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Q. My 5 month old dog woke up today very lethargic and not very hungry. His feces smells very bad and it has an orange colored mucus in it. only 5 lbs

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. This could be many things, however first I'd ask you (if we could talk) if your puppy is vaccinated against parvo? That's a serious viral disease that produces very bad-smelling bloody diarrhea. If he's not vaccinated against parvo, please take him in to see a vet right away.

Otherwise, if he is vaccinated against parvo, he could have intestinal parasites, he could have eaten something that's upset his GI tract, or he could have a bacterial infection, for starters. The orange color you mentioned has me especially concerned - I'm worried it could be blood. Regardless - he's not eating, and he's lethargic, so he likely feels pretty awful. I recommend you take him to see a vet right away who can figure out what's going on and treat it appropriately.


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