Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Duke's Bloody Vomiting and Diarrhea

Duke is a 7-year-old gentle giant. He loves life and his family. Duke's life was great until one Saturday morning he started vomiting blood.

Dog Conditions - Real-Life Stories: Duke's Bloody Vomiting and Diarrhea

Duke's mom took him to a vet right away. They ran a blood panel, but everything looked good except for a high red blood cell count.

The most common cause of a temporarily high red blood cell count is dehydration. Since Duke was vomiting, dehydration was a likely explanation.

There are other possible reasons for high red blood cell count, but they didn't fit the picture. And other than vomiting, nothing else seemed wrong with Duke.

They tried to check Duke's stool but couldn't get a good sample. From what they were able to examine, they said there was nothing abnormal in it.

Based on the findings and history, Duke's veterinarian concluded that Duke likely has stomach ulcers.


Duke received a shot to stop the vomiting and was released to home care with medications to treat the ulcers as well as vomiting meds.

The next day, however, Duke also started having bloody diarrhea.


The emergency vet Duke's mom called said this may be normal with ulcers. Should stomach ulcers cause fresh blood in the stool, though? As the day went on, the blood in the poop decreased, but Duke continued to have watery diarrhea.

This went on till the next day when the blood also returned. After calling the vet, Duke's mom was told to give things another 24 hours to settle. Even though Duke's diarrhea had more blood in it than anything else and Duke stopped eating, the vet insisted on waiting.

So they waited.


24 hours later, Duke still wasn't eating and continued pooping blood. Finally, the vet concluded that Duke might not have stomach ulcers since the blood in the stool was bright red. It was bright red the whole time. But they still wanted to wait one more day. They advised a bland diet for the time being.

Meanwhile, Duke continued to spew bloody poo everywhere and refused food. 


Duke's mom took him to the ER. They kept him for fluids and diagnostics.

Finally, they were able to get a good stool sample. Duke had whipworms.




What is your dog telling you about their health?


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Learn how to see and how to think about changes in your dog’s appearance, habits, and behavior. Some signs that might not trigger your concern can be important indicators that your dog needs to see a veterinarian right away. Other symptoms, while hard to miss, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or limping, are easy to spot but can have a laundry list of potential causes, some of them serious or even life-threatening. 

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