Please help

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Neal, May 3, 2017.

  1. Neal

    Neal New Member

    My 5 year old male Bernese just hasn't been right over the past few weeks. Started off not eating much of his food and just generally not being his normally lively naughty self. Noticed his poo was getting loose and when it was sometimes solid it was bright orange. Now he won't really eat anything and has lost 11kg which is a huge amount. Been to vets a few times and they just keep giving him tablets and paste to try sooth his bowels. Only think he will eat is the odd treat and cooked chicken. Tried with rice and he just eats round the rice and eats the chicken. Whilewalking him a few days ago he went to do a poo and it was just watery blood that came out. Took him straight to the vets and they have done some scans and x rays and the only thing they found was his spleen was larger than normal. I've heard about a type of cancer they can get that affects the size of the spleen but the vet said they would normally have lumps on their skin and tumours inside them which he hasn't got. He's back home now but we haven't got any answers from the vet. Now every time he eats anything he just goes straight outside and tries to poo but only passes bloody wateryliquid. Has anyone else had any problems like this because I'm justdesperate to get him back to himself.It's killing me seeing him like this. Any help would be massively appreciated
  2. Momaire

    Momaire Member

    Hi Neal,

    I can really sympathize with you, it's so hard to see them sick and not be able to tell you what's wrong. I haven't had a problem like this with my Berner but years ago I did with my Golden. We had left her in the care of a family friend for a long weekend and the morning we returned our friend told us the dog had just had a bout of bloody diarrhea which she promptly repeated in front of us. It was scary and we rushed her to the vet. The vet said it was probably stress after being left in an unfamiliar place and probably she had been fed too many treats or table scraps. The vet put her on antibiotics, and gave her a shot to calm her intestines and stop the diarrhea and put her on a bland diet. He said it looked much worse than it actually was for her. I was both skeptical and very worried. It did, however, clear up in a few days.

    Has your dog improved at all? If not, you might consider taking him to the specialists at larger veterinary hospital or vet school. I hope he's doing better.
  3. summersnowbr

    summersnowbr Active Member

    There are many reasons for dogs to have blood or mucus in the stools.
    (1) An upset stomach from eating bad food
    (2) Inflammation of the colon
    (3) Internal parasites, such as hockworms or even roundworms.
    (4) Parvovirus which is a viral infection
    (5) Bacterial infection
    (6) Some foreign object is in the intestinal track
    (7) Cancer
    (8) Allergies
    (9) Inflammatory bowel disease which is an Autoimmune disorder

    You said you took him to the vet and the rain lots of test and that they said his spleen was a little enlarged. Well these things can affect the spleen.
    (1) an injury
    (2) Canine hepatitis
    (3) Infectious disorders,
    (4) Inflammatory bowel disease,
    (5) bacterial infection
    (6) cell tumors of the spleen
    (7) immune disorders

    But once again your Vet checked him out I would say possibly he eat something bad. But I'm sure your Vet told you if he continues to have problems bring him back. I would watch if it gets worse take him back but I would suspect it will improve since the Vet really couldn't find the cause of the spleen being enlarged. Keep watching him, if he starts to loose weight take him back too. Let us know how he is doing!!!
  4. Nancy Adams

    Nancy Adams New Member

    Based on the list by summersnowbr I think it's because of internal parasites, this is just an opinion.

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