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Old 06-14-2010, 12:06 AM
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I'm so worried and scared. Pip had blood in his stool today, this is the second time in 3 weeks. Here's a little history:

About 3 weeks ago his stool was black and tarry and also had fresh blood in it. I took him to the vet that day. The only thing I could possibly think of was he was eating a bully stick a couple nights previously and usually I always take it away from him when it gets down to the end, but this time he swallowed it before I could get to it. I thought maybe that caused the problem. My vet did a thorough exam and felt his abdomen said everything seemed fine. He put him on 2 meds, metronidazole (an antibiotic) and forti flora a probiotic med to sprinkle on his food. He also took a stool sample which came back fine. He put him on a cottage cheese and rice diet for 2 days. After that he was completely fine and everything was back to normal, normal firm stools for 2 weeks.

Then this morning he threw up some bile that was clear with specks in it. About an hour later he threw up pink bile. He seemed completely fine other than this, but naturally I freaked out thinking blood. Being that it's Sunday my regular vet is closed, I called the emergency vet and brought him in.

They did a thorough exam and said he looked great, seemed very healthy etc. They said the pink foam was likely just irritation as blood in the stomach would look like coffee grounds if thrown up and he didn't have that. He did not have blood in his stool at this time. They gave him fluids under the skin and told me no food for 12 hours. Again, he seemed fine. I got him home and his first stool of the day had blood in it. I'm so worried and baffled by this. He seems totally fine, maybe a little tired, but we were at the emergency clinic for 4 hours so I think that wiped him out. Still, he was playing with his ball earlier. I'm taking him in to my vet tomorrow.

My question is has anyone had recurrent blood in the stool like this? This is the second time now. He does have pretty bad allergies (always licking and scratching and he does not have fleas) and I have recently switched his food (still slowly switching it). I can't think of anything he got into although I did have him at a friends house with me and he was running around their yard. I suppose it's possible he got into something, but I pretty much always had my eye on him the entire time. He also has anal gland issues on a regular basis. I'm just so worried now and completely baffled too. Anyone have a similar situation and how did it turn out?
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:12 AM
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Fresh blood can be on their poop from anal gland trouble. The meds they gave you would clear up any gastro issues. If it doesn't clear up soon I'd have his stomach x-rayed. Just to be sure there is no minor blockage. If anything gets worse, I'd take him back in ASAP. I'm sorry he is having some trouble. It always makes us so worried when they are ill. Get well soon lil fella'! (((Hugs)))
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My first thought was ...changing food. Im not an expert but that happened to me when I switched Mia over to Wellness. Once I stopped the wellness her poop cleared up.

Hope he feels better soon
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Fresh blood can be on their poop from anal gland trouble. The meds they gave you would clear up any gastro issues. If it doesn't clear up soon I'd have his stomach x-rayed. Just to be sure there is no minor blockage. If anything gets worse, I'd take him back in ASAP. I'm sorry he is having some trouble. It always makes us so worried when they are ill. Get well soon lil fella'! (((Hugs)))
Thanks T. He's not on any meds at the moment, they just gave him fluids under the skin at the emergency clinic this afternoon due to me having to withhold food for 12 hours. I know my vet will give him something tomorrow. I'm thinking it's going to come down to an xray too. My vet didn't suggest it last time as he said he seemed fine and he really did a good feel on his stomach and Pip was fine with it, showed no discomfort. Then his stools were completely normal and formed after the meds for weeks, plus his stool sample came back normal. I was shocked to see blood again today. I really don't know what the heck to think. If it was blockage I don't know how he would have been going fine with normal formed stools for the last 2 weeks, unless he got into something else recently, and I really don't think he did. :\
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My first thought was ...changing food. Im not an expert but that happened to me when I switched Mia over to Wellness. Once I stopped the wellness her poop cleared up.

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Did Mia have actual blood when you changed her food? That's the only recent change I've made. Thanks for the well wishes.
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It probably isn't a blockage. But you just never really know. It could be that his tummy is still upset. He may just need to be on the meds longer. You can use the Forti-Flora all of the time. It's good stuff. You can by it online. I buy the box of 30 for around 20 bucks. Much cheaper than the vet sells it.
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It was actual blood with mucous It didnt happen right away... I was gradually switching her over to the new food and she had been eating it for about 2 weeks. Once I stopped the wellness and cont with her old food...she was fine..poops returned to normal. I eventually did switch her food just not to the one that caused the blood in her stool.
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It probably isn't a blockage. But you just never really know. It could be that his tummy is still upset. He may just need to be on the meds longer. You can use the Forti-Flora all of the time. It's good stuff. You can by it online. I buy the box of 30 for around 20 bucks. Much cheaper than the vet sells it.
It was pretty cheap from my vet actually as I only used it for for a few days. Only came to 4.00. But using it regularly, yes, it would add up. Where do you buy it from? Do you use it regularly? I don't think it's a blockage, but I'm scared and always think the worst as I'm such a worry wart. I just want him to be ok.
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