The blood and mucous can be the result of a number of problems, some of which are no big deal, but it seems odd that she's been having this problem for a couple of weeks. You may want to let her skip breakfast tomorrow morning to give her system a bit of a break, and then feed her a bland diet such as boiled chicken and rice instead of her regular dog food. The vet will be able to tell you where to go from there.
if this has been going on for a while, i would definetly suggest taking her to the vet and having the vet check out what the problem is. i know sometimes blood and mucusy stool can be due to stress, but i'd still get it checked out
I had to do that once and I just waited until he had to go shortly before the vet appointment and took it with me. Yuck, but necessary. I'm sorry I can't tell you what it might be, but you got a lot of good answers. Please let us know what the vet says.
$43 for an office visit is perfectly normal. honetsly, it's about what you'd pay at a dr's office too if you didn't have insurance. The fecal exam price ($20) is more expensive than it is here, I think it's $5 or $10 at our vet. But really, $63 to see what thep roblem is doesn't seem like much money to me.
Just grab up some poop after your dog goes and put it in a zip loc bag. No need for refrigeration r anything like that!
those prices sound about right. my vet is $45 for an office visit, $10, i think, to run a fecal in the office and $50 if it needs to be sent to a lab. i know b/c we had to 'send out' once when snowball had giarrdhia. she was having loose stools, for a week or so, and on the way to admit her for tests, she pooped in my car and it was runny with mucus. ewwwwww. ruined my favorite duffle bag. can't get much of a fresher sample then that.
If you see where she has a B.M tonight just make a note of it so if she does not go after that you can take that. Gross I know but very important. As far as a diagnosis it could be anything from getting into something bad to an infection. A vet visit is your best bet.
Hi-The probably is most likely to be coccidia or worms. Either way-the vet will give you some medication and your dog will be FINE! You can get these from the environment-which is not fun...but it is part of having a dog. Antifreeze causes kindey failure in animals. So-good luck and do not too much, just go to the vet. They will take a stool sample and they will know what the source of the problem is right away. Both coccidia & worms can cause the bloody stools with the mucous.
***Edited By: starlightsaints on 11/17/2004 7:26:40 PM*** Reason: error
Hello Everyone! Ok, so I took a fresh sample of BM that she did right before her appt. The Vet said he didn't see anything, however that didn't mean she didn't have some type of organism. He explained as an example, if I brought in 10 samples, one of them might have something in them...so it doesn't mean she doesn't have something like the conditions you mentioned. She has an ear infection, he suspected the cause being mites...but couldn't see any...maybe I cleaned them all out when I cleaned her ears this weekend...I don't know what they look like, but I do know her ears were filthy. But he flushed them both out. Here's what he did: Complete examination both ears flushed, rectal, oral exam, temp examined stool prescribed metronidazole for the bug in her tummy ear drops lomotil to help her digestion 5 cans of special diet food de-worming medicine for 3 days to sprinkle ontop of the new food. Suggested I take her off of the Royal Canin dry food I just switched her to (recommended by the people at PetSmart/and Petco) from Iams Rice and Lamb dry food. They said the RC was better quality food for her and the Iams was the worst food ever for them. My vet said switch her back slowly with the last couple cans of food, because maybe she has an allergy to it, which could also cause digestive problems including what Sasha has. Man oh man.. she now at 4.5 months old weighs 12.2 pounds! and is cute as ever..."stinky" though I forgot to ask what kind of shampoo/and other hygeinic products I should get for her...any suggestions?
Ok, so are you all ready for this? It costed $174.94!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (shoot, there goes those new scrubs I thought I was gonna buy this weekend :-)
I was mildly shocked, but also at peace, knowing he felt she was going to be ok. (But to keep him updated, and if she gets worse he'll have to do a more extensive examination)
Oh well, I am comfortable with his exam and explanation and glad I got her in cuz I would have never suspected her to have an ear infection.
So thank you my friends. I will online here reading, learning and posting. So again thanks for your kind input and support.
God Bless and everyone take care.
PS: Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and whatever else you might celebrate;-)
Yes, the vet took you for the whole nine yards...Consider that your annual check-up. The Metronidazole will knock out all the dog's bacteria...it is somewhat of an all kill last resort in my book. Use Nutro Natural Choice ULTRA-puppy, if you can get it. Otherwise you must give the dog acidophilus/yogurt after the antibiotics are done, to rebuild the intestinal flora. I hope you are not still walking in the position a dog assumes when it is being mated...Would not hurt to do a bit of research for future reference. Might be cheaper.
Our family had a beautiful little blond ****er Spaniel named Roxy for years. You might as well plan right now to pay special attention to her ears over her lifetime. They are notorious for ear problems because of their heavy, haircovered ears. We cleaned Roxie's daily and used antiobiotics when necessary. She was so precious she was worth it though.