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Understanding Causes of Blood in Dog's Stool: A Guide for Dog Owners

As a pet owner, it can be disconcerting to find blood in your dog's stool. While occasional stomach upset is normal, the presence of blood might indicate a more severe health issue.

Parasitic Infections

One prevalent cause of blood in a dog's stool is parasites. Parasites like hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms can damage the intestinal lining, leading to inflammation and bleeding. These parasites can be contracted through contaminated food, water, or soil, or through contact with infected animals.

Dietary Issues

Dogs with sensitive stomachs or food allergies may experience stomach irritation and inflammation, resulting in bleeding. Dogs that consume excessively rich or fatty foods might also develop pancreatitis, leading to bloody stools.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD, which causes chronic inflammation of the digestive tract, can lead to bleeding and diarrhoea. This condition often stems from an abnormal immune response to food or bacteria in the gut.

Tumours or Polyps

In some cases, bloody stools can indicate the presence of a tumour or polyp in the digestive tract. These growths can cause irritation and inflammation, leading to bleeding. It's crucial to have any suspected lumps or masses checked by a vet as early detection and treatment can significantly improve the prognosis.

Trauma or Injury

Trauma or injury to the digestive tract can also cause bloody stools. Dogs that ingest foreign objects such as bones or toys may experience internal damage or bleeding. Furthermore, dogs that have experienced trauma, such as being hit by a car, may suffer from gastrointestinal bleeding.