We had to rush our girl Ruby to the hospital today. There was blood in her stool this afternoon, and it was extremely alarming. (We are very lucky to have a world-class 24-hour pet hospital nearby! )
She is now doing fine. She apparently has either a parasite, a bacterial infection or a viral infection, or some combination of those. But all other signs were good, so we were sent home. She is doing just fine now, albeit she's quite tired after all the excitement today.
The ER doc told us that the majority of dogs rushed into the ER are brought in due to blood in the stool. Apparently, it's an extremely common occurence in dogs. Happens more frequently in dogs than in cats, too. Who knew?? Pretty interesting stuff, I think. Good to know, too, because there are a lot of signs unrelated to the stool which help to gauge whether it is a grave situation or a simple, easily remedied illness.
Ruby checked out today with only a course of antibiotics, and we are counting our blessings (and keeping our fingers crossed, too). Hopefully, she will be feeling better soon!