Your assessment results for:

Bleeding – Stools

Urgency level: Possible emergency

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact an emergency veterinary clinic ASAP and do not feed your dog.

  • Contact the vet before travelling to ensure they are able to see your pet. They may also need to give you specific instructions. Some regular clinics may be able to treat your pet.
  • Do not feed your dog unless the vet advises otherwise. Some diagnostics and medications are more effective if your dog has an empty stomach.
  • If you can, collect a stool sample in a clear container with a lid.


Why it’s an emergency

Some potential causes such as toxin ingestion and gut damage are time sensitive potential emergency situations

  • Black blood or blood mixed in with the stool (i.e black stool or blood integrated into the stool) is a sign of an intestinal bleed (hemorrhage). Some of the conditions we are worried about include ulcers, tumors, or other gut damage.
  • 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. This is typically not an emergency, but based on your answers your dog is in a more serious condition.


First aid tips

Keep your dog quiet and collect a stool sample


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