Bloody Diarrhea in Dogs

Bloody diarrhea in dogs can be very scary. Understanding the cause of diarrhea, some basic canine treatment options at home can help immensely. It can also be a dog disease symptom.

Bloody diarrhea in dogs is a cry for help

Cause of Diarrhea in Dogs

Remember that canine diarrhea is not a disease. It is a symptom that something has interrupted the normal work of the large intestines. Whether it is the ingestion of bad food, a non-food item, bacteria or parasites, the intestines are getting rid of it as fast as possible to avoid absorption into the body through the intestinal walls.

I do NOT panic when:

  • There is no fever present. (See how to take a canine temperature.)
  • My dog is still acting pretty normal
  • My dog has time to ask to go outside. (I feel the more control my dogs have, the less threatening.)


Bloody Diarrhea in Dogs

Obviously this can be more serious. The reason I say can be instead of is more serious? If you see only a small amount of blood and both the blood and diarrhea go away in 24 hours, it could have been from is body straining to go and chances are his body took care of it.

In that case I would give a large dose of my favorite probiotics for several days to be sure his intestines were repopulated with beneficial bacteria.


Canine Diarrhea Treatment


The first and most important step is to STOP FEEDING THE DOG! Why dog owners insist on feeding a sick dog is beyond me.

If food is going right through your dog at a rapid pace, he or she is not absorbing any nutrients anyway.  Not only is digestion a big job for the body, if your dog has the runs, give the digestive tract a break!  He'll feel better without food!

Bloody diarrhea in dogs usually means there is inflammation in the large intestines, so here is what I do:

  • No food!
  • Plenty of quality water (non chlorinated) to prevent dehydration and do the dehydration test.
  • Healing broth or juices for vitamins and minerals. See Fasting for Health for a recipe.
  • If you have my home remedies for dog kit immediately start with Probiotics Eleven or Sunshine Heroes Probiotic Power (for small dogs and puppies) and 1 teaspoon of Silver Shield liquid (about 3 cc's in a syringe) by mouth.The probiotics will increase the good bacteria and the Silver shield works like an antibiotic and is also anti viral (without any side effects of course) and anti inflammatory. That will get the healing process started. Then contact me. We'll go through it together.

Obviously bloody diarrhea is a big deal, especially if your pooch becomes quiet and listless. Your vet may want to do tests that will help you know exactly what you're dealing with.

There are two dog diseases that concern me with these symptoms. The first is IBD. Please head over to Irritable Bowel Syndrome and read it.

If your dog begins vomiting as well it could be dog pancreatitis so please rules these things out. If either of these do happen they can be treated holistically by adding some herbal cures.

If after a vet visit you come home with either prednisone or rimadyl, understand their side effects. This is of the utmost importance and the future of your dog's health.

I nearly forgot to mention something. Since all these dog health problems are a result of inflammation, please read about the cause of inflammation. It may surprise you and give you a new outlook on real dog health.


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