If a puppy is straining after a motion, and passing blood, his large intestine or colon could be inflamed.
We have a 14-week-old labrador puppy called Luke. Recently he had diarrhoea which caused him to keep straining after passing poo and he would pass a runny motion with blood. His worming is up to date. What do you think caused the blood?
Puppies frequently develop diarrhoea and often the cause is not found. To prevent it happening be strict on what your puppy eats, with a good-quality pet dry food the best option. Do not give treats or human food as a change of food is often the cause of loose motions. It is good that Luke is up to date with worming as worms can cause diarrhoea. As Luke was straining after a motion, and passing blood, this shows his large intestine or colon was inflamed. This is called colitis and often the cause is not found. Your vet can test his motions for bacteria and protozoa such as Giardia. If they come back negative, treatment may be given but often the condition resolves.
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For many years my wife has been pushing for our family to adopt a dog. We have two children, 8 and 10 years old, so she thinks they should grow up with a pet. What is the best way to find out if we are ready?Â
Probably the best way would be to have a trial adoption. Ideally caring for a friend’s or relative’s dog while they are on holiday would be safest. During the adoption your family can become familiar with the amount of time involved with twice daily feeding, time for at least two walks a day and whether it is safe for your dog to be alone during the day. This period would soon show if someone is able to commit to the amount of exercise needed and able to clean up after any accidents. The other factor is the cost of food, council registration and annual vaccinations with vet fees. It is great for children to experience a pet but adults have to be the primary carers.Â
Dr Bruce Chard owns North Harbour Veterinary Clinic in Auckland. He has been a vet for more than 40 years and has a pekingese dog and two burmese cats. Visit nhv.co.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org