Health Topics: Prolapse (Rectal)

How serious is it?

VERY serious-- life threatening.

What is it?

When the rectum (intestine) literally slips out of the body through the anus. Could be a genetic weakness, from trauma, a sudden switch in diet, bad food, parasites from contaminated water or feed, or inconsistent feeding.

How can I recognize it?

May present as a bloody bottom, slight bulge of tissue coming from the anus, or a larger loop of intestine.

How do you treat it?

Emergency vet treatment is necessary.

How can I avoid this?