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My 7 year old Rat Terrier, CJ, has bloody stools, with mucous,

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My 7 year old Rat Terrier, CJ, has bloody stools, with mucous, what could be the cause of this?

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The most common reason for blood in the stool is parasites such as worms or a protozoan infection such as coccidia or giardia. The most common worms found in dogs are: Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms, and Whipworms and Heartworms

In some cases these worms are passed from the mother to the puppy, in other cases such as tapeworms, they are contracted by other methods such as ingesting an infected flea. Most over the counter medicine will only kill one or two types of worms, so your best bet is to take a fecal sample to your vet to determine the type of worms your dog may have and then decide on treatment. Dogs should be checked for worms periodically even if they appear healthy. This is so if your pet does become ill, you are not fighting a worm infestation along with a more serious problem.

For additional information about worms, see this site
http://www.thepetcenter.com/exa/worms.html

Common dewormers are Panacur, which is a prescription product so you need to obtain it from your Vet and it works on roundworms and whipworms. Wormers labeled as Pyrantel Pamoate are the best over the counter medication for roundworms. Drontal plus is also a prescription product and is used for the treatment of Tapeworms, though dewormers with praziquantel work well against tapeworms. Revolution and Interceptor as well as other heartworm medications also control whipworms and roundworms. Another reason to keep your dog on Heartworm medication.

Other causes could be anal growths, infected anal glands and inflammation within the large intestine. You can read about the various cause of red blood in the stool here:
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/hematochezia-blood-in-stool-in-dogs/page1.aspx

 

I hope this helps!!

Customer: replied 8 years ago.

Thanks! He's been wormed, and I always worm both dogs spring and fall. We thought perhaps, he had whipworms, but he was wormed with panacur and that didn't help.

 

Mandy

I'd have a fecal test done at your regular vet. If he has a different type of worm, the Panacur may not work as it is pretty much worm specific.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Yes, he's had two fecals done and now we are sending off more to have a culture done. Both fecals have showed parasite free. Thanks!
Good luck!!
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