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Old 06-03-2008, 08:38 PM
 
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Blood in stools could be hookworm...

Diarrhea is very bad because of dehydration - especially in the summer months... it's important to find the cause quickly!

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Old 06-03-2008, 08:39 PM
 
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ShepsMom is right about bloat.
It has something to do with the stomach structure. Some precious show dog will have surgery done to prevent bloat. My friend has his Great Dane’s stomach surgically tied (somehow) so there will be no risk for bloat.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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By all means, see the vet. If there's nothing medically wrong, you might want to try changing food. Some dog foods don't agree with certain dogs. Iams, like most grocery store brands, has a high grain content, which some dogs have problems digesting. You might want to try switching his food to Canidae, Merrick, Wellness or another good quality food that has no wheat or corn and no gluten.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:52 PM
 
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Diahrrea is not a symptom of bloat.

The symptoms of bloat are a swollen stomach, restlessness, inability to go to the bathroom... and, if it were bloat, the dog probably would already have been hospitalized or worse.

Canine Bloat

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Old 06-03-2008, 10:04 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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That Smells a lot like HOOKWORMS!!!!
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Historic Bessemer Alabama
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Going to the vet in the morning. A friend said it might be Coccidia?
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Jax
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Reddish=blood. Your dog has bloody diarrhea. It can cause serious problem. See your vet IMMEDIATELY.
One of my dogs had this last fall, it was really bad. It started as vomit and blackish diarrhea but soon turned to bloody diarrhea. It was nothing but blood and mucus. I thought I was going to lose her .

We never did figure out what it was (we were at the vet's nearly daily). My vet gave me some special canned food (k/d) and I was able to encourage her to eat (she didn't eat for a few days) and that helped to turn her around.

So scary .

Please let us know how it goes, Historic B.
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Bloat has nothing to do with any type of virus, i'm not sure where you found that info. It is NOT contagious.

........Debate about raised food dishes vs. dishes on the floor, size of the dog, how big dog's chest is, etc.... You must watch your dogs for signs of bloat, it's a scary scary scary thing!! Friend's GSD died from bloat within 5 minutes.
Please get information from reliable sources regarding bloat and how to spot it and save your dog for painful death.
Ummm, got that info from my vet when my Great Dane died of it.
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I'm not trying to alarm you but my brothers dog did this and they deamed it strange puppy stuff or the dog ate something that didn't agree w/ his stomach. He had it maybe once more during his first year but he was a chew monster(again deamed it he ate something).
This last time he had it around 2 years he didn't make it. It was a reddish-brown-blood liquid. Get pup checked for colon cancer or a colon anything.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:34 AM
 
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i've never heard of bloat being viral, but I can't say that it couldn't be a possibility - just one that i've never heard discusses - as mentioned it's a tough nut to crack

also I was not trying to indicate the symptoms expressed here are symptoms of bloat - they aren't

i was trying to provide a heads up that boxers are prone to this illness and food could play a factor

i also agree with the above about quality dog foods - it's amazing to me how low quality the mainstream foods are and what is offered at the petcos/petsmarts of the world - the food recall really opened my eyes to this

i try to find a food with at least the top 2 are meats and 3 of the top 5 - i also try to avoid corn and other filler grains - i switched my adult to canidae and ended up feeding about 1 1/2 - 2 cups less of food daily, her coat looks better, she is a more enthusiastic eater and the frequency of that nasty boxer gas has diminished a lot
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