Will, a 10-year-old neutered male terrier crossbreed, was presented for hematochezia of 1 week’s duration.


The patient was presented to the referring veterinarian with a 1-week history of bleeding from the rectum after passing feces. The owner reported that Will was straining to defecate, but fecal consistency was normal. A mass was identified on rectal palpation, and because of the location of the mass, Will was referred to a university veterinary hospital for further evaluation and diagnostic testing.

Physical Examination 

On presentation, the patient was quiet, alert, and responsive. He was obese, with a BCS of 5/5. Temperature (100.6°F [38.11°C]), pulse (120 bpm), and respiratory rate (28 breaths per minute) were within reference intervals. Mucous membranes appeared normal. Rectal palpation revealed a mass (1-2 cm in diameter, smooth, well demarcated and extending past finger distance) located on the left rectal wall ≈10 cm from the anal opening. Soft, bloody feces were noted on the hair coat of the perineum and pelvic limbs. There was no evidence indicating the patient was painful or of rectal bleeding at examination.

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