Post # 1
Bear with me here.
We have one of the few dogs who’s just not into peanut butter and he’s not into pill pockets (he doesn’t seem to like moist treats at all, go figure). Our trainer said that he might go nuts for canned cat food, which would make it easier to administer his pills and we could put it in the kong.
My husband picked up cans of 9 Lives pate from the grocery store on Saturday. It’s like… cheaper than Friskies. I said that if we’re going to try cat food, we should get something that’s healthier than what you get at ShopRite. (I was thinking Wellness or something.) My husband pointed out that it’s not like we’re feeding him that garbage as his regular diet as it’s only pill purposes (so only temporary) and the occasional kong. I said fine. My husband gave him a spoonful of catfood with his pills and it was a hit. Finally, I thought, giving the dog his pills doesn’t have to be a frustrating battle anymore.
Possible TMI. Yesterday on his late morning walk, There was a little tiny bit of blood on the last piece of his stool. He’s still very, very itchy and we’re going to the vet this evening for his second round of shots and I was going to point out the itchiness anyway. I didn’t panic. I thought that the most possible explanation was that he licked his anus raw because he’s nibbling and scratching at every other part of himself including his butt. Another thing to mention to the vet tomorrow, I thought. When next he pooped was after dark and my husband said he saw no blood. I shrugged it off, still figuring it would be good to say something to the vet, but I stopped worrying. If it’s possible for people to irritate themselves by wiping too much then it’s possible for dogs to irritate themselves by licking too much.
Today there was a lot more blood on his stool. It didn’t look like it was in his stool and the blood looked fresh. I’m freaking out. He’s had roughly a spoonful of catfood morning and evening, and the bloody stool started the morning after he had it for the first time the night before. So I’m linking it to that right now, and I threw out the cat food. He’s going to the vet in a few hours. He’s not lethargic (well, not more than usual) or acting like he’s in any pain or distress.
Post # 3
I don’t know that the cat food would cause the blood in the stool without also causing diarrhea– just wondering, what kind of pills is he taking? Its possible they could be causing the blood, and since he started getting them regularly with the cat food, the timing is a coincidence.
In any case, you’ll be at the vet this afternoon and they should help you resolve this problem. Generally, vets prefer to see bright red blood in the stool than tarry, bloody stool (often described as coffee grounds or raspberry jam), so while you definitely need to get to the bottom of this asap, I don’t think you have any reason to worry.
Post # 4
@BeeNumberBea: He’s taking minocycline for any tick-borne diseases he may have had when we picked him up as a stray three weeks ago. It was a four-week course so he only has a week left. He may be having a reaction to having taken it for so long. He’s also on Aller-G 3 which are fish oil capsules for his skin. He had open, flaky sores on his back when we first found him. The vet tested them negative for mange and they said it was a skin infection caused by his malnutrition. He was on cephalexine and prednisone for it, but that course of treatment is done. While his skin and his coat look ten times better now, he’s been itching a lot the past couple weeks since his last visit on the 10th. The vet did say the itchiness won’t go away overnight, but it’s simply not getting better at all. I’m hoping it’s just a holdover from his skin infection and not an allergy. It’s quite upsetting that he’s in so much discomfort.
The catch-22 is that they can’t do a skin test unless he’s been off antibiotics for at least 4 days. Even though the antiobiotics he was taking for the skin infection are done, the minocycline could still throw off the results. We really don’t want to interrupt it just in case he did have ehrlicchia or lyme disease. The vet told me this during our visit on the 10th and then reiterated it when I called to say he’s still really itchy.
Post # 5
That’s so much going on for that poor guy. He’s uncomfortable now, but trust me, if he does have Lyme, that definitely needs to be the priority. Untreated, and he will end up far worse than itchy skin.
Sometimes, too, they’ll continue to scratch from habit, even after the itch itself is gone. I’m sure you’ll feel better once you get his allergy tests done, but take it one step at a time. You sound like wonderful doggy parents and it is nice to know that good people are willing to take in dog who requires so much care 🙂