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Blood in Dog Stool: Why is My Dog Pooping Blood?

As dog owners, we’ve become overwhelmingly familiar with what’s considered “normal” for our dog’s poop to look like, and that usually doesn’t include anything red. So, when we see a streak of blood or jelly-like pools of it, naturally we tend to be concerned. Fear not, blood in dog stool is not always a cause for an immediate vet visit, but a call should be made. There are two different types of blood in dog stool: hematochezia and melena. Hematochezia is fresh blood, occurring in the large intestine or rectum, which is why it is a bright red color. Hematochezia can be mixed into the dog stool itself or you could see a few solo blood droplets. This bright red...

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The Effects of Metronidazole on Dogs’ Gut

  Raise your hand if your dog has ever been on metronidazole, otherwise known as Flagyl™, to treat diarrhea 🙋🏽‍♀️. Chances are there are several hands raised as metronidazole is commonly prescribed for sudden diarrhea in dogs. If you’re thinking, so what? You may be surprised to know what antimicrobials like metronidazole can do to your dog’s digestive system. What is Metronidazole Used For in Dogs? Metronidazole isn’t a drug that is just randomly picked off of the shelf by your veterinarian. It is used in the treatment of diarrhea. While it won’t benefit all types of diarrhea, it may have some benefit in cases caused by protozoa, like Giardia and Trichomonas, and certain bacterial infections, such as C. perfringens....

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Side Effects of Antibiotics in Dogs: What are the Side Effects of Giving Dogs Antibiotics?

Your dog is on antibiotics – it’s ok! Even the healthiest, most doted on dogs may occasionally get sick. That’s why veterinarians report that antibiotics are among the most frequently prescribed drugs. A dog on antibiotics could be recovering from a range of illnesses - from an ear infection to Giardia. In some instances, however, the side effects of antibiotics on your dog’s digestive system can include vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea.  While antibiotics are effective in destroying the bacteria that causes your dog to be sick, they often also destroy the “good” bacteria in your dog’s digestive tract, where the all-important gut microbiome lives. You might not have heard of the gut microbiome before — and it may...

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