Dakota, 3 year old Rottie/Shepherd mix, went out to potty this morning and she has blood in her stool. Not much, just like a little line, and some of her poop was mucousy (sp?).
Both her and Laredo had rib bones about 3 - 5 days ago, and we thought they passed fine, then Laredo threw up slivers of the bone a day ago.
She has a vet appointment for 4:00 today, but I was just wondering what you guys thought it could be? She's had a bladder infection for about 2 weeks, could that be causing blood and mucous in her stool? Or do you think it's from the bones?
Plese don't give them bones! Rawhides and Kongs are best for chewing. Real bones can splinter and cut up the intestines! Causing internal bleeding. They can also cause blockage. Would could lead to an expensive surgery to get them out! Not good for our furbabies. I know I know in the wild they eat them! But there is a reason wild animals don't live long.
Take a sample with you (of the poo of course). Most of the time they never discover the reason for the blood. Some strain on the gut. With the bones recently there would be a concern of one being stuck. I'm assuming they were cooked. I could tell you horror stories about the bones I've seen retrieved from a dogs gut.
It sounds like an internal parasite infection of some sort. could be coccidia, giardia, colitis or worms like whipworms and hookworms just to name a few.
get a fresh stool sample and have it tested
if it was from a bone, chances are the injury would be deep so the blood would have been digested and mixed with the stool so you would see black stool. if the blood is red and shows up in drops or streaks on top of the stool then parasite is a likely cause. the mucus is an indication as well.
kuma has it once, i believe after eating some corn beef hash lol. he was pooping blood with mucus pretty badly.. loose stool.. etc. the stool sample found nothing; my vet just gave me some pills to "bind" him and made me give him chix/rice for a few days.
Depending on where at in the intestinal tract the bones are depends on what color the blood is. If far up in the tract then you would see dark tarry blood. If close to passing but stuck in the lower tract then yes you would see fresh blood.
Small amounts of blood in the stool is normal if the stool is hard. But having a history of eating bones, I would have her checked by the vet as a "just in case"