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She is a 5 ye old miniature poodle and i woke up to watery

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She is a 5 ye old miniature poodle and i woke up to watery diarrhea with bright red blood in it. She's acting fine now but I wanted to do some research
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the miniature poodle's name?
Customer: Katie
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Katie?
Customer: She's a nervous dog and just had her hair done yesterday. She really hated that. Her diet hasn't changed. And she's drinking normal amounts of water
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

The bloody diarrhea (hematochezia) must often indicates a hemorrhagic colitis but doesn't identify the etiology of that colitis. It would seem to be an excessive response to the stress of grooming but perhaps she ingested a grooming product that has irritated her gastrointestinal tract. As long as she remained normal otherwise, "watchful waiting" is appropriate. A simple dietary indiscretion should remiss unaided within 36 hours. I would feed and water as usual.

There are more possible etiolgoies for hematochezia that I could list in this venue but the general categories include idiopathic (unknown cause), food allergy, infectious (Campylobacter, Clostridium, hookworms, whipworms), inflammatory bowel disease, fiber-responsive, and stress-associated colitises. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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