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What should I do if my dog has blood in s poo?

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What should I do if my dog has blood in his poo?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Andy, it depends upon how long there's been blood in Woody's poo. A one time event may result from passing something abrasive through the rectum or perhaps Woody's anal gland(s) are abscessed and hemorrhagic. Simple abrasive trauma should heal in 24 hours; abscessed anal glands are evaucated, flushed with an antimicrobial solution and then packed with an antimicrobial ointment. If this is a regular event, however, a significantly inflamed or ulcerated colon (colitis) is the usual cause and Woody's vet would need to investigate the cause and treat appropriately. In that case, intestinal parasites (hookworm, whipworm, Giardia, e.g.), infections (bacterial, viral), and inflammatory disorders are important differential diagnoses.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Thank you. It happened on thursday morning and then seemed to be ok. He did another one about 20 minutes ago and there was more blood. It is only a tiny bit though. Do you think I should take him to the my vet?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Is he otherwise well - eating, active, normal form to the stool?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
He's still his normal crazy ball chasing self and still able to scoff his dinner and any other treats in seconds. But the stool has been quite soft. We were putting it down to the really hot weather we've had over the last few of day.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Thank you. Any stressor - heat included - can induce a colitis; this would be difficult to confirm, however. I don't hear of an urgency here and so continuing to "watchful wait" for a few more days is reasonable. We have to remember that these dogs often improve in spite of us! Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
We'll keep an eye on him then. Hopefully he'll be ok. Thank you for your reassurance. I will rate you excellent.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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