In general, if one of my two legged readers (which let's be honest, I imagine is most of you), notices blood in their stool, it's cause for concern and reason enough to book an urgent visit to the doctor. Pooches on the other hand, can have bloody stool for a number of reasons, some of which are cause for pause but many of which are nothing to worry about. Benign causes include:
- Eating garbage off the street: A common cause for bloody stool but nothing to worry about as it's likely just a result of an upset tummy
- Giardia: A result of dogs drinking dirty water and although this should be treated, is nothing to fret about
- Parasites: Including whipworm and hookworm- those nasty critters get in your intestines and can lead to bloody poo
On the other hand, there are some situations that are more serious in nature, including parvovirus and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. Both of these conditions lead to bloody stool and should get checked out—and treated—immediately.
Point is, if you notice blood in your pet's stool, don't freak out! Just bring them in to have the cause determined and a treatment administered.
Til' next time,