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I am so sorry your dog isn't feeling well. The staining of blood around the hind end can indicate several problems. It could be coming from his digestive tract (diarrhea with blood or even straight blood) or is could be coming from his anal sacs. If he truly is straining to defecate and producing only small amounts of liquid stool or he is also having any vomiting or no appetite, then I worry this is truly coming from the digestive tract and we should consider this a medical emergency. That makes me worry he may have hemorrhagic gastroenteritis which can rapidly become life-threatening due to fluid and blood loss but is easily treated by hospitalization for 24-48 hours with IV fluid therapy and support.
Alternatively, if his stools look normal, and he is eating/drinking but just has that staining then this could be he has anal sac infection. This is quite painful and may make him very grumpy about touching his hind end and could also lead to straining to defeat. It needs to be seen by your veterinarian but could potentially wait until they are open tomorrow.
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