While everyone is enjoying their bowl of Sinigang na Hipon (sour shrimp soup) at lunch, a nasty smell pervaded your dining room. You followed the source through your nose. Aha! It was your pooch’s dung, ala-chocolate-syrup!
Before you throw up you must be wondering why your pet has a soft poop. It was fine last night.
Diarrhea is a change in one or more of the characteristics of bowel movement: more frequent pooping, increased fluids in poop, and increased amount of poop. It is caused by two major categories of conditions: gastrointestinal diseases or non-gastrointestinal diseases (problems in other body parts or organs that cause diarrhea). Many diseases produce changes in the body that end up in diarrhea.
Diarrhea can also be classified according to its origin: small intestinal or upper intestines, and large intestinal or lower intestines. If your pet has diarrhea with black poop (cooked blood) which appears to have more poop than fluids, it comes from the upper intestines. While if there is mucus, fresh blood, pain in pooping, it could come from the large intestine. Sometimes, both are involved.
WHAT CAUSES MUD BUTT?
Protozoa (Amoeba-like creatures)
Viral infection (Parvovirus, Coronavirus, Distemper virus)
HGE or Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (fresh red blood in vomit and as poop)
Intestinal obstruction or blockage
Giardia (Amoeba-like creature)
Enteritis or inflammation of the intestine
Liver and gallbladder problem
Hyperthyroidism in cats
WHY YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR PET TO THE VET
Your vet will definitely recommend a fecalysis. No need to bring your pet’s poop during your visit as your vet has a means to collect poop from the “inside”. The fecalysis will help determine if your pet has lots of bacteria, worms, Giardia or undigested fats in the stool. The poop will also give your vet an idea if it came from the upper or lower intestines. From there, he or she could narrow down the list to help identify the problem and solve it.
But if your vet feels that there could be other problems, the following tests will be recommended:
WHEN YOU CAN’T FIND A VET AT THIS TIME
IMPORTANT THINGS TO UNDERSTAND
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