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Hello,
I really appreciate if you can give me some suggestions.

my 3.5 years old male GSD is having fresh blood in his stool. Please allow me the describe it. It's about 3 weeks since I first time notice this issue.

It only has blood at the beginning part of the stool. Rest of it is normal color and healthy banana shape. I did use tissue paper tested his stool. I can get fresh red blood (a little bit darker). He eats twice a day and poops twice too, and no pain when he does his business.

Went to vet, had stool sample tested. Vet took him to the back for exam. Result was normal. After taking prescribed metronidazole for seven days, no improvement at all.

I alway use wet baby wipe to clean his butt after he is done his business. I did see a tiny bit blood 1-2 times.

I really appreciate if you can give me some input on this matter. Is my dog ok?

BTW, he is on Royal Canin GSD adult food with chicken breast, no bones.

Thank you and have a nice holiday.
 

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Mine had bloody poop when he was at his worst with food allergies, but the poop was always a mess -- lots of diarrhea. I've also see it with infected anal glands, but there's usually a nasty smell coming out of the back end that gives that one away.



Blood is also possible with some parasites (esp. whip and hookworms), and with coccidia. Those usually show up on a fecal test, but not always. I've had lots of shelter fecal tests come up negative only to have them read as positive a few days later at our rescue's vet.



I think I would possibly ask the vet about running him through with 3 days of Panacur just in case at the time the sample was taken, no eggs happened to be shedding -- it's very safe, and pretty inexpensive. That knocks out the easiest of the possibilities. If that doesn't help, then it's time to start looking for less common causes.
 

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happy holiday!

Also thanks for your reply.

Some update:
1. The beginning part of the stool is still mixed with (kinda) fresh/little dark blood. Rest of the stool is OK.
2. Vet put him on Royal Canin diet.
3. Blood test result shows everything is normal except low B12 and Folate.
4. Dog is acting normal.

any thoughts? should I try different vet?

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How was the albumin in the blood work that you ran?


Low B12 can sometimes be a clue that testing for EPI is needed:
https://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/evr_multi_vitamin_b12_therapy_for_epi


Honestly, I don't like hearing that there's dark blood in the stool --do you mean black and tarry or even maroon-colored? That's possibly bleeding higher up in the GI tract or even the stomach (as the blood gets digested as it passes). Red blood comes from lower down (usually on the way out), but dark is a more worrisome sign to me. Did your vet discuss doing some imaging (like ultrasound) or even endoscopy?



This may be helpful to read, and then call your vet to discuss:
https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/digestive/c_dg_melena
 

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You may want to get an appointment with an Internal Medicine Specialist. Here's an extract from an email from my vet that may be helpful.

' I have also been advised of a highly palatable diet for dogs that have irritable bowel and diarrhoea and skin issues but i'm trying to source it. If we can get it into Australia it has been recommended by my colleagues in the States for such conditions.... have a read about it in meantime Canine Hydrolyzed Protein Adult HP dry dog food (Royal Canin)'
 
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