Blood in My Bulldog’s Stool and Diarrhea

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.

Thank you,

Hi Ryan,

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
or intestine.

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:,,j6cd,00.html

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
get home

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,



  1. maria
    July 25th, 2010 | 12:53 pm

    my 8 week old english bulldog female has been vomiting for about 4 days and i took her to the vet i was given medication because her mom gave her something, we just started her on eikaneuba food and now shes having bloody stools and still vomiting im really worried my vet is closed till monday .
    What do i do? please help me.

  2. Jan
    July 26th, 2010 | 1:40 am

    take her to the emergency vet NOW – she could die by monday.
    Vomiting and diarrhea cause severe dehydration which can be fatal.

  3. iknow
    April 11th, 2011 | 3:20 am

    Giardia, is a parasite that causes runny, bloody, slimmy , super stinky poop. Get Panacur-C.

  4. September 11th, 2011 | 5:30 am

    Hi! Actually added this answer to my favorites, thank you, it helped me with my english bulldog Rafael. He is only 51 days old (with drontal pupp and vaccinated) and got diarrhea with a little blood drops (red blod) an the end of stool after i fed him a little whey protein shake (wanna cut my hads off!!) and natural flavored yoghurt. Besides the problem, my puppy stayed as active as usual. So i swiched him to chicken and rice diet with vitamins addition (puppy vits) and today (3rd day) got his first 100% healthy stool. I am so releaved and happy! I guess that was a food allergy. I will also have in mind the garlic advice, if something happens next time. (hopfully not).

  5. Claudia
    February 1st, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    Hello…we’ve had our 10 week old bulldog for a week and a half now and she’s had red blood come out of her at the end of each stool. I’ve noticed a few small blood clots as well. She had an intestinal infection which the vet gave us a couple of medications. That seems to be better because her stools don’t smell as bad but she still has blood after each stool. Her stools are firm but she also has stool leakage in between potty times. She isn’t vomitting and seems fine. We changed her food from IAMS to Royal Canine…not sure if that has anything to do with it. I’m going back to the vet for her follow-up but I wanted to see if anyone ran accross this type of issue. Any helpful tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  6. September 23rd, 2012 | 6:40 pm

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  7. Sabrina
    March 25th, 2013 | 1:52 am

    Hi my name is Sabrina,and my 11 week old bulldog is pooping blood…her stool smells terrible and its quite alot of blood but I see no clotting she vomited mucus just now ,and let out more blood then poop….I gave her water,but she won’t drink it .I barely bought her yesterday…..she was fine up until 30 minutes ago….and she pooped about 4times in just 10 minutes and each time it’s more blood then poop….very liquidy……and noticeably red….I’m afraid and dont know what to do

  8. Jan
    March 25th, 2013 | 8:49 am

    You need to get her to a vet today ASAP. Blood in the stools can be anything from parasites to pancreatitis. The diarrhea combined with the fact she won’t drink water is very grave. She can become dehydrated and die. Puppies are especially vulnerable.

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