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Post by Eleanor on Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:25 pm

Not an emergency case, as it's only a very small amount of watery, pale blood. Not digested, so it's from his lower digestive tract. We're almost certain that he's been chewing his bedding, so it's probably irritated his linings. He's been going to the toilet, eating properly, no lethargy, etc..

Seems like what ever it is he's eaten is currently in his rectum (or near it) and is just waiting to pass through. We're going to keep an eye on him. If he gets any worse, it'll be a vet trip. Probably the same case as last time though - he puts everything in his mouth.

I've thrown away some of his tattered bedding. In future, the first time we catch him chewing on any of it, the blanket will be taken away and replaced with a new one. Will also wash them regularly to get rid of any food traces.

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Post by Caryll on Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:41 pm

He's a pain in the backside for chewing things!

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Post by Eleanor on Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:47 pm

Downside to owning a Bull Terrier! tongue

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Post by ella on Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:32 pm

Awww the poor boy is always in the wars!

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Post by Eleanor on Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:35 pm

He is! Almost all of it is due to him eating something he shouldn't have. Daft boy!
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Post by ella on Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:39 pm

Haha bless him happy Chance has a taste for dog beds too....

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Post by Eleanor on Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:45 pm

What is it about beds that are so enticing? Demps will lay there and suck the corners of his blankets after his dinner, until we catch him! laughing
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Post by ella on Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:48 pm

laughing No idea harvey has never been bothered, but chance must rip all corners off and rip all seems open to properly destuff the bed!

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Post by Eleanor on Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:54 pm

laughing Apparently finding out what's inside is oh so important!

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Post by LyndaW on Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:59 pm

I do hope that Dempsey recovers soon  hug   hug   hug 

My last Dobie, Rio, used to sleep on (or in!) my bed, and she would always bunch up a piece of duvet between her paws, open her jaws wide over the bunch and go to sleep. I used to think it was kinda cute and might have reminded her of being a tiny puppy, as she was only 6 weeks old when I got her. However, she did have subtle chew on it (so lucky it wasn't her Mum!) and when my duvet covers got to be more holes than duvet cover I had to replace them. I've got a blurry photo of her doing it somewhere, because it was so "Rio".

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Post by Caryll on Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:07 pm

You gotta love em! laughing 

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Post by Eleanor on Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:12 pm

Thanks Lynda! hug

Bless her, that does sound sweet! tongue
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Post by LyndaW on Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:15 pm

tbh, she was the sweetest dog in the world.

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Post by Eleanor on Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:17 pm

love Sounds like it!
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Post by Caroline on Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:29 pm

Poor Dempsey. Bella now and again has a chew at a quilt or a cushion  rolling eyes 

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Post by LyndaW on Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:40 pm

Is Dempsey back to normal now?
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Post by Eleanor on Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:49 pm

Strange dogs! tongue

Thanks, Lynda, he's getting better. No more blood at all - just loose stools. He passed some logs earlier which obviously contained twisted up material, which is probably what was causing the irritation and diarrhoea. Might still have a bit more to pass through, but he's a lot better. He was never lethargic or in obvious pain, so that's a plus! happy
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Post by LyndaW on Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:34 pm

Good news - the diarrhoea would obviously bypass the "logs". Hopefully he has now got rid of all foreign material.

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Post by Shisa on Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:27 am

Do you give him Probiotics?
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Post by Caroline on Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:01 am

Glad the blood and diahorrea has stopped. You find some strange things in their poop lol x
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Post by Caryll on Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:02 pm

Shisa wrote:Do you give him Probiotics?

No, not as a general rule. Usually his bouts of stomach problems are caused by eating things he shouldn't, and almost always inorganic things. So as they go through his system they irritate his bowels. Once he passes the foreign object (generally material, but also foam earplugs, earphones and other nasty things) everything goes back to normal.

I tried to get some castor oil today to help ease the passage of such things, but Boots and Superdrug don't sell it any more! sad 

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Post by Eleanor on Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:02 pm

LyndaW wrote:Good news - the diarrhoea would obviously bypass the "logs".  Hopefully he has now got rid of all foreign material.


Yes, I think the material was causing irritation in his lower intestines/rectum. This probably upset his digestive tract, causing the diarrhoea, which (as diarrhoea unfortunately does) caused the bleeding. Seems fine today! happy

Shisa wrote:Do you give him Probiotics?

Occasionally - if the diarrhoea or constipation doesn't settle within a couple of days, we sometimes give him some. The trouble is, because it's usually caused by him eating something bad rather than bacteria, the probiotics probably wouldn't help. Daft dog!

Caroline wrote:Glad the blood and diahorrea has stopped. You find some strange things in their poop lol x

Thanks happy Yes, definitely! laughing

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Post by Shisa on Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:12 pm

My mum had a Great Dane that ate anything he could steal. Socks, rope, his bed and once a dishtowel! My mum only noticed when she found it in his poop outside! We were lucky there was never a severe blockage.
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Post by Eleanor on Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:27 pm

Sounds like Dempsey! He's eaten socks, jumpers, bras, underwear, cushion covers, ear plugs, earphones, remote controls, stones, coal, toilet paper, a part of the inside of the car door, candles, my laptop charger, a long piece of ribbon, his bed and much more! laughing
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Post by Shisa on Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:40 pm

My mums cats are notorious charger cable chewers. You should see her chargers  laughing laughing laughing they're more tape than wire!

But yes Blade ate anything.
My Spike eats poop, it's disgusting! I have tried everything to stop or curb it to no avail. We think it's because he was basically dead when I got him and was so starved. I have no idea what he survived on till I got him.
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