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Companion Animal Practice
Differential diagnosis of faecal tenesmus in dogs
  1. Jim Simpson

    Jim Simpson graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1977 and spent three years in mixed practice before returning to the 'Dick' to work in small animal medicine. In 1983, he obtained a masters degree for work on canine exocrine pancreatic disease. In addition to being actively involved in teaching, he runs referral clinics in both internal medicine and gastroenterology. In 1991, he was appointed senior lecturer in the department of veterinary clinical studies where he is head of internal medicine. He is an RCVS specialist in small animal medicine.


IN general, tenesmus is a symptom of large intestinal disease but in particular it is associated with conditions of the rectum and/or anus. The differential diagnosis of faecal tenesmus includes mechanical obstruction and inflammatory conditions of the colon, rectum and anus.

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