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For the last day and a half I've seen blood in both of my dog's stool and they've really been going to town on our grass for about a week. I didn't think much of the grass eating because the snow just melted (for now) and they like to eat a little grass after it rains or snow melts but they're trying to eat grass every chance they get outside now. I thought it might be a little digestion problem so I've been adding tripe to their meals and sprinkled some kelp and fish oil/vitamin e syrum into their egg. When I picked up last night's poop it was on the soft side, noticeable grass clumps and a little blood. This mornings poo was pretty much the same only softer. Should I take them to the vet or should I try to treat them at home first. There hasn't been in change in personality. They're still happy and playful. My girl is on the thin side recently but their weight has continuously fluctuated between being underweight and normal since I got them and none of the vets I've taken them to have been able to help with that.
 

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How long have you been raw feeding? What do their meals normally consist of?
 

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They've been raw fed since june 2011. meals consist of mostly poultry for bones (chicken backs, necks, legs, thighs, entire quarters and duck necks.) beef heart as a main staple for muscle meat to help keep their weight up with other boneless sources rotated in. beef, turkey, tripe and occasionally pork. occasional ground mixes are rotated in as well for more protein sources (beef, turkey, rabbit, venison, mutton, buffalo, ostrich). Ground mixes are either pure meat, 80-10-10 or 60-20(tripe)-10-10. They get a whole raw egg with kelp, along with canned sardines in water once to twice a week or with fish oil/vitamin e serum if i don't have any sardines. And beef or chicken liver/kidney once or twice a week.
 

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I'm not vet nor health specialist but I took my girl to the vet about seven months ago for something and they saw some blood in her stool and noted that's fine. If it's spots of blood mixed in the stool, I'm not too concerned. If it's actual blood in place of a stool I'd be more worried.

I would probably fast them and let their gut heal. Fasting has wonderful benefits and this is the time your dog could benefit from just letting the gut work on whatever is off right now and not work on anything else being introduced. I'd fast for a full 24 hours. Feed bone broth the next day. And then introduce a meal of tripe the third day.

Best of luck!
 

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Logan also had blood a while back, and loose stool at the same time, I didn't change anything in his diet other than adding a bit of yogurt for probiotics and just kept an eye on him.He never acted ill or anything so I just left it and it went away after 2 weeks or so.. If it's light colored blood you don't have to worry - if its dark red you should see vet.

Oh and I think a day long fast is a good idea.
 

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Since they have issues with fluctuating weight already I don't think it would be healthy to fast them for a full day. They can drop weight so easily, it's insane. I've been baffled by their weight issues which is why I switched them to raw. Raw has definitely helped but not fixed it completely. I've read the reasons why they could have blood in the stool but they're not showing any other negative signs besides the grass eating which is why I thought it might just be a digestion problem.
 

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It sounds like a digestion issue to me as well. Also, some weight loss is normal in the beginning of raw feeding. More noticeable in some than others, in my experience.
 

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They've had weight issues since they were around 11 mo. when they were still kibble fed. They lost almost half their body weight for no apparent reason when they were around 2 years old. Still eating the same amount. No kibble contamination. I switched to raw almost 2 years ago after that. I've seen improvement in coat health, teeth and an overall raise in energy level but still not a solid resolution to the weight fluctuation. But nothing is as bad as that really big weight drop. I've seen 5 or 6 vets that have done blood work, fecal tests and urine test. They always come back healthy. They weren't picky eaters then and aren't really picky eaters now, save my girl that makes me cut up her liver really tiny so she can just gulp it. No one has been able to come up with an explanation and after almost 4 years it has just become a normal thing to deal with.
 

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Of course my dogs in the spring when the green grass starts they go bonkers over it. Sorry you are having problems, I don't have much to add but I think sheltielover is right about the fasting. i also know the dangers of fasting a small dog. I will assume both yours are doxie's.

How about broth like she say's give liver then chicken both made by you. I did this a couple of months ago with a sick dog not a small dog however. You could give it several times day one or the other and after a day start or at the end of the day start putting in the chicken meat with it.

Thats what I did then started feeding her in about a day and a half regular. You maybe could start the next morning after a day of broth and cooked chicken meat.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I checked and there was no blood in the stool today. Hopefully whatever it was is all cleared up.
 

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Could have just been some irritation in the intestinal lining from something. It happens occasionally. Just keep an eye on poops for a couple of days.
 
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