Evidence of intestinal problems can surface at both the front end—in the form of vomit—and back end—in the form of abnormal stool—of your dog’s gastrointestinal tract. At Camp Basenji, intestinal problems we see include:
Yellow bile. Yellow bile vomit may happen occasionally before mealtime. If the problem grows more frequent, consider changing your besty’s meal schedule. Some dogs will do best if kept on twelve hour feeding intervals. Also, inspect the bile for bits of grass or other vegetation. The presence of these may mean he is grazing indiscriminately and requires greater supervision outside. If your dog regularly throws up yellow bile, consult with your vet! It may indicate a more serious condition.
Abnormal stool. Be vigilant in looking for changes in stool consistency (solid/soft, dry/wet, smooth/bubbly, etc.) and color. If your dog suffers occasional diarrhea, determine if it coincides with a change in food—a frequent cause. Also review whether he may suffering from a reaction to new or freshly applied lawn or garden chemicals.
- If diarrhea lasts for more than two days, contact your vet.
- But if diarrhea contains blood (which looks black and tarry when from the upper part of the intestinal tract) or your dog is a puppy or senior dog, contact your vet immediately! At Camp Basenji we have observed the presence of bright red, bloody bits of stool we find associated with stress. Identify any potential sources of stress affecting your B to discuss with your vet.
Worms. Identifying parasites can be tricky—dogs with parasites can have negative stool tests if eggs or oocytes are not in the test sample. So we recommend you work out an intestinal worm control program with your vet. For Basenjis who frequent dog parks and walk where other dogs poop, this may mean additional deworming quarterly between monthly heartworm treatments. For dogs limited to more controlled environments, no treatments may be called for barring a positive stool test your vet may suggest annually as part of your dog’s wellness exam.