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Posted by: Kelly | 2006/07/31

Blood in poop

Hi - My kitten is about 3 months old and theer is blood in her poop. Is this normal? I have given her deworming medicine, but it is still not working. She does not seem sick though? She is happy and playfull,

Any help?

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Blood can appear after an animal has been dewormed because the worms cause bleeding spots when they come loose from the gut. They usually bite into the wall to keep themselves in. The two main types of worms are tape worms and round worms and they require specific remedies (some combination remedies are available that will do both round and tape worms - effective meds being available from your vet). Protozoal can also cause blood to appear in the motions. It is good practice to have your vet check your pets motions periodically to see how effectie the deworming has been. Your vet will perform a test on the faecal sample and examine it under a microscope (looking for eggs etc that are not visible to the naked eye).

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Posted by: Chill | 2006/07/31

Just to add to what the new Cybervet said: you mention that the worm meds are 'still not working' - you won't actually notice anything at all. They don't get runny tummies, you won't see dead worms in their faeces... unless the infestation was really really bad, which it seldom is with responsible pet owners.

So provided you got the right worm meds, you can be reasonably sure they did 'work'.

Also, as a rule of thumb, while a little blood may not mean anything serious at all - unless you know for sure what's causing it, you should ALWAYS take blood seriously if it isn't where it's supposed to be.

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