If you find blood in your pet’s feces, most owners will get scared and go to a veterinary clinic. They will be right, because a visit to the doctor will exclude life-threatening diseases and calm down in the case of simple reasons. And they are most often associated with non-life-threatening conditions, but there is an exception to any rule.
Examination of faeces
First of all, the owner of the cat will have to consider the selection. The presence of scarlet fresh blood most often indicates the presence of trouble in the lower intestine or in the rectum. In most cases (not always!) this is a good sign. Dark blood indicates bleeding in the upper intestine or stomach.
A strong alarm should cause the appearance of pus in the feces, a large amount of mucus along with black feces, a strong putrid smell. In this case, the visit to the clinic should be immediate.
Causes of blood traces in feces
Bloodstains or drops indicate the presence of the following diseases or conditions:
It most often becomes a reason for changing feces. Too hard discharge causes cracks in the anus and rectum, and if constipation is a common problem, then bleeding erosions develop over time.
A negative reaction to the dry food
It can be caused by an individual intolerance to the components or an insufficient amount of liquid. If the cat eats dry food, it should always have plenty of clean drinking water. If you have an Allergy, you will have to completely switch to natural ” wet ” products.
Diseases of the digestive system
This can be an ulcer, pancreatitis, liver and intestinal diseases. The presence of ulceration and lesions of small vessels leads to the release of traces of blood in the feces. Colitis, which is more common in weakened and old animals.
Colibacteriosis, salmonellosis, intestinal tuberculosis, and more.
Enteritis that affects kittens
They have a sign of blood in the feces – the most alarming, because without instant treatment, the pet will inevitably die.
Presence of a foreign body
This may be a chicken tube bone, a piece of plastic, or an accidentally swallowed object with sharp edges.
Of the intestine and other digestive organs of a benign or malignant nature, metastases.
The condition is diagnosed with chronic constipation, severe attempts in difficult childbirth, as a complication with prolonged profuse diarrhea.
Inflammation perianalny glands
They are located in the genital area and go into the rectum. When a blockage occurs, an inflammatory process occurs, accompanied by the release of fetid pus with blood.
Internal bleeding caused by rupture or perforation of organs in case of injury, impact, falling from a height, or being run over by a car. Poisoning with toxic substances, most often-rat poison. It does not have to be in the bait, the cat can catch and eat a poisoned rodent. This is deadly, you need to take action immediately.
Blood clotting disorders – genetically inherited or caused by the use of means for its dilution. In this case, blood can be released into the intestines and excreted with feces in the form of small veins, droplets.
Worm infestation. This is the most common and most easily eliminated cause of traces of blood in the discharge. It is only necessary to conduct deworming, as the manifestations of the toxic effects of parasites disappear, the animal’s appetite improves, the state of health and coat condition improves, and weight gain begins.
From the list, it can be seen that numerous reasons can cause the appearance of blood. Some of them are very dangerous, many are fatal, so you can not ignore other concomitant symptoms:
- the increase in body temperature, fever;
- expressed disorders of the digestive system: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation;
- refusal of food and water, excessive thirst;
- screams and plaintive meows when trying to touch the stomach;
- changed the smell of feces;
- too frequent or very rare visits to the cat toilet;
- an abundant amount of blood in the stool or an increase in it with each new trip to the tray.
If these signs are present, the owner needs to urgently take the animal to a veterinary clinic.
The veterinarian will examine the cat and send it for a series of tests:
- a blood sample;
- coprogram (comprehensive fecal analysis);
- Abdominal ultrasound;
- the analysis of urine.
Additionally, the following examinations may be required:
- radiography of the abdominal cavity;
- Allergy test.
After diagnosis, treatment is performed. It is prescribed by a veterinarian and depends entirely on the underlying disease that provoked the appearance of blood secretions.
Treatment is specialized, that is, anthelmintic agents are prescribed for helminthiasis, antibiotics are prescribed for bacterial inflammations, tumors are operated on if possible, foreign bodies are removed, and so on.
The type of treatment, its duration, medications, dosages are selected by the doctor taking into account the age and health of the cat, so any Amateur activity in this case can cause irreparable harm to the pet’s health. You can not make arbitrary changes to therapy without consulting a veterinarian, even if it seems that the cat has already fully recovered and does not need to continue treatment.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and I’m a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.