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Diarrhea with bright red\ pink blood. It was...

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25 May 2022

Diarrhea with bright red\ pink blood. It was really bad this morning and is letting up a bit, but still bloody
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Has the dog seemed more or less thirsty since this started?
Customer: Really thirsty this morning, but after the last episode about an hour ago, he didn't want any water. He doesn't usually eat in the morning so we can tell if there is appetite loss as well
JA: Did the dog eat anything unusual recently?
Customer: No
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Angus, 3 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: No We are away from home on a trip, traveling and camping
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25 May 2022

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25 May 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

Good evening, my name is***** to JustAnswer. I am so sorry to hear that Angus is having some blood in his stool. I am happy to help and see if there is something we can do at home or if a vet visit is needed.  How much blood are you seeing (drops or tablespoons)?  May I ask how he is feeling overall?

25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
He's tired, but we are traveling so he's in the backseat. He was playful this morning after the first episode, now he's just seeming tired and licking his bum. There seems to be a dribble of blood from his rear end. I cleaned a bit with baby wipes, but it's concerning
25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
Tablespoon while going to the bathroom early this morning and again around 1. It seems to be slowing down, but obviously we are concerned being away from home
25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

Awe, poor guy.  I am so sorry this is happening to Angus.  Bloody stool like this is typically called HGE, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. It can be from a food change, pancreatitis, a foreign body, parasites, or damage to the GI tract.  Often, when combined with diarrhea, it is due to an imbalance in the bacterial flora, which causes some inflammation and bleeding, since the bowel bleeds pretty easily.  It sounds like he is having a bit of blood, however, it can often resolve quickly as we start to address the diarrhea.  Has anything in his diet changed while traveling or new treats perhaps?

25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
Nothing has changed, we did our hase a probiotic and some pumpkin puree to assist with the diarrhea, but he hasn't had any yet. He has a sensitive stomach as it is so we don't change up food or treats often. We don't know if he found something at a camp site that may ha e upset his stach
25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

Ahh, I understand.  I know you are worried about him, especially while also traveling and camping. I am hoping Angus starts to get back to normal soon! Stress can also cause diarrhea as well, so it sounds like it could be that as well.  We can try a few things at home if you would like, especially since you already have probiotics and pumpkin.  Generally, uncomplicated diarrhea can resolve in 5-7 days, with slow improvement daily, and the blood often resolves within 1-2 days. However, if Angus starts to vomit, has diarrhea for more than 3 more days, stops eating/drinking, or develops worsening bloody or dark, tarry stool, I would recommend a veterinary visit. Some things we can try at home include:

1) I would try to feed a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice for 5 days and if the symptoms resolve, slowly transition back to your regular diet (over 1 week). This is very easy to digest and can help stabilize the bacterial flora and stop the bleeding.  If you do not think a bland diet will help him, due to his sensitive stomach, you can keep his normal diet as well!

2) I would definitely start the canine probiotic daily until at least 1 week after resolution of any symptoms.

3) You can also get a diarrhea gel from your local pet store called Pro-pectalin and use as described on the label (https://www.chewy.com/vetoquinol-pro-pectalin-anti-diarrhea/dp/109720).  This may help immensely!

4) Start to add canned pumpkin to the diet – plain canned pumpkin-1# ***** per meal until stools return to normal. This is tasty and great for adding in some fiber to help bulk up the stool as well!

25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
Thank you, ***** ***** we are on the right track and I feel better after having spoken to you. We will start probiotics and puree tonight.He is taking water in small doses, would it help to add electrolyte powder (like what we would put in a water bottle) to keep him hydrated or is that unsafe?
25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

You are very welcome.  I know it is always scary when these things happen, and I am glad I could ease some of your worry. You can absolutely give Angus a bit of electrolyte water, pedialyte, gatorade, or even chicken broth to make sure he stays hydrated.  Do you think you can also check his gums for me to see if they are still pink and moist at the moment?

25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
We are going to pull off and check, I will send a picture shortly
25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

Okay, great.  Thank you so much.

25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
They look pink still . I'm trying to send a picture
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25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

Perfect! Those are pink still.  Are they still moist or are they pretty tacky/sticky?

25 May 2022
Customer reply
25 May 2022
Pretty moist
25 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 May 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

Perfect, thank you for checking.  Those are great signs that Angus has not lost too much blood and is not dangerously dehydrated.  Those are things you will also want to keep an eye on as well to whether he seems to have any vomiting, lethargy, or belly pain, or large amounts of blood that does not improve which indicates a more urgent veterinary visit is needed.

25 May 2022
Customer reply
26 May 2022
we will be keeping a very close eye on all of this. He's pretty used to traveling and is doing well so far, but we are keeping a very close watch o er him
26 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
26 May 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

Great, it sounds like he is in good hands!  I very much hope that he feels better soon!  Do you have any additional questions for me at the moment?

26 May 2022
Customer reply
26 May 2022
He is also licking his bum a lot as soon as he poops, I'm sure it hurts. Is that normal?
26 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
26 May 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

That is a great question.  Yes, diarrhea can cause a bit of irritation to the anus, and some dogs are also pretty sensitive to the feeling of liquid, whether it is stool or a bit of blood.  It is quite common for dogs to lick with this discomfort.  If his anus seems to be red, you can apply a bit of Vaseline to the area to help moisturize it and protect it from the liquid diarrhea.

26 May 2022
Customer reply
26 May 2022
That's good to know, thank you so much for your help
26 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
26 May 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

You are so very welcome.  It is my pleasure to help, and hopefully the rest of your trip goes better. If you do have any additional questions for me, please feel free to reach back out. Wishing you and Angus all the best!

26 May 2022
Customer reply
26 May 2022
Thank you!
26 May 2022
Dog Veterinarian's response
26 May 2022
Dr. Kay
Dr. Kay

You are very welcome.

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