According to the Fairmount Animal Hospital, rectal bleeding in dogs can be the result of any number of diseases or disorders of the colon, rectum or gastrointestinal tract, including anorectal disease, rectal prolapse, intestinal parasites or colonic ulcers. The color and consistency of the blood helps to pinpoint the problem.Continue Reading
According to Fairmount Animal Hospital, anorectal diseases can result in rectal bleeding and other symptoms, such as frequent defecation and mucus or blood in the feces. In the case of anorectal disease or problems with the lower gastrointestinal tract, which includes the colon and rectum, the blood is unclotted and bright red. Bleeding as a result of problems in the upper gastrointestinal tract produces blood that is dark and thick. Rectal polyps, rectal prolapse, cancer and colonic ulcers and inflammation are also problems in the lower gastrointestinal tract that result in rectal bleeding.
According to Pet Health & Care, rectal bleeding occurs most commonly due to inflammation. Inflammation in both the colon and the rectum results in diarrhea and constipation. Upon noticing rectal bleeding in dogs, pet owners need to take the animal to the vet immediately, especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms, such as bleeding from other parts of the body and listlessness.Learn more about Dogs
Antacids, such as Tums, can be given to dogs to treat symptoms of heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers, and are not generally harmful if given occasionally. Long-term regular use may damage the kidneys.Full Answer >
Various reasons, such as hormonal imbalance, pesky parasites, skin problems and hormonal imbalance cause dogs to chew their tails. Calm and trained dogs who have never showed interest in their tails before may have skin-related problems, like allergies, crusts or even bleeding in that particular area if they start to chew. When the dog is biting near the base of its tail, it may signify a problem his anal glands.Full Answer >
Healthy dogs shake their heads during routine hygiene practices, such as shaking off water, parasites and debris. Dogs also shake their heads in response to the discomfort or pain associated with an illness or injury.Full Answer >
According to WebMD, compulsive tail biting in dogs can occur for a variety of reasons, including allergies, anxiety, dry skin, epileptic seizures, injury and parasites. There are also certain dog breeds that have genetic dispositions to compulsive behavior that can lead to tail biting. Low levels of the brain chemical serotonin combined with high levels of dopamine in dogs can also cause compulsive behaviors.Full Answer >