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Is My Dog’s Bloody Diarrhea an Emergency?

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Dogs are man’s best friend. When your pup isn’t feeling its best, you want to pinpoint the problem and find a solution ASAP. Noticing blood in your dog’s diarrhea is understandably concerning, and it can be hard to determine if your pet needs immediate treatment. Below, we discuss the most common causes of bloody stool and what constitutes a trip to the vet.

Common Causes of Bloody Diarrhea in Dogs

Many scenarios can lead to bloody diarrhea, making it difficult to determine the origin of the problem. While some causes are minor, others could indicate a serious issue that requires emergency treatment. The most common causes of bloody stool include the following:

  • Switching food/treats
  • Consuming garbage
  • Medications
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Anal gland issues
  • Bacterial infections
  • Colitis
  • Liver/kidney disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Cancer
  • Organ disease

When to See a Vet

If a small amount of blood is present and the issue doesn’t persist, it was more than likely a mild problem that took care of itself; however, if bleeding persists or appears in large quantities, you should take your dog to the vet as soon as possible. Any amount of blood seen warrants a phone call to your local vet. Providing every detail of the situation to a professional helps them best direct you on what steps to take next.

Choose Germantown Vet As Your Preferred Veterinarian

Germantown Vet specializes in streamlined veterinarian services that guarantee superior care for your pets. Our family-owned and -operated team will always prioritize your pet’s health and well-being. Our facility operates with an in-house laboratory that enables us to provide all the services your pet may need. 

For concerns about bloody stool or more information on our comprehensive selection of expert veterinarian services, contact our team at 240-252-7467 or online today!

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