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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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My dog is bleeding from his and has diarhea

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My dog is bleeding from his butt and has diarhea
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Hi Sir or Madam,
My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient.
Is he eating and drinking normally?
If not, when did he stop eating?
Has he had any unusual treats or a change in food recently?
Has he ingested a non food item recently?
How about a rawhide, bone, etc?
Is it right after he eliminates?
Has he been scooting his rear on the ground at all?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He is eating normallyHe had some fish yesterday and he normally doesn't eat fish, he also had a steak one yesterdayYes right after he eliminatesNo scooting in the ground
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
JaCustomer,
It is good that he is eating normally. Rectal bleeding can be a problem in the rectum or the colon. If it happens right after defecating, it may be an anal gland problem. Just bleeding from the rectum without clots may just be a problem in the rectal area such as rectal polyps. You can read about anal gland problems here though most dogs have some swelling in the area and are licking the rectal area frequently with anal gland issues:
http://www.dr-dan.com/analsac.htm
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_anal_sacs.html
You can read about rectal polyps here:
http://www.vetsurgerycentral.com/oncology_rectal_tumors.htm
Parasites such as worms and protozoan infections such as coccidia and giardia can produce blood in the stool and blood from the rectum after bowel movements. 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. So if it has been awhile since he was dewormed, you might want to go ahead and have that done.
You can read about these here:
http://www.thepetcenter.com/exa/worms.html
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1622&articleid=727
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/giardia-in-dogs/page1.aspx
If there is straining to defecate, frequent small stools, mucus with the stools, blood coating the feces, signs of discomfort such as licking, turning suddenly or crying, then most likely the problem is in the rectal area. This would include rectal polyps or prolapse, parasites, colitis, colonic ulcers, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE) and even cancer.
HGE is very serious and life threatening but a dog stops eating and vomits and your boy is eating which is why I'm pleased to hear that. You can read about it here:
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/hemorrhagic-gastroenteritis-hge/page1.aspx
Most cases of blood in the stool or bleeding from the rectum is not immediately life threatening if there is no bleeding from other openings, but there are a few that can be. 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
Now I haven't mentioned it but just a sudden change in food can cause irritation in the bowels leading to diarrhea and some rectal bleeding. So you might want to stop the human food and keep him eating his regular food to see if there is improvement. You can also give a little Kaopectate at 1 teaspoon per 5 pound every 2 - 6 hours or Immodium at 1 mg per 15 pounds one or two times a day for diarrhea. Some herding breeds like collies can have an adverse reaction to immodium.
So the unusual treat is the likely cause but go ahead and have him dewormed if it hasn't been done in the last 6 months or so. If you do not see improvement in a few days or he develops additional symptoms, have your vet take a look at him.
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Hi Ed,

I'm just following up on our conversation about 3.5. How is everything going?

Jane Lefler