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9 yr old GSD has just passed blood during normal bowel movement,first

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9 yr old GSD has just passed blood during normal bowel movement,first time that i have noticed it,is on RIMADYL for rest of life for leg problems

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If this is the first time this has been observed, then there is not yet cause for alarm, unless the stool was very loose and primarily blood (that is likely to continue). If there was reasonably formed stool with some blood, then I would advise monitoring to see if this will be a persistent trend. A bit of blood in the stool once in a while is okay. It may reflect that she ingested something irritating to the colon such as an insect/bug or other organic item.

However, if this becomes a persistent problem in that she is producing some blood with every stool, and the stool is formed then this is time for you to have her evaluated by her veterinarian. In that case we would first rule out intestinal parasites (worms) versus primary digestive tract issues such as ingestion of unusual item that is not passing through well to colonic polyps or fistulas.

If, however, she develops very loose stool with blood, then this is an indication for her to be seen right away for evaluation. She may have ingested something unusual that is greatly upsetting her system or be developing hemorrhagic gastroenteritis syndrome or there are a whole host of other underlying problems that could lead to this.

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