thumbnail
Parent654281
Thu, May 23, 2024
Diarrhea
Loss of appetite
Heartworms
Fleas

Popping blood


Create an account to access Dr. Millden’s answer to this concern.

The vet's response to this question is only available to members of Dr.Tail Create a new account to access +100K cases in Dr.Tail.

  • 24/7 priority consultations
  • Analysis of the cause of the issue
  • Home treatments and care tips
  • Guidelines for vet visits
or continue with
vet-thumbnail
Dr. Millden
Dr.Tail Vet

The presence of bloody or black diarrhea in your 2-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier, along with a loss of appetite, indicates a potentially serious condition that needs to be addressed. Bloody diarrhea can be caused by a variety of issues including infections, parasitic infestations like heartworms or fleas, dietary indiscretion, or even more serious conditions such as coagulopathies (blood clotting disorders), inflammatory bowel disease, or cancer.

Given the multiple episodes of diarrhea per day and the loss of appetite, it's important to ensure your dog stays hydrated. You can offer small amounts of water frequently to prevent dehydration. If she is not vomiting, you can also try offering a bland diet, such as boiled chicken and rice, in small, frequent meals to help settle her stomach.

The fact that she has heartworms and fleas is concerning and can contribute to her overall poor health. Heartworm disease can cause serious health problems and affect the dog's heart and lungs, leading to life-threatening complications if not treated. Fleas can cause anemia, especially if the infestation is severe, and can also transmit other parasites.

For the fleas, you can start by thoroughly cleaning your home, washing your dog's bedding in hot water, and vacuuming all carpets and furniture. There are over-the-counter flea treatments available, but given your dog's current health status, it would be best to use a product recommended by a professional.

In terms of heartworms, this is a condition that requires specific medication to treat, and it's a process that should be closely monitored by a professional due to the risks involved in treating heartworm infestation.

If you notice any of the following additional symptoms, it would be imperative to seek immediate care: vomiting, extreme lethargy, a distended abdomen, pale gums, difficulty breathing, or collapse. These signs could indicate a more severe underlying condition or complications from the heartworms.

It's also important to keep your dog's environment clean and stress-free to help her recover. Make sure she has a comfortable place to rest and try to minimize any disturbances that could cause her stress.

Remember, while these steps can help manage some symptoms, they do not replace professional care, especially for a dog with heartworms and a severe flea infestation. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.