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Causes of Blood in Dog Stool

Updated on July 27, 2016
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Adrienne Farricelli is a former veterinary hospital assistant and now a certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, and author of dog books.

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

Why is my dog pooping blood?
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Understanding Bloody Stools in Dogs

Seeing blood in your dog's stool can be a quite 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.

So how can you tell whether dark stools contain blood? Michael D. Willard, a board-certified veterinarian specializing in internal medicine, suggests placing the feces on absorbent white paper, such as a paper towel. Observe to see whether a reddish tint diffuses from the feces—if it does, that's proof that you're likely dealing with melena.

The causes for blood in stools 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 Versus 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

Common Causes of Fresh Bright Red Blood in Stool

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

As mentioned, hematochezia is fresh, bright red blood in, or mixed with, your dog's stool. Unlike in humans, in dogs fresh blood 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.

Parvovirus

This is a serious disease often found in puppies. Black-and-tan breeds, such as rottweilers, German shepherds, and Dobermans, are more prone to parvo. Typically, a puppy with parvo will exhibit 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.

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. 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.

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 dog upset stomach remedies.

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.

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.

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.

Stress

In some cases, blood in the stools 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. For more on this, read Can Blood in a Dog's Stool Be Caused by Stress?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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 try a brief fast followed by a bland diet, as a vet explains in the video below.

DVM Greg Martinez Discusses Mucus and Red Blood in Stool

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 12 days ago from USA

      Linda, what medication did your vet prescribe?

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      linda 3 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 5 weeks ago

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

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      Cindy 7 weeks 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 8 weeks 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 6 months ago

      Thank You for this information it was very helpful.

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      jgletne@gmail.com 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 11 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 13 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 13 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 16 months 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 17 months 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 17 months 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks for useful links!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 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://museum-pu.spb.ru/dogs/Dog-upset-stomach-home...

      https://museum-pu.spb.ru/dogs/Slippery-Elm-Bark-for-...

      https://museum-pu.spb.ru/dogs/Bland-Diet-Recipe-for-...

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

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      Bob Foster 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago from USA

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

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 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 2 years ago

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

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      sabrina 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago from USA

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

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      Angela 3 years ago

      My 9 month old miniature dachshund has had runny green stool with a slight amount of bright red blood. No vomiting though and he's acting and playing normal. Should I be concerned? It's only been twice in one day that I've noticed and one time was in the morning then late in the evening.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      I would consult with your vet as this does not sound normal.

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      Carrie 3 years ago

      My puppy was dewormed on 1/2 and had bloody diarrhea that night and next day. His stool firmed up a bit over the next couple days. Now, 1/6, he seems not interested in his food. He still drinks a lot of water and will eat a treat but won't eat much food. I took him outside earlier and he had more bloody diarrhea. Is it normal to still have bloody diarrhea 4 days after being dewormed?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Best solution: go to a VCA or Banfield animal hospital, and see if they can offer you a free exam,. This would make you pay mostly for tests and meds, and save you on the exam fee. Here is how to get an almost free vet visit:

      https://hubpages.com/animals/How-to-Get-a-Free-Vet...

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      coda 3 years ago

      @alexandry first off I enjoyed your enthusiasm and genuine interest in helping your readers. My 6 year old pom mix has been pooping with bright red blood for 2 days now and with little bit of mucusy poop. Ive seen him coughed up a poopy looking vomit which didnt look alarming. I checked under his tail and found a little tiny tear by the anal area where he passes his poop. Im currently financially under and was hoping you could direct me in a more practical approach and solution. Help please.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      If you read through the article you can see that there can be various causes. I would have her checked out by a vet to play it safe.

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      precious 3 years ago

      My dog precious has been vomiting up fomy froth and has liquid blood in her stool she is active and alert what could this be

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Jerry, this still should warrant a vet visit since blood in stool in dogs is not normal. play it safe and have your pup seen, best wishes!

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      Jerry 4 years ago

      My dog had blood in his stool just the other day, but it was short lived. I monitored his stool these days and they have been fine. Today though I saw a little droplet of blood again. I can't think for a reason as he is always indoors with me and know what he eats. Should I still see the vet if the amount is minimal and just shows up occasionally?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Being 3 days now and a small size dog which is prone to getting dehydrated fast, your best bet is to see a vet quick. See if VCA still offers that free vet visit deal, here is a resource, best wishes~! https://hubpages.com/animals/How-to-Get-a-Free-Vet...

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      Kristen 4 years ago

      My 2 yr old yorkie hasn't been feeling well for 3 days now. She didn't eat on Monday. I bought a new bag of royal canine (which is what she eats) and she ate on Tuesday, but at night she threw up. 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 am worried now. I don't have a lot of income and I'm worried about the vet bill.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      So he had brown on the paper as if he defecated and then you saw a pinkish tint? This can be from blood in stools, a wound, anal gland problems, parasites or it could be simply he sat on something with that color. Since he licks it several times, the area can be painful so I would check with the vet to play it safe and keep an eye on the area. best wishes!

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      Sheila 4 years ago

      I have a German Shepard he will be 3 years old in Dec..My husband gave his a bath Sat and noticed around his retum was brown,later he wiped it and the paper had like a pink but was dry he licks like 3 times a day he is eating and acts fine..what could be the problem

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Hello, thanks for stopping by. I hope your dog's bloody stool issues resolves with the prescription diet. It seems quite a common problem that owners face at least once in their dog's lifetime.

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      Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Very informative hub! We have a dog who is now on a special prescription diet to manage all of his digestive issues including bloody stool. Hopefully this hub will help a lot of pet owners, and agree that getting vet advice is always a must!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Mandcy, I have listed several possible causes in the body of this article. It's hard to say what may be causing this and only your vet can pinpoint the cause through your dog's history and diagnostics. Since you mention he went outside, it could be he ate all sorts of things that didn't agree with his stomach, it could be he ate something sharp that scraped the rectal lining. Since the blood is red, it's not coming from the upper gi tract. it's hard to say if your dog should see the vet or not tonight, it depends on how much blood you are seeing, the size of your dog, if this continues, and if your dog is exhibiting other symptoms such as getting lethargic, losing his appetite and his gums are getting pale which is a sign of too much blood loss. I always recommend a same-day visit to be on the safe side...

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      Mendcy 4 years ago

      Hi my pet was lost recently. She was gone for 3 days. 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. What does this mean? And can I wait since she has a vet appt tomorrow at 8a?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Dark, bad smelling feces may be a sign of blood in the stool (melena) This should warrant a prompt vet visit, especially since your dog has a medical condition to start with. Please read below for more and see your vet promprtly. Best wishes!

      http://petplace.com/dogs/melena-blood-in-stool...

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      N A Tufani 4 years ago

      I have a 2 years old dog having ascites and passes very offensive dark coloured large amount of watery faeces. what will be the cause and line of treatment

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      I had my Rotteilwer at the hospital once and almost fainted when they told me that 2 nights in the hospital amounted to $1,200! After that I got pet insurance. Have you considered that? I pay about $25 per dog and if something happens, they cover 80% of the costs. I wish I could get health insurance so cheap, it's weird, my dogs have it while I don't! Here is something you can do. Look for a VCA hospital near you and see if they're still offering that free first vet exam. I took advantage of it and it was really free-- only had to pay for meds.

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      norberto calaf 4 years ago

      im having the same things with my dogs,like every day my dog is shiting blood or and others things but thats not the mean problem, its THE VET they charge you so much money to take care of your dogs and to tell u the true i dont like it that i cant go and get my dog the better he needs, i want to cry for the fact that i have to set here and hope that my dog while be ok,what will help us more is, they should put the prise down so more .......PLEASE PLEASE obama your the only one who can change this its for the animals.

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      anna 4 years ago

      I think my dog is allergic to chicken. Take your dog off all human food. My dog can eat turkey lunchmeat on top of canned Science Diet ID (for gastro help) dog food, but chicken seems to cause bleeding. He had HGE about three months ago and nearly died, so I watch him closely. He was eating chicken then. I tried it again and he has blood in his poop. the vet should give you Flagyl to clear any infection and should rule out parasites.

      Your dog can take quarter to half Pepcid AC to settle its stomach.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      See my hub on dog upset stomach:

      https://museum-pu.spb.ru/dogs/Dog-upset-stomach-home...

      However, if she is so sick and has blood in stool, I would look for an emergency center that should be open 24/7 365 days a year. Most large towns and cities have one, best wishes!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Stop feeding people food and try a bland diet for a few day as the article below explains, also consider deworming.

      https://museum-pu.spb.ru/dogs/Dog-upset-stomach-home...

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      douglas 4 years ago

      hav a 9 month old staffy beautiful fun loving dog and always full of life and very mischievious at times,he does get punished for tho,but just recently he hasnt been eating much,some meals he scoffs down other meals he dont go near,ive got him on a diet of human food and also dog food but there is only certain flavours and such he eats, anyway just recently he has gone of eating sometimes he threw up 2-3 days ago and now just tonight my partner took him for a walk, when she came home she told me he was pooping blood, like a dark browny red type and also looked like there was blood clot,not sure whether it might be some type of worm,parasite or knows what,im really hoping its nothing much at all because we all know how dear the vets are, its bloody ridiculous and highway robbery what they charge but any advice before i take him to get checked would be very grateful. last thing i want is to have him put down or anything for that matter or have to fork out some huge bill but we dont want to lose him, we love so dearly, he is like our own little boy.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      The nose is not really an ideal indicator of the dog's health status as it is like our lips. 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.

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      SamEgirl1 5 years ago

      My dog a 2 1/2 yr old Great Dane/ 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.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Could he have eaten something that may have colored the stool that way. If not, did you read the article? 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. Please see your vet, best wishes!

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      TIA 5 years ago

      I have a black Pit puppy He is seven month old and it seen like he is passing blood in his stool. his stool look dark pink.he is very playful and he eat real good but i am so worried about him please tell me whats wrong with my dog

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      dicaslotofacil 5 years ago

      I was looking for something similar on another blog, very good article about your hub

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Well the possibilities as you see are quite many. I wrote an entire article on dog bloody stools indeed! It could be at times due to dietary intolerances but also parasites, stress, diet changes and so much more! You really need a vet to run some tests, I really wished I could help more!

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      Lilly 5 years ago

      My dog is 14 months old, she is an Australian shepherd and pit mix very cute and happy but lately she seems sad. Her name is grace and she has been having large mucus poops, vie also seen some bright blood in her poop. 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. Grace is 54 lbs. and her diet has not changed also she has an overall sour smell to her I’m going to give her a nice warm bath today to try to make her feel better, Do you know what’s wrong with her?

      I also looked at her stool to see if there are any shards of anything like plastic or bone, I didn’t find any.

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      Nana 5 years ago

      Hi, we have a almost 7years shih tze. He started to have diarrhea 3days ago but still active. 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. We sent him to vet, apparently where we live doesn't have advance equipment to do all the tests. The vet said it seems abnormal, but he still gave us medicine for internal bleeding etc.

      My concern is, one of the medicine he gave us, which is in liquid form and he said its for stopping the internal bleeding, we accidentally gave too much for our dog (the vet said 2 drops each time and 3 times a ay). But it's midnight here and we can't call the vet to ask if it will bring any site effects to the dog. So may I know if anyone have any idea what this medicine is and what's the site effects???

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      If this continues, see your vet, blood in stools is not normal. What color is the blood, my article describes potential causes, best wishes.

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      Help my Bella 5 years ago

      I have a Schwinnie and she has blood and a mucous look to her stool. She is playful and not acting sick. What should I do. She was wormed yesterday.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Was the puppy ever de-wormed? puppies are notorious for having worms. One concern in puppies is Parvo which is why I am so concerned about not seeking veterinarian advice. If the puppy has diarrhea, you can try some home remedies for that in this link:

      https://museum-pu.spb.ru/dogs/Dog-upset-stomach-home...

      But as you can see, bloody stools may also be something serious at times, so please borrow some money to see a vet if this continues.

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      Kylesisson7991 5 years ago

      I am worried... she just went in the house. i cant even be mad at her. she went from the door and she went scootin around in the stoolin position and made a trail... Its a somewhat descent amount of blood... Someone get back to me please. Let me know what to do, im completely broke and need some home remedy to keep her good until we can see a vet. Thank You in advance.

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      Kylesisson7991 5 years ago

      Great forum, VERY VERY HELPFUL! My girlfriend was looking up on yahoo answers not one person said a thing about the causes, this was very helpful... Our puppies about 10 weeks old... shes has bloody stools diarrhea, however her gums are normal and pink if I can get to em and she doesnt snip at me. Shes been very playful and active so Im thinking its just one of the minor causes up there... dietary change, a piece of somethin scraping her intestine. Dont have money to pay for a vet so this was astronomically helpful! Thank you so so so so much alexadry. Will update if anything gets worse and I feel I need help.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Puppies are notorious for having parasites, and they should not be ruled out only because one puppy has bloody stools and the other does not. I would recommend a fecal test even in puppies that do not have symptoms. As you can see in the article, there are really many causes for blood in the stool and it is almost impossible to self-diagnose it without running tests.

      Being pups, I recommend a vet visit to figure out what is causing this and find the most appropriate treatment.