First of all, we want to calm you down. Finding blood in dog's stool does not always imply a serious illness, it can be caused by something as simple as indigestion. If you live with your pet, be it a cat, a dog or a rodent, it is essential that you check how he poops regularly, as their stool is symptomatic of their health status. Even if he is acting normal, if your dog has bloody diarrhea, go immediately to a veterinarian.
Just as we tell you that it may not be anything serious, finding blood and mucus in your dog's feces could also mean a disease to worry about. If you see this, get in touch with us, consult our veterinarians, and stay calm.
The veterinarian's first step is to examine your dog's bloody and jelly-like stool, in order to determine if it is a type of blood called hematochezia or another called melena. The first one can be recognized for its intense red color, because it is fresh. Melena is dark, so dark that it looks like oil and smells very bad. This blood's color is such because it has passed through your dog's entire gastric system until being expelled. Based on this information, we want to tell you what the most common kind of diseases are whose symptoms are blood in your dog's feces.
If the color of your dog's stools is such, the most common reason is that your pet has contracted a parasite. Although it can also be a simple rectal wound, caused by having swallowed a sharp object that hurt your dog when it was expelled.
Believe it or not, animals are very sensitive to change. If there have been major alterations in their life or in yours, your dog may suffer from stress, manifesting it with blood in his feces. These problems are easily treatable.
The worst case scenario would be hemorrhagic gastroenteritis or a parvovirus. The second case is the worst possibility with this symptom, and it occurs more often in puppies of certain breeds. If, in addition to expelling blood, your pet has diarrhea and keeps vomiting, parvovirus is a possibility. If this is the case, take your dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Parvovirus is a disease that can be deadly. Gastroenteritis presents symptoms similar to parvovirus but fortunately, it can be treated with medication.
In short, if the blood is incarnate but your pet does not vomit, it is probably nothing serious. Conversely, if these symptoms are accompanied by swallowing and diarrhea, get in touch with one of our veterinarians as soon as possible.
Does your dog's poop have red blood, with a bit of mucus or vomit? If your dog's poop looks like jelly, something serious might be happening, especially if we are talking about diarrhea with blood.
Fresh blood is not as disturbing as this is. If you notice black smelly mucus in your dog's feces, we are talking about a type of blood called melena, and it is usually a symptom of a serious illness. This type of blood in his poop may indicate that your dog has a tumor, that your dog has been intoxicated by medication that is causing damage, or that a recent surgery has not gone well.
If you live in the countryside, beware of the pesticides or the poisons that you use to ward off vermin. If your dog has melena, you will know that your dog has eaten these pesticides. In the same way that parvovirus can appear in young puppies, and that red blood appears as a warning, in dogs that are already very old, black blood can indicate a tumor. To calm you down, we have to tell you that if your dog has a wound in one leg, it is normal for him to lick it and swallow that same blood. This may be what you are seeing when examining your dog's feces.
If your dog has been operated on in the last three days and you find blood of this color in his feces, it is possible that something went wrong during the surgery. Get in touch with the person responsible for your dog’s surgery in order to have your dog examined.
As you can see, dog blood in stool jelly like is never good news. If it is red, it is more likely that it is something that can be easily treated, but if the blood is black it may be something much worse. But, even in these cases it may not be anything serious. To clear up any doubts, get in touch with us. Here at Barkibu, we wrote this article in order to remind you of the importance of regularly checking your dog's feces.