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    Loose blood tinged stool

    I'm taking my dog to the vet today; his name is Bruno and he is an 11 month old Shih tzu; the past 2 days ive noticed him trying to have several bowel movements with hardly anything coming out; he has the urge to go often, he even soiled in the house, which is unlike him; he is fully housebroken. Some poops are formed and appear fine but at times it is loose and i even noticed a tiny blood tinge in it.

    He had this same thing happen 6 months ago and the vet prescribed him Flagyl (metonidazole) and put him on a gastro diet and then he was fine.

    I live in a building that has A LOT of dogs. I pick up after my dogs but often other people do not. He eats stuff off the ground sometimes, when i catch him in the act I of course do not let him get away with this.

    Has anyone else had this happen to their dogs.
    Last time i brought him to the vet, the vet said this is actually really normal with dogs. Im hoping its just a parasite, it makes sense that he picks this up when dogs sniff around off the ground and stuff.

    we also just got back from the cottage. I don't know. Any suggestions? He's recieveing a Chicken, oatmeal for sensitive stomachs food by Nutro...

    Let me know. Im off to the vet soon!!

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    Re: Loose blood tinged stool

    Make sure you take a fecal if possible. If it's really watery you can suck it up with a syringe or eyedropper. Since there are a lot of dogs in your area and some of the owners do not pick up after them I would keep him on monthly heartworm medication because it also does intestinal parasites. Good luck and let us know what your vet says.
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    Re: Loose blood tinged stool

    Ya I did take a stool sample and he is on heartworm just started it last month because we go to the cottage.

    My thinking is: he ate something outside which is causing him to have loose stool which makes him want to go frequently. And the tiny blood tinge is probably because hes straining so much.

    I don't know how to treat diarrhea with dogs. Im a nurse, and so often i have to use critically thinking to figure out whats going on with my patients. If my patient was having loose stool and its not infection caused then we introduce fiber....but io don't know with dogs.

    If it was a parasite than my other puppy (Frankie the chiuhuahua) would have a parasite and he is perfectly fine.

    Im still taking him to the vet but that's what i think is going on...

    any other suggestions?

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    Re: Loose blood tinged stool

    You are right the most likely thing is that he ate something he shouldn't have. We see it a lot at work. My dogs love to eat sticks! Doc's do too. Plus he has an oak tree in the yard and his boys like to eat the acorns in the fall. They are all like walking garbage disposals! You can give Imodium: dosage is 0.05-0.1mg/lb. every 8 hours.
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    Re: Loose blood tinged stool

    Well I took bruno to the vet anyway just to make sure. They are doing a fecal sample and gave him a prescription with gastro food.

    I just remembered when we were at the cottage he was drinking a lot out of the lake which he has never done before. So i think he picked up a bug.

    150.00 later....if it wasn't for the drinking from the lake thing i think i could have handled this by myself....

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    Re: Loose blood tinged stool

    Glad to hear that everything will turn out ok. Thinking the finding my be giardia. Easy to treat but boy it can be painful.
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    Re: Loose blood tinged stool

    Our 9 month old mixed breed chomped down a chapstick tube a few weeks ago and ended up with diarrhea, straining to go, mucous in the stool and having to go urgently. The vet diagnosed her with colitis. She was prescribed Flagyl (metonidazole) as well. Plus is on IAMS low residue. She finished the meds on Tuesday and last night (Thurs) her symptoms returned! Woke up twice to go outside in the middle of the night. I'm now awaiting a return call from the vet. Any word on if Giarida is the dx for your pup?

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