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He has some jelly blood poop. not with the stool. We have had

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He has some jelly blood poop. not with the stool. We have had hemoragic visus and I was afraid he might have contracted.
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 5 months ago.
Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I am very sorry to hear about your fellow's loose stools with a little blood and mucous.Of course anyone would be concerned about blood and mucous stools. Most viruses that people get are species specific, meaning dogs cannot get them. So if you are sick from a virus it is unlikely to make your dog sick too. There are bacterial infections however like Salmonella or Clostridia that can make dogs and people both sick.The fresher the blood appears the closer the source is to his rectum. And mucous indicates that the colon is irritated, as the colon is the only part of the intestinal tract to produce mucous. With blood and mucous we can say he has colitis (inflammation of the large intestine), but we cannot necessarily be specific as to the cause.The important factor in all of this is how your boy feels. If he feels great otherwise then that is a good sign. There is a condition in dogs called hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. These dogs have profuse dark, jelly-clot like, bloody diarrhea. They are very sick dogs and get dehydrated quickly so they need immediate care. Thus if he seems lethargic and/or begins vomiting an emergency veterinary visit is best. But colitis or inflammation of the large intestine, can be due to stress, a change in diet, parasites, a viral or bacterial infection, inflammatory bowel disease or even a food allergy. Rarely a mass in the colon can be the cause, or exposure to anticoagulant rodenticides. Another possibility is an anal gland infection. These are scent glands that are located just inside the rectum and an infection can cause a bloody discharge, though should not cause loose stools. A raw, irritated colon can take a few days to heal. Do you know if he got into anything that may have started all of this?The bleeding should clear completely with treatment over the next 2 to 3 days. If not he should be checked by his regular veterinarian and his anal glands should be checked.Well worth checking at least a couple fresh stool samples too as parasite eggs/cysts are a common cause of colitis, and are shed intermittently so they may be picked up on the second sample or third test even if the first is negative. If he still feels well now though we can try some things at home. If his appetite is off and his stomach is gurgling he may have some stomach upset and reflux that can go along with his bloody stools.To try and settle his stomach today you can try either:1) Pepcid-ac (famotidine) at a dose of one 10mg tablet per 20 to 40 pounds of body weight every 12 hours.OR 2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at a dose of one 20mg tablet per 40 to 80 pounds of body weight every 24 hours.These will reduce stomach acid and should help if this is related to simple nausea and gastrointestinal irritation. They can be given for several days if necessary. You can skip this step if his appetite seems fine. I would not feed him any food for 24 hours. This should help stop gut spasms and restore normal gut motility. Small amounts of water, clear broth, or ice cubes given frequently are fine as he needs fluids after all that he has lost with bloody stools. You can give him pedialyte to replace electrolytes too but Gatorade is much too high in sugar which can make his colon irritation worse. Today even with the fast you can start Kao-pectate at 1/2ml per pound or 1/2 tablespoon per 15 pounds of body weight every 8-12 hours. This is quite safe and will coat his irritated gi tract as well as absorbing bacterial toxins. You can use it for several days until his stools look normal. You can find kao-pectate at the drug store. If he has a tense painful abdomen, continues to have bloody stools with no improvement after being on kao pectate for 24 hours, becomes very lethargic, begins vomiting or runs a fever greater than 103.5F then he really must be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Make sure to take a fresh stool sample with you when you go. After his food fast start a bland diet of 1/3 boiled, lean hamburger (or boiled, white skinless chicken), all fats and juices drained off, mixed with 2/3 boiled, plain white rice. Feed several small meals a day. You might wish to add 1-2 tablespoon of canned pumpkin to each meal as fiber helps soothe an irritated colon. I recommend adding probiotics like Fortiflora, Proviable or Benebac to his meals daily to re-establish normal gut bacteria levels too.Once he feels better (no bloody stools for 48 hours) start mixing in his regular dog food very slowly. Less bland more regular with each day. It should take a week or so to convert him back. If your pup is vomiting and feeling poorly though it would be best that he see a veterinarian now as anything you give him orally will just come back up worsening his dehydration. Best of luck with your pup, please let me know if you have any further questions.
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 5 months ago.
Hello, I wanted to make sure that you didn't have any further questions for me, and I'd like to know how things turned out for your pup. If you could give me an update that would be great, thank you, ***** *****
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 5 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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