If you are a dog owner, it's important to know what to do if your dog is pooping blood. Blood in a dog's bowel movements can have various causes, some of which are very serious, such as parasites or cancer, and some of which are less serious, like allergies or a scratch. If your dog is pooping blood, follow these steps.
You will need:
- Sample of your dog's poop
- Examine your dog's stool to determine what the blood looks like and how often it occurs. A few drops of bright red blood that only happens once is usually not cause for concern. But if your dog often has blood in his poop, or if the blood is tarry or dark-colored, it may be indicative of a more serious problem.
- Bring your dog to the veterinarian, and take a stool sample with you. The vet can examine the poop to help determine the cause of bleeding, such as parasites or a virus. He or she will also do a thorough physical examination, as well as X-rays if necessary.
- Follow your vet's advice for treatment, which will depend on the cause of the bleeding. For parasites, a deworming medication is usually prescribed. For an infection, antibiotics will be prescribed. Cancer treatment depends on what your vet recommends. He or she will probably advise that you do not feed your dog bones, which can harm the digestive tract and cause bleeding. Your veterinarian may also recommend a special diet.
In order to keep your dog healthy, it is important that you are alert to any other signs of illness in addition to blood in the poop, such as lethargy or loss of appetite.