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My dog is pooping a bloody gleatin substance and appears to be very uncomfortable. She ate several carrots last night along with her regular dod food. It is Sunday and difficult to find vet. Is there something I can do until tomorrow.
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.
Hi Dfrye,

It sounds as if your dog has parasites such as worms or coccidia.

The most common worms found in dogs are:
Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms, and Whipworms and Heartworms

In some cases these worms are passed from the mother to the puppy, in other cases such as tapeworms, they are contracted by other methods such as ingesting an infected flea. Most over the counter medicine will only kill one or two types of worms, so your best bet is to take a fecal sample to your vet to determine the type of worms your dog may have and then decide on treatment. Dogs should be checked for worms periodically even if they appear healthy. This is so if your pet does become ill, you are not fighting a worm infestation along with a more serious problem.

For additional information about worms, see this site
http://www.thepetcenter.com/exa/worms.html

Panacur is a prescription product so you need to obtain it from your Vet and works on roundworms and whipworms. Wormers labeled as Pyrantel Pamoate are the best over the counter medication for roundworms. . Revolution and Interceptor as well as other heartworm medications also control whipworms and roundworms. Another reason to keep your dog on Heartworm medication.

Information on coccidia
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1622&articleid=727
Symptoms are diarrhea which could be mild or severe depending on how infected they are. If severe there may be blood and mucous along with vomiting, loss of appetite leading to dehydration.

Information on giardia
http://www.missionmedvet.com/encyclopedia/giardia_canine.htm
Symptoms of giardia are diarrhea with possible terrible smell, mucousy stool and sometimes bouts of vomiting.

If she is in pain buffered aspirin can be given to a dog with a dosage of up to 5 mg per pound every 12 hours. Keep in mind that a dog's body does not metabolize aspirin in the same way as a human and thus should not be given more than a day or two without contacting your Vet. I think she will be fine until tomorrow.

Hope this helps.
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Jane Lefler's Post: Jane,
She is 15 and just had her annual physical 2 mos ago. She is moving very slowly and seems to be in serious pain. She is 15 and also has kidney disease but it is not progressing as she is on a special diet and blood results were good this past physical. She stays indoors and is a mini dach.
She isn't interested in food and is drinking very little water... is there something else that may be occuring?
She ate some carrots last night and they didn't digest at all... could that have caused a stomach issue?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.
Dfrey,
Bloody, mucousy stools can be caused by the lack of fat absorbtion in dog's that have kidney disease, but your dog is on a special diet, so that shouldn't be the case unless she got ahold of some other food beside the carrots in the last few days or her disease is no longer in control.

Giardia does produce the same type stools and is frequently missed during routine testing as the organism is excreted intermitantly and is not always present in the stool sample. Giardia can also cause abdominal cramping.

Hope this helps.
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