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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I do have a couple more questions,
though, to see if I can better assess your situation.
Is he straining to defecate with very little to no stool coming out?
Any change in appetite?
What color are his gums?
Thanks for the information. In all likelihood, he has some inflammation in the colon, called colitis. It is very common to see a small amount of blood in the stool from this. They feel like they have to defecate often but usually don't have much in their colon. Usually this is a dietary problem, but can be due to intestinal parasites, stress, irritable bowel syndrome, masses in the colon, liver problems and pancreatic problems. It often looks worse than it really is. It is possible it could be an anal gland issue as well, so look for any swellings to the side of his anus. It may resolve with adding some fiber to the diet. Usually a teaspoon of Metamucil or pure canned pumpkin to each meal. If it is not improving by tomorrow, he starts vomiting, the stool is more than 50% blood, his gums are pale, he stops eating or he develops abdominal pain; he needs to be evaluated by a vet ASAP. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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