Rescue dog with bloody diarrhea

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by farmchick897, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. farmchick897

    farmchick897 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    I rescued a Golden from our kill shelter that was on death row. She is about 7-10 months old and weighs 30-35 lbs (very thin). She has had bloody diarrhea so I took stool sample to vet, she has coccidia which she just got done with treatment as well as wormed. Still has bloody diarrhea. The stool is not watery or smell of Parvo, just like pudding with blood. I am feeding her twice per day the same portion my 80 lb Rott gets only once. It's a good food with no wheat or soy and chicken #1 ingredient. I'm adding yogurt and pumpkin too. Any ideas? I read the post where someone suggested fasting for 24hrs but this dog is starved and very hungry. She drinks a lot too but it's been hot. Oh, and ive had her for 2 wks. Do you think she's just getting used to a
    new food or do you think she still has coccidia and needs more meds? Feeding too much?
  2. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 31, 2008
    i would take her back to the vet
  3. ajablu

    ajablu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2008
    Northeast, PA
    Many dogs from shelters or kennels will have both coccidia and giardia. I have seen giardia cause a soft pudding type of stool with blood just like from coccidia. Giardia will not show up in a regular stool test, and many vets that do not check for this will only see coccidia and never know the giardia is there too. MY vet said it was hard to find before but there is a snap test for it they do now so they see it alot more often. If she thinks there may be bacterial infection as well she will use metronidazole. If she thinks its only the giardia she sometimes uses just panacur. Its 5 days or 7 days . Some vets do 5 days on skip a week and then 5 more days.
    I found from a very good vet that when albon is given for coccidia using something like clavamox with it gives a more successful treatment and for me that has really been true. ALbon alone often does not completely end it. New food can cause a bloody soft stool at times too if it is switched suddenly. If she stays thin in spite of drinking alot and eating well bloodwork might be considered to check kidney and liver function. Too much canned pumpkin can cause diarrhea instead of helping it my vet told me since she also uses it for constipation. Maybe cut that dose a little if things don't get better. Hope she feels better soon [​IMG]
  4. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    Definitely need to check that the coccidia was killed and then whether something else can be found. If the problem wasn't obvious from a stool sample my vet would probably do a course of antibiotics and dewormers before moving on to blood tests and food intollerances. Intestinal bleeding can be very serious and unless we are talking about a recent major food switch or known trauma usually only gets worse with time so generally not a good thing to wait and see about. Even if it is possibly due to a quick food switch I'd probably try switching to something else that's less likely to cause problems or boiled rice and meat for a few days rather than wait.
  5. Yoda

    Yoda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2010
    Shady Hills, FL
    I would not be adding anything to the food, just dog food no yogurt no pumpkin. The dog has to get use to the new food and your water. When I put my kids at the resort they get well water and when they come home it's city water - that will cause it as well. If there is blood in the mess then there is an issue. Call your vet back and tell them. Is she pooping out what she eats or just puudling? If she is not letting out what she is taking in she could have blockage or an infection in the intestines, my dog had that. Bring a pee sample too, better to get everything covered. Make an appointment and bring her in, the longer you wait the more it will cost you.
  6. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2008
    Don't hookworms cause bloody poop as well? Has the pup been de-wormed recently/regularly?
    Hope you find out what it is. Poor girl. Good luck.
  7. farmchick897

    farmchick897 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    I will be taking another stool sample to vet today. I tend to agree with "ajabu" and think perhaps the coccidia in not gone or she has giardia.
    I also rescued a week before this Golden a mother dog (shephard mix) and her 3 newborn pups (same kill shelter). She is also starved, with pertruding hips, backbone, ribs, chest bone.. but stool appears fine. I have never pulled dogs like this from this shelter because it is known for the disease, Parvo & kennel cough and I did not want to put my own dogs at risk. BUT... [​IMG]
    my daughter convinced me to come look with her and this mother dog and pups were laying on a wet concrete floor (no blanket) and she was protectively curled around them.. the golden was there too (i'm a sucker for goldens).. Went home and thought about those poor pups all next day and went back Monday morning.. Figured, do I save one life (golden) or 4 (mother & pups)? But a week later went back and Golden was now on death row, so took her too. [​IMG]

    Now.. my husband says to stay away from shelter! [​IMG]

    Thanks for all the advice/help!
  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:You are amazing! [​IMG]

    Good Luck with all the dogs/pups.
  9. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    Could just be bloody gastroenteritis from stress, too. I know a couple of goldens that will get it when stressed.
  10. farmchick897

    farmchick897 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    And the verdict is.... (drum roll). Hookworms! She was wormed with Drontol Plus but I
    guess that gets adults and she was probably heavily invested to start. Anyhow the vet saw no signs of giardia or coccidia but said if the blood doesn't clear up by Monday we will start her on Metronidazole to be on the safe side.
    And thanks "sundownwaterfowl" but I still
    have the spay/neuter and find Good homes for them all or I maybe homeless. [​IMG]

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