It can be quite alarming to see your pet passing blood in his or her feces, but often the disease is not as bad as the symptom makes it seem. Blood in dog stool can be in the form of fresh, red blood (haematochezia) or in the form of digested blood (melena). Melena has a very dark, almost black, and sometimes granular appearance. Blood in feces is often, but not always, associated with diarrhea.
Normally, when we think of bacteria, we think of the new strains of flesh eating bacteria, staph, E. coli and MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a difficult to treat type of staph that can cause potentially life-threatening infection. We have relegated bacteria to the category of things to avoid, but that's not necessarily accurate.
Maybe Fido is a finicky eater. Perhaps Fluffy is packing on the pounds. If you're like most pet owners, you've dealt with at least one dog or cat with appetite or weight issues. In fact, veterinarians report that the question, "How much should I feed my pet?" is one of the most common at wellness visits. Unfortunately, there's no simple answer – every pet's dietary needs are different. For example, go by the feeding directions on the back of the kibble bag and you could end up with a fat cat in no time flat. Instead, consider these eight essential pet feeding tips.
In keeping with the series on kicking off the year 2013 with good habits, learn how to train an older dog, who might be a bit unenthusiastic.