Your dog’s bloody diarrhea could be the result of a serious illness. If your dog has had diarrhea, call your veterinarian immediately to determine if it is serious enough that you need to bring him in for an examination.
If your dog has diarrhea, it could be a symptom of a more serious illness.
As with humans, diarrhea can be caused by many different things: a change in diet, stress or even parasites like giardia. Also like humans, dogs with bloody diarrhea should see their vet immediately.
In addition to dehydration and other gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting, loss of appetite), bloody diarrhea is often an indication that something else is going on inside your dog’s body. While there are several possible causes for this condition—including liver failure or cancer—it’s important to rule out parasites as well.
Bloody diarrhea in dogs can often be attributed to dietary indiscretions. Typically, the pet will vomit and then have bloody diarrhea with or without any other symptoms. Diarrhea that is brought on by dietary indiscretions is usually self-limiting and resolves itself within a few days to weeks.
Dehydration is common in dogs with bloody diarrhea.
Dehydration is a common side effect of bloody diarrhea in dogs. Dehydration can cause your dog to appear very thirsty and lethargic. The causes of dehydration include vomiting and diarrhea, both of which are symptoms of this condition. Other signs of dehydration include loss of skin elasticity, sunken eyes, dry mouth and gums, an increased heart rate and difficulty breathing. If you suspect that your dog has become dehydrated as a result of bloody diarrhea, it’s imperative that they receive treatment at the vet immediately.
A vet may need to perform a blood panel or fecal analysis to determine the cause of your dog’s bloody diarrhea.
It’s important to first determine the cause of your dog’s bloody diarrhea. A vet may need to perform a blood panel or fecal analysis to determine the cause of your dog’s bloody diarrhea. Blood tests can detect the presence of parasites and viruses, while fecal tests can detect the presence of parasites and viruses. Blood tests can also detect signs that bacteria are present in your pet’s body, while fecal tests cannot detect this type of bacterial infection.
A vet will likely recommend taking your dog in for testing if he has bloody diarrhea that lasts for more than 24 hours or doesn’t get better on its own within a few days. He may also want you to bring him in if there are other symptoms like vomiting or fever that come along with his bloody stools (or if he has those symptoms too).
Blood in stool might be caused by internal parasites in dogs.
The most common parasites that cause bloody diarrhea in dogs are hookworms, roundworms and whipworms. These parasites can be identified by a veterinarian through a stool analysis test. The vet will prescribe treatment for your dog’s parasite infection if needed.
The treatment of internal parasites in dogs is not something you should attempt at home because it can be harmful if done improperly or without veterinary supervision. For example, cestodes (tapeworms) are often given orally but require prescription dewormers to kill them; these dewormers are not available over the counter and can’t be used safely or effectively by pet owners unless they’re prescribed by a veterinarian, who will also tell you how to administer them properly.
Vomiting and regurgitating food or water shortly after eating, along with bloody diarrhea, could signal the presence of foreign objects.
Vomiting and regurgitating food or water shortly after eating, along with bloody diarrhea, could signal the presence of foreign objects. If your dog exhibits these symptoms and you suspect that he may have eaten something that was not meant for him to ingest, you should contact your vet immediately.
Parvovirus is an infection that requires immediate treatment at the vet’s office.
Parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that affects the intestines and requires immediate treatment at the vet’s office. Parvo is a virus, so antibiotics are useless in treating it. In fact, they can actually be harmful because they kill normal gut flora along with the parvo virus, which makes recovery more difficult.
Treatment for parvovirus usually includes antibiotics, IV fluids and monitoring of body temperature. Treatment for parvovirus is done at a vet’s office or hospital, so it is important that you take your dog there immediately if you suspect he has this condition. Parvo can be a serious condition, so it’s important to act quickly to get your pet the care he needs.
If a dog becomes dehydrated secondary to fluid loss through vomiting and diarrhea, IV fluids may also be used for hydration purposes only.
If a dog becomes dehydrated secondary to fluid loss through vomiting and diarrhea, IV fluids may also be used for hydration purposes only. The most common IV fluids for this purpose are lactated Ringer’s solution, isotonic saline solutions, or normal saline. Lactated Ringer’s solution will help maintain blood pressure and is often preferred over isotonic saline solutions because it can be mixed with other medications that are given intravenously (e.g., antibiotics).
Once your dog is stable, he will likely be placed on an antibiotic treatment regimen for approximately two weeks to prevent bacterial infections that could otherwise occur due to an open wound in the intestine caused by the disease. Antibiotics are not used to treat viral infections, fungal infections or parasitic infections.
Dog owners should not try this at home.
While it’s tempting to treat this at home, a vet should be consulted first. Dog owners may attempt to treat the bloody diarrhea by giving their dog a bland diet and administering frequent enemas. However, unless the cause of the bloody diarrhea is identified, your dog may need hospitalization to ensure that he does not become dehydrated or develop other complications.
We have covered every aspect of bloody diarrhea in dogs and highlighted some of the most common causes of this condition. The good news is that it can be treated!
I hope you found our guide useful, but remember that bloody diarrhea should always be taken seriously and requires treatment by a veterinarian as soon as possible.