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Past week my 3 year old Chihuahua has had bloody diarrhea,

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For the past week my 3 year old Chihuahua has had bloody diarrhea, but now we are traveling and it seems to be straight blood. She doesn't seem to be in pain, but she wants to sleep a lot. I am extremely concerned but have no funds right now to just walk into a vets... Any ideas?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

I understand your financial contraints but I must let you know that a week's worth of hematochezia (blood in the stool) and now straight blood can be life-threatening in a miniature dog who can dehydrate and become profoundly anemic very quickly. I'm not sure that you can avoid having Angel attended to by a vet. Her symptoms can represent more disorders than I have room to post in this venue but my initial concerns would be gastrointestinal parasites that can cause such bleeding such as hookworms, whipworms, and the protozoan Giardia; and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis which is actually an umbrella term for Clostridial, Campylobacter, and Salmonella infections, viral infections such as parvovirus, coronavirus, and circovirus, Addison's disease and pancreatitis.

You can worm her for 3 consecutive days with an over the counter product containing fenbendazole (Panacur, e.g.) which is available in pet/feed stores which would address those parasites but I'd be far more comfortable knowing that she were examined by a vet. Until that can be done, please supplement her with an infant fluid and electrolyte replacer such as Pedialyte. Her daily requirement is an ounce of fluid per pound of body weight which will be difficult to give her but every little bit helps. A small poultry baster placed between her cheek teeth and cheek can facilitate administering the fluids.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Angel. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin