My boxer pup is almost 5 months. Occasionally she has blood in her stool. Paticularly at the end of the day and the last movement of the day. Boy, can she process the kibble. She is currently on Nature's Choice. I had the parasitic tests done on her stool twice, they both came back negative. The vet said this was common for puppies and to add 2 tablespoons of cooked rice to her food. I have been doing that for about two weeks. Last night after the last movement she had what appeared to be blood mixed with mucus, a couple of drops two seperate times. I am now on my way to a different vet for another opinion. I am unaware of this being common in puppies. I would rather be safe than sorry. Can anyone offer any help?
Having worked for a vet and having a new pup myself, I will shoot some ideas out there.
Different wormers cover different worms....(strongid basically covers the roundworms which all pups have) and some worms are VERY hard to detect in a stool sample, especially whipwoms which are known for their ability to make bloody diarreah. Those eggs are shed intermittently, so if you dont have a chunk of poo with a few of those football shaped eggs in there, they cant tell ya if she has them or not.
So, I dont know what kind of wormer your pup has had, but you may wanna see if they do one that covers THOSE types of worms. Hey, it cant hurt.
Course, there is the ever present parvo....but barring a test, we just wont know. They appear really sick by the time the bloody diarreah hits, so I doubt its that right now.
Heck, I thought MY bullie had parvo as she was depressed and dehydrated and luckily for me, it was worms.
I would call and ask what kind of parasite the wormers she was given takes care of, and go from there.
this is very hard to get rid of in the soil too....
mucus is common with the poop...
Whipworm infection is transmitted by ingesting eggs that live in the soil. Once inside the host, the eggs hatch into larvae that travel to the large intestine and embed their long, whiplike tail into the intestinal wall. The larvae mature, mate, and lay eggs, which pass through the feces and into the soil.
Whipworm infection does not always cause symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include the following:
Anemia Dehydration Diarrhea, especially recurrent bouts of diarrhea with stool that has blood or mucus Diminished strength and vitality Weight loss Whipworm is usually diagnosed by examining the feces for eggs. Infection can be difficult to diagnose and may require several fecal exams. Several oral medications are available for the treatment of whipworm and monthly preventative medications also are available. Pet owners should discuss the options with their veterinarian.
My chihuahua had the same problem that your explaining with your boxer. I tried the rice with chicken and hamburger, it worked but the second I took him off it, it started all over again. So I changed his food and since then he hasn't had no blood or mucus in his stools. Your boxer might has a sensitive tummy maybe for the food she's getting? Not sure but Buddy did I just had to switch foods. I hope your puppy gets better. =)
I'd also like to ask if your dog is on a heartworm treatment like Interceptor in particular? Many heartworm preventatitves also prevent common types of works. I know for sure interceptor prevents hookworms, whipworms and roundworms.
I have never heard of putting them on heartworm pervention at 6months. Mine have been on Interceptor since they were about 6 to 7wks. old. Also, your idea of changing vets might not hurt. My girlfriend that lost her little pom to congestive heart failure had a vet that just poofed off the symptoms. She went to my vet and they put it on lacix, but it was too late.
Thank you for the response. Josephina lives in California, and she is currently on heartworm medication. The most recent culture on the stool sample came back negative again. We are now switching puppy food in hopes of a simple fix. We've had no blood in the stool for the past three days. This morning we had a new experience, the vomiting of bile, that's something new for her. Hopefully just a bit of a flu. No change in activity pattern latter in the afternoon, and it certainly did not affect her appetite as the day wore on. Puppy days always seem to bring a new experience, never boring. My apologies for the long delay with my response, we all went away together this week-end to Nevada. It's certainly easier to find open spaces to play there. Thanks again, smallfish