My puppy is 4 months old and has had all her shots and this morning I took her out and she has blood in her stool. She ate some cookies that my son dropped on the floor, could that be it or a change in her diet?
Vicki from Exeter, Missouri
Editor's Note: If the blood in his stool persists you should take her to a vet as soon as you can.
Call your vet today, and don't wait for responses here. Blood in stool is dangerous for all pets. (04/12/2007)
OK, everyone, I've worked at a vet clinic for four years, and I have to tell you blood in stool is not as serious in dogs as it is in people. In fact it's very common. When dogs get stressed (boarding, new member in a household, absence of a member of the household or even a change in environment or food) they show it through a change in their bowel movements. Cats do this too by peeing outside the litter box. The blood found in the stool is caused by the straining of the stomach and can be fixed with a prescription for Metronidazole.
I know when people see blood in an unvaccinated puppy red flags go off saying parvo! But they fail to mention the other symptoms of parvo such as acting lethargic, vomiting, and a loss in appetite. Also people who have worked around dogs who have been diagnosed with parvo say that there is a distinct smell. And sadly the puppies with parvo carry this look in their eyes like they have just been beaten. If it is parvo, then there is unfortunately very little hope for the dog, and most vets will recommend putting the dog to sleep.
With a puppy of eight weeks old is probably safe from parvo, if the mother was vaccinated. Through nursing and umbilical cord the puppies gain some of the mother's immunities. However, these immunities are not prominent and I recommend scheduling a visit with a vet after getting any new pet.
Important! Parvo is a virus. and if you have a dog with parvo and they use the bathroom outside then the soil becomes contaminated for up to 2 years. So if you've lost a puppy to parvo, then you don't need to introduce another unvaccinated dog or puppy into your home for two years. (08/19/2007)
P.S. Most vets don't honor shots given by a breeder, where I work there is a 12 year old kid who breeds his dogs and sells them on the internet. Anyone can be a "Breeder". (08/19/2007)
Hi everyone. We are going through the same thing with our 2 month old Lab, the bloody runny poop.It all started after his first shots. After spending at least 800 dollars in two weeks out of sheer panic and everyone screaming "parvo" and a vet very willing to feed into our fears we have calmed down a bit.
I have talked to numerous puppy parents and every single puppy has had the same issues and Nutro Sensitive tummy seems to be the biggest help for our little Harley. He's taking some antibiotics for his little inflamed colon and we have made progress with the consistency of his poop. I definitely agree, test him for all parasites, etc., but sometimes it's fine tuning the diet for their little bellies. They go through a lot all at once with first shots, deworming, etc. If the dog is eating and drinking and playing then chances are "really good it is not parvo". Brown rice, plain boiled chicken mixed into the Nutro will help too. Good luck. It's funny how a good poop can be the best news ever! (12/25/2007)
If youR pup has blood in their stool, just as every one else said take your baby to the vet to get it checked just in case if its any thing serious. One really good medicine that works on them when they have loose stool and they don't really want to eat for what ever reason, is Amforol. This medicine is kind of like Pepto Bismol for humans. Still take your puppy to the vet for a check up. (02/24/2008)
I took my puppy to the vet that day and he ended up having giardiasis. (05/31/2008)
Also just because a young puppy has had 1 or 2 parvo shots that does not mean that it will not get parvo. If a puppy is exposed to parvo that young, even if it has had it's first shots, it probably hasn't built up enough immunity to the virus to fight it off. I'm not a vet, but I am just talking from research and experience. (10/29/2009)
I myself raise Pug puppies and have run into this problem here and there. In my own experience when a puppy has had blood or mucus in the stool it has been coccidia. This is very common in young puppies when they are under stress, such as leaving mommy or going to a new home. It is always a good idea to do a parvo test just to rule it out (the cost for the test is around $40). Revival animal clinic has a medicine that is less costly to treat coccidia, it is $24 and I have had luck with it in the past. (10/29/2009)
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