See­ing red

Pets (Singapore) - - Ask The Expert -

If there is bright red blood in the poop, it in­di­cates that there is bleed­ing in the gas­troin­testi­nal tract, which com­prises of the food gul­let, stom­ach, small in­testines and large in­testines—with the lat­ter ly­ing clos­est to the anus. Hence, bright red blood in your cat’s stool in­di­cates that the prob­lem is in the large in­testines.

A jelly-like mu­cus may be pro­duced when the large in­testines suf­fer from an in­flam­ma­tory process or in­fec­tion. When you see this in the poop, it fur­ther con­firms that there is an is­sue in the large in­testines.

If bac­te­ria and par­a­sites have been ex­cluded, stress may have in­duced ex­ces­sive pro­duc­tion of gas­tric juices, which led to an in­flam­ma­tion of the stom­ach and in­testines. If se­vere, ul­cers may form, lead­ing to chronic bleed­ing and per­fo­ra­tion of the gut, which can be fa­tal.

Your fe­line can be placed on a bland, eas­ily di­gestible diet that is min­i­mally ir­ri­tat­ing to the stom­ach and in­testines. You may also con­sider hy­poal­ler­genic pre­scrip­tion di­ets avail­able at any ve­teri­nary clinic. Med­i­ca­tion to pro­tect the stom­ach and in­testines, as well as to re­duce gas­tric acids, can be given.

When strangers come to visit, in­tro­duc­tions and con­tact should be made grad­u­ally and with­out force. Pro­vide a safe place for your furkid to hide if she wishes to.

When­ever my cat gets stressed, she has bloody poop. The blood is bright red and some­times there’s a jel­ly­like mu­cus. No bac­te­ria or par­a­sites were found in her poop sam­ple. The vet says the stress makes her bow­els ir­ri­tated. What can I do to help her cope or ease her bow­els?

EX­PERT: DR TAI YESUN BVSc (Sydney), MVS (Murdoch) MRCVS CVA GDBA Ve­teri­nary Sur­geon Cer­ti­fied Ve­teri­nary Acupunc­tur­ist Nam Sang Ve­teri­nary Clinic

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