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    Colitis and bloody poop

    For three days now, Ziva has been pooping in her crate. This is something she has never, ever done. At the same time, each poop has had blood in it. The first time it happened, I thought maybe she was just constipated, but 3 days in a row had me worried so I took her to the vet this morning. The fecal sample didnt show any parasites and he did a rectal palpation (being a 5 lb dog, she did NOT enjoy that at all) but nothing terrible showed up there, either.
    So he said she has colitis. No food for 24 hours, and he put her on two different meds. One that is an antiinflammatory X antibiotic, and one that is supposed to soothe and coat her gut.
    After tomorrow, she can start having a bland diet for several days....rice, chicken, cottage cheese, etc.
    she is supposed to take FIVE pills a day. Its hard enough to get her to take her liquid allergy meds, its not going to be fun getting all these pills into her.

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    I have felt your pain. My old GSD mix had the tenderest tummy ever and got colitis a lot. All the pills, denying him food, carefully portioning rice and chicken . . . ugh.

    Is this the first time it's happened? Think back to what she ate beforehand. I had to be very careful what Muggsy ate, lots of things could set him off. He definitely did better once I found out about grocery store dog food and switched to high protein, grain free food. If you haven't switched, definitely consider it.
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    Re: Colitis and bloody poop

    I would also suspect your dog's water source. Mostly anecdotal, but the last time Elsa had this problem, changing to a filtered water source seemed to correlate with it going away - and this was all I did really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amaryllis View Post
    I have felt your pain. My old GSD mix had the tenderest tummy ever and got colitis a lot. All the pills, denying him food, carefully portioning rice and chicken . . . ugh.

    Is this the first time it's happened? Think back to what she ate beforehand. I had to be very careful what Muggsy ate, lots of things could set him off. He definitely did better once I found out about grocery store dog food and switched to high protein, grain free food. If you haven't switched, definitely consider it.
    She has been eating the same food for about a year. 4Health chicken small bites. This is the only food I have found that my other dog doesnt vomit, so this is what Ive stuck with.
    She will occasionally snatch part of a sandwich, or a little pizza crust, but other than that, her diet remains the same. She is too little to reach into the trash can.

    We have well water and that is what she drinks.
    I cant think of anything unusual that she could have eaten or that was different. I thought at first she was spending more time in the crate and pooping in there bc she was reacting to the change in schedule.....all summer there has been people home all day with her. Now, my husband has a new job and is gone 50 hours or so a week, and my four kids and I have gone back to school, so the routine has changed.

    the blood scared me, bc it looks like jelly (ew, I know). But I seriously thought something terrible was going on with her.

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    Re: Colitis and bloody poop

    This happened to Jubel close to a year ago. I never really narrowed down a 'source' but the meds and some probiotic packet added to his food cleared him up and hasn't happened again. I'm going to have to find some more of those probiotic packets soon as I'm just about out or a good substitute. Anytime he has started to have soft to runny stool more than one day I add a probiotic packet to his food once a day for 2-3 days and it seems to fix him right up. Just used the last one recently. Lucky for me Jubel will eat anything with a hint of peanut butter on it so pills are easy with him.

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    Well water can be highly variable, and very "hard". Maybe try getting some RO drinking water at the grocery store and see if that helps. At least it would be a cheap fix .

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    Re: Colitis and bloody poop

    IS it really runny stools?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fade View Post
    IS it really runny stools?
    No, no necessarily really runny. Not like diarrhea. Just sort of soft and with a good amount of bloody mucus. Its going to be difficult to feed Zoey and not Ziva. I feel bad for her.

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    Coccidia is extremely common and easily missed in fecal checks and it causes this. It causes soft to runny stools and bloody mucus. When checked under a fecal float it looks like air bubbles and I can tell you it is overlooked A LOT. I got a picture to show you the similar looks of them. Air bubble vs coccida it may seem extremely different to you but if you don't have a side by side comparison a lot of people overlook it.

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    Re: Colitis and bloody poop

    Well the last of the meds are done today. Yesterday and today she has eaten small amounts of kibble with cottage cheese. She has not pooped all week and finally today she did and there is still blood.

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    Re: Colitis and bloody poop

    Maddie had this a few months ago. I know it is scary to see blood in the stool. They did a fecal test and she had the double whammy of colitis and coccidia. On top of that they found a round worm in the stool too. So, I got the whole round of stuff to kill it all, plus I had to do the roundworm and coccidia treatments on Jack too - to be on the safe side.

    She was re-check and everything was good again in our world! I think your dog needs to be tested for coccidia and that may clear up the bloody stool for good.

    Good luck and I hope your pup gets better.

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    Since Ziva seemed much better until her meds ran out and I started her back on kibble, vet decided to put her back on the bland diet for another week plus two more weeks of meds.
    He said if it clears up again and then comes back when we restart the kibble we may need to look at a dietary change.

    Most of the foods on the bland diet list she very dramatically dislikes (think southern belle in 100 degree heat with no maid to bring her lemonade) . But we have found a few things she will eat.

    If it comes back after this I will ask if these other tests were done. He did several tests with a fecal sample and they were negative.

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    Re: Colitis and bloody poop

    Quote Originally Posted by osdbmom View Post
    Since Ziva seemed much better until her meds ran out and I started her back on kibble, vet decided to put her back on the bland diet for another week plus two more weeks of meds.
    He said if it clears up again and then comes back when we restart the kibble we may need to look at a dietary change.

    Most of the foods on the bland diet list she very dramatically dislikes (think southern belle in 100 degree heat with no maid to bring her lemonade) . But we have found a few things she will eat.

    If it comes back after this I will ask if these other tests were done. He did several tests with a fecal sample and they were negative.
    Poor Ziva .... I hope she continues to get well after this next round of meds and stays that way. I know how tough it is when our pups are ill and there is not much we can do to appease them .........


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