Causes of Blood in Dog Stool

Updated on December 10, 2017
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Adrienne is a former veterinary hospital assistant, certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, and author of "Brain Training for Dogs."

What's Causing Blood in My Dog's Stools?

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Understanding Bloody Stools in Dogs

Seeing blood in your dog's stool can be a frightening event, perhaps because we often associate blood in stool with cancer. Luckily, in dogs the causes are often a lot less dramatic. Of course, as a responsible pet owner, it is always savvy to have the potential causes investigated by a veterinarian in order to rule out the more serious conditions.

Blood in stool is medically known as hematochezia or melena depending on whether the blood comes from the dog's lower or upper digestive system, respectively. It's important to recognize the differences between the two as they can mean a difference in your dog's diagnosis. Following are some ways to tell them apart.

In hematochezia, the blood in the dog's stool is bright red, meaning it is fresh and most likely deriving from the lower intestines, typically the colon or the rectum. It can be mixed in the dog's stools, or you can see a few droplets of blood as your dog defecates.

In melena, the blood in the stools causes feces to appear tarry and asphalt black, suggesting the blood is digested and possibly coming from the upper intestinal tract. Usually, but not always, melena is more worrisome than an occasional case of hematochezia. Melena is often not readily recognizable as hematochezia because dogs may often have dark stools and that doesn't necessarily mean they have blood in them.

Check Your Dog's Stool for Abnormal Signs

So how can you tell whether dark stools contain blood?

  1. Michael D. Willard, a board-certified veterinarian specializing in internal medicine, suggests placing the feces on absorbent white paper, such as a paper towel.
  2. Check for abnormal signs in your dog's stool and record your observations.
  3. Now, examine whether a reddish tint diffuses from the feces—if it does, that's proof that you're likely dealing with melena.
  4. If you find blood, the causes can be various and range from minor issues, such as dietary changes, to more severe causes, such as cancer or parvo.

Below are some common causes of blood in dog stool that you may want to have investigated by your veterinarian.

Dog Hematochezia vs. Melena

Hematochezia
Melena
Bright red blood in stool
Tarry black stool
Fresh blood
Digested blood
Derives from colon or rectum
Derives from esophagus, stomach, or upper small intestine
Mucus and blood in a dog's stool due to a case of colitis.
Mucus and blood in a dog's stool due to a case of colitis. | Source

Common Causes of Fresh, Bright-Red Blood in Stool

As mentioned, hematochezia is fresh, bright red blood in, or mixed with, your dog's stool. Unlike in humans, fresh blood in dogs is not indicative of hemorrhoids. The streaks of bright red blood in stool most likely come from the dog's rectum or colon. It’s best to have hematochezia investigated promptly by a vet, because some possible causes of the condition can be serious. Here are a few of the causes of hematochezia in dogs.

1. Parvovirus

This is a serious virus often found in puppies. Black-and-tan breeds, such as rottweilers, German shepherds, and Dobermans are more prone to parvo. Typically, dog parvo symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, loss of appetite, and blood in stools. Because this disease can be deadly, puppies suspected of having parvo should be seen by a vet promptly.

2. Parasites

Parasites are one of the most frequent causes of blood in the stool. The most common parasites that cause blood in the stool are hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms. Aside from blood appearing in your pet's feces, there are other clear signs and symptoms that indicate that your dog has worms. Protozoans such as coccidia may also cause bloody stools. A veterinarian can identify the offending parasites and prescribe specific dewormers to help get rid of these annoying beings.

3. Dietary Indiscretions

Overeating or dietary indiscretion may irritate a dog's colon, causing diarrhea and bloody stools, which can also have mucus.

Changes in the dog's diet can have similar effects. If you are switching your dog's food, do so gradually over the course of several days. If a diet change is done too suddenly, vomiting and diarrhea may take place. Even giving your dog a new treat or feeding him people food may cause an inflamed colon.

Other dietary causes of blood in the stool include eating spoiled foods and food intolerances or allergies.

Mild cases of stomach upset can be treated with these simple upset stomach remedies.

4. Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis

Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis involves copious blood in stools along with vomiting and diarrhea. Often the cause cannot be found, but your dog may need intravenous fluids and proper medications to let this condition subside.

5. Rectal Injuries

If a dog ingests a stick, bone, or other sharp object, it may eventually scrape the lower intestinal lining or rectum as it makes its way out through the feces. Often, you might spot the object visibly protruding from the feces once it has worked its way through your dog's system. In such cases, the blood is bright red and will eventually stop. Avoid giving your pet sticks or cooked bones to play with. If your dog has already ingested it, try feeding him some high-fiber bread or rice to help him pass the bone.

Also, check for any rectal injuries, especially any involving the anal glands. Look for any localized swelling, injuries, or protrusions.

If the dog's stools are well-formed and have fresh blood on the surface, this can be indicative of the presence of a rectal polyp, which is an abnormal growth. When the stools pass over the polyp, which is highly vascularized, it will bleed. Sometimes you can see polyps protruding externally, but they can also be internal, in which case an endoscopy may be necessary in order to see it. According to Merck Veterinary Manual, "The polyp can be felt by a veterinarian during a rectal examination, and its surface tends to bleed easily. Periodically, the polyp may protrude from the anus." All polyps should be checked out by a vet as sometimes they can be cancerous.

6. Stress

In some cases, blood in stool may be caused by stress. Stressful life events for a dog include changes such as a move, the addition of a new dog or family member to the household, and being boarded in a kennel. These events may cause a case of colitis with bloody diarrhea with mucus.

Causes for Melena, Dark Tar-Like Stools in Dogs

Causes of Black Tarry Blood in Stool

As mentioned, melena is the medical term for digested blood in the dog's stools, which causes them to appear black and tarry. Some dog owners describe such stool as looking like "coffee grounds." The blood may be originating from the dog's lungs, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, or upper small intestine. Because melena can be caused by serious conditions, including acute bleeding, it should also be investigated by a vet.

1. Use of NSAIDS

If your dog is on aspirin or some type of Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drug like Rimadyl or aspirin, he may develop ulcers from its use. Dogs with bleeding ulcers will typically have black tarry stools meaning digested blood is coming from the stomach. Inform your vet promptly if your dog is on such medications, and always keep a watchful eye on his stools.

2. Blood Clotting Disorders

There are several canine conditions that may cause blood clotting disorders and bleeding. Affected dogs may also exhibit symptoms other than black tarry stools, such as purple-tinted skin, suggesting bleeding underneath the surface. Rat poison may also cause blood clotting disorders and bleeding, which may manifest as dark tarry stools. If you think your dog may have eaten rat poison, have him seen by the vet ASAP.

3. Post-Surgery Complication

If your dog has undergone some type of surgery recently and has black stools, call your vet immediately. There may be internal bleeding somewhere. This complication may appear up to 72 hours after the surgery.

4. Tumors/Cancers

Anytime your dog presents dark, blackish stools, have your dog seen. You want to rule out the possibility of bleeding tumors such as polyps or cancer, which can be quite common in elderly dogs.

5. Pepto-Bismol

On a lighter note, if you have recently given Pepto-Bismol to your dog, the medication may temporarily turn stools black. This potential side effect is actually written on the bottle if you read it. When you stop giving it, the stools should soon shortly turn back to normal.

*Disclaimer: Pepto-Bismol can cause gastric bleeding. It should only be given if recommended and overseen by a veterinarian.

6. Ingestion of Blood

A dog's stool may also appear black and tarry from ingesting blood. For instance, your dog may have licked a bloody wound, or he may have had a mouth injury or nose bleed causing him to swallow blood. Because the blood may also come from a bleeding ulcer, it's important to see your vet if you see dark stools and cannot find an explanation.

More Causes

As seen, there are many possible causes of blood in stool. The ones listed above are not the only possibilities. Others include:

  • Intestinal blockages
  • Fissures
  • Trauma
  • Cancerous masses
  • Bacterial infections, such as those caused by campylobacter or clostridium perfringens

Slippery Elm Bark Remedy for Dog Diarrhea and Bloody Stool

Slippery elm bark works well for many health issues with dogs, including diarrhea that causes hematochezia (bloody stools), which can happen with colitis. I have a dog who comes for boarding that gets stress colitis with bloody stools, and we use GastroElm Plus during his stay.

GastroElm Plus is made with 80% slippery elm bark powder, and is intended for use with pancreatitis in dogs, ulcers in horses, as well as vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems in cats, dogs, or horses. It is formulated and manufactured in the U.S. using the finest human-grade herbs available.

What to Do If Your Dog Has Blood in His Stool

• See your vet if your dog is pooping blood. If your dog has pale gums, becomes lethargic, vomits, or has diarrhea, see the emergency vet at once.

• Bring along a fecal sample so your vet can immediately start ruling out parasites and protozoans. The stool sample needs to be no more than 12 hours old to grant testing accuracy.

• If you're dealing with colitis, you can ask your vet about trying a brief fast followed by a bland diet.

Disclaimer: This article is not to be used as a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If your dog is pooping blood, see your vet to rule out serious medical conditions. By reading this article, you accept this disclaimer.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 days ago from USA

      Karie,these are questions only your vet can really answer. I would call and inform of the recent happenings. If your dogs were recently seen, you have client-vet relationship and your vet may be able to provide advice.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 days ago from USA

      George, there are many causes for blood in a dog's stool and parasites is just one of the many.

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      Karie hutton 8 days ago

      We took both of our dogs to vmthe vet for vomiting blood. They were both given a series of activated charcoal and stopped vomiting. They got to come home with a chickwn amd rice diet. Both passed a stoll both very black very small and very dry but one has a mucus like bloodyness to it when opened? They both ate lots of there dinner and the one with the blood tract drank some water. Both very much more active then before taken to the vet. Shoukd i worry about the mucus and takr him back to the vet? Both are rescues and up to date on shots. It was believed they were given a toxin

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      George 13 days ago

      My dog is eating grass and vomiting right after and today, she pooped once and the again but just blood (hematochezia, since it is bright red). Do you think this two actions are due to parasites? The vet gave her Nextgard Spectra a few months back. Thanks.

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      Danielle 2 weeks ago

      My two year old Pitt just popped in the house witch he never dose and there was bloody slimy stuff in it idk what would be doing it it's never happened before dose anyone know what would be going on with him he's hasent been his self at all today someone please help me

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      Susan 4 weeks ago

      Thank you

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      Breconda Johnson 5 weeks ago

      My 4 month old bully put just started having blood in his stool. It is formed, but he continues to try and poop even after he has pooped, but then I see drops of blood. He’s not lethargic or anything. He’s teething and not eating much today. What should I do?

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      Queen 2 months ago

      my puppy is 7 month old and she is having diarrhea with blood in it I am confused if she is already starting her period or she is sick. She is still very lively and she doesn't skip meals.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 months ago from USA

      Saumya, so sorry your dog is going through this. It's very frustrating when even vets cannot find an underlying cause. I am not a vet, have only worked for vets in the past so can only give ideas of things to perhaps ask your vet about. Has your vet checked for SIBO (common in German shepherds,) and Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) also common in this breed? These require a special diet on top of medications and special supplements. If your vet is not getting anywhere, a visit to a veterinary specialist in internal medicine may be insightful. IIf his veins collapsed this makes me think he is very dehydrated. Good luck.

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      alker 3 months ago

      my five lb 12 year old poodle has had small drops of dark and bright blood we assume is from her rectum with some diarrhea in her crate first. When she didn't eat for a day, it seemed better. Now she's having the dark and bright spots again without or just small amounts of stool. We don't know if we should take her to a vet or just watch her.

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      Liz 3 months ago

      Bogart, my do, passed, first mucus and loose stools along with diarrhea and it had red blood in it. He was straining and went anoth spot and passed two more small well formed firm stools but bloody. Then he urinated and we went for short walk. Coming to a favorite relief spot he pass a stool and walked further and passed another one. Those two when bagged left wet red blood on some grass blades. I have been struggling with fleas and gave him fast cap two nights in a row.. a flea bath happened and he has fresh revolution on him and im constantly flea combing him and put the hair in a plastic bag to see if im doing any good. So im wondering if the two are related and in any event im discontinuing the the fast caps. I would like to take him to the vet but am short this month. If it happens again tomorrow then i will and see if they'll work out a payment plan. Advise? Do you think fast caps?

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      saumya 3 months ago

      I have an 11 month old german shepherd. He is been sick since past 20 days. symptoms started from fever, then vomits and after 2-3 days he started pooping blood. initially bright red colored blood. he got critically ill, but then bloody poop stopped for a day. again relapsed. started pooping greenish,brownish black watery poop with stinking odour. Oxytetracycline was given through Iv. condition became better for one and half days. poop color also change to light yellow n slight thick consistency. but the same dose of oxytetracycline wasnt given because the veins are all thrombosed hence he wasnt acnnulated. again relapsed and vomitted and again started foul smelling watery bronish bloody poop. Is not eating anything, but sometimes gets huger pangs on smelling sweets. No vets are able to diagnose his problem. Please help me

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 months ago from USA

      Maryse, if your puppy has blood in stools, best have a vet evaluate your dog and maybe collect a fresh stool sample (a tablespoon amount will suffix) to drop off.

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      Maryse 4 months ago

      Madison my 11 months old red merle Australian shepherd started yesterday to sneezing like 20time without stopping also she feel a little worm tonight my neighbor babysit her and said she had blood nowhere stool, right now we going through a separations so Madison and I are a little nervous I am so scare to loose her.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 months ago from USA

      Eli, it's always best to see the vet when in doubt.

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      eli 5 months ago

      My puppy (mixed Shih Tzu, Japanese spitz, and cocker Spaniel) who is turning two months is actually really lively and playful. Just yesterday, I can see that her feces turns out to be quite watery. Now, her feces is small and has hints of blood on them. I suspect it to be diarrhea but I'm not entirely sure of it. My father suspects it to be related to her deworming pills.

      Should I be worried about my puppy's health???

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      Jennifer Landis 5 months ago

      My 7 year old Teacup Yorkie hasn’t felt well and threw up small amounts. Then noticed she had been pooping blood but not a lot of feces in it. Her underbelly isn’t swollen and doesn’t seem to pain her. I’m just worried it’s something serious or if it’s just and upset stomach.

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      Theresa 5 months ago

      Hi my dog is Ben a small Jr. He has cushion's disease. About 2 weeks ago I found blood in his stool. He then would not poo. The vet said he has inflation of his bowel. He gave antibiotics and he has been on chicken and rice boiled. It took a few days to get him to open his bowels as he did have a medicine to help him go. He then started to poo but today he pooed then he started straining Hi self and I kept seeing blood so obviously I was very distressed to see thus

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 months ago from USA

      Lori, so sorry your dog endured such complications from the use of NSAIDs during surgery. We are often told they are safe but these cases prove otherwise.

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      Lori Simpson 6 months ago

      My dog had bloody stools after recent dental surgery (also tooth extraction). It was combined black/tarry (swallowed blood) and bright red blood. It is highly suspected that he had a GI bleed caused by the NSAID (Rimadyl) he received during the procedure and 1 dose given post op. The bleeding was severe and he required 2 blood transfusions. Luckily my dog received excellent medical care and survived. A lesson was learned and we will never allow our pets to receive Rimadyl or any other NSAID.

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      Sawan 6 months ago

      My dog is 3.5 months old, it's nearly two day now he's not eating anything and is suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting, and today he had mucus and blood in his stools.

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      alfiljohn 6 months ago

      Black stool with fresh blood.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 7 months ago from USA

      Puneet, it should be investigated because mucus is sign of the intestinal tract being inflamed and the blood shouldn't be there. Many dogs get colitis, and it's important to find the underlying causes (stress, dietary indiscretion etc) At that age, you also want to rule our worms. Parvo can cause bloody stools in dogs, but generally dogs will be very sick.

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      Ricki 7 months ago

      My dog is a 11 year old Jack Russell. He has been having a lot off problems lately. On being that he has diarrhea that has blood in it but not vomiting or anything. The blood is light but worrying me. He has tumors that we are aware off but they were checked out years ago and they were nothing to worry about.

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      A Dog Lover Girl 7 months ago

      My dog stole are all blood and I don't know how to cure it But my dad refuses and I find this page and read all the information about it. I will take my dog to a vet tommorrow. But I'm afraid of the cost I would paid for check up.

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      Alice 7 months ago

      Im dogsitting currently a 12 year old German Shepard mix and the night the family dropped the dog off to me she started having liquid -ish poops. This morning there started to be blood and muscus. I assume it's from stress of moving locations and she was recently switched to a new food. We may take her to the vet tomorrow. What should I do to keep her from pooping all over my house when I sleep tonight, please help! I'm taking her out to the bathroom each hour but overnight I will not be able to get up each hour.

      Please please help me out, Thank you!

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      Puneet 7 months ago

      I have 2.5 month old Doberman puppy from few days he is pooping blood with mucus at the end of poop. After few days he pooping blood he is doing normal poop but now he is again start pooping blood and mucus. He has good enrgy and appetite. Is it a reason to worry??

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 9 months ago from USA

      As the article explains, there are many causes of blood in dog stool. The only way to know the exact cause for sure if by seeing the vet. Blood in dog stool is not normal and therefore warrants a vet visit for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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      Bobbie Kingsbury 9 months ago

      I have an 11 year old Bichon and has blood in the diarrhea. What could be the cause?

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      Angel 9 months ago

      My puppy has had her shots but recently had a little blood in the stool. We have her second round of wormer at home could worms be the cause? Started last night. Starting to get a little runny. She has been eating and drinking normally and playing. Just pooping with a little blood.

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      Natalie Melendez 9 months ago

      My dog poop look orange red and my dog is also peeing blood she hasn't been feeling good for about a day ? Can someone please help

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      Yuri 9 months ago

      I have a 3 year old Yorkie who has been pooping blood but the blood is a little tick (raspberry jam looking type) she is walking eating a bit and drinking water, but not as active as usual. Any help on what to do??

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      Emmy 9 months ago

      My dog got into a rib bone and now he is pooping blood and pieces are for bone. What do I do?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 9 months ago from USA

      Good idea to take to the vet, it might be just colitis, but best to play it safe with bloody stools especially if it continues.

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      Bonnie 9 months ago

      I have a 7 year old shihtuz and tonight he's going potty a little more than usual and it's soft now he's still going but his stole has blood in it for now it's mostly red droplets, any suggestions? I will be taking him to the vet tomorrow!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 9 months ago from USA

      Sunil, is keeping your pup hospitalized at the vet an option? That would be best, if not, you can try Parvaid and supportive care. Your vet can teach you how to syringe feed and give fluids under the skin.

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      Sunil 9 months ago

      He is vomiting and pooping blood, breed is German Shepherd . He is 5 years old. He has not eaten anything for past three days. Vet says he got parvovirus and he gave him glucose along with five vaccine. Further said chances are less. But I am still hoping for his recovery... I am scared. I can't see him like that.

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      idontknow 10 months ago

      i have a shih tzu who vomitted a clear liquid then he pooped watery blood a few times then slept with his eyes open...is that bad? or worst?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 10 months ago from USA

      Linda, what medication did your vet prescribe?

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      linda 11 months ago

      my dog has blood in his stools and is on medication from the vet, but since he has been on medication he has peed in the house twice (never did this ever before) . could medication cause him to pee more?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 11 months ago from USA

      Gayle, white stools in dogs are often seen in dogs when they eat raw bones but it can also be a sign of have a problem with their gastrointestinal tract such as a bile duct obstruction or problems with the dog’s pancreas or gall bladder. These are just possibilities. See your vet for proper diagnosis.

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      gayle 11 months ago

      my jack terrier, stools are white??? no, blood. what could be the cause???

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      Andre 11 months ago

      Milk magnesium with motion or nausea go to local pet store some should carry amoxicillin. Don't feed only concoction you made. Put all that in a squirt bottle your gonna have to force feed. I got 4 of my pups through it. My pups always show signs after I administer shots never fails it's always one.

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      Cindy 12 months ago

      My puppy has been pooping blood and I'm worry plus she had worms I'm still worry I need help and plus I have two kittens have a eye infection and I need help

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      ashfaq ahmed 12 months ago

      hi i have a black labrador age;5 months he pooped only blood and nothing else .he vomited yesterday and has not eaten a single thing from yesterday except for a frog and bones which he usually finds in our park

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      Kristin 13 months ago

      My 4 month old pit bull puppy has had some blood in his stool. NO vomiting he still has an appetite he is not lethargic and has normal activities. He has had shots one and two what is wrong with him

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 13 months ago from USA

      I hope your dog saw the vet for the bloody stools and vomiting, at 4 months this can be a sign of parvo and puppies get dehydrated quickly.

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      Pretzel 13 months ago

      My 4months poodle was vomiting at the same time he's pooping red blood only this noontime he's not eating also.. please help me I don't know wat to do

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      Virginia 13 months ago

      My dog is diabetic&her stool has tuned almost white/lite beige&she has blood coming out of her rectum What can I do if I cant get to the vet for 24 hours?

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      Utkarsh 13 months ago

      My german Shepherd stool blood which is black and also vomit blood some worm were eating her but they all died but still she is stooling blood also vomit blood please help

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      Julie 13 months ago

      Thank you for this helpful article. I have a 13 pound, Jack Russell/fawn mix who had a slight case of diarrhea with mucus/blood droplets--it was very scary-especially after searching the internet and coming across an array of serious and frightening scenarios. I decided to bring my dog in, with a fecal sample. After a very quick check of his underbelly, and heart, my vet prescribed Metronidazole-which worked immediately--no blood/droplets, and no more straining after first initial bowl movement. His fecal came back negative for parasites. I only wish I brought my pup in earlier---don't be scared to bring your pup in like I did!

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      Joan feeney 14 months ago

      Hi Ive got a 14 week old Shichon and I have her two weeks this Friday.I bought her on donedeal.Although her vaccinations wer up todate her owner claimed that she was wormed three wks previously with a Drontol tab.But just two days later I had ta bring her to the vet with bright red blood in her liquefied poop n my vet said that she was full of worms and her little belly was swollen and yes her ribcage could be easily felt her stools haven't yet firmed up although shes on prescription ID veterinary canned food for puppy gastronitis.Ive checked her poop each time for these offending parasites but no evidence of them been passed yet n its three days since the vet dosed her although shes was full of beans before & after.

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      Vanessa 14 months ago

      I have a Pomeranian who is 13 years old, she is very active and playful. She doesn't eat normally bc she doesn't like her dog food, we give her Wellness. But she does eat it sometimes. She is trained but she has been pooping in the house and it started like of solid with a little blood and now it is all liquid dark blackish blood, I am so worried about her and I can't imagine anything bad happening to her!

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      Muralidar 15 months ago

      Hi I have a lab dog black colour it had fever and cold past week he not taking any food but it goes motion red colour reddish yellow

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      Aakash 16 months ago

      i have a labrador puppy of 2 months and He poop blood today , and he is playing well eating food time to time, so i m confused what happened to him

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      Donna Perry 16 months ago

      Thank You for this information it was very helpful.

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      jgletne@gmail.com 16 months ago

      I'm poor and pretty much homeless. So no vet. Dog regeritated alot a few times then just alille bile. t stool multiple trips outside last few very small piles with obvious blood very runny.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 16 months ago from USA

      Jackie, if your dog pooped blood and mucus and is vomiting, you should see the vet.

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      jackie 17 months ago

      My dogs poop a day ago had blood and slight mucus. He has not pooped since. Also foamy vomit from time to time. I am very concerned. Please help!

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      Chiweenie 17 months ago

      K Agh.....you know what some people have probably tried everything even going 300 miles to UC Davis for there dog and nothing has worked and maybe some people want to know what's going on with there dog in easier terms. So maybe other dog owners like to see what other people have tried so maybe next time they go to another place they can bring it up!!! Not everyone has a perfect dog!!!!and it hurts to c your dog go through these things so we are willing to try other things when everything else fails!!

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      K Agh 17 months ago

      What concerns me here, is using the internet to diagnose your pet . Would you do the same for your infant?

      There is much information that can either be helpful or detrimental

      Err on the side of caution- before trying to come to Your Own Uneducated and Inexperienced Diagnosis" CALL YOUR VET ASAP

      - Then you can read up on all the " Varying Degrees of Information Out there. I hope we all stop playing Doctor , left to our own devices ... We know nothing,,, but can cause ourselves to ask like scientific researchers WHILE our poor pets SUFFER

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      Jocelyn 17 months ago

      can some one help me asap my do is leaking blood and he cant walk and is in pain when he pushes help at my email jp321507@g.risd.org

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 18 months ago from USA

      At this age and pooping blood, better have your dog checked out by a vet, best wishes.

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      Eunis Law 18 months ago

      My Poodle is 12 years old and she is pooping with a puddle but not to much blood, i'm not sure if she has a sickness or anything, please help

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      Brenda 20 months ago

      Pure pumpkin does a world of good not only for their digestive systems ,but, their coats! Serve them up a couple tbsp of hypoallergenic dog food and 1 tbsp pumpkin and in a week or so the discomfort the dog feels will lesson.

      Take them for testing to the vet for the bloody stool of course, but, pure pumpkin is something to have on hand all year!

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      trisha 21 months ago

      my dog just pooped blood earlier ,he dont want to eat and his not in his ussual playful attitude. we went to see the vet but his not around , im just going to ask if there's any other way to atleast lessen the pain that my dog have . or any remedy i could do at home

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 24 months ago from USA

      Start with getting a fecal test done to check for parasites and see if your finds anything or needs more tests.

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      Heidi 24 months ago

      I have a 9month British bull terrier and occasionally has blood at the end of pooing , she eating like a horse ,very lively puppy ,and naughty lol, so I know it can't be too serious but still panicking

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      Jennifer Charles 2 years ago

      Sorry to use this forum for this, but does anyone know how to get a hold of Elaine Gray who previously posted in this string? We want another Rottweiler from her, but her number is disconnected and email is no longer working. :(

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      It sounds weird for it to be a bug "because of the weather," anyhow, I would bring a stool sample to vet to start with or get a second opinion. it could be a case of colitis, but best to make sure.

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      Alicia 2 years ago

      I have a poodle and she is about 6 years old and she doesn't pee or poop in the house but the other night she woke me up pooping and at first I thought she was pooting but she had liquid poop like nothing solid about it then on through the day she would do that same thing and so I put her in my bathroom and when I went to check on her she had blood in her stool and drops of it on my floor she has never had something like this before she's not vomiting she's eating fine but I called my vet and he said that there is a bug out cause of the weather but when I read this article the med she is on was the one that was stated so it makes me wonder what is going on

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      So many people report improvement for many dog medical conditions with coconut oil, I am not surprised it may have helped your dog having bloody stools. Thanks for sharing your experience. Using coconut oil warrants a discussion with your veterinarian as it may worsen conditions like abnormal fat metabolism or pancreatitis.

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      Rosewolf S 3 years ago

      Posting this for anyone searching for help. My dog had bloody diarrhea and vomiting. The vet diagnosed her with colitis and gave a course of antibiotics. Then it happened again a month later, same treatment prescribed again. We tried everything - bland foods, probiotics, you name it. She would get a little better, then bloody stool again. Finally, I got some good quality virgin coconut oil and started her on a small amount (1/4 teaspoon) and Presto, the very next day she had her first solid, normal bowel movement in weeks. I just wanted to pass this along because I know how worrisome this condition is and how I searched so many message boards for advice. Definitely take your baby to the vet, but do consider adding coconut oil to their diet.

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      Bob Foster 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks for useful links!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Has your dog seen the vet for this? It could be many things and it sounds like more diagnostic tests are needed. Coccidia, parvo, stress, food intolerance, EPI, expocrine pancreati insufficiency, SIBO Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and more. Here are some helpful hubs, but only helpful if it's a mild digestive upset and after your vet ruled out serious conditions:

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Dog-upset-stomach-home...

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Slippery-Elm-Bark-for-...

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Bland-Diet-Recipe-for-...

      https://hubpages.com/animals/Understanding-Dog-Exo...

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      Bob Foster 3 years ago from USA

      My dog has been having blood and mucis in his stool, Ive tried everything, worm meds, changing foods, treats everything and its continuous I just dont know what to do, hes only 24 months old. I need help please, I dont want to lose my baby, hes the only thing I have left. :(

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      AF 3 years ago

      Banfield and VCA Animal hospitals sometimes offer free first visits to clients, but then they will charge for tests and medications. If this is due to dietary indiscretion, sometimes a bland diet for a few days may help, but really a vet exam will be needed to see what's causing this especially if this persists and your dog develops other symptoms other than the blood in stool. If there is stress, sometimes this will cause bloody stools in dogs and generally this subsides as the dog calms down. A fecal test can be done, often for under $20 to rule our parasites and protozoans, but again, there may be other causes and since your dog is older the vet will be the best thing.

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      william stroble 3 years ago

      my dog a pikanese eleven years old just had her first bloody stool with a mucus like soft stool and patchs of red blood.what should i do am disabled do not have money

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Bright red blood in dog stool is called hematochezia. Please see your vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      If there is bright blood in dog stool look under "hemotochezia".

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      I don't like it when dogs aren't active and sleep a lot when they have diarrhea or vomiting. There are home remedies for dogs with upset stomach and I have several hubs on them, but they are for mild cases only and since your dog is lethargic I would see a vet. VCA or Banfield vet hospitals offer free vet visit with your first visit but you will have to pay for meds or diagnostic tests.

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      Sabrina 3 years ago

      I forgot to mention there was bright red blood in his poop.

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      sabrina 3 years ago

      My dog has been pooping inside all day he potty trained and usually always let's us know when he needs to go out. At first it was hard and normal but the more he pooped the more it turned into diarrhea. From time to time he'll throw up and I not sure if its because he eat some of his poop because he knows he's going to get in trouble or for another reason. He hasn't been to active and has been sleeping most of the time. He's diet hasn't really changed but for time to time does eat table food. He did find a little chocolate that he ate early this morning... We started giving him some diarrhea medicine when I first noticed his poop had changed but no signs of it getting better yet. Please help! I really can't afford a visit to the vet. I just want to be sure if he'll really need to go to the vet or this will just pass.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Your dog should see the vet to rule out a possible blockage. When a blockage takes place, the dog cannot keep food down, has trouble eliminating and loses its appetite. This happens when large pieces are swallowed and block the passage. There is nothing that can be done at home if that's the case. Is this the first time he is given a beef bone? New foods may cause digestive upset, but better be safe and see the vet given the symptoms you are seeing. Best wishes!

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      Jeff 3 years ago

      Hi, my names jeff. Currently my dog is not feeling good at all. We went to the market and got him a beef bone (the ones dog can eat). However, since he has had the bone, he has thrown up once, and has diarrhea, and he is passing blood in his stools. He has also tried pooping, and all that came out was little drops of blood.

      Can someone please help me?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      The symptoms you describe are worrisome, gastro-enteritis and even parvo come to mind. Look up Banfield or VCA free vet visit to save some money on the vet visit if you have one near you. You will still though have to pay tests and medications though, which can be costly in the long run.

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      lovemydodson 3 years ago

      My female dachshunds statted bleeding lastnight I took her to the vet first thing theey did a pancreatitis test fecal parvo test and thryroid because she was overweight her theyroid was out of whack so they put her on meds and perscription food they also cleaned her anal glands because she scoots her bloody stool was caused by strrss we recently added a new pup and the vet said most dodsons dont do well with change and recommend that we dont keepbthe pup we kept the pup one night before buying so we could see how theyd act so we couldnt get pup vet said he gave abntibiotics for her inflamed anal glands and told us to hive 1/4 tsp of peptop since shes 12 lb it was nothing major causing her to bleed but better safe than sorry take your furbaby tobthe vet if u caby afford it try and find lowcost or one to set up payments or apply for care credit we use banfield animal hosoital very low cost and grrat sorry for typos phones freezing

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Sorry to hear about that Elaine, at times, bloody stools can be indicative of serious problems, HGE comes to mind since you mention she was hospitalized. I hope they find out what is wrong with her so she could come back home. She's young, so chances are good she will recover nicely. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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      olivia 3 years ago

      but elaine, Jessie doesnt eat anything. :( I just came back from the vet and she has to stay there, for at least 2 days. Now I wont be able to sleep without her.

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      Elaine Gray 3 years ago

      Olivia have you started her on new food or have you given her new treats? I have a schnauzer spitz mix and when I bought her some new treats she got diarrhea and it was filled with bright red blood.. I took her to the vet right away and they asked me those very questions. She had been eating grass as well. They said it was probably just an irritated tummy. They said to only give her water for the rest of the day and stop the new treats. Then give her the food she is used to and see how she does. The next day she was fine. Always remember that in most cases bright red blood in the stool is mainly a sign of an irritated tummy, but dark red blood means there is something that should be addressed immediately.

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      olivia 3 years ago

      I have a 2 year old mini schnauzer, her name is Jessie. A few weeks ago she got diarrhea. My dad and mom thought it was just normal, but she stopped eating. Then a day later, she started pooping out blood just a little bit. My dad called our vet, he said it may be parasites he gave us pills "clavamox". A week had passed and she been fine. This moday it started happening all over again. Now she is pooping alot of blood. We are taking her to the vet again,but they are closed. What should I do.?

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      brandon kim 4 years ago

      Recently my dog (bebe) has been acting shes constantly following me and girlfriend (but more so her) around especially when my other family members are not around and when my girlfriend and i sit in our room bebe has recently taken up sitting outside the door and whimpering until we let her in, and just now she was sitting in the perfectly fine and all of sudden s gets up and goes to the bathroom inside the room and when i looked at her stool i it wasnt completely diarrhea but there was still some blood in it not much enough you could tell.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      So sorry to hear that Elaine Gray. As much as we would love to have them with us longer, it just seems that at a certain point some illness must take them away from us. My deepest condolences.

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      Elaine Gray 4 years ago

      I took my precious baby girl Winnie to the vet this morning and the diagnosis was grim. She had cancer all throughout her poor little body. Her eyes were glazed over and no spark at all. The vet said it was my choice of course but his recommendation was euthanasia. I am crying so hard as I type this. I had to say good-bye to her after 15 amazing years with her.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      There are really many causes of blood in stool that an exact cause is difficult to pinpoint. Vets may run various tests to eliminate some causes (bring in a fecal sample) and then will run some more if the results are inconclusive. You also mention she is losing weight despite her eating,, so that's something that needs investigated further. Since you mention her activity levels have decreased since falling, it could be she's still achy somewhere. I would bring her to the vet to get checked out. I know you worry about something bad going on, but there also times where things are treatable, and actually can help your dog feel better and even prolong their lives. If money is an issue google VCA free vet visit. You may get a free vet visit but you'll have to pay for any diagnostic tests. Sending best wishes for your baby girl.

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      Elaine Gray 4 years ago

      I also wanted to add that even though she is 15 she has still been very active. My parents came for a visit about 2 weeks ago and she was so excited that when I opened the door, she darted out and took a tumble down the porch stairs. She has not been as active since that tumble.

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      Elaine Gray 4 years ago

      My baby girl is 15 years old. She has had issues with piddling on herself all her life (week bladder due to having her fixed at too early an age, is what my vet told me). Treated with estrogen for a very short time years ago. She has also suffered from seizures throughout her life but has not had one in years. She has been loosing weight even though I have hand feed her for over a month with a blan can food. Now for the past 2 days if she is not sleeping then she is in the position to go poo and when she does poo it is bloody and runny. Do you have any suggestions on what could be wrong with her? Is this something I can treat without a costly vet bill? I am so worried about it being time to say good-bye. Please help

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      With a young pup like that, you want to see the vet 1) because pups get dehydrated quicker, 2)because bloody stools can be a sign of parvo which has better treatment options when caught early. 3) because it seems like he also has abdominal pain.

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      Shanil 4 years ago

      My 3 months German pup had loose motions with lill blood but no vomit.

      She was active and playful. But now her ears are lowers down and very lazy. And is crying if moving (like every after 5,is)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      It's always best to see the vet if this continues.

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