September 1, 2008
Jan, I have a question for you.
My 10 month old Enlish Bulldog (roxy) has been having a diarhea and a little blood in her stools for the past couple of days. We called our vet once we noticed it and he said that a little blood in her stoos is not uncommon and to try and give her pepto bismol tablets to see if that helps the diarhea issue.
We have been doing that for the last 36 hours and nothing has really changed. If anything, both symptoms have gotten a little worse. Roxy acts completely normal, plays all the time, and has lots of energy. Everything seems completely normal except for her stools.
We are currently out of town at my in laws house and my wife and I dont know what to do. We arent sure if we should just bite the bullet and go to the emergency vet (because it is on a Sunday). Has your dog been through this before? Any suggestions you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
Blood in your bulldog’s stools is not necessarily an emergency,
and could indicate many things.
It depends what it looks like. If it’s red and a little slimy, and stinky,
she could have gotten giardia or some other parasite. These are
hard to diagnose because they come and go. They do tend to
resolve themselves in time.
If it’s red and clotted, it indicates a more serious bleeding problem.
If it’s dark in color, it’s coming from further up the digestive tract.
She could have eaten the wrong thing and it’s irritated her stomach
Another thing that can cause diarrhea is food. If your bulldog has
a food allergy, she could on occasion get bloody stools.
The main danger from untreated diarrhea, even if it’s not dangerous
diarrhea, is dehydration. A lot of water leaves the system with diarrhea
and this is harmful to the internal organs.
Here’s a link to some useful information on different causes of blood in
a dog’s stool:
My bulldog Archie had bloody stools off and on for a while. He was
tested for all kinds of parasites twice and was clean. The vet
said he could have irritable bowel syndrome, but I didn’t think that
sounded right. It turned out to be a food allergy to chicken.
I changed his diet to exclude chicken and he’s been fine ever since.
My Vivy did have this but she was quite ill and was not acting normal.
She was also vomiting. She was listless and uncomfortable as well.
It was obvious she was quite ill.
In her case it was pancreatitus which I think was caused by Rimadyl,
a nsaid she was given for arthritis. This was an extreme case.
Personally, I always think it’s better to be safe than sorry with a bulldog.
If it doesn’t get better or resolve itself in the next day, or if she worsens
and starts to act uncomfortable or listless or vomiting, I would definitely
take her to the vet. If she’s otherwise normal, you could wait until you
You could try giving her some garlic, maybe half a clove crushed in her food.
It’s a potent short term immune booster.
your bulldog pal,