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Note for Pet Owners
Melaena is a
serious sign of disease, and veterinary advice should be sought as soon
Dark (black), tarry faeces which contains blood. The colour of the blood is changed to very dark brown/black during passage through the gastrointestinal tract.
Any condition that results in haemorrhage into the small intestine lumen egs inflammation, damage and ulceration due to foreign bodies, cancer.
Last updated : October 2013