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Our West Highland (18 months old) is passing a little blood

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Our West Highland white (18 months old) is passing a little blood from her back passage when she goes to the toilet. It only started today. could this be something serious?

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Reg, hematochezia (blood from the anus) is always of concern. Belle's vet will need to consider quite a few possible etiologies for the bleeding. They include the following:

anal sac gland impaction, sacculitis, or abscess

neoplasia – perianal adenomas are the most common of the benign tumors while the most common of the malignant tumors is the anal sac adenocarcinoma - all are rare at Belle's young age

perianal fistulas - most common in the German shepherd

anal stricture - uncommon – most often found in middle-aged to older males

trauma – e.g., from passing a foreign body in the stool

proctitis (rectal inflammation)

colitis – idiopathic (unknown cause), food allergy, infection (bacterial, viral, parasitic) - her diarrhea today supports a colitis

coagulation disorder – not a common cause of hematochezia

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