There are a number of reasons your puppy may have blood in its stool, some more serious than others. This is a guide about a puppy with blood in its stool.
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In August 2012 my Bishapoo had puppies. On 10/30 they got their shots. I have given the pups to 2 of my friends. This morning 1 of them called me and said they took the dog out to walk. The dog had a solid bowel movement and then continued to walk and tried to have another bowel movement and nothing came out. It was still walking and my friend noticed that there were blood drops (a little) coming out of rectum. I said bring the dog to me. Now I am going to watch and see what's going on. What do you suggest if I see some more blood? I have a mobile vet, but would first like to see what's up and if it is something I can do without having to pay the vet. The dog is still very active and has a good appetite and is very playful. We have play days and he comes and plays with his mom and dad once a month. His gums are bright pink.
I've had 4 different dogs that had blood or something that looked like it in their stool. The 1st was a golden retriever that had chewed on a stick when she was outside as a 5 month old pup. They had me feed her only oatmeal & small amounts of pepto 3 times a day.
The 2nd was an adult Shepherd/Rot mix. I had changed his dog food to a brand my vet said was about like feeding him cardboard & made him very sick. He had to have antibiotics, cooked boneless chicken & only oatmeal for 8 days, but was fine. I believe there's a way to order the correct one online through the right site for an intestinal infection & if that's what it is they do not behave the same. You can tell they're sick by how they act & will have tender spots in their stomach when you gently press & feel it for hard spots, but you have to know what to feel for. Your vet might show you.
The third is a 9 month old pug that got into something & it looked like blood, but it wasn't. It wasn't anything dangerous, but it gave her an upset tummy. She had to have small amounts of pepto, oatmeal & her food with each meal.
The 4th is an 11 week old designer teacup pup that spent her 1st night in the bag I carry her in when we go for car rides to stop her accidents. Since that was the first time she was stressed since I've had her (only whining a little because she was still next to me), I'm changing her dog food, & her stool is loose, I'm giving her oatmeal sweetened with sugar. She doesn't act ill & still very playful, but I'll keep a close eye on her to see if she needs to go to her vet. It will likely only be a phone call to him after my exam of her. He'll have me bring in a sample if I can't find anything in her stool, but given my experience & what to do first, I'll wait until later today if she needs to go.
I've trained dogs for just over 7 years. I've learned that knowing the dog, knowing the changes in food, water, or environment is very important! I've kept some of the dogs I've trained & all that I've rescued at my home. If you do change dog food, do it very slowly! The water doesn't have to be changed slowly unless it's from well water to city water, but even different well waters need to be changed at a pace.
If you have a close relationship with your pup, you'll know if the pup is acting sick. The first thing to do has always been to feed them old fashion oatmeal cooked slightly & sweetened with sugar if they won't eat it without. It helps coat their intestines & pass things. Always trust your 1st gut instinct or act if you even question whether they need to go to the vet or not!
As for the negativity you feel has been put on here, the individuals that I read the responses to are their opinions, but it's your dog. You should know it well enough to know when to seek medical care for it. I think you asked a great question! If people ask those questions & get the answers they need, they will help someone else too! If someone doesn't ask the questions for someone educated enough to answer the person asking could lose their best friend (dog) & others don't get the information either. Great question!
My 12 week old puppy has stool with a gel-like look and blood in it. Can you tell me what that is and the cause?
Gigi from Oberlin, OH
By (Guest Post)11/10/2008
Sometimes it is because of new food. My puppy eats my older dogs food alot and at first he had bloody stools too (not very nice to clean up either). And the same for the older dog he ate the puppy food. They were fine after a few times. But it may not be that.
I have a 10 week old Maltipoo puppy. I noticed on Friday (could of been there before that, but that was the 1st time I saw it) that she had blood in her stool. Her stools have been loose, somewhat watery. Not all the way runny diarrhea, but not hard easy to clean up poos either. The blood is not a lot, yet it is still there and scaring me!
I got her 2 weeks ago and she was eating Royal Canine puppy food. The breeder gave me a little baggie of it. I got her some Nutro puppy food and mixed them. She didn't want it (more than once she wasn't going for it.) I took the Nutro back and got Science Diet puppy food.
So at this point I had 3 kinds of food mixed together and have for probably the last week got her on just the Science Diet. She does not seem to care much for it still. I have been also putting a minimal amount (heaping teaspoon maybe) of some wet food in it to get her to eat it. She does like my adult dog's dry food though!
So she does have an appetite, she is definitely "not" lethargic, and she can be megaplayful at times during the day. She is drinking water too.
Oh yeah, also, she had her 1st round of shots almost 2 weeks ago and her 2nd deworming.
I don't have the money for a vet! Please help.
By Lori from CA
I just got a puppy shes 8 1/2 weeks old. I had her since Thursday Feb. 17 2010. The lady was feeding her her own brand of dog food, never gave us any to bring home. She wanted us to pay 18 bucks for a bag that had corn wheat, hay in it all the stuff dogs aren't supposed to have. I brought her home no problems and then yesterday night she started with the diarrhea, wasn't bad and then it got worse. Now it's really running and very very loose. Then I noticed she had blood in her stool and then the throwing up started.
Now, no vets are open here until Tuesday so I tried Pepto Bismol. A small does didn't work. then I tried to bump the dose up a bit, didn't work. Then I tried Imodium that didn't work, and then Gravol childrens for the throwing up. Didn't help. I tried a little bit of cheese that didn't seem to help. Shes not lethargic and is drinking lots anyone know what I can do until Tuesday? I am really worried. Please help. She did have her 1st set of shots and her de-worming Feb. 8th and I got her Feb. 17 can it be from the de-worming or from the long car ride and stress?
I am feeding her blue buffalo Dog food supposed to be all natural with no corn, wheat all the other crap that dogs aren't supposed to have.
I have a 6 week old Pit Bull mix puppy. She was the biggest of the litter and is huge compared to her sister. Since yesterday I have found blood in and around her stool when she goes to the bathroom. She is still energetic and playful. Shes eating and drinking OK. What could be causing this and how can I make her better? She is my daughter's puppy and it will destroy her if she comes home and it's dead. Please help.
By heather inwood12/11/2012
Are you feeding it red meat or dried liver? - as this could be the cause - a vet would be the best option.
I had my puppy to the vet yesterday. This visit was for her second round of shots, and he checked her for worms. He said she was clean. Today she has blood in her stool. I was wondering if it could be caused by him checking her for worms?
By S. Hicks
Ask your vet how they checked her for worms. If you are not happy change your vet.
My 6 week old puppy is pooping blood. He just pooped and a little blood came out with some gel like liquid. I just took him to the vet like 2 days ago for 6 weeks shots and for some reddish spots he has on his skin and the vet said that over all he was in good health. He is on medication because of the red spots he has. Could the medication be causing this?
By Karen S.
Talk to your Veterinarian.
Why is my 2 week old puppy pooping blood?
It could be worms, or more devastatingly, parvo. Take your puppy to a vet immediately!
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Our 7 week old pup has diarrhea and has blood in her stool. She is our first pup and I think she maybe homesick although she gets a lot of love and affection. Can you please help. For any advice Im grateful!
Eimy from ROI
Editor's Note: If the blood in his stool persists you should take her to a vet as soon as you can.
Early separation causes health, social, emotional, and temperment problems. The mom has the best food (plus immunity properties) and training skills for the puppy.
Eight weeks is the ideal window of time for a puppy to leave the litter and learn about the tall, pink, hairless beings he will live with the rest of his life.
The period between 8 and 14 weeks is a critical learning window when the dog learns what his new world is like. He is irrevocably short-changed temperment, health, and emotion-wise if removed from his mother and litter mates too soon. (07/07/2006)
By Karla Moreira
By Karla Moreira
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.
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)
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)