by Jax’s Mom
(Houston, Texas )
My 2 and a half year old Rotty, Jax has been acting strange lately. It started last week when suddenly, he didn’t want to get in my car. I thought he hated dog day camp (although he has been going for months and seemed to love it). So I gave him last week off.
On Saturday, he had an accident inside. HE has never done that. This week, he started getting diarrhea. He has a sensitive tummy so this doesn’t surprise me. Well, it got worse. I would go home every few hours to check on him and he had accidents in the house. That’s Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, I am ready for the vet. My vet is out so I took him at 8 this morning and left him and went to my office across the street from the vet. They had me bring a stool sample. He had no parasites. They called and asked to run blood tests. They did. No liver or kidney damage but low white blood cell count. Vet had me pick him up at 2 and said to give him pills twice a day for five days and keep an eye on him. Probably gastro-colitis/irritable bowel. I was like, okay. So I take him home. He gets home and he goes out and goes and it’s now bloody! Bright red blood. and he strains and afterwards it oozes out. I had to run back to the office and finish up some things. I am only ten minutes from home and plan to be home by 5. I called the vet about the blood. They said, “we aren’t surprised by that…but it’s NOT normal.” What does that mean. They said to just give him another pill tonight and also give him the special diet food they had me buy. I spent $400 today at the vet and I still feel petrified about the blood. Should I be concerned? Should I go to another vet? (i won’t lie, I can only afford so much, but this dog is my LIFE and I will do whatever and ask family for money if I have to).
I just wanted a second opinion . Or has anyone else had this happen?
This dog is truly my soulmate dog. I lived with my ex for six years and we broke up and fought over this and the other female rotty for six months. Finally, when the male wouldn’t eat because I was gone, my ex gave in and he and I are happily reunited.
I appreciate any feedback or help.
Hi Jax’s mom
I’m so sorry to hear what’s happening with Jax, and I can imagine how worried you are.
It definitely sounds as though something odd is going on and any sudden change like this is cause for concern. Did your vet give you any kind of diagnosis? I’m not sure exactly what type of pills they gave you for Jax, perhaps an antibiotic and maybe an anti-inflammatory?
Bloody diarrhea is definitely NOT normal, and in a young unvaccinated (or partly vaccinated) pup, Parvo would be my first guess. However, I’m assuming that Jax is fully vaccinated, so that’s unlikely to be the problem.
Although your vet said ‘no parasites’ I would personally suggest you ask if they tested for coccidia and giardia, both these are parastic illnesses but it may require more than one fecal test to actually get a sample that contains a parasite or two. I’d recommend having Jax tested for both of these, even if he’s been tested once. Both conditions can cause bloody diarrhea and other intestinal issues.
Blood in the stool basically indicates inflammation in the colon/bowel and sometimes repeated diarrhea itself can cause the inflammation, regardless of what started the problem. In this sort of situation an anti-inflammatory medication can be prescribed to help settle things down.
I’m not certain changing his diet will help, or is absolutely necessary, but as you have the food now as long as you make the change-over slowly and carefully it shouldn’t hurt even if it doesn’t help. However, when you have this sort of ‘vicious cycle’ of intestinal upset, sometimes a 24 hour ‘fast’ can help.
If you want to try this, just allow him plenty of water for 24 hours, but not food. After the 24 hours is up, you can try giving him plain white boiled rice with maybe a little clear chicken broth, and then slowly work up to letting him eat his dog food again. I would check with your vet before doing this in your situation because Jax is on medication, and you want to be sure that it won’t hurt his tummy if it’s not taken with food.
If you aren’t happy with what your own vet is prescribing, or doing for Jax, then by all means don’t feel shy about seeking a second opinion. He’s your baby and he’s relying on you to find out what’s wrong and help him feel better, so follow your instincts on this.
I hope this helps some and I wish you the very best of luck, hopefully Jax will be back to his old self and feeling great again soon.