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Blood in your dog's stools

Overview

  • Seeing blood in your dog’s stool (poo) can be worrying because most people associate it with serious illness.
  • Contact your vet if you find blood in your dog’s stool, but don’t panic, there are lots of possible causes ranging from very minor to more serious.
  • It can be very helpful to take a poo sample or a photograph of your dog's stool to show your vet. 

What does blood in a dog's stool look like?

Blood in your dog's poo can range from noticeable bright red streaks, to a subtle black tinge throughout the whole poo (see photographs). You may even see blood dripping from your dog's bottom after they have been for a poo.

Photograph blood in poo and black poo,

Blood in a dog's poo and black poo (digested blood)

Why is there blood in my dog's stools?

Some of the conditions that cause blood in your dog's poo are listed below:

Illustration of a dog's stomach

Blood in your dog’s poo might be coming from their: stomach, intestines, colon, anus (bottom) or anal glands. Click image to enlarge.

Other symptoms to look out for

It's important to monitor your dog for other symptoms such as:

When to contact your vet

Contact your vet if you see blood in your dog's poo. They will be able to check for more serious causes, such as parvovirus or a gut blockage.

It can be helpful to collect a sample of the poo show to your vet (or even a photograph if a sample isn’t possible).

You know your dog best. If they don’t have the symptoms listed above but you are still concerned it’s always best to contact your vet.

Published: June 2019

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Written by vets and vet nurses. This advice is for UK pets only.

Illustrations by Samantha Elmhurst