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my 12yr. old dog...greman shepard.. is having diarrhea for

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my 12yr. old dog...greman shepard.. is having diarrhea for the last 6 days with blood not each time..what to do??
Submitted: 3 years ago via Dog-Health-Guide.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 3 years ago.

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Hello JACustomer,

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I am sorry to hear about Anoki.

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My name isXXXXX am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help you.

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Is he eating, and drinking? Any vomiting>

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Diarrhea can be caused by many things: parasites, infection, reaction to something that was eaten, and internal diseases.

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If the diarrhea irrritates the lining of the colon enough, the colon will bleed, and you see blood or blood clots in the diarrhea. SInce aspirin makes you bleed more, by reducing the ability to make blood clots, that might be contributing to the diarrhea. I would not give any more aspirin.

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I would try treating the diarrhea with Pepto Bismal, or Imodium instead.

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If it continues, or if he stops eating and starts to vomit, then he may need medical attention.

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SInce he is older, I would have him checked out if this continues for very long.

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I meant to say that the aspirin could be contributing to the colon' s bleeding.

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I am not seeing responses from you. I can try another way to connect with you.

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If you tell me his weight, I can give you a dose of Imodium.

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Im sorry i dont type very fast

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zrebecca are you there?

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I dont type very fast im sorry

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you left to quickly

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We are also gi

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ving him cosequinn ds

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what can i give him for pain if not aspirin?

Expert:  Rebecca replied 3 years ago.
Paul,
I hope you can see what I have said now.

I would continue the bland diet, switch to Imodium ( if he weighs 70 to 80 pounds, give 1 to 1 1/2 tablets of Imodium twice daily), and take a sample of the stool to be checked for parasites if this continues much longer.

Please let me know what else I can answer.

Rebecca
Expert:  Rebecca replied 3 years ago.
I am sorry, but everything you typed did not show up until I changed to this format. That sometimes happens with the chat.

You can give aspirin for pain, but not while he is having diarrhea.

There are good pain medications that do not cause bleeding, like tramadol and gabapentin, but they are by prescription.

Cosequin can give some dogs diarrhea.

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