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Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- Can you post a picture on this thread?
2- How long has this been going on?
3- Is she licking the area?
4- Does the feces have blood?
5- Does she have diarrhea?
Thank you for the picture. Can you move the hair on the skin on the left of the anal sphincter at around 8 o'clock and tell me if the skin is opened (can't see well the details)?
I can't see the whole on the anus, is it the little red dot at around 6 o'clock?
So, is it fair to say that right now you are not seeing the source of the blood (I can't see it in the pictures)?
Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.
Friend, initially I suspected this could be an infected or impacted anal gland. But, I am not seeing any evidence in the picture consistent with this; When we see bloody stool this is a sign of inflammation in the colon (large intestines). This can be caused by many different medical conditions. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: Dietary indiscretion, ingestion of a foreign body, parasites, infections, or even part of a systemic disease to name a few causes.
In this case I would strongly recommend a hands on examination with family veterinarian; she may need some testing like xrays or blood work to determine the exact underlying cause. In the meantime this is what you can do:
1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium. Stop the carprofen until she is seen by family veterinarian. She may need a different class of pain killer like Tramadol.2- Change her diet to rice (75%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (25%) until the stool is back to normal then wean her back into her regular diet.3- Supplement with a probiotic (fortiflora), these are friendly bacteria that help with regularity and inflammation. You can buy this over the counter in any pet store.4- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.
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