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Home remedies for blood in a dogs stool

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If you notice some blood in your dog's stool then don't panic. It will normally clear up after a few days. In the meantime, these home remedies for blood in a dogs stool will help with your pet's recovery

Why does my dog have blood in his/her stool?

Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is the most common cause of blood in a dog's stool. It’s more of a symptom than a disease, and you may only need to make a few adjustments to your dogs' diet for it to go away. But it can also be a symptom of parasites or a bacterial infection so get your dog checked by a vet if it doesn't clear up after a day or two. If you notice any other symptoms like lethargy or a fever then call your vet immediately. Your dog could be suffering from something called Parvo - a highly infectious disease that will need medical attention. An upset stomach, diarrhoea, and blood in the stool can also be related to stress or anxiety so be mindful of any recent changes to your dog's environment. Other causes can include:

  • Allergies
  • Overeating or ingestion of sharp objects.
  • Inflammation of the anal sacs.
  • Injury to the colon or rectum due to fractures in the pelvis area
  • Contraction of the colon or anus because of cancer, inflammation or trauma.
  • Inflammation of the colon or rectum.

As always its best to consult an expert for any advice, but in the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help manage the condition. The following home-made remedies will not cure any underlying health issues, but they 'll certainly ease any symptoms associated with blood in your dog's stool.

Best home remedies for blood in a dogs stool

Fasting

If your dog is also suffering from violent diarrhoea, it might be worth putting them on a 24hour fast. This is a good way of finding out if the problem is food related; If it is, fasting will flush out your dog's system. Fasting is not recommended for smaller dogs or puppies. But if your dog is big and strong enough, just make sure they get plenty of rest during the fast. Water is still ok as you'll need to replace any fluids lost through diarrhoea.

Chicken broth

A timeless home-remedy, chicken broth is one of the best ways to soothe an irritated digestive system. It's light but full of nutritional value. It also calms the stomach and bowels and is perfect for dogs who are struggling to keep their food down. A few cups each day will build up their strength and kick-start their appetite. Serve it warm instead of hot - if it's too hot its likely to irritate the stomach even more.

Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal absorbs any toxins and flushes out bacteria and viruses. You can buy it in powder or tablet from health shops, pet stores, or a local pharmacy. It also has many other health benefits. Activated charcoal helps maintain a healthy coat and strong teeth. It's best administered within an hour of the first symptoms.

Pedialyte

If your dog or puppy has diarrhoea and blood in their stool they're likely to be low on nutrients and electrolytes. Try Pedialyte; it's full of all the good stuff your dog needs. It replenishes nutrients, electrolytes and helps with rehydration. Pedialyte comes in a powder or a liquid form which can be mixed into your dog's food or administered directly. A teaspoon every few hours will set your dog on the road to recovery.

Diet

If your dog still has an appetite, stick to dry bland foods like chicken and white rice. Avoid anything that may aggravate your dog's stomach. Fatty or greasy foods should be of the menu for awhile - the same goes for rich foods and doggy treats. A blank diet high in protein and good carbs will soothe the digestive system, preventing the return of diarrhoea, sickness, or blood in the stool. Focus on small but regular portions. This is a good way of reintroducing food into their system and build your dogs strength.  

  Slippery elm

Dr Lisa Brienan is a holistic veterinarian who recommends using slippery elm. Its a herb full of healing properties that you can purchase in powder or tablet form. Slippery elm helps with digestion, reducing the risk of diarrhoea and blood in the stool. Lisa also suggests introducing probiotics into your dog's diet. Probiotics are full of healthy bacteria that maintain a healthy gut.

Although seeing blood in your dog's stool can be frightening, it will often clear up on its own. Focus on making your dog feel better with these home remedies and they'll usually be back to their old self before you know it. However, if you don't see any improvement after a day or two, or if you see any other persistent symptoms, then contact your local vet. Again, don't worry too much. The majority of conditions associated with blood in your dog's stool are treatable and most dogs will make a full recovery.  

By Ashley Murphy Published on 13 Feb 2019