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Blood in dogs shit?
Dec 8th, 2010 at 10:23am
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We have got a Vizsla that is getting on towards 10 years old but is still very fit and active. In the last few days we have started to notice quite a bit of blood in the mucous around his shit.

His food hasn't changed and other than the bad skin allergies he gets at this time of year he seems fine.

Normally we would take him straight to the vet but we are on the south island at the start of a 2 week holiday.

Any thoughts?

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Reply #1 - Dec 8th, 2010 at 11:12am
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Hi Vanman
Worm him to start with, use a good all wormer like drontal.
Is he on any medications at the moment? Some anti inflammatories or anti allergy drugs can cause blood in the stool.
Is the stool normal consistency or softer/harder than normal? A very hard stool might cause a small amount of red blood when toileting.

If the blood is red and reasonably bright its usually better than black or very dark blood which can indicate blood loss further up the digestive tract.
have a look at his gum colour - if his gums are a healthy pink he is less likely to have lost much blood than if his gums are pale.
Sometimes a dog will have mucous with a small amount of blood if the food is not agreeing with them (irritable bowel type thing).
Worming first then consider a change in food to see if it helps - choose a good brand of biscuits if possible.
  
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Reply #2 - Dec 9th, 2010 at 12:07pm
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Great thanks for that

He is due a worming tablet about now and we were giving him lotradine (sp?) a bit last week to try and damp down allergy symptoms. So they are good starting points.

No recent change in food and he is on eukanuba allergy biscuits. His stools are looser than normal and he does seem to be straining more than usual too.

It is only small streaks of blood too not any great amount. It's red too, not dark blood that had been through his digestive system.

Thanks for the advice. Has helped my partner a lot. She was having worst case scenario thoughts! Smiley

We'll worm him and stop the antihistamines and just keep an eye on him for a few days.

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Reply #3 - Dec 9th, 2010 at 1:01pm
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No worries Vanman.
Dont be too worried about the antihistamine, I would have been more concerned about steroids.
I hope he comes good soon.
  
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Reply #4 - Dec 20th, 2010 at 11:06am
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Thanks again Ethos

We wormed Wallace and the blood thing cleared up fine.

The 2 weeks on the South island also cleared up all his skin allergy issues. It'll be interesting to see how long they take to come back now we are in Welly again.

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Reply #5 - Dec 20th, 2010 at 1:20pm
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Thanks for updating us Vanman. Yeah I reckon humidity and temperature can make a real difference for sensitive skin.
  
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