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3rd Time Blood in pet's stool...Help! :(
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VegSawa posted:
Hello-

We adopted a Pomeranian a year ago (going to be two in August) who seemed very healthy and happy. About five months ago he had an episode where he vomited the night before having bright red blood in his stools, which were loose and contained mucous. We rushed him to the vet, and they ran a fecal test. The doctor suggested that he had one certain type of bacteria had taken over. She put him on antibiotics for two weeks, a bland diet of no food or water for the first night, and the science diet ID wet dog food for the next week, and gave him a bolus of IV fluids. It did clear up quickly, though he recovered physically within 4-5 days. We quit giving him all table scraps since she had suggested this. She also thought the illness was brought upon by something he could have ate, like bird droppings, but was not sure.
This same situation happened the following two months including the blood in his stools, vomiting, and so on, so again we rushed him to the vet. This time we ran a basic blood test which showed his ALKP ( I believe this was the liver enzyme) was in the high 600's (the doctor said it should be in the 20's-80's range). He informed us that this was a concern, but it could be in regards to his illness at the time. So again the doctor gave him the same antibiotics, the bolus IV injection, and a bland diet of no food or water for the first night, and the science diet ID wet dog food for the next week. Also no dog treats what so ever this time.
Two days ago the same issue happened, a month and a half from the second time. This time he threw up right before having the bloody bright red stools with some mucous. Again to the vet, and again with the antibiotics, and bland diet, but no IV bolus. She suggested we run the same blood test as before so we did, and his liver enzymes were still running high in the upper 350's. The next step was to do a sonography to make sure the liver or gallbladder did not have a shunt, and so we did. Everything looked okay according to the doctor, the only thing was his gallbladder had a minimal amount of sludge in it, which she said was normal. I am relived, but worried still at the same time. I know this is going to happen again and want to prevent/fix the problem... We are talking about doing a special blood test that focuses on the liver alone, but haven't yet. She suggested that we might try to keep him on the antibiotic for a few months to see if it happens again.


I am hoping to find some suggestions about what this could be or what test to look into. He is almost 2, has always had looser stools (like soft serve) and is always grazing on grass when he is outside, and has some mild allergy issues. He does have separation anxiety as well, but is okay when we return. Other than that, he is very healthy, active, loves to play, eat, chew on bones, and so on. He is about 20lbs, beautiful glossy red hair, and perfect teeth/gums.


Thank you for taking the time to read this, I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. I just want my pup to feel better and for this is quit happening.
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rohvannyn responded:
Have you ruled out irritable bowel syndrome? That's what I thought of at first, but I'm sure the vet would have thought of it too.
 
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An_252341 responded:
If you give your pup rawhides it may be that. My Beagle mix had a similar problem. He's been fine since we figured that out.


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