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Observing mucus or blood in the stool or poop of your dog could be alarming. There could be multiple reasons as to why your dog's stool may contain blood. It may indicate an upset stomach as a result of consuming bad food or inflammation of colon-known as colitis. The presence of roundworms or any other internal parasite could also cause the presence of blood. Viral infections or bacterial ones may cause the dog's stool to contain mucus. The presence of a foreign body in the intestine or allergies may result in blood being present. Other causes include autoimmune disorders or cancer.
Symptom and finding the cause
Do remember that blood or mucus in the stool is not the problem. It is a symptom. It is important to find out the underlying cause of this complication. It is important that you take your dog to the veterinarian. The doctor will do a comprehensive examination and in all probability take a sample of your dog's stool. Do bring your dog's fresh stool sample. It could be hard to find a stool if your dog is not eating or it is lethargic. In such cases, take it to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
The veterinarian will conduct a full examination of your dog to find out the animal's overall health. The doctor will check for illness signs. The dog's stool will be examined for the presence of internal parasites by doing a fecal flotation. This is done as intestinal parasites are rarely observed since they reside in the intestinal tract of the dog. This test is a definitive one to find intestinal parasites. Giardia, Hookworms, and Whipworms are one of may parasites causing mucus or blood in your dog's stool. The symptoms present in your dog may push your veterinarian to test for other viral diseases like the parvovirus. The presence of any foreign body obstruction necessitates the use of imaging technology like the ultrasound.
The treatment depends on the underlying cause. If the blood or mucus is simply due to bad eating, the veterinarian will suggest a healthy diet and medication. If parasites are the reason, then the veterinarian will write out a prescription to deworm your dog. The veterinarian will also instruct you on how to clan the environment so that infection does not resurface. Parvovirus and other viral infections could threaten your pet's life and you may need to hospitalize the animal. The list of medications in this condition include antibiotics and intravenous fluids. Any foreign body obstruction could be deadly and may be negated with emergency surgery. The veterinarian will decide on the optimum treatment based on the animal's diagnosis and the overall health of the dog.