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my dog is pooping blood and stringy things and a clear goo

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my dog is pooping blood and stringy things and a clear goo what is it
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 4 years ago.

Hello,

This is Dr. Christian. Welcome to JustAnswer. A few questions will help me get a clearer picture of the situation:

  • How long has he had the problem?
  • Is he vomiting, lethargic or not eating?
  • Are his gums pink?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
this is only the second time that i know in 3 days he is eating and not vomitting and his gums are pink
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for the information. The clear gel you are describing is mucous from the large intestine. The blood is also from the large intestine. The stringy stuff could either be due to the irritation of the lining of the large intestine or possibly even intestinal worms. The mucous and blood are due to irritation of the colon is called colitis and can be caused by several things:

  • Parvovirus is a deadly, highly contagious disease that is especially dangerous for puppies and their poor immune systems. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and lack of appetite. There may be blood in the diarrhea and vomit. 3 things about parvo are deadly to them: the virus itself, bacterial infections from the intestinal tract and dehydration. Treatment usually includes fluids and antibiotics as well as medications for vomiting and to help the immune system fight the virus. Vaccines are incredibly good at preventing the disease but are necessary about every 3 weeks until about 15 to 16 weeks old. One vaccine does not provide enough protection. The disease usually takes 3-7 days to appear after the puppy is exposed. Here's a link: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/parvoviral-enteritis/page1.aspx
  • Intestinal parasites are common and include hookworms, roundworms, coccidia and giardia. All of these can cause vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool, weight loss, lethargy and lack of appetite. Most puppies are infected with roundworms and hookworms very early in life from their mother through the milk or the womb. Giardia is potentially contagious to humans. All of these parasites can be treated but fecal tests are necessary to diagnose them. They can't been seen in the stool with the naked eye. A microscope is necessary to find the eggs in the stool to identify which parasite is present. Here's some links: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/intestinal-parasites-in-dogs/page1.aspx
    http://www.petplace.com/dogs/protozoan-parasites-in-dogs/page1.aspx
    http://www.petplace.com/dogs/gastrointestinal-parasites-in-dogs/page1.aspx
  • Colitis- A change in food and environment can also cause diarrhea, some lethargy and vomiting. Sometimes puppies become sick enough that fluids and medications are required to keep them from getting dehydrated and weak. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/colitis-in-dogs/page1.aspx

At this age, parvo is highly unlikely and since he is eating and drinking it is even less likely. He probably has intestinal parasites or has developed colitis. Either way, it is best to have him checked by a vet as soon as possible so that the necessary treatment can be started. If you have more questions please let me know.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
the white strings move like some kind of worm and he scoots on the floor when he is done
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 4 years ago.
That probabably is either tapeworms or roundworms since those are much more visible than hookworms. The irritation in the colon has probably dislodged the worms and of course the worms are causing the blood and mucous.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
tape worms are kinda long cause this stuff is about 6 inches long
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 4 years ago.
Tapeworms are actually in segments that can be just about any length. However, the most likely is certainly roundworms.

Edited by Dr. Christian K. on 11/4/2009 at 3:20 AM EST
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
could it be whip worms
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 4 years ago.
Whipworms are too small to be seen and would not be visible in a dog this age either way. Whipworms take about 3 months to develop to adulthood. While they could cause mucous and blood they would never be visible.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

okay so you are sticking with tape worms

 

Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 4 years ago.
Nope, the most likely is roundworms and the second most likely is tapeworms.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
a vet can take care of it with a shot or something
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 4 years ago.

Dewormers are very effective at getting rid of either one. You can put the worms in a plastic bag and take them to your vet.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
okay can i give him a deworming pill or will the shot be best
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 4 years ago.
You can get a deworming liquid. Just make sure to give the correct dose for his weight and that it is labeled for a dog this young. Pyrantel pamoate is a good choice.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
where can i buy it at
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 4 years ago.
Any pet store should carry it.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

he will be alright tonight right

Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 4 years ago.
He should be since he is eating and drinking. The most important thing is to make sure he keep hydrated overnight so offer lots of water or even warm chicken broth.
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