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Diarrhea with blood

Species: Dog
Breed: Springer span
Age: 8-11 years
Hi Dr. Marie. My dog has had diarrhea for a couple of days. He still seems to be happy but I am not sure what to do. Tonight he had some blood in his stool.




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Hi Donna and thanks for your question! I just have a few questions for you before I answer...

Is Marley eating ok?
Have you changed his food or given him any new treats lately?
Is he vomiting at all?
Does he have any health problems that you know of?

Thanks!
Dr. Marie.


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Customer reply:

Marley has eaten a little less than normal today. I don't think we changed his food but he did have a pig's ear yesterday! Do you think he maybe has food poisoning from the ear? I told my husband not to give it but he did anyways. No vomiting.


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

OK, thanks for that info!

I don't usually get too excited about blood in a dog's stool. In dogs and cats it only takes a little bit of inflammation to cause bleeding in the colon.

Most likely the pig's ear is the culprit. However it is not likely to be anything serious.

The best thing you can do is give him a period of 24 hours with no food and follow this with small meals of chicken and rice. After a couple of days you can start to reintroduce his regular food. During this time make sure he has no treats or other food at all!

If this is a mild intestinal upset (colitis) he should be back to normal in 24-48 hours. If you think he is getting much worse then a vet visit is a good idea.

Hope all is well!

Dr. Marie.

Related question: My dog is pooping blood.




Customer reply:

I just wanted to let you know that Marley seems to be back to normal today. Thanks so much for your help!


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

That's great! Thanks for the update!



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