinary track infection but she was given meds and is doing just great. This morning for the first time I found what appeared to be blood in her stool. Free and clear except for a lot of gas seen in the films. I have had specialists look at him and have done nothing for him. Carafate and a low Residue formula which is making him worse our boy also has allergies to beef corn kelp barley but this dog was a VERY healthy dog. You should keep him on it for some time and then gradually introduce him to the kibble you are planning to feed. I would send a stool sample to the vet to rule out roundworms or other parasites or protozoans as coccidia. D xray film he had didnt show any stck in his stomach and intestine. I was a little relieved after but still checking on my baby dog. Gastrointestinal system dat i havent noticed n he hasnt showed any signs of it. If there were to be a perforation your dog would be extremely ill and in pain. He may develop a fever and even vomit with traces if blood in it. My dog has been sick for 3 days now the first day he was throwing up foam but still eating and drinking. And the third day he was still throwing up but this time it was clear like water almost but gouie and I had to forse him to drink water . Katie  2 years ago my dog has all of a sudden started passing bloody bowels as well as black tar. I am so worried somebody has poisoned her or that she has gotten into my father in laws oil pan. As for pooping blood send in a fresh fecal sample for your vet to rule out parasites. I recommend a vet visit to rule out serious diseases such as Parvo. Last night I left him alone for the first time so I could spend the night at the hospital with a family member. A little bit of honey on the gums may perk him up if he starts to act lethargic. Safeguard is one of the best broad spectrum parasite control products. I cannot see much you can do though at home if vet assistance is required. She has been on over a dozen different diets to date all of which did nothing. We are now on the third parasite medication that our vet is trying. It is not her fault and we know it but with these issues we have ruined our entire upstairs carpets with stains. I have a 5 year old boston terrier and he has been sick for the past 3 days now and its killing me to see him like this. We thought it was grain allergy so changed to a salmon and sweet potato food. It seems nothing is wrong except for the two issues I mentioned. She has a bit of a pin rash on ehr belly but we add that to heat as it goes away when it is cooler outside. But at least I know she is not dying unless I kill her first for this awful behaviour LOL Just kidding. But that is the problem and now I know that I cna not have anything nice in my yard. I could not believe a hosta is deadly for cats and dogs. Still doing hamburger and rice mixed with food and absolutely no people food of any kind. To the person that commented about you should not have a pet if you can not take them to the vet. With the economy the way it is when we got our pets we had no problem taking them to the vet. Then you both get laid off and start bringing in just a 7th of what you were and that is not enough to pay for yourself to go to the Dr. I truly hope you do not have to experience the things some of have. USA Hub Author I would give your vet a call and ask his opinion. I do not see diarrhea as a common side effect from the tramadol. Uicki  2 years ago hello there i have a 8 month old mini dachund. I would have him see the vet and have some tests run to see if there is any bleeding somewhere if this is the case. This is also the day she stopped eating and started being very lethargic. She is now staying the night at the vet on fluids while they send her blood work off to a specialist. Many have mentioned parvo and parasites but seeing as she has been tested for these things. I was just hoping someone else had a dog whose illness or problem did not show up right away. For the past few days shes been hacking up what looks like spit. Then tonight she used the bathroom and her stool was slimy and watery. She seemed to be having a liitle peoblem going byt it was like water comming out. We then noticed that she had some bright blood on her once we got inside. Im just wondering what we should do and if we should take her to the vet right away or see how she does because shes acting like her normal self. Thanks for your time alexadry  2 years ago from USA Hub Author I would have her seen first thing in the morning but would keep a watchful eye on her tonight to make sure she is fine and does not go downhill if you feel this is not an emergency. Do not hesitate to have her seen right away if she gets worse or starts acting lethargic. We tried to rush her to a specialist an hour away and she died with her head in my lap. I would do anything to go back and take her to the vet just a couple days earlier. I rescued 4 full blooded pit bull puppies on Memorial day. Dave  2 years ago We have a 9 month old King Charles Spaniel. A couple of weeks ago we took him to the vets after noticing small bright red spec of blood in his stools. They treated for parasites and gave something to firm the stools up. However occasionally he still has the blood in his stool. We took the sample to the vets but they did not examine it. We stopped giving her the lamb based dogwood and switched to rice combined with her old dog food. But despite all these she remained active and playful just like before. Her appetite went back when we removed the lamb from her food. Lee  2 years ago I would be greatful if anyone could offer me any advice. US Level 1 Commenter tapeworms can also cause blood in stool. I have a 7 month old pit who had gotten into the trash last week. But the other day and today he has had a little bit of blood. After the dog food switch he had alittle diarrhea but was good. USA Hub Author There is really not much that can be done if your dog ingested this a while ago. USA Hub Author There is really no way around the issue of bloody stools other than seeing the vet. We share the backyard and were all enjoying in the festivities. He is a very nervous dog and with the fireworks all weekend he was a wreck. I did find your page on limber tail and put 2 and 2 together from there. Heidi   2 years ago This morning my puppy woke up puking and now she has diarrhea and I just saw blood in her stool. I made the mistake of buying her a different brand of puppy food and she woke up sick. Ressa  2 years ago We recently got a 1 year old beagle terrier mix named Sis. We have had her for over a week and I can not get her to eat her food that they gave us. Also today she was outside eating grass and started having diarrhea which looks like blood and scooting her butt on the ground. My dog Dash started to eat this food and developed a bloody stool. The doctor told me to make my dog boiled rice and chicken without any seasoning. I noticed that one day I saw 2 drops of blood on my kitchen floor from my dog. So to however is reading this comment be careful when you switch your dogs food. Make sure you are giving your dog vitamins and get your dog checked for worms. Do not walk your dog in wooded areas and on grass where deers walk because they could get lime diease and then they really get sick. Dash was a beautiful all white Bichon and he had a beautiful face with big dark eyes and a button nose. He was just like a human and protective and a real guard dog. I put an angel on the stomp so I can always remember Dash. This morning he is eating on his own which is more than he has done in 3 days. I agree these people were irresponsible and obviously wanted to make a quick buck. Chinese crested and i seeing blood drops in his stool but its not all the time. I changed there food about a week and a half ago which they both reacted fine to. Yesterday I noticed a little blood in the older pits poop but it was still solid. Then today she had runny poop with still a little bit of blood she also has started scooting her bum on the ground after her poops. Its foul smelling and I noticed it has some blood in his stool. I have a 6 month old pitbull that has bright red blood in her poop but its not all the time she will have it one day then be fine for 3 or 4 day she eats drinks and runs and play tryin to figure out help mike   2 years ago I have a 6 month old pitbull that has bright red blood in her poop but its not all the time she will have it one day then be fine for 3 or 4 day she eats drinks and runs and play tryin to figure out help Kayla  2 years ago My dad just recently got a new puppy from a man that was giving them away and due to the hot weather we keep him in our house along with our 1 year old schnoodle a few days ago the puppy started vomiting so we put him outside we didnt think it was anything serious but a few days later he was dead and my dad suspected it was parvo. Know our year old schnoodle has started having what looks like dark bloody diarrhea. According to the breeder we got him from she gave us a paper that said he had his series of vaccinations for parvo. He is still playful and eating well but the dark bloody looking stool is still scary especially after the puppy had died a short time ago of what my dad though was parvo. USA Hub Author If you read the article you can see there are many causes and not necessarily cancer. A vet check is in order to find out the potential underlying cause and correct it. The male is normally very dependable about only doing his business outside but he recently had uncontrollable diarrha with blood in his stools for 2 days. We try to keep them from eating anything outside but do not always catch them in time. They are not in the same kennel but do use the same little bed to lounge in. Not sure what to do about the dogs and am very concerned. USA Hub Author I would mention to your vet your other dog is also dealing with similar problems. Emmy  24 months ago What can any of us do with this economy. Orning i let my dogs out and my chihuahua was fine i let them in and he didnt want to come in and was not moving just staring at me. I finally got him in and he started throwing up some foamy white stuff. He only gets up when he has to puke and i dont know what to do. I already lost two dogs from parvo and will lose my self if i lose him. USA Hub Author A vet should be seen for such serious symptoms. I looked over and he had pooped on the floor so i go to clean it and theres Blood in all of his Poop . Joe  23 months ago I have a black lab that had a litter of puppies about 5 weeks ago. She doesnt want to eat her food anymore and she is getting sick whenever she does eat. She also has been peeing and pooping in the house and she never does that. I have a 13 week old french bulldog puppy that we got two weeks ago. The puppy is very active and gobbles his food right up but he just pooped on the floor and it seemed to have even more blood in it. I saw and has been having bright red liquid blood at the very end of his stool but not mixed in with it. USA Hub Author My article outlines all possibilities and lists what could be causing such symptoms. Worms and protozoans like giardia and coccidia are always a possibility and the only way to rule those out is by having a vet examine a fresh stool sample. I would have another vet take a look to rule out other conditions. I gave her a few cheerios this morning and she ate those. I have a 13 year old labrador and recently she has been doing blackish poop. Her normal feces were a little lighter and sometimes moshie. She has been eating grass and ground when we do not see her. Pua  23 months ago My 16 week puppy has been havin Diarrhea for the past week or so. Her stools slowed down but when she passed her stools were solid then slimy like with mucu. I was going to wait it out till the next Monday cause she has her appt. On that day and this Friday morning she had dark red blood in her stool when she got up. Well anyway I just noticed TODAY that he had diarrhea but then after he went potty a ctimes of times I noticed he had red blood in his poop as it was still all diarrhea. Nd I also bought him a bone nd it was a cooked knee bone. I will admit that he usually prefers cat food over any dog food. I know it could just be the bone but please if anyone has any ideas let me know its greatly appreciated. I can see here that you must have had such a positive impact on the lives of so many dogs and their owners. I just posted it up to me having surgery and not getting up and feeding her more of my food than her own. I noticed that she pooped on the carpet and it is black tarry and has lots of mucus and blood in it. Michael  23 months ago I have a chihuaha mixed with poodle and just today he pooped diarrhea and blood. I tried playing with him like any other day but today he was just so down and sad. I just got a 11 week old boxer shepard mix and he has a little blood in his diarrhea. He has his first set of puppy shot and gets the second in a week. Neighbor had a red pit she is about 6 months old she has not eaten Sai Praveen Mantha  22 months ago Mine is a small lab puppy of 40 days only. Its reall is playful and active and often bites me and my family members. Sai Praveen Mantha  22 months ago Mine is a small lab puppy of 40 days only. Adele  22 months ago I have a 9 week old frenchie and the past couple of days he has had problems with his poo. It starts off solid then goes runny then there is mucus and blood. He has had no loss of appetite and is still super playful. John  22 months ago I have 5 year black toy poodle and his stool has been watery for 2 days now. He has been very playful like always even when I took him for a walk he wanted to run instead of walking and is running around the house. I will go into vet Monday but I would really appreciate your help or anyone elses help. John  22 months ago Wish I could delete the comment above. To check for any blood I actually went through the stool with toilet paper and there were bright red clots of blood and also the lining of stool was like skin. I gave him leftover chicken which was a day old that could have been slightly off. Charlinex  22 months ago My dog was having diarrhea and refresh pink blood so a vet friend sent me this link. Fortunately the third vet is competent and my dog is much better now. I am glad you wrote an informative hub and will bookmark it for future reference. Emily  22 months ago My 16 week old bugg has been sick all day he ate roast beef out of the trash can yesterday and started pooing all through his box early this morning it was brown and he just pooed and it is a watery black. This is a young puppy and parvo is a risk but so are other conditions. Jessica  22 months ago We got a Scottish terrier puppy three weeks ago. He finished his last dose last night but his stool still looks marbled with red this morning and there is a drop of blood at the last. Muzzy acts like a terriblely spoiled rotten Scottie should. USA Hub Author I listed all possible causes in my article above. Tanya  21 months ago My Boxer pup is almost 4 months old. Other than that there is nothing wrong with her except a little bit of loss of apitite. She has Not vomited and she drinks lot of water so she is not dehidrating. We went to the Vet on Tuesday and he gave us food that we should give her to see if it clears up and if not we should take her back tomorrow. This is really stressing me out as it is not clearing up so i will have to take her. He gave us a syrup that she needs to drink for 3 days and she still has to eat the eukanuba dog food. If it does not clear up befor saturday she will have to go on a drip and more intence tests will have to be done. Vickky97  21 months ago Can you please help me my female dog keeps throwing up and i just found blood in her poop. She seems tired all the time she doesnt like to get out of her bed. Well pretty much since day 1 the boxer has repeatedly eaten the TOTW and has not eaten much of his own food. I plan on having him fast for a day or so and keeping an eye on him to see what happens before seeking vet care. His dietary indiscretion is what I suspect is the problem. It is a good sign that he is still acting normal and his energy levels are ok. I would also let the owners decide about when he should see the vet just so you are on the same page. I should have taken him to the vet at that time than to wait and see what happens and decide to go to the vet the next day. There are a plethora of things that may have caused the symptoms you have seen. My article explains a handful of potential causes for bloody stools. Hillary  20 months ago my dog scooter pooped in the house the other day and when I went to clean it up I noticed it was bloosy and was runny and kinda like mucus so idk what is wrong with him. Rachel  20 months ago my 8 year old dog started passing mucus like black poop what could the issue be anonymous  20 months ago My seven week old chihuahua has been passing blood and mucus at the end of every poo for the last two days. She has not lost her appetite and is still very playful. I would appreciate it if anyone could help as we are very worried. Thanks babygirl  20 months ago i have a 8 week old puppy i got him 3 dayz ago ever since i got him he been having diarrhea and the diarrhea is bright red i think is blood but im not sure. When dogs are in heat they tend to bleed in a similar fashion as in women when they have a period. I would check the exact source of the bleeding so you can determine if what you are seeing is the normal heat cycle. Cy I would give your vet a call if this blood is actually rectal and continues. Hi Im new here i just lost my 11 year old rotti sunday morning. The dewormer may take a day or two to take effect in ridding the body of worms. Audrey  19 months ago I have a 17 month old Doberman and the past week he has been vomiting and bloody stool. I woke up there was a complete mess in my living room of diarrhea. I have taken him to the vet and his bloodwork was normal. I read the symptoms of Parvo and he seems to have every single symptom. I would proceed to the vet and run a fecal just in case. USA Hub Author My article lists a handful of possible causes. Your best bet is to discuss it with your vet and run a fecal to rule out parasites which are a common cause. If there was only blood and no poop you need to find out if the blood is coming from the rectal area or not. Try to wipe the rectal area with a clean tissue and see if there are traces of blood right after the episode. My German Shepherd is vomiting the water she drinks all the time. All are potentially fatal Get to a vet the second you see it. Hes always chewing on sticks and tennis balls and sometimes polls little pieces of the out. After giving birth it is normal for mother dogs to have a rusty colored discharge after giving birth. USA Hub Author Have a fecal test run on both of them to rule out pesky parasites and protozoans. I saw blood in her bowels mixed in like a burgundy color. I am confused what is going on debbie  18 months ago I have no rat posioning in my house alexadry  18 months ago from USA Hub Author I would have her checked out just to be safe. I was told she had worms and to give her wormer and she would be fine. If you notice anything out of the norm have them see the vet immediately. Remedies consider though that if your dog has worms that may contribute to the dull coat. I know of has been ingested and no major changes in her life. I would see if any emergency vets are opened just to be on the safe side. I put him in his kennel for a few hours while I was out and when I came home I smelled a horrible smell. He has been lethargic for the past few days and his poo darker than normal. I was wondering if it could be something else and if I can do something about it at home. Missy  15 months ago I am thankful of finding this article. I am taking her in and bringing a stool sample to rule out parasites. Nobody knows what is causing both the inflammation and the diarreah. I called the local vet and they told me to bring her in. She was a rescue dog that came from some sort of horrible background. One thing that has changed in my thinking just over the past few days. If he is not better by tomorrow we will be seeing the vet. I see the fact that he did not seem too concerned as a good sign. They may at some point decide to do an exploratory surgery if she does not get better. I really hope they find a cause so they can address it properly. Yesterday they were saying she could go on IV rimadyl or something else. I am happy to hear the fever is going down and she is getting better. The vet palpated her and said her belly felt tighter than it had two weeks ago. He did a quick ultrasound and saw that her spleen has gotten very large. The sample has been sent to the pathologist and we should know the results of that by tomorrow or the next day. She was at the vet getting fluid and antibiotics and she basically just died within a matter of a couple of minutes. Elphaba1685  15 months ago So sorry to hear that Mali is not doing better. JeffsBeagle  15 months ago Thanks again for all your support. I found this website and was able to put my thoughts down. I was reading through the comments and just wanted to add that I am sorry for the sad outcome. I am attaching a link on reporting Rimadyl side effects in dogs. These forms help the manufacturing company keep tract of cases where the drug may suspected. I filled one not too long ago when my golden started getting ill after using Rimadyl for pain after surgery. The drugs let her get up and walk but the cost to her was getting to be too much. I would recommend a fecal test even in puppies that do not have symptoms. I recommend a vet visit to figure out what is causing this and find the most appropriate treatment. Shes been very playful and active so Im thinking its just one of the minor causes up there. Will update if anything gets worse and I feel I need help. One concern in puppies is Parvo which is why I am so concerned about not seeking veterinarian advice. Help my Bella  14 months ago I have a Schwinnie and she has blood and a mucous look to her stool. This morning we woke up and found out he had alot of blood in his stools and later on its like pooping mainly blood only. Australian shepherd and pit mix very cute and happy but lately she seems sad. She is allergic to something but I do not know what it is sometimes her lips and ears get red and itchy but sometimes it goes away. USA Hub Author Well the possibilities as you see are quite many. TIA  13 months ago I have a black Pit puppy He is seven month old and it seen like he is passing blood in his stool. USA Hub Author Could he have eaten something that may have colored the stool that way. It covers a great amount of causes of dog bloody stools. It is difficult to pinpoint an exact cause as it needs diagnostic tests so the list of causes are just assumptions until a vet can make a determination. TIA  13 months ago THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ADVOICE I DID READ THE ARTICLE AND I TAKE MY PUUPPY INSIDE AND GAVE HERE ALOTS OF WATER AND KEEP HER INDOOR FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS AND GIVE HER CHICKEN TO EAT AND SHE IS DOING REALLY GOOD NOW. Lab Mix had a gooey bloody stool secrete from her anus and her nose was warm and dry. For the past two weeks her stomach has been upset and making weird noises. They tend to dry if there is low humidity and many other factors. I would recommend a vet check to see what may be causing this as you can see from the article the causes are many. Flagyl to clear any infection and should rule out parasites. Your dog can take quarter to half Pepcid AC to settle its stomach. PLEASE PLEASE obama your the only one who can change this its for the animals. N A Tufani  4 months ago I have a 2 years old dog having ascites and passes very offensive dark coloured large amount of watery faeces. Once found she was ok for the first 2days but last night she got up in the middle of the night and she left stool all over the house. In some places there was hard stool with drops of red blood next to it. In other places the stool was like diarrhea mixed in with blood but there were more drops of red blood around than actual diarrhea or solid stool. I have listed several possible causes in the body of this article. We have a dog who is now on a special prescription diet to manage all of his digestive issues including bloody stool. Sheila  6 weeks ago I have a German Shepard he will be 3 years old in Dec. I would check with the vet to play it safe and keep an eye on the area. Then today she had dark diarrhea on my carpet and I saw like 2 or 3 drops of blood a few inches away from her poo. I monitored his stool these days and they have been fine. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages account. Comments are not for promoting your Hubs or other sites. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. Those who are concerned about the health of their animals can learn a lot about them by looking to their stool samples. It can often be hard to tell if puppies have diarrhea since pups generally have soft stool to begin with. You should also be aware of the normal condition of their gums and eyes for a more accurate assessment. Monitor your dog closely and seek medical attention if the condition persists or worsens. Reduce the fat content of the food your pup consumes to see if this solves the problem. It may also be an indication of the presence of parasites. Your pup may have eaten something that perforated his or her intestinal wall or this may be a sign of the eruption of a tumor or an ulcer. That problem can range from something the dog has eaten to more serious conditions like parasites or the Parvo virus. The fact that your pup not only has diarrhea but also has blood in the diarrhea should be taken seriously. It can be difficult to assess the true cause of diarrhea because they are very much like human babies. Keep your pup on the same diet until they are old enough to begin eating adult food. Also keep a keen eye on your puppy until they outgrow the chewing stage. The most important thing to remember when it comes to treating the diarrhea is that your primary goal should be to let the body do what it must while preventing any further damage. You want to prevent the dehydration that diarrhea can cause. This can be difficult if your pup is not interested in eating or drinking. This type of food is easy for the dog to digest and does not have the fat that is often found in beef products. You want to avoid fatty foods that may make the diarrhea worse. Continue upon this course of action until the dog is behaving normally and has solid stool. Continuous diarrhea can cause problems with the digestive tract in general. Parvo is a virus that is found in the ground and is transmitted through feces. The contagion can last for years and is deadly to puppies under 6 months old as well as animals that may have problems fighting disease. The only sure way to kill the virus is with household bleach. The diarrhea that comes with the Parvo virus can be so watery that you may not even see it in the yard. Spray the entire area to be safe and avoid exposing young pups to the infected area. Keep your dog away from stray dogs as much as possible and administer vaccines as scheduled. Be sure to take your dog to the vet for a wellness visit to stave off any issues as soon as possible. When referring to diarrhea in dogs it is important to distinguish between diarrhea induced by antibiotics and diarrhea caused by illness. Diarrhea that is caused by antibiotics is often referred to as acute diarrhea since it is sudden in onset and tends to last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. Not all dogs will experience antibiotic induced diarrhea and there are a number of factors that will determine whether your dog does. These dogs are more likely to experience diarrhea as a result of antibiotic use. Dogs that are taking antibiotics three times daily are going to be more prone to side effects from that antibiotic than dogs that are taking that same antibiotic at the same dosage once daily. Patients are always recommended to finish their recommended course of antibiotics in order for the treatment to be fully effective in killing harmful infection causing bacteria. Your vet may also recommend switching to another type of antibiotic that has a lesser occurrence of diarrhea. There are a number of antibiotics that are known for being gentler on the stomach and a handful that are known for being particularly harsh. If your dog has had trouble with antibiotic induced diarrhea before this is worth mentioning to your veterinarian if your dog is being prescribed antibiotics. Unfortunately in some circumstances there is no other option than treatment with the current diarrhea causing antibiotic. This type of situation does not occur too often but when it does it occurs as the result of targeted medications that lack alternative treatment methods. When this occurs your veterinarian will assess your overall situation and suggest a course of treatment that is right for you. This course may consist of continuation of the antibiotic and management of the diarrhea or cessation of the antibiotic and pursuit of another treatment course. In many instances when pet owners know that their dog has a prevalence to antibiotic induced diarrhea they can begin preparing their dog for antibiotic treatment as soon as they receive a diagnosis. This preparation includes stocking up on a number of items. Probiotics are sold in most pet stores as supplements that can be added to food or ingested in pill form. One of the most popular canine probiotics currently is made by Purina. If your vet approves this treatment then make sure that you have the appropriate medication on hand when your dog is prescribed antibiotics. Anytime your dog suffers from multiple incidences or prolonged incidences of diarrhea they run the risk of electrolyte imbalance. Offer your dog unflavored Pedialyte to keep their electrolyte levels healthy. If your dog refuses talk to your veterinarian about other methods for maintaining healthy electrolyte levels in your dog with antibiotic induced diarrhea. He just had his neutering done and with this all his innoculations. I have given him a natural supplement to calm him as he has some abandonment issues. Our nine year old sheltie spaniel cross has had diarrhea three times in the last five weeks. The antibiotics had destroyed all the flora in his intestinal tract. A breeder at a dog show told us about Fastrack made by the Conklin Company and boy did it do the trick. It was in a syringe so measuring the right amount was easy and he loved the taste. I use it for my  Pomeranians  whenever they have an upset tummy and it works like a charm. Diarrhea is serious because it can be caused by an underlying condition and can cause dehydration if left untreated. This is just another reason why it should never be overlooked. Make sure your dog is eating a quality food that is right for her breed. I am trying to keep him outside until he is feeling better but will have to let him in tonight when it gets cold. I left a bowl of water out there in hopes that might help. I have never had an experience with one of my dogs having diarrhea. I would think that doggy diarrhea would cause a lot of issues with clean up around the home. I have to admit it was fascinated to learn that there were so many causes and types. I really had no idea that there could be so many problems associated with diarrhea. 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