PetMD Seal

Difficult Defecation and Blood in Stool in Dogs



Most patients with dyschezia and hematochezia may be treated on an outpatient basis unless the underlying condition is severe enough to require supportive care. For example, dehydration or internal bleeding will need to be brought under control before further treatment can be undertaken.


Balloon dilation can be used to relieve strictures of the intestinal canal. This method widens the canal gently and gradually, using a balloon, so that blocked feces can be released.


Rectoanal diseases, such as hernias of the perineum (the space between the genital and the anus), or rectoanal polyps may need surgical correction. Your veterinarian may also prescribe antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and/or laxatives, depending on the underlying cause of the disease. Laxatives can be used to ease defecation if rectoanal disease is present.


Living and Management


Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up appointments as necessary to continue treatment of your dog's underlying condition, to evaluate your dog's progress, and to modify the treatment as it becomes necessary.



Related Articles

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Due to Lymphocytes and Plasma in Dogs

Lymphocytic-plasmacytic gastroenteritis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in which lymphocytes and plasma cells enter the lining of the...