I have an 8 year old Bull Mastiff and a 12 year old Boston Terrier. Last weekend my Bull started with diarrhea after he was out in the yard digging and eating dirt. I chalked this up as an upset stomach and tried to treat him with human over the counter meds along with fasting him for 24 hours. The very next day after the fast he appeared to be a little better with a more formed stool. Now both of my dogs have it and I left for 4 hours yesterday to come home to bright red bloody diarrhea all over my kitchen. I am fasting them both again for 24 hours (only water). Is it possible they have a stomach bug or possibly I have got a very bad bag of dog food? They have been on the same food for 5-6 months and that is all that they get (no treats). The food they are on is Innova Large Breed. I can take them to the vet tomorrow but he is draining me lately with $59 office charges and $50 injections. I fear he may temporarly medicate without finding the source of the problem as he continues to drain my bank account.
I would fast them for a minimum of 12 hours. Give their system some time to simmer down. Then I would feed them yogurt, activia is good, vanilla flavored is fine but no fruit while their stomach is upset, and maybe add chicken in with their food. Bland, baked chicken or boiled but no salt, pepper, etc. Just plain. After a day or two of this, or when their stools become normal again, I would mix some of the yogurt into their regular food for a few more days and see how it goes. If it is the food that is causing this then I would be suspicious of a bad bag. It is more than likely that they ingested something they shouldn't have, or that one of them picked up a bug somewhere and gave it to the other one.
What a scarry time for you! Be sure that your yogurt has no aspertine in it. Also, fat free yogurt may have a tendancy toward looser stools. Be aware that a sudden change in diet (from Innova to chicken) may cause a change in bowels also. The cause of bloody stools can be many things some more serious than others. If you haven't already get your vet up to date on whats happening with your babies. Let us know how it goes. B.B.
This is just a thought but could they somehow have anemia? I've read about it, and its blood loss like in urine and diarrhea too. Also, they could have valley fever, which is a virus that is in the ground and can be disturbed if its uprooted such as how your dog was digging in the dirt. That's all I know though, ask your vet thoroughly because they never seem to understand problems and just toss them over the shoulder. I hope your dogs gets better :) good luck.
And look up the anemia thing on this site. Go to Breeds, find cocker spaniel, and look at the health problems column where they have anemia (its IMHA). I know thats not the breed you have, but its not just with the Cocker Spaniel. Hope that helps.
good afternoon, i have a problem and dont know where to turn. My ccocker spaniel is six years old and i took him on a walk the other night notice he came back limping. Next day he couldnt get up today he is up and his legs have this craking noise now he started to poop a runny watery blood and brown stool. anyone can help.