How does a vet treat black stool. My dog has symptoms of what has been described. Should I treat this as urgent?
Hi there and thanks for your question.I just have a few questions for you before I answer:Does your dog seem unwell at all, other than the black stool?Is the stool formed or diarrhea/soft?Is your dog on any medications?How is his appetite?How long have you noticed the black stool for?
Archie is 12 and active, walks with us every day, loves to play ball. I noticed this black stool a couple of days ago and thought it might go away. He still has his usual appetite. However, I think it might be wise to feed the rice and boiled chicken. He may have eaten something similar to one of the testimonials I read on your site. If you have any suggestions before I am able to visit his long time veterinarian, I would appreciate it.
OK, thanks for that info.There are a few possible reasons for black stool.If the stool is black and tarry it could be a sign of bleeding in the stomach. The most common cause for this is a stomach ulcer. However, we see some dogs who can get this if they have a bleeding issue caused by something they ate such as aspirin or rat poison.I have seen dogs have black stool for a few days for no apparent reason as well.While a vet visit does sound like a good idea, you likely don't need to rush in for an emergency visit as long as he is bright and happy. I think feeding him chicken and rice for a few days is a good idea. Also, you can give him some pepcid which will help his stomach (and won't hurt if there is no problem). You can read about dosing here:Pepcid dosing
If the stools are still black by Monday then a vet visit is a good idea. An emergency visit would be necessary if you see any of the following: lethargy, inappetence, vomiting (especially if the vomit looks like coffee grounds), pale or white looking gums.I hope this information helps.