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My 5 month old poodle mix has had bloody stool days now. He

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My 5 month old poodle mix has had bloody stool for 2 days now. He is completely fine other than that. He is eating and drinking playing, being his normal self. He has had all shot and weighs about 7 pounds. He just went to a new groomer Friday I am wondering if he got something there. Any ideas?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.

Hi there! My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help you with your question today. Just like an in person consult, I have a few questions of my own to help ensure I give you the best advice possible....

Has he been wormed since you got him?

Is the stool solid or loose?

Do you know if the groomer gives treats at all?

Has he had any new foods, treats or people food from you?

Can you estimate how much blood you're seeing?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
he has been wormed, the stool is kinds loose and the blood is little drops around it no necessicearily in it. In not sure if the groomer gives treats. No new treats or people food.
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.

Great. Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.

Dogs may have a little bleeding or discharge from the rectum for a couple reasons: damage done to the rectum while defecating, certain types of cancer, impacted/infected anal glands, parasite infection and even dietary changes are just a few.

If there is only a small amount of drainage around the area, I would just keep an eye on it for now. Sometimes dogs will try to pass a large amount of fecal material and can cause small tears in their rectum. These generally will heal on their own without any sort of medical intervention. Feeding the dog some canned pumpkin (make sure that it's only real canned pumpkin, not the pie filling) can help make the stool a little easier to pass, thereby helping to not tear things any further.

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. 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

A problem with the anal glands can also cause a bit of bleeding. You can find more information on those here: http://www.dr-dan.com/analsac.htm .

You can read about rectal polyps here:
http://www.petcancer.co.uk/cgi-bin/articles/020.htm

Whatever the cause, rectal discharge is never normal and I think it's a VERY good idea to give your vet a call when they open and have them take a peek at him, just to be sure that this isn't something more serious than just a little tear from defecating.

I hope this helps!