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What is Stomach and Intestinal Inflammation?

Inflammation is often the body’s response to an infection. Over the short term, it can rid cells of bacteria and disease, but kept up indefinitely, chronic inflammation creates its own problem. Inflammatory responses can be triggered in a dog’s stomach and intestine, sometimes in response to an actual infection, sometimes in response to a food or allergen, and occasionally due to a hereditary weakness. Once triggered, these responses can self-perpetuate to some degree since inflamed mucosa become even more sensitive to allergens. The result may be prolonged symptoms of digestive upset without an obvious cause. The problem can sometimes be alleviated by a change in diet. Severe cases may need medication to reduce the animal’s autoimmune response.

Inflammation of the stomach and intestine can cause acute and chronic symptoms of digestive upset. Long term conditions will put stress on a dog’s system and undermine overall health. A number of veterinarian defined diseases create this condition, including gastritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

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Symptoms of Stomach and Intestinal Inflammation in Dogs

Frequent vomiting is a symptom which may contain the following:

  • Undigested food
  • Fresh blood
  • Digested blood that looks like coffee grounds
  • Froth
  • Bile

Other signs which may present are:

  • Diarrhea often with blood
  • Dark tar-like feces that contains blood (melena)
  • Straining to pass mucus covered feces
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of appetite
  • Abdominal pain (sometimes indicated by raising the back legs and pressing the front portion of the body to the floor)

Types

Inflammation can occur at almost any point along the gastrointestinal tract. Most forms of inflammation can be either short term or chronic.

  • Acute gastritis - short term inflammation of the stomach that results in vomiting of blood, bile or undigested food
  • Chronic gastritis - results when the vomiting has persisted regularly for more than a week and cannot be attributed to an isolated cause like food poisoning
  • Eosinophilic gastroenteritis and Lymphocytic- plasmacytic gastroenteritis - severe forms of chronic gastritis which occur when eosinophil, or lymphocyte and plasma cells infiltrate the gastric mucosa
  • Chronic atrophic gastritis - a form of chronic gastritis characterized by thinning of the mucosa, gastric gland atrophy and infiltration of mononuclear cells
  • Chronic hypertrophic gastropathy - a rare form of chronic gastritis in which inflammation constricts the muscles and reduces gastric outflow
  • Inflammation of the large intestine or colon - inflammation of the colon can be short term or long term, like gastritis. It is more likely to present bowel symptoms such as diarrhea and blood or mucus in the feces, than vomiting
  • Eosinophilic enterocolitis and Lymphocytic-plasmacytic enterocolitis - similar versions of these gastric diseases in the colon.
  • Granulomatous enteritis - a rare condition in which long term inflammation narrows the bowel opening
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) - a diverse group of long-term inflammatory diseases including chronic forms of gastritis and colon inflammation where the mucosa on the walls of the gastrointestinal tract are infiltrated by immune-system, antibody cells

Causes of Stomach and Intestinal Inflammation in Dogs

Short term inflammation can often be attributed to poisoning, bad food or even overeating. Some possible causes of long term inflammation include:

  • Allergens to chemicals in processed food
  • Allergic reaction to a medication
  • Unknown bacterial or parasite infection
  • Hyper-immune response originally triggered by an allergen or infection that has become self-perpetuating
  • Defective lymphoid tissue
  • Genetic predisposition- some breeds are considered more likely to develop long-term inflammation including Norwegian Lundehunds, German Shepherds, Yorkshire and Wheaten Terriers, Basenjis, Boxers, English Bulldogs, Irish Settlers, Rottweilers, Chinese Shar-Peis, and Cocker Spaniels
  • Psychosomatic factors
  • Idiopathic (unknown)

Diagnosis of Stomach and Intestinal Inflammation in Dogs

Diagnosis of inflammation is often a system of elimination. There are many known viral and bacterial infections which cause vomiting, including canine parvovirus, so the veterinarian will first try to eliminate these as a possibility. Radiographs and ultrasound will check for gastrointestinal cancer which causes many similar symptoms. Complete blood work will usually be taken. This often shows deficiency from constant vomiting and poor nutrition absorption, but if no other abnormalities are present it can rule out other conditions. Urine and feces tests can help to eliminate some known diseases.

The veterinarian may recommend an endoscopy or a colonoscopy to further check for cancer and evaluate the state of the mucosa on the gastrointestinal walls. Biopsies are usually taken during these procedures to evaluate the cells at a microscopic level. Both of these procedures are invasive and will require an anesthetic. Your dog will also have to fast for several hours. Exploratory surgery is another option to ascertain the extent of the inflammation on the walls of the stomach or intestine. 

All the information you can give the veterinarian regarding the type and frequency of the symptoms as well as when they first started will be important in making an accurate diagnosis.

Treatment of Stomach and Intestinal Inflammation in Dogs

Most dogs will be given medication to aid with the vomiting symptoms. Antacids and anti-inflammatory drugs are also commonly prescribed. Fiber is often added to the diet for dogs with colon inflammation. This can be effective for short term problems, but long term issues will often return.

Changing your dog’s diet is usually the first treatment for chronic inflammation. You may need to withhold food for several days, and start your dog back eating on the “novel protein diet.” This involves feeding your dog a type of protein he has never eaten before such as duck, or even kangaroo in order not to immediately retrigger the same allergic response. The veterinarian may also give you hydrolyzed protein, which has been specifically designed to minimalize the chance of an allergic reaction. Starting with the novel protein, you will slowly add elements back into your dog’s diet. If the symptoms start again, you will know what specific food triggered it, and you may be able to find a substitute.

If diets are unsuccessful, several medications can help reduce long term inflammation of the stomach and intestine. An immune suppressant, cyclosporine, is one common choice for limiting the auto-immune response and reducing inflammation. The steroid prednisone is also effective, and some veterinarians are turning to a dog adapted from of CellCept, the drug which is given to humans to avoid rejection of a new organ after a transplant. 

Recovery of Stomach and Intestinal Inflammation in Dogs

Inflammation of the stomach and intestine isn’t usually dangerous or life threatening, but it can cause your dog a lot of misery. Follow the veterinarian’s advice and stick strictly to any dietary program. This may be difficult at times, especially when it requires withholding foods your dog loves, but it can be important for his recovery. In some cases your dog may be able to return to a more normal diet once the triggering factor is found; in others, you may have to manage his diet for some time. If the veterinarian prescribes a long term medication, check the side effects and try to give the smallest effective dosage.

Stomach and Intestinal Inflammation Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Bruce
Chihuahua
9 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tiredness
Bloody stooles

My 9 month old chihuahua has been very down lately. He’s usually a happy hyper pup but for the last few days hasn’t been eating or drinking and isn’t excreting properly. Instead it is just blood coming out of him. He just wants to lie down and sleep all the time. The vet said it could be inflammation? We have been given anti biotics and a syringe full of stuff to make his pop harder. How long will he be like this and is there nothing else more serious it could be? We can’t stop worrying this is so not like him. He also has a red gooey left eye is this caused by the problems in his stomach?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be a severe case of inflammation, colitis, parasites, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, poisoning, cancer (unlikely at this age) among other causes; without examining Bruce, I cannot say what the specific cause is, you should continue with the prescribed treatment and try to encourage eating with boiled chicken and rice. The eye may be related and should be cleaned twice daily by flushing it with sterile saline and applying an antibiotic ophthalmic ointment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 3 yr old Rottweiler has been pooping not normal it diarrhea with blood in it he's pooped like 4-6 time today he's relatively normal but he doesn't want to eat thou

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Misha
Husky
7 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Black tar diarrhea

I Have taken our pup to the vet. Diagnosed with gastrointestinal disease. Urinalysis showed no signs of any parasites or parvo. Used up the antibiotics given and she has gotten worse. What once was just mild runny brown diarrhea has turned in to black tarry diarrhea and she's not wanting to eat or drink and her tummy appears swollen. We started her on probiotic today. What else can we do to help her condition and relieve her obvious pain and discomfort?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to determine the specific cause of the gastrointestinal disease; the presence of black tarry diarrhoea is indicating digested blood which would be from a bleed somewhere in the upper gastrointestinal tract. If you haven’t done so already, you should have an x-ray done to determine whether there are any foreign objects, tumours or other indicators of a bleed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bailey
Himalayan
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Previously was in pain and limp

Hi my Himalayan cat has crystals in his urine about 7 months ago and was rushed to the animal emergency. He was given very good care and has recovered well. He was put on Hill's prescription diet urinary care c/d food. He is now very well.I read I can buy urinary diet from Proplan and not buy the prescription since he is eating and doing well. He far prefers the Proplan as I got it one night when we ran out of the prescription food. What do you think?
Thank you in advance

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Bailey may be able to eat that food instead of the C/D, but since each cat metabolizes food differently, if you are going to change to the Purina urinary diet, it would be a good idea to monitor the pH of his urine every couple of weeks for a month or two to make sure that it isn't changing.

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Sasha
Miniature Schnauzer
4 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting constantly,

Hi my schnauzer just been opened up to discover intestines all stuck tog and very badly inflamed. Vet separated them cleaned them with fluid gave her a steroid but says she will die and we need to put her down. Also no peristalsis in gut. Is death only option..? Breaking our hearts!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Sasha and reviewing all records I cannot say for certain but if there is widespread inflammation, adhesions and there is an absence of peristalsis it may be a case that euthanasia is the most appropriate course of action. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Puggy
Pekingese
1 Week
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

eatting smaller portions
inflamed anus,Belly, drinking alot
Heavy Breathing

my 13 year old Pekingese's stomach is bloated and his anus is very swollen and red. His poop is very tar-like and small bits. He still walks around but only to drink water and poop. Most of the time he is just laying around, but he does lift his head and still eats (not as much as before though). I am so worried! Please help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Puggy isn't feeling well. I'm not able to examine him or help him over email, unfortunately - it does sound like he needs medical attention, and he should see your veterinarian as soon as poosible. Hopefully he'l be feeling better soon once he sees his veterinarian!

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Daisy
English Bulldog
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting and leaking anal fluid

My dog has chronic gastritis and throws up at least 1-3 times daily. She also CANNOT express her anal gland. It leaks and she scoots. The smell is awful. We have changed to prescription food and it hasn’t helped in over a month. Any advice?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without more information on any medications that Daisy might on, what kind of food she eats, or more knowledge of her physical condition, I can't offer any advice as to treatments for her conditions. Common causes for chronic vomiting include parasites, food intolerance, or partial intestinal obstructions. Her anal glands may be anatomically abnormal and require regular expression by your veterinarian, and a different food may help to bulk up her stools. If you have been to see your veterinarian, it would be a good idea to have a recheck and let them know that the recommended treatment isn't helping, as that often will provide a clue as to what might be going on, and they may have other thoughts for you. If you aren't able to resolve her problem, she may need a referral to a specialist. I hope that you are able to get her problems under control.

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Huggie
Rottweiler
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not interested in food or water
Blood in diarrhea lathargy
Lethargy

Help My 3 yr old Rottweiler he has been pooping not normal its diarrhea with blood in it his. pooped like 4-6 time today he's relatively:Update now it getting worst but he doesn't want to eat or drink and hes lethargy I can't tell what's wrong with him

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many reasons that this might be happening with Huggie, but since it doesn't seem to be getting better, it would be best to have him seen today by a veterinarian, as they can examine him, see what might be happening, and get him any treatment that he might need.

Updates he is now eating and drinking again their is no more bloody diarrhea thou the poop is a little mushy and he's acting normal again what could it be then

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Luigi
American bully
9 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

royal canin gastro intestinal diet
ulsanic suspension
Purbac anitbiotics

Hi. I have a 9 month old American Bully male. In the past 2 months, he has had some problems with his stomach. Every other day he would refuse to eat anything, have a runny tummy, ranging between a light coloured mucus, to black tarry, to bloody, all in the same day. When he stops eating, he refuses to eat for a couple of days. I take him to the vet regularly and every time they say it's just gastritis. With the last vet visit about 6 days ago, I insisted on an xray being done, because I thought it might be something stuck in his intestines as he eats everything. No obstructions or foreign matter could be seen on the xray, but it was seen that ALL of his small intestines are very inflamed, but the big intestine seemed normal. He does not vomit at all. During the past 6 days, he has had antibiotics, liquid suspension and Royal canin Gastro intestinal diet. He is a big male, weighing 33kg, but has up to now, not even eaten 2kg of food over the past 6 days and now, while on medication, stopped eating again. I'm thinking of maybe trying to put him on a raw diet as my female pitbull of 6 years old was diagnosed with cancer in January and has since been on a raw diet and works wonders with her. Would a raw diet help him and improve his appetite and eating habits?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally I don’t recommend raw diets unless there are no other alternative options, if you are looking into raw diets I would suggest getting a raw diet from a dog food company rather than making your own as several nutrients can be missing from raw diets. A gastrointestinal sensitive diet (like the Royal Canin one) or boiled chicken and rice may help but it would be better to try and understand why the intestine is inflamed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Emma
Pit bull mix
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, loose bowels

I have a 3 year old pit bull mix. She loves to eat, is exercised 45-60 min every day and does not eat any table scraps or other food than her regular dog food which is Nutrish chicken and rice. Approximately every week to 2 weeks she wakes up with a very noisy stomach, does not eat her normal breakfast and usually throws up and has diarrhea for a portion of the day. The next day she is back to normal and is fine until the next episode about 2 weeks out. Any thoughts or suggestions on what to do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what is causing these events every fortnight or so since this is considered infrequent; I would be asking if you go a certain place, eat a certain food at home, carry out an activity (like spraying the garden), a particular person visits your home and similar questions since the time interval is long (not daily or every other day etc…). I would be taking note of what occurs each day and see if you can find a connection between an event and the episodes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scrappy-coco
Poodle
7 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Stomach Pain
Vomiting
Hair Loss

Message Hi There I have a mini French poodle male age 7 always suffered from a puppy with stomach issues throwing up, loosing breath, running stomach. Recently he wasn't looking himself took him to his usual vet did some bloods vet told us he was having kidney failure. Took him to a specialist ran more bloods picked up his albumin level was very low and was treated with kidney diet food, dewomer, Cortisone RENITEC , doxy dog etc. Blood came back better specialist felt it was more a gut problem than a kidney problem changed food to hypo allagenic food and med increased he has his normal stuff but now also chemo tablets 3x weekly and a B12 injection 1x weekly bloods keep coming back good then bad then good the new test show that his albumin level dropped to 16 2 weeks back it was 19 everything is there any advice you can give us we don't know what to think and I don't think this specialist herself know what is wrong with my baby please help Message Hi There I have a mini French poodle male age 6 always suffered from a puppy with stomach issues throwing up, loosing breath, running stomach. Recently he wasn't looking himself took him to his usual vet did some bloods vet told us he was having kidney failure. Took him to a specialist ran more bloods picked up his albumin level was very low and was treated with kidney diet food, dewomer, Cortisone RENITEC , doxy dog etc. Blood came back better specialist felt it was more a gut problem than a kidney problem changed food to hypo allagenic food and med increased he has his normal stuff but now also chemo tablets 3x weekly and a B12 injection 1x weekly bloods keep coming back good then bad then good the new test show that his albumin level dropped to 16 2 weeks back it was 19. Currently albumin level
Is 21 protein loss is 9 we need a good diet he is on hypo allergenic Royal Caine at the moment it’s helping his gut but not the kidney issue what would you recommend?

Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Diet in these types of cases needs to be determined by trial and error, there is no one fits all diet for cases like this; you need to tweak the diet step by step to find a suitable balance that works for Scrappy-Coco. Commercial diets work well in most cases, but if there are still issues you may need to consult with a Nutritionist to find a custom diet which would be suitable in this case; PetDiets have a Nutritionist service and also help pet owners formulate diets and even produce custom food for pets, I’ve put their website below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petdiets.com/Ask-the-Nutritionist

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Tiger Magic
Maltipoo
9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Fatigue
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Gabapentin

My 9 yr old boy has inflammed intestines and his symptoms have persisted for over a week. He seemed to be doing better this weekend but he seems to be going backward​s. He is not vomitin​g, he barely poops and when he does its very soft. He is eating and drinking in small portions, not as much as before. But his lack of energy and returning pain is worrying me. There is a clear increase in his energy when his medication kicks in. However, I would like to get him back to 100% as soon as possible. His current diet is boiled chicken and brown rice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different causes for inflamed intestines which may include infections, parasites, diet, foreign objects, poisoning, stress among other factors; if an underlying cause is determined it should also be managed as well. Without examining Tiger Magic, I cannot recommend any different treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Samuel
Doberman Pinscher
7 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Hello,
My 7 month old Doberman pincher was showing signs of sickened for one day when we decided to take him in to see the vet. After blood work and X-ray they decided that a small object was blocking his intestines, they couldn’t remove the object only by performing surgery, my concern is that the vet said that while he was doing surgery my puppy’s intestines looked very angry, almost like he ingested acid, is that ever going to repair or heal itself with proper nutrition and medication? I want my dogs to enjoy quality of life and not be in pain. He was on a raw diet prior to surgery. All his blood work and vitals were in great shape before and after surgery, it’s only been 24 hrs. Thank you for your advice, it means a lot.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many difficult causes for gastrointestinal tract inflammation which may include the presence of foreign objects, infections, parasites, diet, stress among other causes; you should look at feeding a sensitive diet for a few weeks especially after the surgery and then have an ultrasound to see if there is thickening of the intestines. If Samuel is otherwise OK, I would just keep an eye on him for now. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fenty
Yorkie mix
7 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea and dry heaving

My 7month old Yorkie/ Maltese Mix Fenty weighs about 4lbs and has been sick for about two weeks now eating much and barely drinking water. I’ve taken her to the vet three times. The first time I took her in because she was throwing up yellow bile and excessively and she had diarrhea. They did x-rays and said they didn’t find anything alarming besides that her intestines looked swollen but they didn’t seem worried and gave her subQ fluids, cerenia injection and send her home with metronidazole and FortiFlora for 5days. On the 3rd day after our visit she threw up again though her pop looked normal and she no longer had diarrhea so I took her in to have blood work done. They injected fluids again and B-12 she slept for most of the afternoon but got up like 7hrs later wanting play, ate her kibble, drank a little bit of water and was acting like her normal self. The follow day the vet calls me and tells me everything they tested for was normal and to continue to give her the metronidazole and see what happens. The following day she started to loss her energy again, she wouldn’t eat or drink water, she wasn’t herself so the vet recommended an ultrasound. Yesterday they did the ultrasound and said they found irritation of the stomach and intestines again they gave her guilds and cerenia and prescribed another 5days of metronidazole. I read the discharge paperwork and the diagnosis says gastroenteritis small but normal adrenal glands. And they recommended I make her an appointment another doctor for further diagnostics such as ACTH and GI Panel. I’m scared that one I’m over medicating her and two all these vet visits are stressing her out. I’m not sure what I should do. I feel so helpless and I don’t want to keep putting my baby through tests I’m scared her little body cannot handle it. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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From the treatment described in your question, I wouldn’t be concerned about over medicating as your Veterinarian seems to be giving metronidazole which will cover some bacterial infections and some protozoal infections and is a common treatment in cases of unexplained diarrhoea and gastroenteritis. I would recommend you visit the other Veterinarian for follow up to see if there are any other issues; it is important to get to the bottom of a diagnosis, even if it is stressful because you need to think about the long term. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nyla Blu
Shih Tzu
10 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Anal Discharge

My 10 mth old Shih tzu has had diarrhea since yesterday morning. It was soft solid in the beginning with streaks of blood. Now it's bright red blood. No vomiting, still playing. Hasn't displayed any other issues. I've been giving her plenty of water but no food since yesterday. What can I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Large quantities of blood in the stool should be seen by your Veterinarian; a break in food is a good idea but you should reintroduce food after around eight or twelve hours offering boiled chicken and rice. But, ideally due to the large quantity of blood you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocky
pitbull
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a pitbull (2 years old). About a month ago he chewed a large portion of his Kong bone and swallowed it. For about a week we searched his poop to make sure it passed.. But never did. He never lost his appetite or had trouble going to the bathroom so we didn't think too much of it. Well about 4 days ago, he threw up and the Kong toy flew out of his mouth... IN HIS SYSTEM FOR A MONTH!! about 3 days ago, I noticed his anus was very red and he can't stop licking it... Today while picking up his poop, I noticed it looked like it was in a sausage casing..i did research and basically said it was inflammation of the intestines...it's this caused by complications of the toy in his system or just a need of change of diet? i haven't taken him to the vet because I don't have money for the visit and tests..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You would be surprised how long some items can stay in a dog’s stomach without causing a problem. The sausage casing faeces is attributable to inflammation which may be caused by the gastrointestinal upset which caused the Kong toy to be brought back up. I would ensure that Rocky is drinking (hydration is important) and has an appetite; it may be best to offer some wet food and some plain canned pumpkin to help him defecate and relieve irritation on his anus. You can use a doggy wet wipe around his anus to clean him to help prevent further irritation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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