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I am very worried about a friends Lab. Has been passing blood

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I am very worried about a friends Lab. Has been passing blood in his poo for some months. Despite consulting vet and going on various medication, antibiotics, steroids etc the condition persists.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Dr. Drew :

in cases of persistent blood in the stool, there may be some tests needed to identify the problem,

Dr. Drew :

including endoscopy / colonoscopy, to obtain visual images of the intestinal lining, and to obtain biopsy samples for microscopic analysis.

Dr. Drew :

possible issues could include inflammatory bowel disease, fiber-responsive colitis, food allergy, polyps or tumors (including cancer), or even something as simple as intestinal parasites such as whipworms.

Dr. Drew :

If further testing is not available,

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then a course of dewormer such as fenbendazole, plus a modified low-allergen or novel-protein prescription diet, would be a reasonable course of action,.

Dr. Drew :

steroids rarely improve a situation like this so I'd not see the justification for further use of steroids,

Dr. Drew :

but a pro-biotic would be reasonable to try.

Dr. Drew :

veterinary pro-biotics such as Purina FortiFlora would be a good option,

Dr. Drew :

a human pro-biotic could be used but is less than ideal.

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