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nini
26th October 2011, 08:20 PM
Hi all,

My Cavalier (Charlie, tri-colour) is 11 months old and today I noticed that there was a small bit of blood in two of his poops! I haven't noticed blood in any poops before today so think this is the first time! He still seems energetic and seems to be sleeping and eating as normal! He was recently neutered and received a worming dose about two weeks ago!

I am not sure if this is a serious problem or just normal as it is my first Cavalier and haven't had a dog for many years!

Would appreciate all advice and comments! This is my first post on cavalier talk but have found the site extremely helpful since day one, especially Karlin's excellent advice and knowledge!

Thanks,

Anita (Dublin, Ireland)

Karlin
27th October 2011, 12:05 AM
Hi and welcome! The blood could be from the worming process, but could also be a sign of other things. Sometimes a little blood is nothing to worry about–it might just indicate a mildly upset tummy. But it is really important to watch it and if you begin to see more, to immediately get your dog into the vet. They can get a form of gastroenteritis that involves bleeding–it can actually look quite horrific as if they are passing almost nothing except blood–and dogs can become so dehydrated that they go downhill very quickly. Other dogs seem to be able to tolerate bouts of this without too much bother. I have one dog prone to bleeding gastroenteritis, and as soon as I see it I withhold food for 24 hours to let her stomach settle and then just feed her bland food for the next few days. A couple of times she has needed to go to the vet, but usually it settles down.

Of course, if you are seeing small amounts of blood on and off all the time, I would also go in and talk to the vet.

Most likely, this is either due to the worming tablets, or a little mild tummy upset. You could try withholding food for 12 for 24 hours, and then try feeding just some boiled chicken and plain rice in small amounts for a day or 2.

nini
27th October 2011, 03:44 PM
Thank you Karlin, I really appreciate your response and your great advice! If it continues or gets worse I will bring him to the vet straight away!

Thanks again,

Anita!