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What is Tarry Feces due to Presence of Blood?

Blood in your dog’s stool is an important sign that something may be wrong with his digestive system. While a red stool can be a common occurrence even when nothing is wrong, dark and tarry stools are a sign of something more serious. The dark and tarry look means that the blood has been digested and has made its way into the upper (small) intestine. The black color of melena is caused by iron in the blood becoming oxygenated when it passes through the ileum and colon. One common cause of melena in dogs is cancer, so it is important to get your dog to the veterinarian so you can get it treated early. The earlier you can get it treated, the better your dog’s chances of recovery. However, melena in your dog’s stool does not always mean that your dog has cancer. There are many other reasons for the presence of melena, but they are all cause for concern so a visit to your veterinarian is essential to your dog’s health. Some of the reasons for melena are listed below.

Tarry feces due to the presence of blood (melena) makes your dog’s stools look black and tarry. There is a difference between fresh blood in your dog’s stool (hematochezia) and melena because the latter can be a sign of a serious or fatal disorder that will need medical attention right away. Melena appears black (from the upper intestine because it is digested) and hematochezia will appear bright or dark red (from the lower intestine or anus because it has not been digested).  The blood can be coming from your dog's lungs, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, or upper (small) intestine and this can mean a serious disorder such as a tumor. It is vital that you take your dog to the veterinarian or an emergency animal clinic or hospital as soon as possible.

 

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Symptoms of Tarry Feces due to Presence of Blood in Dogs

The main symptom of melena is dark black feces that look similar to tar or coffee grounds. Since there are many different causes for melena, the symptoms will vary according to the underlying illness or disease. Here are some common symptoms:

  • Black feces that looks like tar
  • Diarrhea
  • Throwing up (possibly vomiting blood)
  • Pale mucous membranes
  • Bruises on the body
  • Not eating
  • Drinking excessively
  • Frequent urination
  • Loss of weight

Causes of Tarry Feces due to Presence of Blood in Dogs

There are several reasons for melena in your dog’s feces and it takes a visit to the veterinarian to determine the cause. Some of the possible causes are:

  • Infection
  • Some medications (such as NSAIDS)
  • Cancer
  • Swallowing foreign object
  • Blood ingestion
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Metabolic disease
  • Hemorrhagic disease
  • Gastrointestinal ischemia (lack of blood supply)

Diagnosis of Tarry Feces due to Presence of Blood in Dogs

Your veterinarian will need to do a complete and thorough physical examination, which includes your dog’s body temperature to see if there is a fever. Important diagnostic information will include blood pressure and heart rate. You will need to provide the veterinarian with as much of your dog’s medical history as possible, including recent illnesses or injuries. Changes in dietary habits, behavior, and activity levels are also important to determine what is causing the melena. Since there are so many different possible causes, your veterinarian will have to perform some tests, such as:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Biochemical profile
  • Urinalysis
  • Fecal examination
  • Abdominal and chest radiographs (X-rays)
  • Serology for certain infectious diseases
  • Coagulation profile
  • Abdominal ultrasonography
  • Upper gastrointestinal barium series
  • Endoscopy

Treatment of Tarry Feces due to Presence of Blood in Dogs

The treatment will depend on what is causing the melena in your dog’s stool. If the symptoms are severe or the veterinarian cannot determine the cause, your dog will probably be hospitalized for IV fluid therapy, rest, and 24-hour observation. A blood transfusion will be administered if there is significant blood loss and they will give your dog medication to treat the infection or bacteria that is causing the melena if the veterinarian can determine the cause.

When your veterinarian finds the source of the melena and is able to treat the problem, you will be able to take your dog home right away but you will have to make sure your dog gets the rest needed to heal. If the veterinarian prescribes medication be sure to give it as prescribed and finish all the medicine even if your dog seems fine before it is gone. Sometimes the illness will come back if you stop the medication too soon and it will be more resistant to the medication your dog was originally taking.

Recovery of Tarry Feces due to Presence of Blood in Dogs

If the veterinarian says it is okay, your dog can go back to eating his regular food, but go back to it gradually so it is easier on the stomach and digestive system. Do not give your dog any kind of people food no matter how healthy you think it is. Just because it is good for humans does not make it healthy for dogs. Be sure to follow up with the veterinarian and continue to visit regularly on a yearly basis.

Tarry Feces due to Presence of Blood Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Scrappy
Chow Chow
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Redness
Vomiting
Poor Appetite
Weakness
Eye Discharge
Diarrhea
Lethargy
Shaking

Hello, my name Leah Golas, my 5yr old chow chow mix is dealing with kidney problems/failure and the reason is still unknown after several vet visits and hospitalization. He got into the garbage 3 separate times but no visible sign of blockage. Liver was slightly enlarged in ultrasound. Small intestines were inflamed in xrays, possibly due to diarrhea. Leptosirosis tests were negative. He was brought home on meds because i couldnt afford anymore treatment. He is currently passing dark tarry stools but not everytime he defecates. Is there anything I can do or give him (all natural remedies) to help him or is my only option rushing him back to the vet office?? Any advice or ideas what could be the cause is greatly appreciated

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tarry black faeces indicates bleeding in the respiratory tract which is then swallowed and digested, or bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract. The intermittent presence of the tarry faeces may be caused by gastric ulcers, foreign bodies, kidney disease, tumours, clotting disorders or severe irritation of the gastrointestinal tract; given the intermittent presence of tarry faeces I would suspect gastric ulcers more with tumour second in a differential diagnosis. The exact cause needs to be found before treatment (natural or otherwise) may begin. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for a physical examination and possibly endoscopy of the upper gastrointestinal tract. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog got infection during neutered and his scrotum was swollen . After a week, his scrotum was broken and we tool him to pet hospital. My question is after he got neutered, his stool was totally black and still black during his hospitalized. Doctor said that no need to worry. But I m so worry about dark stool.

My Dobermann, a young 'kid' huge, threw up late l;ast night- just rice,dogfood and fluid... this morning, early, he had urgency to 'go' and couldn't hold it, had soft, black, tarry stool... he seems lethargic, gums seem pale, nose wet., Of all things, my car broke down, I have no transportation and I am still waiting for my employer's paycheques for December and January --- what on earth am I going to do??? He is too big to carry, taxcis won't transport him (and I have zero funds) and ER vets want payment up front! HELP!

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panzi
Labrador Retriever
3 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Tarry Stool

just noticed that stool is dark in colour and a little bit sticky looking. She has been fine up until this morning when off food a little bit(eat if hasnd feed) but eat boiled rice and chicken fine.She does not seem her bouncy self but still drinking and walking about. Not seen her eat anything she shouldnt of but always a possiability.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dark, sticky faeces are an indication of digested blood in the faeces (the iron in the blood turns black); this would indicate a bleed somewhere in the upper gastrointestinal tract or respiratory tract (respiratory tract bleeding gets swallowed and then digested). Bleeding in the lower gastrointestinal tract (rectum etc…) would show red undigested blood. The bleeding may be caused by a few different conditions including infections, ulcers, foreign bodies, tumours, trauma, poisoning and clotting disorders (thrombocytopenia for example). A physical examination along with blood tests (to check platelet and other blood cell counts) and x-rays (to check for thoracic or abdominal foreign bodies) would be required to make a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog is an almost 1 year olf Shih-zu/Cocker Spaniel miz and during the week he has been making accidents on the floor. We thoug nothing of it until he threw up about 3 times (not all at one, whitin as spane of a couple days) i found black tarry poop i think from hesterday, but he pooped this morning and it seemed to be okay. He has been sluggish and not eating, and he has had a stomach infection before. He is picky with his food and doesnt eat much to begin with. Should i bring him in?

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Charlie
Pomeranian
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

If my dogs poo is black and tarry for a couple days but is brown and black the next, does that mean its nothing serious? he usually eats cooked chicken and rice

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Black tarry faeces may indicate the presence of blood due to the oxidation of the iron in the blood cells. When the blood is black, it indicates a bleed in the upper gastrointestinal system or in the respiratory system (which gets swallowed). The most common cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding is ulcers; other signs to look out for are abdominal pain, lethargy and vomiting. If the problem persists, it may be worth getting Charlie checked over by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a German shepherd and has arthritis and I have her a naproxen and three days latter bloody stool she is 12 years old

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Bella
Maltese
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My dog has been throwing up and I noticed her stool is really loose and black
She seems fine she's still happy and enjoys her walks but she hasn't been wanting to eat
Also I notice she vomits mostly at night

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically the black faeces would be due to digested blood, usually from a bleed in the upper gastrointestinal tract system or respiratory system. A common source of bleeding is from gastric or duodenal ulcers (usually gastric bleeding would give vomit containing blood); other causes of black faeces may be due to eating food containing blood, tumours, clotting disorders, poisoning or foreign bodies. Since there are multiple different causes for the symptoms you describe, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to ensure that that kidney and liver function are OK and that there are no other clinical signs. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Orion
American Pit Bull Terrier
2 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination

My puppy's poop was black & tarry this morning but hes been perfectly fine these past couple of weeks. When we first got him he got in some rat poison so we took him to the vet and they induced vomiting and prescribed Vitamin K tablets. He was doing great after that but recently we've been giving him raw puppy food instead of his usual dry food, could that be the case?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Black tarry faeces indicates the presence of digested blood in the faeces (due to oxidation of iron) which would have originated in the upper gastrointestinal tract, the cause of this may be due to ulcers, infections, tumours, poisons, foreign bodies, platelet disorder, liver or kidney disease, respiratory tract bleeding (being swallowed and passed) or nutrition. Raw food diets may be the cause and the supposed solution to blood in the faeces; if there is raw meat in the diet, it may contain adequate blood to cause tarry faeces, alternatively the raw diet may be lacking in nutrients which may cause gastrointestinal bleeding. I always recommend feeding a commercially available complete diet unless medically necessary; many people are against commercial diets due to levels of wheat and other grains, but there is little evidence to support that grains are dangerous to animal (or human) health. I would try moving to a commercial pet food (unless prescribed a raw diet by your Veterinarian in which case speak to them first) to see if that resolves the issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Penny
Australian Shepherd
5 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Black Stool

My puppy unfortunately ate some plastic bottle 5 days ago and some rubber earlier today. She just had black stool (not tarry) but is otherwise completely normal (good energy, eats and drinks well). Should I be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there are no signs of pain, discomfort or behavioural changes, I would recommend keeping a close eye on Penny for the next 48 hours to ensure everything passes through without incident. Usually if a dog chews something like rubber, it may be best to induce vomiting as soon as you can with some medical hydrogen peroxide to get it out of her system. If chewing and eating objects is a favourite past time of Penny, I would recommend ensuring that there is nothing available for her to eat and chew except for her toys, I know this can be difficult, but it would be better for Penny in case she consumes something which would cause her more serious problems. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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maddie
ridgeback/lab
14
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Droopy Eye
Snoring
Hunger, polydipsia, polyuria, weight loss.
Frequent Urination
Sleeping all the time
Dramatic weight loss
Tarry Stool

Tarry, black feces, frequent urination with blood, weight loss, increased snoring, droopy eyes that drain. She is 14 years old. Has been treated for bladder infection x 3 and constipation with no relief. X ray showed no tumor or blockage in intestine. We think its most likely cancer and due to her age we do not want to put her thru a bunch of test. Do you have any suggestions to keep her comfortable until her time comes?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Fourteen years old is a good age. I am concerned about the black tarry faeces which would indicate that Maddie has a bleed in her upper gastrointestinal tract or respiratory tract which is being swallowed and digested. If she is having weight loss due to loss of appetite, giving her Pepcid (50mg would be enough for her) and a simple diet of boiled chicken and rice may help her. At Maddie’s age, you need to evaluate if she is suffering and if prolonging her life is in her best interest or your own. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spaz
Chihuahua
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Black Stool
Vomiting
Weight Loss
Loss of Appetite
Fatigue
Always itiching

I'm on vacation and my dog got sick she has black stool she's vomiting sometimes the vomit is brown that looks like root beer she has lack of appetite she's losing weight she's fatigue and she's always itching herself should I wait and take her into my regular vet when I get back in 4 days or take her to a vet now out here

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Black tarry faeces is indicative of digested blood in the stool which may be indicative of a foreign body, poisoning, parasites, tumours, gastric ulcers among other causes; given the severity of the symptoms and that she is also vomiting, it would be best to visit a local Veterinarian now as dehydration may complicate some conditions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Samson
English mastiff
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomits sometimes
Black Stool
Decreased Exercise Tolerance

Medication Used

Pepsid

My dog has esophagus desease, where he can't eat solid food, we have to purée all his food. He is 13 year old Mastiff. He recently is having black stool every now and then. Could his esophagus be bleeding?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for black tarry stool (presence of the digested blood) including bleeding oesophagus (or anywhere else in the gastrointestinal tract), infections, parasites, poisoning, medicine side effects, tumours, foreign bodies (and other obstructions) or other conditions. Be careful when giving some medications like Pepto-Bismol as it may turn the stool black causing a misdiagnosis. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to check Samson over to ensure that there isn’t something serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
Alaskan Malamute
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Black Diarrhea
Not eating food
Drinking lots of water

Hi. Today when I was walking simba he pooped out 2 pieces of black poop. I am concerned about this. So I googled it and it says he has internal bleeding. I live in 29 palms, California and I want to know the estimation on the price for the vet. Also, should I feed him more food?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am not familiar with Twentynine Palms, CA; but generally an examination would cost around $60 to $100 plus the cost of any x-rays for foreign bodies or blood tests for clotting disorders which can run another few hundred ($500), for a more accurate price call your local Veterinarian’s office. Dark faeces may be due to bleeding or due to some dietary change, black faeces would indicate an upper gastrointestinal tract issue since the blood is digested which may cover foreign bodies, ulcers etc… Feeding small portions of boiled rice and chicken will ensure that the stomach isn’t empty and administering Pepcid (famotidine) at a dose of 0.25mg/lb before meals may reduce acid in the stomach until you visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Alfred
Maltese
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Black Stool

Today my dog had diarrhea in the morning and then in the middle of the day black tarry poop. He didn't seem himself in the morning but by the afternoon he was back to his old self again. I did give him wet dog food (beef) which I think he might be allergic too. Is this a serious concern?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Black tarry faeces is indicative of digested blood caused by a bleed in the gastrointestinal tract or upper respiratory tract (or eating raw meat). If Alfred’s stool looks normal and his activity is good, keep an eye on him; if you notice the tarry faeces again visit your Veterinarian as it may be a sign of infection, foreign body, parasites, poisoning or cancer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tommy
German Shepherd
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Yellow urination
Black poop
Vomiting blood

Hello, my dog Tommy has not been feeling well since about a week now he has been vomiting blood and pooping is in black His urine is also yellow. What should i do??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible causes for the vomiting of blood and the presence of black tarry faeces including stomach ulcers, foreign bodies or poisoning to name a few. Since Tommy has been sick for over a week, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to have a look as there are many different possible causes and some Pepcid before a bland meal may not be enough. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Turky
Labrador Retriever
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Carbo

Previously I said that My pet is suffered by carbo. How to cure it. He dose not take any food. And feel vary weak Please suggest me what food or diet I followed for my pet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Your previous question didn’t mention carbo; I do not know of carbo but are you referring to Parvo which is a viral disease which affects puppies and unvaccinated dogs? Parvo has no cure, only supportive and symptomatic treatment which includes intravenous fluid therapy, antibiotics to help against secondary infection and medication to vomiting (antiemetics) etc… Hydration is the key, ensuring that Turky remains hydrated and gets antibiotics (I cannot legally mention which) would give him the best chance of a successful recovery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jellybean
Labradoodle
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Black Stool
Vomiting

My dog managed to chew some type of plastics while I was at work. That 1st day he vomited the piece of plastic, later vomited 2 more times, a white foamy substance. His mood was really sad and fatigued and had a loss of appetite. The next day he was back to his normal happy self, eating and playing. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When a dog eats plastic, it is possible that the plastic has sharp edges which may damage the inside of the gastrointestinal tract and lead to bleeding; if there is a larger piece it is more likely that it is causing the bleeding. If Jellybean is behaving normally, it may pass easily; I would recommend that if it continues you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Turky
Labrador Retriever
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Red urine
Urine is mixed with blood , horse have jaundice

My dog is suffered serious health problem. He is 3years old labrador. From 3 day he dose not take any food, gradually he feel very week. His stool is dark, and urine is dark redish. And vomiting tendency. I live in rural India, there have niether pet hospital nor vetenory doctor. So please give me suggesion how to recover from this decese.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand that veterinary care in some parts of the world may be difficult to reach but I cannot legally recommend any specific prescription medicine to you as I haven’t examined Turky and I am not sure about the underlying cause. The symptoms you have described may be due to poisoning, severe infection, tumours, trauma, food spoilage among other causes; all I can recommend is to ensure that Turky keeps hydrated (you may need to use a syringe to give water to his mouth), offering some unflavoured Pedialyte and make him comfortable. I do not know if this is poisoning, infection or another cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Today I consult a doctor, he told that Turky is suffered by carbo. Stomach infection . Now how to I care him. Please suggest me. And give me some suggestions regarding his diet .

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Ej
Shih Tzu
1 Year
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

None as of yet

Hello my shitzu had some dark stool today with blood when I came home
From work .. he is eating/ drinking like his normal self and playing ! Should I be considered or check for his next stools to see if this persist ? Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The presence of blood in the stool can be a one off event or part of a more serious condition; blood in the stool can be caused by foreign bodies, inflammation, tumours, poisoning, trauma, stomach ulcers etc… If you continue to notice blood, visit your Veterinarian for an examination.  Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Star
Husky pit begal mix
15 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Weight Loss
Weakness
Vomiting
Diarrhea, lethargy

I have a 15 week old puppy who hasn't been acting right the last few days. She hasn't been eating. She drinks but only a little. Today she has what looks like black tarry stool and seems to be throwing up blood. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different possible causes for black tarry stool and vomiting blood including infections, foreign bodies, gastric ulcers or poisoning to name a few. Given Star’s young age, I would highly recommend visiting your Veterinarian as soon as possible as treatment would be dependent on the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
Jack Russell Terrier
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

pain is present
complete loss of appetite
drowsy, black stool , clear vommiting

Good day Dr. my name is Jeandre our Jackrussel sadly passed away today her name was Ruby , the symptoms started yesterday , (the day before yesterday she was still playfull) when we arrived from work we saw that she look very off and took her to the vet right away, the vet said to us it looks like a problem in the abdominal area , he gave her a couple of shots and said we can take her home for observation and if nothing changes we must come back, when we arrived at home she did not whant to eat anything and was very drowsy we tired to give het a small piece of steak but was not interested at all , she took a small walk and pooped , her poop was like dark black, grey and slobby, we also saw a square piece in the stool and did not think much of it as she also eats dog food pellets , the smell was very bad , she also vommited like a clear watery substance i think two times, we too her back to the vet this moring and the vet inserted a tempreture pen from behind , while it was her he felt and squeezed in the abdominal area then pen ejected like she pooped(because of the squeez) red blood was present .He then booked her in and we also told him no budget applied as we just want our dog Ruby to be healthy again, we metioned to him he must maby to a sonar or some kind of a visual test to see if there is any obstruction inside the dog wich he never did , whe got the phone call from the vet telling us that your dog passed away , whe asked for a autopsy report and it was said that the dog had clostridium backteria , then me and my father desided to go to the vet to hear what he means , they took Ruby out laid her on the bed and he said that the intestins i think the small one (was about as thick as my pinky) was like dark light red for about 4 inches long visable from the outside of the intestine, he cutted open the red intestins and there was blood present like red blood, please advise on your thought what happed to our Beloved Ruby

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Condolences on your loss, severe infections like Clostridium spp can cut a dog down in their prime quite quickly. The treatment has to be directed specifically towards that bacteria and the prognosis is guarded. I don’t really have anything further to add, your Veterinarian showed and explained Ruby’s condition and her cause of death. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gonzo
Dachshund
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Diarrhea
Depression
snorting
Tarry Stool

Medication Used

No medications were prescribed

Tippy our 15 yrs old husky passed away 2 days ago. Gonzo our 15 yrs old dachshund mix is now having these tarry feces with blood. The odor is like something dead. He also snorts & makes noises when he sleeps. Could this just be from him losing his lifetime companion? Part of his grieving process. His eating is minimal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Losing a life long companion can be very stressful, but there are many causes of black tarry faeces in dogs including stress, infection, foreign bodies, tumours, poisoning, parasites etc… I would take Gonzo to his Veterinarian to be on the safe side especially if the cause of Tippy’s death is unknown. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Tippy's death was age related. But I am going to get Gonzo checked as soon as I can. Thank you.

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Dollor
German Shepherd
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Black Diarrhea
Vomiting

My dogs has poop black and loose he has not eaten anything for one day and now he is eating it .He enjoyed his walk at morning and very active.
Also few days ago due to fight with other dog he got hurt at mouth and got bleeding from mouth but after some time he was completely fine .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Black faeces is attributable to the presence of digested blood, it may be that Dollor consumed a lot of blood when his mouth was bleeding which got digested. Other causes of black stools are infections, foreign objects, parasites, poisoning among other causes; you should keep Dollor hydrated and give a bland diet of chicken and rice in small regular portions. If you see no improvement in condition you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nielei
Rottweiler
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing

My Rottie recently had ACL surgery, since then the vet put her on heavy dutie mess for 2 months. She has lost 30 lbs. when she poops it is like tar, she won't eat much, has nose bleeding, mucus drawing from her eyes. Possibly swallowed an ant trap! Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Many non-steroidal antiinflammatories (meloxicam, carprofen etc…) may cause gastrointestinal ulceration during long-term use; you should visit your Veterinarian immediately to discuss the presences of digested blood in the faeces to determine if Nielei continues on the current course of treatment along with some symptomatic care to control the presence of blood or to change the approach to pain management. If you suspect that Nielei has consumed an ant trap, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shady
Yorkshire Terrier
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dark stools
Vomiting

Hi i have a 1 year old yorkie on tuesday nite my dog started vomiting all nite by wednesday morning he had stopped ,slept most of the day with no eating or drinking by that evening he tried to play but not for long he did go to make three bowel movements and urinate ,i gave him ice and he only took water by syringe ,tried giving him pedialite water but he didn't like the fruit flavor got some pepto bismol gave him less than half a teaspoon ,he slept the entire night peacefully thursday morning he went to the bathroom and had dark stool sticky ,seemed better than day before a little more active today he is drinking water and feed him boiled chicken and rice he ate all of it but now drinking water on his own he even is humping his toy lol ,still has dark stool if he continues to get better and stool gets back normal in a few days should i still be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly, Pepto Bismol can cause the stools to look black and tarry which can cause people to panic either about themselves if they’ve taken it or their four legged family member. Other causes of black tarry stool are gastrointestinal bleeding which may be caused by infection, foreign bodies, poisoning, parasites etc… Keep an eye on Shady and stop giving Pepto Bismol and check the stool; if the black tarry stool persist or you see no improvement visiting your Veterinarian. Try feeding boiled chicken and rice to try to calm the stomach down. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ralph
Austrillan shepard
13 Weeks
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Lergetic
Not eating

Have a 13 week old Australian Shepherd pup he got sick about a week ago and I got him better yesterday I noticed him looking sick again now he is pooping tary stool and just laying around he did drink some water and I gave him some sugar water and Gatorade

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst Gatorade isn’t particularly harmful, it does have a high salt content and Pedialyte would be a better option than Gatorade for future reference. There are various causes of black tarry faeces including foreign bodies, poisoning, gastric ulcers, upper respiratory tract bleed (which in turn is swallowed), eating bloody meat, severe infections and parasites. Given Ralph’s you age, it would be advisable to take him to visit his Veterinarian first thing Monday morning for a checkup to make sure there is nothing more serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tank
Mixed maybe daughtsen, pit
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My dog has been having loose to very runny dark tarrey looking liquid diarrhea for a couple of weeks, he's also been passing an unusual amount of gas & it's very strong in odor. He seems to be having increasing episodes where he paces, pants, winces/wines & seems very distressed. His abdominal area seems bloated & firm. Gas X seems to help him a while but not long. I have no money really but I want to help him out. I love this dog he's truly my reason for getting up every day.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dark tarry stool usually indicates the presence of digested blood which may have originated from the upper gastrointestinal tract or the respiratory system. The treatment would be dependent on the primary condition which may be gastrointestinal ulcers, trauma, infections, poisoning, kidney failure, liver failure, clotting disorders, foreign bodies and tumours; each condition would have a different treatment. Whilst I recommend you visit your Veterinarian, a low cost option to try is to give Pepcid at a dose of 0.25mg/lb twice per day for a week with a bland diet specifically for gastrointestinal disorders; if you see no improvement within a week or Tank’s condition worsens, please visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maggi
Pomeranian
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

blood vomit black stool

My dog is about 8 years old, breed is Pomeranian, yesterday there was blood vomit and black stool, she vomited today twice(not blood vomit) and stool is still black. She isn't eating anything. what might be the problem?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Maggi isn’t eating anything, it may be that she has gastric ulcers which would cause blood in the vomit and for there to be black tarry stool due to digested blood. You could try changing her diet to boiled chicken and rice; 30 minutes before food give Pepcid AC (famotidine) at a dose of 0.25mg/lb twice per day. Other causes may be due to foreign bodies, poisoning, infections, tumours, parasites among other causes; if you see no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I met with a Veterinarian, he gave trenaxa 250mg and cremaffin plus.
He advised me to give 1tsp of cremaffin plus and 1 tablet of trenaxa twice a day, for three days.
Is it okay?
Also she was given medication(in the form of injection) for fleas.
There is no vomit today, so can medication for fleas be the cause for not eating anything?

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Jury
German Shepherd
8 Years
Moderate condition
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I have an 8 year old German Shepherd. She began vomiting yellow bile I believe with spatters of blood three days ago. Last even she drank quite a bit but within a short period of time she vomitted everything up and it was heavy with blood. 12 hours later she has very runny stools that look like rasberry bluberry jam . There was a hard small object in her stools which I retrieved. It looks like a small acorn. but red in colour. She is not herself but will walk and engage if asked. Worrying it is serious to rush to emergency or can wait.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When a Veterinarian hears or reads the words ‘stools that look like raspberry jam’ or similar phraseology we immediately think of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis; I would highly recommend you visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian for a check over as this can be a serious condition if not managed and treatment appropriately. I cannot confirm that it is hemorrhagic gastroenteritis but I cannot take the chance that it is not based on the vomiting and the raspberry stools. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/hemorrhagic-gastroenteritis

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Ky
Siberian Husky
8 Months
Mild condition
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we have an 8 month Siberian husky i feed her cooked chicken consisting of 3 meals a day primarily semi-big portion morning, light meal around lunch and semi-big for evening. I give occasionally throughout the week small peeled apple quarter segment of a small apple, 4 or 5 blueberries cut into quarters, randomly water melon 10 small chunks, 1 segment of orange cut into small pieces mixed with 2 table spoons of natural yogurt. This is not every day, every other 2/3 days with the above change fruit. However, last day or so noticed her stools are black ,, eats well, drinks water and exercises well, is Tarry Feces dangerous for a husky and what is the best thing to do. I have read the above and most common response is take to your vets.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Black tarry faeces is caused by digested blood in the stool (or some medicines like Pepto-Bismol if given); this may be caused by infections, colitis, stomach ulcers, foreign bodies, poisoning or ingestion of a bloody meal. Most cases are best to be seen by a Veterinarian as the underlying cause may be detrimental to health (and life) if they progress. A wait and see approach may be taken; but don’t wait long especially if other symptoms like fever, pain or vomiting presents. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tank
Great Pyrenees
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tarry Stool

For the last week or so my dogs stool has been kind of dark reddish greasy looking and it dries solid black and it smells god awful. He is eating normally, drinking normally, no sigh of abdominal pain or distress, has no fever and no signs of Anemia, no lethargy, no vomiting.

Sadly I can't afford a vet trip right now just had to spend $500 to replace our stove that shorted out. Any suggestions as to what I could possibly do to try and help him give him yogurt or rice or something would be greatly welcome.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Tank is in otherwise good spirits, I would suggest moving him across to a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice to see if this will reset any gastrointestinal issues he may be having. There are various causes for black faces and is either caused by internal bleeding or from the consumption of something containing blood (raw meat for example); if a bland diet doesn’t help then a visit to your Veterinarian may be required to get to the bottom of the cause. Other causes may be parasites, anal gland disorders, toxins among other issues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your advice I shall do what you advise and see what happens

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Rosco
Boxer
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Rosco turned 5 in April. Starting last January he has lost a significant amount of weight, 115 down to 7o then 60 and last check 52. He is vomotting whole foods. He has horrible anxiety and eats constant trash. There is nothing he won't eat. We do monitor and redirect him but he is sneaky. Had him to vet continuously with normal blood work and stool samples. Gave him a heart check and x rays,and kidney tests with nothing showing. Gave him Xanax and liquid drops for anxiety with no help. Ran a dose of antibiotics and worm medication to be on safe side. Acts completely normal and shows no sign of pain or discomfort. Every bone is showing,urination accidents are mini puddles with 2 inch thick foamy urine that is dark yellow. He eats and drinks normal, goes to bathroom regularly. Now his stools are black. Still loosing weight. Vomitting all over at random times. Tried just rice and chicken diet, then rice and burger diet. No change in food or anything. At a loss of things to do or try.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It certainly sounds like some type of malabsorption syndrome, there are many different types of malabsorption and it would require further testing to diagnose the specific problem. I would try giving Rosco some digestive enzymes or feeding him a little fresh pancreas each day along with his regular food for a few weeks to see if that has any effect. Given the severe level of weight loss, I would advise that you visit an Internal Medicine Specialist for a more detailed examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/intestinal-malabsorption www.msdvetmanual.com/digestive-system/diseases-of-the-stomach-and-intestines-in-small-animals/malabsorption-syndromes-in-small-animals

Sounds like a lab we had, found out he was vegetarian. Put on red potatoes with frozen mixed veggies, some uncooked oats or brown rice or quinoa mixed in. With in a few weeks, all problems gone and Beautiful blue black coat from there on out.

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Xena
Great Dane
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dark stools
Blood

I have an 8 1/2 mo old dane pup. She is an aggressive chewed and toy destroyer. Sometime between Weds bedtime and Thursday morning she vomited some kibble. When I got home Thursday afternoon there was Liquid in her crate it was rather thick so I'm not quite sure if it was urine vomit or a very very loose stool but it was apparent that there was blood in it. I noticed tonight, Saturday, that her feces is very dark in color almost black. She recently had a new toy in her crate that she destroyed very quickly made out of fire hose. On a side note my older Dane (almost 1 and a half y.o.) has thrown up about 4 times today no visible blood though. I will note that a new bag of food was purchased and opened Wednesday. Can I get a timeline of what to expect if the bleeding is from a foreign body? Could it be passed on its own? How long should I wait before rushing to the vet? Also, I know foods often have recalls, how do I know if it's the food? I should add, both dogs are acting normal otherwise. Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Foreign bodies may cause issues immediately or they may take a longer period of time, there is no fixed timeline for foreign bodies. I was just looking at the composition of fire hoses and whilst many are made of rubber and textile, some are made with brass-plated steel wire reinforcements which may cause severe bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract in consumed; if Xena is partial to eating anything and everything it would be best to take her to your Veterinarian for an examination and x-ray to see if there is anything found. Food recalls can be found usually on the manufacturer's website but it would also be best to check the two links below for the FDA and AVMA’s pages on food recalls in the USA. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/safetyhealth/recallswithdrawals/
www.avma.org/News/Issues/recalls-alerts/Pages/pet-food-safety-recalls-alerts.aspx

My dog is 5 months and for the past 2-3 weeks her poop have been black. She goes 3x a day like clockwork and acts normal. Should I be worried?

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Doug
Corgi
3 Years
Mild condition
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Hi-- my 3 year old corgi had a very loose stool yesterday, followed by an almost frothy light brown/light pink stool. He didn't want to eat anything yesterday, but after eating some rice in chicken broth today, he had a black tarry stool. It's possible that I've exposed him to mold from a plastic watering can that I've been using to refill his water bowl. Could mold cause this problem? Energy level is fine, mild nose drip, appetite is back to normal. Any suggestions?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are some types of mold which can cause gastrointestinal upset with bloody diarrhoea and some may even be fatal; frothy diarrhoea is normally indicative of a bacterial infection and the pink frothy part may be caused by some bleeding and later tarry stools. Bacterial infection, viral infection, mold, parasites, colitis, foreign objects among other causes may be the underlying cause; if you are seeing improvement in Doug’s condition, I would keep feeding him rice and chicken broth as you are doing. Also, stop topping up his water with that watering can and make sure him water bowl is rinsed out and washed regularly. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement in stool quality. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/water-mold-infection-pythiosis

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T
Mastiff
15 Months
Fair condition
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My dog has stool that is half light brown and half dark, dark, brown (almost like maroon to black but not quite black). It is formed stool but sometimes a little dry/hard. But other times it's soft. It's probably the last 3 bowel movements that have been half light brown and half dark brown/maroon. He's acting fine and eating fine. I have not changed his food recently and he does not get table scraps. Could this be from allergies? He is also on a high quality grain-free dog food. Thanks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Usually the presence of digested blood would give faeces a sort of sticky consistency, if you are noticing a little bit of a maroon colour it may indicate a bleed somewhere in the gastrointestinal tract which may be caused by a few possible causes including infections, parasites, colitis, foreign objects, poisoning, dietary sensitivity (grain free doesn’t mean trouble free) among other issues. I would keep an eye on T, but if the stool continues like this I would take a sample to your Veterinarian for an examination as well as a physical for T to determine if there is anything to be concerned about. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Toby
Shipoo
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loose Bowel Movements

when dogs poop is not hard for several days should I be alarmed? Also, pooping more often than usual with gas. Dog does not seem to be in any pain and his nose is cold. He is still eating and moving around fine. Can dogs catch viruses? Conditions are like that.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Toby. If he is still eating, not vomiting and his energy and appetite are normal, his soft stools don't sound like an emergency. If there is blood in his stool he needs to be seen today by your veterinarian. There are many causes for soft stool, including parasites, dietary indiscretion, food intolerance, and intestinal infections. He should be examined by your veterinarian to determine the cause of the soft stool and treat any problems that might be there. I hope that he recovers well!

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Dollor
German Shepherd
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting
Blood In Stool

My dog's stool has mucas and blood with diarrhea. I have searched over Internet I think he is suffering from IBD. He is also vommiting and not eating anything . He is active while he goes on walk. But after that he sleep all the time. I think he also have pain in stomach

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Causes of Dollor's signs include parasites, intestinal infection, partial foreign bodies, systemic disease, food intolerance, and cancer. It would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian to try and narrow down the possible causes of what is going on with him so that he can get treated and start feeling better.

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Zeus
Boxer
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood in diareah

My dog ate chicken bones he took from trash. Today he vomited some bones and then he pooped diarreah with red bright blood, the last two times have been very dark like black blood. we don't have money but we don't want to lose him either. Suggestions?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cooked chicken bones are brittle and when swallowed broken can cause gastrointestinal irritation, bleeding and in severe cases puncture the stomach or intestines which is a life threatening condition or fatal if not seen by a Veterinarian. Fresh blood indicates bleeding in the lower gastrointestinal tract and black tarry faeces indicates digested blood. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and x-ray to see if there is any issues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Queenie
American Bulldog
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tarry Stool
Blood In Stool

Hello my 4 month old American bulldog had been having tarry diarrhea for the past 2 days with blood. My fiancé gave her a 600 mg naproxen ( which I am highly upset about) based on her weight she should have about 60 mg ( I worked for vetcentric) he doses her as a human without consulting me. I called animal poison control I don’t have any additional funds to hospitalize her until next week possibly, but I don’t want her suffering until then what Can I do to help with the symptoms? What Can I do to protect her gi? She’s still the same happy playful puppy that I want her to stay please help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. With that dosage of Naproxen, it is likely that Queenie is suffering GI bleeding from the drug, and needs supportive care from your veterinarian. Not everything can be treated at home with OTC medications - she needs to see her veterinarian to assess whether she needs IV fluids, or stomach protectants, or further supportive care. There are many veterinary clinics that offer a 'free first exam', and they may be able to offer affordable supportive care. Also, most clinics offfer CareCredit to offer funding for unexpected expenses. It is important that she be treated. I hope that she is okay.

Thank you so much I appreciate the fast response

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Lucy
Labrador Retriever
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

eats grass, tar like diarrhea

My 8 year old yellow lab has a history of refusing to eat and instead going outside and eating grass. When she does this her stool is black and tar like with long pieces of grass. It also is not formed and diarrhea like. I have mentioned this to her vet, but he was not concerned. This behavior is now occurring about once a week, and she often will go 1-2 days without eating dog food. However, she will take handouts of people food which is not something that is offered normally. Her activity level is normal.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Tarry, black stool is typically a little concerning, as it often indicates the presence of digested blood, from a stomach ulcer or otherwise. Your veterinarian can test her stool for occult blood, and see if she is actually having a problem. There are diagnostic tests available such as x-ray, endoscopy, or ultrasound that may be able to shed light on what might be going on in her stomach and intestines. I hope that you are able to find a cause for this inappetance.

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Maxi
Siberian Husky
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tarry Stool

Medication Used

Famotidine
metronidazole
Gabapentin
Amoxicillin

My dog had abdominal surgery due to a bowel obstruction to include a bowel resection. Status post 6 days later her stool is tarry black. She is currently on a prescription soft food diet. She did loose about half of her weight during the whole process. Her demeanor is upbeat and she is eating. Is this normal or should I be concerned?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Tarry, black stool usually indicates digested blood in the GI tract. I'm not sure how extensive Maxi's surgery was, and there may be some bleeding expected from the surgery. If she is doing well otherwise, that is great news, and it would be a good idea to give your veterinarian a call, let them know that you are still seeing dark tarry stools and if you should be concerned, as they know more about the details of her surgery. It isn't normal generally, but may be expected after her surgery.

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Simba
Pomeranian
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Black poop
Loss of Appetite

My pom has not been acting his usual self for around 5 days, he has a loss of appetite but will eat little amounts, he has also been panting a lot.
Two days ago he had runny black poop and yesterday a solid black. Today he hasn’t had a poop and is still panting.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally black faeces is due to the presence of digested blood, but other causes for black faeces may come from other sources; however, black runny stool and a loss of appetite may be caused by infections, parasites, poisoning, colitis, foreign objects among other causes. You should keep an eye on Simba for the time being and visit your Veterinarian if there are not improvements; feeding a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice for a few days may help. However if you suspect there may be a possibility of poisoning or foreign object you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Destiny
Pit bull mix
9 Days
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dark stool
Gas

Hello, I have an orphaned newborn puppy about a week old. Someone had thrown her outside in the snow with her sibling and when we rescued her, one of them had already passed and she was nearly frozen solid. We got her temperature back to normal and took her home. The last three days she has been fine. Eating well and stuff like that. Only concern is her stool. It's a dark brown color, nearly black, and it of a tarry consistency. We have considered Melena but she's not really weak and as I said before, she's eating fine. She did have a little bIt of trouble passing stool, but that issue was solved because we was feeding her too often. We do think it has something to do with gas, and we have been burping her, but I'm not sure what else to do! Any home remedies that can help? Where hse's a rescue, we can't afford a vet right now but if you have good estimate of price that would be very helpful!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Puppies are prone to parasites, and her intestines may have been damaged from being so cold. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her and determine what might be going on with her so that she can get treated, or dewormed, whichever she needs. Cost of veterinary care varies by region, so I'm not sure what an estimate of care might be, but many clinics do offer a 'free first exam', and that might help to have her seen and at least know what you might be dealing with. I hope that she does well.

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Simba
Pomeranian
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Black poop
Loss of Appetite

My pom has not been acting his usual self for around 5 days, he has a loss of appetite but will eat little amounts, he has also been panting a lot.
Two days ago he had runny black poop and yesterday a solid black. Today he hasn’t had a poop and is still panting.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally black faeces is due to the presence of digested blood, but other causes for black faeces may come from other sources; however, black runny stool and a loss of appetite may be caused by infections, parasites, poisoning, colitis, foreign objects among other causes. You should keep an eye on Simba for the time being and visit your Veterinarian if there are not improvements; feeding a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice for a few days may help. However if you suspect there may be a possibility of poisoning or foreign object you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Destiny
Pit Bull Terrier Mix
10 Days
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Deworming
Burping

How old can you begin to deworm puppies? Also, how do I know if I'm burping my puppy correctly? I gently tap her and sometimes she let's out small puffs of air...I honestly don't know what sound I'm looking for...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Puppies should be wormed at two weeks, then at two week intervals until twelve weeks and then every three months; different products can be used at different ages and your location will vary the products available. Visit your local pet shop an ask about an all round wormer for puppies two weeks old; many products are for pups three weeks or older (Drontal Plus for example) so shop around. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frolick
sheepoo
6 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

black and brown stool

Hello,
I am looking for an answer or response of anything OTHER THAN go to my local vet.
I am trying to ease my mind. I do not believe I need to be stressed but my dog is a 11 pound SheePoo who is six years old this year. Always has been healthy. He is currently still eating and drinking normally. However, two days ago he pooped everywhere in the house ( not like him) All normal poops except for one diarrhea spot that had- two light pink mucus in it. After those two days, he had one hard black poop and then normal brown poop the rest of the day with only 2 DROPS of wet splats. He is still active even today. What should i attempt to do before i take him to the vet to try and ease his tummy? There is no white spots in his stool. Nothing poking out like strings or anything foreign. And his diet has remained the same. He has not gotten into anything that I know of in the house.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. From your description of recent bowel movements, it actually sounds like Frolick's stools are returning to normal after that one bout of diarrhea. He may have eaten something that you weren't aware of that upset his stomach. If he continuse to eat normally, doesn't have any vomiting, and seems his normal self, you should be okay monitoring his stools for continued improvement. The dark tarry stool shows that there was digested blood in his intestinal tract, and if those continue, or the blood continues, or the diarrhea isn't resolving, then he actually should be seen by your veterinarian, as there are too many variables to decide what might be happening over an email, without examining him. I hope that he continues to improve.

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Boo
Labrador Retriever
3 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Diareha few days back
Black Stool
Vomiting

My dog was sick because of a tick bite few months back and had gotten an injection for it. He had fever few times after that but the vet told us thta tick illness takes a bit long to heal. He is an outside doggie so roams around in the garden and probably eats a lot of junk. Recently, He had loose stool few days back, and seemed a bit low that day. Today he did black stool and even vomitted a little undigested food but seems energetic as always. He ocasionaly swallows bees for some reason which makes him a bit sick.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Black tarry stool and vomiting aren't necessarily signs of tick-borne disease, and Boo should probably be seen by your veterinarian for a recheck to make sure that he is okay. If it is possible that he ate something that he shouldn't, he may need medical therapy for that. Your veterinarian will be able to assess him, determine what might be going on, and recommend any therapy that he might need. I hope that he is okay.

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Kira
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Black tarry stools
teeth grinding

Kira was on anti inflammatory medication about 2 months ago for stiff joints. Kira grinds her teeth sometimes when sleeping and sounds like she has excess saliva in her mouth as she swallows a lot. Sometimes she flinches when we go to stroke her and she jumps from her bed when sleeping as if she felt a sharp pain.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From your description of the things that Kira is doing, it seems that she may have something going on with her GI tract. Given her age, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, and perhaps have some testing done, to see what is going on with her. They'll be able to determine what is happening and recommend any treatment that she may need. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Mia
Cockapo
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Clear Drainage

My ten year old cockapoo was diagnosed with a tumor in her nasal cavity. Removal is not an option because it is too close to the brain. An we opt out of radiation or chemo. She was diagnosed in May because of nose bleeds. We have her on Yunnan Baiyao and the nose bleeds stopped. This past Saturday she had the worst nose bleed that we could not stop. Finely did but loss a lot of blood. So my question is, is she suffering? She sleeps most of the time. Does get a burst of energy for about five minutes. Still eats but has loss four pounds since May. Stools have been black and tar like. My husband is having a hard time with making a decision to let Mia go because she still plays on occasions. She is on piroxicam. Is she hurting? The only thing they can do now is a cat scan but the hospital said they usually only do that if we are going to do treatment. My regular vet was concern from the beginning that it would eat away at the bone. She has leakage all the time. Some clear and most mixed with blood. Any advice? I just don’t want her suffering. Terrible quality of life.
Shelly

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Mia, I can't advise you on whether she is suffering, but it doesn't sound like her life is very much fun. It is hard to make that decision, but we have to remember that the decision is for her, not for us, and it can be selfish of us to make our pets stay longer than they should when we have a kind way to end their suffering. It would be best to have Mia examined by a veterinarian, as they will give you an honest opinion on her quality of life, and can guide you as to the right decision .

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Izzy
chow/pitbull/sharpei
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

drinks alot water
Black stool.
Loss of Appetite

MY dog Izzy is 13 yrs old she doesn't eat except dry chicken jerky strips for dogs. she seems to be drinking a lot water but refuses to eat and I have tried different types of dog food plus can dog food. went as far as cooking up hamburger and rice she ate a couple of bites but that's it. she has black stool but not tarry and seems to be less active. she lots her brother last sept 2017 not sure that has anything to do with this because she was eating fine then and after her brother passed. She is fixed. We tried to bring her out of her funk since she loves kittens we got one now she just shakes when ever cat is near. What do you suggest. I'm kind of hoping you'll say get rid of the cat.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I don't think that the cat is the problem, unfortunately! Izzy needs to be seen by a veterinarian, and probably have some lab work to see what is happening with her. Your veterinarian will be able to help determine what might be going on with her and recommend any necessary treatment. I hope that she is okay.

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Rubio
Yourkshire Terrier
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Black Diahrrea and blood in his vom
Black Diahrrea

Can warm milk help? Any supplements I can get from a pet store? Visiting the vet is to expensive and I don’t have the money for it at this point. What should I do??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Rubio is vomiting blood, and having blood in his stool, he needs to have medical attention, as there are some things that cannot be cured at home. Many clinics offer a free first exam that would allow you to have him seen, and most clinics offer CareCredit to help with unexpected expenses. I hope that he is okay.

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Sandy
Cairin Terrior
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Black tarry stool

Background: My dog was previously on heart meds for a short time. We think it was the doggie treats causing problems. Also in the past she was poisoned by eating a black walnut husk.
Last weekend she got out during a storm & was lost for two days without food or water. We also believe she abstained from eliminating waste. She was stuck on an embankment. When found she was extremely swollen & lethargic. The vet put her on Vetmedin & Lasix. She is almost back to her old self & swelling is gone, but she has black tarry stools. Could the stress on her heart have caused other organ damage?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Black tarry stools mean that she is bleeding somewhere in her upper GI tract. Given her very rough recent history, it would be best to have her rechecked by your veterinarian to make sure that she is okay, and determine if she needs any further treatment. I hope that she is okay.

I have taken my dog to the vets and all I get is he looks too well to be Ill. At best I get some expensive anti inflammatory medicine which really does nothing

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Nani
pit bull terrier
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Black Diarrhea
Diarrhea
Vomiting

I don’t have a lot of money for a vet visit in the start of the week, my dog started off with just regular diarrhea, then It turned a little bloody, & now it’s black. She’s acting the same, drinking water & eating the same, Ive given her pepto bismol & some pedialyte. She’s also been vomiting clear(sometimes yellow) fluids. She’s been on a rice & chicken diet since the start of her diarrhea. What should i do next?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Puppies are very susceptible to infectious diseases and parasites, and Nani may really need veterinary help. One major concern with her having that diarrhea and vomiting is the danger that she will become dehydrated. Many clinics do offer a 'free first exam' that may allow you to have her looked at and get a better idea as to what might be going on. It is positive that she is still eating and drinking, but she may need treatment for this problem.

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Bella
Yorkshire Terrier
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Black tarry diarrhoea

Medication Used

Loxicom and noroclav 250mg

I had my 5yrs old Yorkshire terror Bella to the vets on Tuesday and she prescribe loxicom and noroclav antibiotics due to some small lump in between her paws. She's not good on loxicom as it gives her diarrhoea and sometimes sickness. I took her back on Saturday as she was acting strange, very restless and stretching out her back legs when walking. Just as we were about to enter the vets she did her business which was diarrhoea and quite a lot for her. They checked her temperature and it was fine but since then she still has diarrhoea and it's black tarry looking and has been off her food. Also she smells of strong urine. I'm tempted to take her back if no improvement tomorrow.....I'm hoping this is due to the medication and not some of the more serious concerns

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Diarrhoea (with or without blood) and loss of appetite are possible side effects of using Loxicom (meloxicam); ensure that Bella is kept hydrated and visit your Veterinarian if you have any concerns. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.norbrook.com/media/1399/package-insert-loxicom-suspension.pdf

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Sammy
Golden Retriever
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination in small amount
Vomiting once
Sheding
Loss of Appetite
Lethargy
Hair Loss
Vomiting
Tarry Stool

my Dog Sammy has lost her appetite. she does not eat at all in evening. one day last week she was frequently urinating in small amount but next she became normal. but her appetite dint increase. she gets tired easily with 1 small round of walk or running. Her weight is not lost but she looks thin. she is now 8.5 kg and last week she was 7.5 kg . she is 3 month old.Her poop is tarry black. yesterday morning she had round worm in her poop. she was shredding which now reduced.I had given her albendazol after consulting the vet.Vet says its due to worm all these symptoms. her temperature is normal. 10 days ago she vomited once. since then she lost her appetite.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Parasites may cause similar symptoms, but other conditions like hormonal conditions, ectopic ureters (urination) among other condition may cause these symptoms. Without examining Sammy I cannot determine the underlying condition; you should give the treatment prescribed by your Veterinarian and follow up if there are no improvements. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks Doctor. As per my Vet recommendation , I gave Sammy Albendazol for de-worming. After that her poop is chocolate brown coat with yellow inside. he started eating normally and finished her food except for evening time . she is active. But she still gets tired with one round of running.

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Bruce
German Shepherd
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

my dog's feces came hard and brown at first but the last one came out black and a bit of green also its watery this night time. but he poop in the morning his stool was hard and brown. what might be the problem?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Bruce may have eaten something that he wasn't supposed to, or he may have parasites that are causing this problem. If the strange or soft stools continue, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can check his stool sample and determine what might be happening.

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Oso
German Shepherd mix terrier
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite
Lose stool
Runny black diarrhea

Medication Used

Tramadol
Muscle relaxers
Anti inflammatory medication

My dog was on medication to treat his spine arthritis he has. I took him to the vet on Tuesday morning (5/22/18) at 3am because I knew he was in alot of pain. They gave me muscle relaxers, anti inflammatory medicine, and pain killers for him to drink for the arthritis. He finished his medication Friday afternoon at 1pm and on Sunday Morning around 1am he started to have really runny black diarrhea. All thru Sunday he didn't eat but was drinking water and peeing normal. Monday (5/28/18) a week after he started the medication he had no appetite and still had blaxk runny diarrhea. It was till Tuesday afternoon at 2pm that he finally got around to eat a little bit of chicken and rice. Is this symptoms from the medication they gave him from the atheritis? Should I take him to the vet or should I wait a little bit to have the medication fully clear his system? Is this at all painful for him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Black faeces whether formed or diarrhoea may be due to the presence of digested blood; digested blood is normally due to a bleed in the upper gastrointestinal tract which may be caused by some types of anti inflammatory medication. I cannot say for certain whether this is due specifically to the treatment given or another cause without examining Oso first, but would recommend checking in with your regular Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My female gsd stool is blood and she has no hapetite amd she is vomiting and the ayes have turned to white

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Gus
Pug
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sticky stool

Hi, my dog is a little over a year an a half and he started having pain yesterday. He was shaking and breathing funny for a few hours but now he’s eaten normal and just seems to be tired. The thing that’s concerning me is that his stomach feels really hard and tense. I looked at his poop the last time he did and it seemed to be sticky, not like diarrhea Bu not like normal poop. I’m just worried because he does seem to be in a little pain but not constantly. I’m not able to afford a high bill at the vets so I’m not sure what to do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that Gus ate something that he wasn't supposed to that was causing that pain and strange bowel movement, or he may be having back or neck pain. If he continues to eat and drink normally and is improving, becoming less tense and painful, you may be able to monitor him for improvement. If he still seems painful or tense, or is shaking, or doesn't want to eat or interact with you, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian. They may be able to tell you quiet a bit with an examination, so I'm not sure that I would postpone a visit thinking that it may be a large expense. We generally try to work within people's budgets.

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Noddy
Pomeranian
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Black Stool
uneasiness
Lethargy
Weakness
Droopy eyes
loss of coordination
slight discharge
drinking excessive water
Vomiting

My Pomeranian is 15 and a half years old and has had a heart stroke about a year ago. About a month ago she suddenly stopped eating much and wouldn't poop at all. She finally pooped after about 5 days and it was Black, tarry, not runny at all but extremely stinky. Then she became fine for a while and her poop was irregular but wasn't as bad. And recently she started pooping black again and has had pretty serious indigestion in the past 3 days. Vet has already given her 3 injections and said she should be fine but her vomittings arent stopping. I'm really comcerned..She is also on meds for uterus infection, but hasn't eaten her med in 2 days but thats after her indigestion started..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Tiara sounds like she needs more intensive care that what she is currently on - her infection may be causing her GI problems, or they may be unrelated, but if she isn't taking her medications because of it, she may need surgery to get rid of that uterine infection, as those can be life threatening. If you aren't sure of how her situation is being handled, it would be a good idea to either discuss it with your veterinarian, or get a second opinion for Noddy.

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Zeno
Miniature Pinscher
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Black poop
Lethargy
Vomiting blood

My pup has been confined last August 10 because of parvo. I took him home August 13 but he still has his dextrose on. After an hour when we got home, he vomited a watery, dark red colored with brown powder like and little solids in it maybe the sized of red pepper seeds. Ever since we got home, he vomited 6-7 times already as of August 14 in the evening. And just now he pooped black and was shivering but it stopped a few minutes later. Is it related to his parvo? Or is it from another case/disease?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that these signs are most likely related to the Parvo virus, and Zeno may need further treatment. If he is vomiting that frequently, he will get dehydrated quickly. He may also have parasites that are contributing to this problem. He needs to go back to your veterinarian for a follow up and make sure that he is okay.

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