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Experience:  Chief of Staff at Banfield Pet Hospital
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Blood on her rectum JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian

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Blood on her rectum
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know what to do about this bleeding. I'll connect you ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: She is an outside dog and is very muddy, like she's been in sewer water. She is afraid to come to me and I think dehydrated.
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
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Expert:  Jerry Swetnam replied 6 months ago.
This is Dr. Scott. Sorry to hear about your situation. Bleeding from anywhere can be concerning. There are several possible causes. I will list them below:1) colitis- Inflammation of Colon
Causes- bacterial, viral, parasites, physical insult, chemical insult, tumors
Diagnostics- Physical exam, fecal exam, cytology,
Other Possible test - Blood Cell Count, Internl Organ Screen, endoscopy
Treatments- remove cause,
*pallative treatment- bland high fiber diet, canned pumpkin2) Anal Gland inflammation/disease
Infected/impacted/inflamed anal glands many times are caused by allergies. If he has had chronic skin,ear or foot problems you may want to discuss allergy testing with your veterinarian.
Treatment- possible antibiotics topically and systemic. Veterinarian may need to sedate to "express" glands and infuse medicine into diseased glands.3)Proctitis- Inflammation of rectum
May treat with A/D ointment or other human products4) Rectal tumors
They can be benign or malignant. Veterinarian would need to evaluate and if needed removeTo Summarize:
Unlikely a life threatening situation, but unable to tell without a veterinarian physical exam. You can try pallative treatment in the short term but I would recommend scheduling an appointment with a veterinarian if continues.I hope this helps.Good Luck!Dr. S