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Good afternoon. This is Dr. Christian. I'd like to help.
Hi Doctor, thanks very much
Have you noticed a decrease in Jack's appetite or any vomiting? Has there been any blood in his stool? Is his belly painful when you gently push on it? Is he otherwise a healthy dog?
No blood noticed, although along with the hair I saw this morning I saw a brownish spot on an otherwise tan stool? Not sure if that was blood but not what I would associate with blood. Last night is the only night I noticed an appetite decrease but the other nights have been fine. No belly pain or other issues. Seems otherwise healthy.
Other than this poop issue, he seems his normal self
What you've described are common symptoms of loose stool and colitis. Colitis is an inflammation of the large intestine and can have numerous causes such as diet changes, stress or even medical conditions like intestinal parasites or internal disease (luckily that's much less common). You can try adding some canned pumpkin to his food for a few days. That may help the loose stool. Otherwise stick to his regular diet. If you have notice lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting or blood in his stool then have him seen by a vet immediately. If the loose stool persists in a few days then have him seen.
Thanks Doc, I saw you said internal parasites. He's had hookworm in the past, about a year and a half ago. Is that the type of parasite you're talking about or are there others?
Certainly hookworms could cause this.
What about increased appetite? Now that I think about it, other than last night, he seems to be cleaning his bowl every night.
Both of those parasites can sap a dog's nutrition which can lead to increased appetite.
Luckily those are easy to treat and also prevent. Monthly heartworm preventives can keep him from getting them again.
But these symptoms are typical of heartworms, are they?
No. Heartworms cause coughing and lethargy but the preventives also prevent intestinal parasites like whipworms and hookworms.
Ok, thanks very much Dr for the advice and peace of mind
You are welcome. Good luck. I hope he feels better soon.