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Bleeding – Stools

Urgency level: Medium priority

Contact your family veterinary practice in 1-2 days if not resolved, or if the situation gets worse

What to do next

Monitor your dog for persistent bloody stools

  • Contact your family veterinary hospital if the problem persists for longer than 2 days, if your dog becomes shows the following signs:
    • Very lethargic
    • Bleeding that becomes more severe or prolonged
  • If you are going to see the vet, collect a stool sample in a clear container with a lid and keep it in the fridge until your appointment. This will be helpful for any diagnostic tests your vet needs to run.


Why it’s medium priority

Blood on the stool is sometimes self-limiting

  • Blood on the stool (i.e. surrounding or on it) could be caused by bleeding near the rectum or in the colon.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include foreign body, injury, anal gland disease, tumors, or gut damage. However, based on your dog’s symptoms, the issue may resolve on its own. They do not require immediate veterinary attention.


Home care tips

Restrict your dog’s diet and encourage them to drink water

  • Feed your dog smaller meals throughout the day (instead of 1-2 large meals) consisting of only their regular diet or bland, easy to digest foods (ex. boiled chicken and rice, or pumpkin).
  • Encourage your dog to drink more water; you can try mixing in a bit of water into their food.
  • Learn more: what different colored stools tell you about your dog’s health


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