Red Bloody Loose Stools in Dogs: Causes and Home Remedies

December 31, 2010 | Healthy Dog | 1 Comment |

A little amount is quite common but when owners find bright red blood in their dog’s stools or the stools itself is black and tarry, this can mean bleeding somewhere in the dog’s gastrointestinal system and requires further medical attention.

Bloody Stools in Dogs:

There are two types of gastrointestinal bleeding conditions in dogs:

  • Hematochezia or bleeding in the lower intestinal tract and produces bright, red bleeding with passage of stools.
  • Melena or bleeding in the upper intestinal tract and produces black, tarry feces.

Causes of Loose, Red Bloody Stools in Dogs:

There are many identified causes of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract of dogs. More common causes of hematochezia in dogs include:

  • Parvo – a serious disease often affecting puppies, especially black and tan breeds.
  • Parasites – the most common parasites that can cause bleeding include hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms.
  • Diet – eating too much or eating foods not proper for dogs can cause bleeding in the intestinal tract.
  • HGE or hemorrhagic gastroenteritis can cause consequent bleeding and diarrhea.
  • Injuries involving the rectum can also cause bleeding with passage of feces.

Home Remedies for Bloody Stools in Dogs:

  • If parasites are identified as the cause, de-worming should be initiated.
  • Feed the dog small, frequent feedings to avoid stressing the gastrointestinal tract.
  • A bland, high-fiber, hypoallergenic diet is recommended to help ease the passage of stools and prevent further irritation of the intestinal tract.
  • Cottage cheese, boiled potatoes, and white rice may be included in the diet to help soften stools and avoid straining.
  • For continuous bleeding problems, the dog may need medical treatment to prevent hypovolemia.

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