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Question by Tracey
Submitted on 1/11/2004
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My Chi has blood in her stool. She's 19 weeks old and has had all of her puppy shots. Her appetite and activity level are the same and she doesn't appear to be in any distress. I can't imagine her eating anything that would cause a blockage because we keep her in a puppy playpen and only let her out when she's being supervised. She eats kibbles and soft food and there's been no change recently in her diet. Her eyes are clear and with the exception of the blood in her stool, appears to be a very happy little dog. The blood is not necessarily a bright red, but it does look somewhat fresh. There isn't a large amount, but enough to concern me and there is a bit of mucus. She had surgery for an inguinal hernia about three weeks ago and was on antibiotics for almost two weeks. Could this be coccidiosis or parvo? Is this a side effect of the surgery? Any suggestions? I plan to take her to the vet tomorrow (Monday) if this doesn't stop.

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 1/13/2004
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I agree that taking her to the vet would be the right thing to do.  I am concerned that this has been going on for more than a day or two.  Your vet should have caught this when she went into have her stitches pulled and/or for her come-in-7-10-days-post-surgery exam.  My little Gremlin had two hernia operations (one with the spay and another a year later), but she didn't have external stitches the second time.  Still, the vet had me bring her in for a checkup about a week after surgery.

If she is recent on her vaccinations, than I don't think it could be parvo or any other nasty bugs.

Is there any possibility she can be getting into something red? say, like the fur off a toy?  The reason I ask is that when I was very small, I exhibited the same symptoms you are describing for your chi, but it turned out I had gotten hold of a stuffed red fox and had eaten all the fur off it, hence the 'blood' in my poop.

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Answer by Tracey
Submitted on 1/21/2004
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The vet that took the stitches out wasn't our normal vet (a fill-in while our vet was on vacation). All she was looking for was redness, swelling or drainage from the incision. At that moment, we hadn't noticed any bloody stool, so we weren't able to alert her to it. Our appointment was for two weeks after her surgery, so it had been almost a week since she had been to the vet. The bloody stool had only been going on since Saturday morning. I used to breed rabbits (I was in shows and was licensed with the state) and when I had rabbits with stools like this, they had what we called "jelly belly" (enteritis/coccidiosis). We treated it by giving them probiotics like Benebac. It wasn't usually fatal, but it earned a healthy respect from me whenever I see this in any other animal now too! My first reaction when I saw the bloody stool with mucus was to give her a dose of Benebac (available at PetSmart in one dose vials). When she still had a bit of blood and mucus by Sunday night, it was decided this wasn't something we could play with any longer and decided to take her to the vet first thing Monday morning. It wasn't coccidiosis or Parvo (like I was so afraid he was going to tell me). He said he couldn't find any evidence of worms or parasites of any kind. He put her on Clavamox and whatever it was stopped. We're still not completely sure what happened. It was definitely blood and mucus, but nothing showed in her x-rays that she had swallowed anything that might have cut up her little insides. Whatever it was has passed with the help of our vet and the Clavamox and she's doing much better now. She still has a couple of days left on the medicine, and we're making sure she takes it all! The vet said that the Benebac may have actually been what helped her because the blood stool stopped by Tuesday morning, but there's no real way of knowing since we're not exactly sure what she had. I know this doesn't really help, but that's what we did and this is the response we got from our baby girl. She's doing fine, eating well, playing constantly and no more scary poops!


Answer by Janieann
Submitted on 3/4/2004
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I'm having a similar condition with a Chihuahua who is approx. 1 1/2 years of age. She began with weight loss and loss of appetite.  I do live in a area that is the Senoran Desert and of course there are many critters who live out here on the land.  Susy who has never shown anything but a peppy disposition continued to lose weight even when I put her on a softer diet. I then had her checked for worms and nothing was found.  
Last year there was some Cocci found in a litter of puppies.  They were treated and I was told not to worry about the other dogs?
Recently Susy began with a bloody and mucus type stool.  I took her back to the Vet and we decided to put her on medication for Cocci just to be safe as the symptoms matched that of Cocci.
Well after 5 days on the Sulfur she was not improved. I put her on a diet of Lamb and Rice which she still rejected.  I also forgot to mention I have the sister to her here also and she also shows a bit of weight loss but eats well.  All my other dogs are of normal or even a bit heavy weights.
I have began Susy on Clavamox the last 3 days and she is acting better and lessor amount of blood etc.  I do think I will try the Benebac. I have another appt. in case she does not get well to do further testing.  She cannot afford to lose anymore weight as she looks deprived at this time and she is skin and bone.
If anyone has any ideas please write me.
I do know Susy is up to date on her shots so I doubt it's Parvo and it has been going on a long while.
Thank You
Janie Ann


Answer by MJ
Submitted on 4/12/2004
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I had a cat (completely indoor cat) get similar symptoms once - she had giardia.  It's a cross-species problems (my dad's had it and we think the cat picked it up from a dog).  Causes blood and mucus in the stools, weight loss, etc.  Doesn't always show up correctly on tests and MANY vets (and doctors) don't know much about it.  Backwoods campers know about it, though : ).  You can bring it in on shoes fairly easily. . .


Answer by Mar  Charlotte's Mom
Submitted on 8/3/2004
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I just got a 3 month old Cocker/Shih tzu a week ago and she also has blood droppings after she goes poo, I took her to the vet yesterday and they said she might have too much bacteria in her colon, they put her on antibiotics.
Let me know what you found out.


Answer by Pam
Submitted on 11/7/2004
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Hello my name is Pam.  I have a beagle and she is 3 months old.  She has had all of her shots and seems to be fine.  She has had loose stools with bloody mucus in them.  We have not found out what it is yet and hope to find out soon.  She did not eat yesterday and now she is eating fine and seems to be playing fine.  Is this common in beagle dogs?


Answer by AngT
Submitted on 11/16/2004
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I am having similar problems with my dog who is a 2 year old spaniel mix. We just adopted her from an animal shelter 5 days ago.  The first two days I had her, she did not have any blood in her stool, but since then she has had exactly what others have described- both blood and mucus in her stool.  I took her to the vet and they treated her for worms, but this was actually before we noticed the blood.  Since then she went back to the vet and we found out she has a urinary tract infection and she has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.  The vet said she also noticed it and was hoping worming her or the antibiotic would help clear it up.  b haven't seen any change in the stool yet so I am getting nervous.  I can't afford to spend so much money on a dog I just got, but I could never take her back to the shelter where she clearly wasn't well taken care of.  I think I will try the Benebac, but I am still worried.  Does anyone have any advice for me?      


Answer by jeff
Submitted on 12/28/2004
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I know it sounds too simple, but having had our two present chihuahuas 7&8 years respectively, and having had chihuahuas throughout my whole life, here's what works. Put that little sweetie on warm piles of chicken and rice for a week. I mean let her get stuffed to the gills!(Make sure there's no bones). Then gradually get her back on her regular food. During that week, give her half a teaspoon of kaopectate each day (Just open her mouth and get it in there). Make sure that you ALWAYS are giving her ONLY BOTTLED water to drink. Spring water is the best. Never give your baby tap water. That's it and your welcome. Or, she is.


Answer by Gary
Submitted on 1/22/2005
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I have had a cat do this in the past.  We treated for worms (even though there was no sign of them) and used Clavamox.  She cleared up in about 3 days.  She never had depression or much weight loss, though.  When those things accompany the bloody stool, I would rule out everything I could.

Gary Bramlett


Answer by Ann
Submitted on 4/19/2005
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Hi, I had the same exact problem with my Chihuahua.  I took her to the vet and the stool sample tested negative for parasites.  The vet said that she just must have eaten something strange.  He gave her a shot and some antibiotics and two days later her stool is back to normal again.  Also, it's good to note that the blood in your Chihuahua's stool is red, not black.  Blackish blood in stool indicates a more serious high intestinal problem, while red blood in stool is characteristic of a less detrimental lower intestinal problem.  Hope that helped.  


Answer by aobert17
Submitted on 10/28/2005
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My Chi has had similar problems as well. He has been diagnosed with coccidia and is on som yellowish medication I think may be called Albon, although I could be wrong. He originally just had the little bit of blood in his stool, tonight, he had an extremely mucus filled stool (it looked almost like snot). It has never looked like this before. He is full of energy and eats plenty. Any ideas, or is this just the coccidia?


Answer by Lor
Submitted on 12/27/2005
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SOMEONE HELP ME!!! I am 13 years old, and have been watching my neighbors dog for them while they have been on vacation. Today I noticed her stool was full of blood and she had diahrea. She seems to be fine, since she is always hyper and prancing around. This morning I also noticed that she had gone to the bathroom in her kennel, and it was diahrea. Is she coming down with worms or something? HELP


Answer by katie
Submitted on 1/24/2006
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My two year dog, Teddy, just passed a bright red bloody stool, and I'm not sure when vet attention is necessary. Do I assume this could be one instance? I'm nervous because to me it seemed like a lot of blood. He hasn't been eating as much, but I don't know if this is because he is sick, or because he is stressed about the new puppy that just moved in the house two days ago. Plus, I'm currently in a foreign country, so calling a vet is near impossible. So I'm trying to decide if I should just take him in. (and I couldn't find anything red that he could have eaten around my flat, but I did catch him in the act of eating cat poop from the strays around here.)


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Submitted on 2/22/2006
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Answer by sheplovr
Submitted on 4/12/2006
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It could mean anything from cronic colitis to an infection picked up from the ground or another dog.  Meds should clear it up unless a cancer like condition.


Answer by Bubbles
Submitted on 5/30/2006
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I have an American Eskimo. She is 1 year old and is pooping diarrhea and blood is coming out. My dog (Honey) is also vomiting. Please help me what should I do and what could be the cause?


Answer by Bubbles
Submitted on 5/30/2006
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I have an American Eskimo. She is 1 year old and is pooping diarrhea and blood is coming out. My dog (Honey) is also vomiting. Please help me what should I do and what could be the cause?


Answer by dana
Submitted on 6/14/2006
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My Shih-tzu had a little bit of blood in his stool today. He has had loose stool for a couple days now, but today was the first I saw of the blood. It wasn't much, but it still concerns me.He also vomited today, but just liquid.  About a year ago he had to have surgery due to his rear having an affection. I forget the name of it, but his rectum was inflamed, and had puss coming out of it. Can you tell me what the blood in his stool could be from???


Answer by gengasli
Submitted on 8/10/2006
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I occasionaly use puppys for ritualistic sacrifice for the general good of mankind, this sometimes has led to some rectal discharge namely bleeding so.............In my professional opinion as a check out chick at some useless 7-11 store I recommend that you drain the blood of your puppy prior giving up to the gods  


Answer by Abby and Steely
Submitted on 11/8/2006
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I have to cat's Abby and Steely both almost 7mts old..Two days ago I noticed that Abby's glands in her armpits were swollen.
Yesterday one or both had diarrhea, now today one of them pooped in the tub, it was soft with blood and mucus in it. I just had them in two weeks ago for their needles and I am wondering could this be it , they were also dewormed then. So if anyone knows anything let us know.  


Answer by renee
Submitted on 4/27/2007
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yup my frenchie had the same thing.


Answer by Crystal
Submitted on 5/5/2007
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I have a puppy now that is about 8-9 weeks old and I got her about 3 weeks ago from Animal Control.  The very next day after I got her, she got sick and her nose was running, she wouldn't eat or drink, diarrhea and she was very lazy.  She also had a little bit of blood and mucus in her stool.  After going to the vet every day for about 4-5 days and having fecal test, the initial diagnosis was an URI.  The vet put her on Clavamox and Flagyl (for the diarrhea).  She got a little better then a few days later, she started having BAD seizures.  I brought her back in and the vet then thought she had Distemper and was going to put her down.  I took her home to give her one more day to get better and she did. We took her off of all of her meds and 4 days later, she got sick again.  Turns out, this whole time, it was coccidiosis!  She had another fecal exam today and that's what the found.  So in the mean time, my dog has suffered for almost 3 weeks total and was being treated for a URI, then almost put down because of Distemper, and all it ended up being was coccidiosis!


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