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Old 08-07-2009, 10:10 AM   #1
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Omg (A bit Graphic) OMG! Little bit of Blood...

Hi everyone, This morning when Bella went #2 I saw a little bit of blood in her stool. At first I really didn't think nothing of it because it was as big as a spec, but then she escaped out of my room while I was in the bathroom, and ended up running downstairs and pooped on my carpet! I ran downstairs only to find a pile of yellow brownish slime! Poor thing, I put her in her crate and she started circling on her pad again, but all she dropped was about 3 dots, 2 were that yellow brownish color and the third had blood in it. They were smaller than a dime and the blood was a pinkish color.

She is due to get her stitches taken out today so I'm taking in a sample of her stool, but has anyone's baby ever had this? Any thoughts as to what it might be? She isn't weak or anything. She is just as crazy and energetic as usual. She's actually running back and forth in her pen jumping around with her toy! LOL!
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I really don't know but I'm glad she is gong to the vet today. Good luck and keep us posted.
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How old is she? Both coccidia and giardia can cause mucus poops with sometimes blood. Now My Chachi had bloody stools twice. Once was worms and the other time just gastrointestinal upset. Since the poop has mucus in it and blood it is best for a vet to check it. Good luck
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Could be caused by several things, coccidia if a pup, although it happens to older dogs, but it's rare. Parasites. Stress, is usually a stool followed by bright red blood. Or enteritis. Best to have your vet check it out and determine what the problem is.
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How old is she? Both coccidia and giardia can cause mucus poops with sometimes blood. Now My Chachi had bloody stools twice. Once was worms and the other time just gastrointestinal upset. Since the poop has mucus in it and blood it is best for a vet to check it. Good luck
She's 4.5 months and weighs 3lbs. She's had all her shots including the last shot 2 wks ago wich was the rabies.
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She's 4.5 months and weighs 3lbs. She's had all her shots including the last shot 2 wks ago wich was the rabies.
I asked because its usually young pups that get coccidia. I think its some kind of parasite
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Oh no, I should be leaving in about 15 min. So I will update when I get back.
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Coccidia are small protozoans (one-celled organisms) that live in the intestinal tracts of dogs and cats. They cause disease most commonly in puppies and kittens less than six months of age, in adult animals whose immune system is suppressed, or in animals who are stressed in other ways (e.g.; change in ownership, other disease present).

In dogs and cats, most coccidia are of the genus called Isospora. Isospora canis and I. ohioensis are the species most often encountered in dogs. Regardless of which species is present, we generally refer to the disease as coccidiosis. As a puppy ages, he tends to develop a natural immunity to the effects of coccidia. As an adult, he may carry coccidia in his intestines, and shed the cyst in the feces, but experience no ill effects.

How are coccidia transmitted?

A puppy is not born with the coccidia organisms in his intestine. However, once born, the puppy is frequently exposed to his mother's feces, and if the mother is shedding the infective cysts in her feces, then the young animals will likely ingest them and coccidia will develop within the young animal's intestines. Since young puppies, usually those less than six months of age, have no immunity to coccidia, the organisms reproduce in great numbers and parasitize the young animal's intestines. Oftentimes, this has severe effects.

From exposure to the coccidia in feces to the onset of the illness is about 13 days. Most puppies who are ill from coccidia are, therefore, two weeks of age and older. Although most infections are the result of spread from the mother, this is not always the case. Any infected puppy or kitten is contagious to other puppies or kittens. In breeding facilities, shelters, animal hospitals, etc., it is wise to isolate those infected from those that are not.

What are the symptoms of coccidiosis?

The primary sign of an animal suffering with coccidiosis is diarrhea. The diarrhea may be mild to severe depending on the level of infection. Blood and mucous may be present, especially in advanced cases. Severely affected animals may also vomit, lose their appetite, become dehydrated, and in some instances, die from the disease.

Most infected puppies encountered by the authors are in the four to twelve week age group. The possibility of coccidiosis should always be considered when a loose stool or diarrhea is encountered in this age group. A microscopic fecal exam by a veterinarian will detect the cysts confirming a diagnosis.

It should be mentioned that stress plays a role in the development of coccidiosis. It is not uncommon for a seemingly healthy puppy to arrive at his new home and develop diarrhea several days later leading to a diagnosis of coccidia. If the puppy has been at the new home for less than thirteen days, then he had coccidia before he arrived. Remember, the incubation period (from exposure to illness) is about thirteen days. If the puppy has been with his new owner several weeks, then the exposure to coccidia most likely occurred after the animal arrived at the new home.

What are the risks?

Although many cases are mild, it is not uncommon to see severe, bloody diarrhea result in dehydration and even death. This is most common in animals who are ill or infected with other parasites, bacteria, or viruses. Coccidiosis is very contagious, especially among young puppies. Entire kennels may become contaminated, with puppies of many age groups simultaneously affected.

What is the treatment of coccidiosis?

Fortunately, coccidiosis is treatable. Drugs such as sulfadimethoxine (Albon®) and trimethoprim-sulfadiazine (Tribrissen®) have been effective in the treatment and prevention of coccidia. Because these drugs do not kill the organisms, but rather inhibit their reproduction capabilities, elimination of coccidia from the intestine is not rapid. By stopping the ability of the protozoa to reproduce, time is allowed for the puppy's own immunity to develop and remove the organisms. Drug treatments of one to three weeks are usually required.

How is coccidiosis prevented or controlled?

Because coccidia is spread by the feces of carrier animals, it is very important to practice strict sanitation. All fecal material should be removed. Housing needs to be such that food and water cannot become contaminated with feces. Clean water should be provided at all times. Most disinfectants do not work well against coccidia; incineration of the feces, and steam cleaning, immersion in boiling water, or a 10% ammonia solution are the best methods to kill coccidia. Coccidia can withstand freezing.

Cockroaches and flies can mechanically carry coccidia from one place to another. Mice and other animals can ingest the coccidia and when killed and eaten by a dog, for instance, can infect the dog. Therefore, insect and rodent control is very important in preventing coccidiosis.

The coccidia species of dogs and cats do not infect humans.
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Glad you are going to the vet. Keep us posted.
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Hello,

We're back! So we had a fecal done on Bella and it came back negative. The Vet also did Physical exam on her and still nothing. She just said that she must have an upset stomach. So that she doesn't get dehydrated they injected some fluid under the skin. She also told me to feen her chicken and rice for the weekend and prescribed her some Kaopectate and an some antibiotic called Flagyl just incase. The vet said to call her on Monday to let her know how Bella is doing.

BTW, they took Bella back to get her stitches out, remember she had double the amount cuz the made 2 incisions, and geez she screetched so loud. Even a lady was like "poor thing". Ugh, it broke my heart! But knowing Bella she was probably wiggling and squirming around. She has A LOT of energy! But she was really happy when they brought her to me so I knew she wasn't in any pain.

Thanks everyone for caring so much.

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Mardelin, thanks for all that information. It's very good to know.
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I happy to hear it was nothing more than an upset stomach.
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