If you're a dog parent (kudos for being a four-legged soul lover), you probably have had that moment of panic when your pooch pal leaves a bright red mess behind. Oh, no! Bloody diarrhea in dogs is scary and messy.
I mean, doggy doo is never a pretty sight, but add some red to it, and you've got a whole other level of worry. But before you start hyperventilating, let's break it down and figure out what to do when your furry friend is doing a very concerning number two.
First things first, dog-lovers, if you're asking yourself, "Why does my dog have bloody diarrhea but is acting normal?" – you're not alone. It's a scenario that would perplex even the most seasoned of dog moms or dads. But let's wipe that worry from your brow, as we're about to dive into this subject like a Labrador at a lake!
Bloody Stool In Dogs: What's The Cause?
There's a myriad of reasons why your pooch might be leaving a bit of a gore scene behind them. Maybe they got a little too excited at the prospect of 'people food' and swiped a spicy chicken wing or two (naughty doggy!). Spicy and rich foods are not the best for our canine comrades and can cause bloody diarrhea in dogs.
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Other causes could include:
- Gastrointestinal infections.
- Internal parasites (not the friendly kind of guests).
- Eating a strange thing.
- Food allergies.
- Or even serious conditions like hemorrhagic gastroenteritis or colitis.
It's a veritable roulette wheel of causes!
If your dog is pooping blood and diarrhea, don't freak out. Take a deep breath, get your dog out of those new white carpets, and give your vet a call. They're the pros, and they'll have Fido's tummy sorted in no time!
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Not So Fast, Pup Parent!
Here's the kicker, dog aficionados. If your dog has blood in stool but is acting normal, it might not be an emergency, as Blue Cross explains in their website.
Sure, it's worrying to see, but if your dog is still chasing its tail and demanding belly rubs, chances are it's not a serious issue.
However, if your pup seems lethargic, uninterested in food or play, or you're seeing a lot of blood – then it's time to get on the horn with the vet.
Should I Take My Dog To The Vet?
Hold on a second! I know it's a bit yucky to talk about what's coming out of your dog's backside, but it's crucial to know the ins and outs (literally) of what's going on. Now, bear with me, it might get a little gross, but it's all for a good cause – your fur baby's health.
If you're staring at your dog's poop and thinking, "Is that blood or just mucus?" you're not alone. Trust me, it can be hard to tell. But here's the lowdown:
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Seeing something dark and ominous in your pup's poop? If it's black, it could actually be digested blood. It might be time to hit the blower and get some professional insight. Don't hesitate to contact your vet.
Loose, Runny Poop with Jelly-like Blood
Okay, I know it's not pleasant, but if your dog's poop is a runny mess and has jelly-like blood in it, it could be colitis. That's when the lower part of the bowel gets a little angry and inflamed. While it might sound scary, it's usually not a big deal and should settle down in a few days.
But you know what they say, better safe than sorry. If your dog's not feeling their usual peppy self or if the symptoms stick around or get worse, it's time to ring up your vet.
Bright Red Spots
Spotting some bright red spots in your dog's poop could be due to them straining a little too hard. It's not usually something to lose sleep over, but if it keeps happening, better give your vet a shout.
So, when in doubt, just remember – your vet is your best friend when it comes to sorting out your dog's digestive drama. So, go on, give them a call. Your pup will thank you for it.
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Bloody Diarrhea Treatments
The first step in treating bloody diarrhea in dogs is identifying the cause. Your veterinarian may perform a physical examination, fecal tests, blood tests, and imaging to determine the cause of the bloody diarrhea. Once the cause is determined, your veterinarian can recommend the appropriate treatment.
1. Bacterial & Viral Infections
For bacterial infections, antibiotics are often prescribed to fight off the infection. In the case of viral infections, your veterinarian may recommend supportive care to help your dog recover.
If parasites such as worms or protozoa are the cause, your veterinarian may prescribe an antiparasitic medication.
Your veterinarian may recommend a special prescription diet or a hypoallergenic diet to help determine which foods are causing the issue. Your veterinarian may also recommend a bland diet consisting of easily digestible foods, such as boiled chicken and rice, to help settle your dog's stomach. Once the offending food has been identified, your dog may need to avoid that food permanently.
4. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
IBD can be managed with prescription medications, such as corticosteroids or immunosuppressants, which reduce inflammation in the intestines. Your veterinarian may also recommend dietary changes and supplements to support your dog's digestive health.
5. Severe Bloody Diarrhea
Supportive care, such as fluid therapy, may be necessary for dogs with severe bloody diarrhea, as dehydration can be a significant concern. Your veterinarian may administer fluids intravenously or subcutaneously to help your dog stay hydrated. Electrolyte imbalances, which can occur with severe diarrhea, may also be managed with fluids and electrolyte supplements.
It's essential to follow your veterinarian's recommendations and schedule any necessary follow-up appointments to ensure your dog is recovering well. In some cases, chronic bloody diarrhea may require ongoing management, such as long-term medication or dietary changes.
A Quick Note For The Diarrhea Deniers
If your dog has diarrhea with blood but acts fine, don't pretend it's not happening. We get it, nobody likes to deal with this. But the longer you wait, the worse it might get. If your dog is experiencing bloody diarrhea, don't ignore it. Whether it's a one-time event or an ongoing issue, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Remember: as much as our furry friends may sometimes act like superheroes (and they totally are in our hearts), they can't speak up about their health. So it's up to us to keep an eye on their behinds (literally) and make sure they're feeling their best. And if you're ever in doubt, there's no harm in consulting your vet – they're the true superheroes for our four-legged friends.
After all, the more we know about our beloved fur babies' health, the better we can care for them and the happier they'll be. So let's all be responsible pet parents and keep our pups as healthy as possible, even when things get a little messy.
Bloody diarrhea in dogs can be a scary and alarming sight, but with the right approach and a good vet, your pooch will be back to their regular antics in no time!
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