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12. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 30, 2012, 16:01 Agent.X7
sauron wrote on Jul 30, 2012, 14:08:
I'm actually a qualified veterinarian although I now work in research in NYC. I hope this might help:

Blood in the stool can be a bad sign, especially in older dogs, but it usually isn't. The most common cause is colitis, which is an inflammation of the large bowel, often accompanied by looseness of the stool with or without mucus. It's usually treated with anti-inflammatories and antibiotics. Prognosis is good although it can be a recurrent problem in some breeds with a genetic predisposition. In a lot of cases, however, the cause is dietary indiscretion.

Alternatives could include worms, or bowel cancer. The latter is rare, and the former is really only seen in stray puppies.

Definitely get them checked by your vet, but I wouldn't panic just yet.

Colitis, yes, thank you. That's what my dog gets. Could not remember the name.

Dietary indiscretion. hehe, I like that phrase. We're pretty sure that's the cause of our Corgi's issues. He is normal for a long time, and then he'll snap up something stupid like a big caterpillar or goose poop and WHAM! Colitis.
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