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my dog has been vomiting and has a black tar stool

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my dog has been vomiting and has a black tar stool
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 2 years ago.

vetdeb :

Hi, I'm Dr. Deb. I will do my best to assist you today.

vetdeb :

How long has Nestle been vomiting and having tarry stool?

vetdeb :

Is she also really lethargic? Could she have gotten into anything...like drugs or chemicals, or toxic mushrooms or moldy food...or is she currently on any medication?

vetdeb :

Black tarry stools are called melena...which means that she is bleeding somewhere in her intestinal tract (stomach or small intestines) and this could be potentially very serious.

vetdeb :

My advice to you would be to have her seen as soon as you can if you have an emergency hospital in your area. This is not something that you want to just monitor.

vetdeb :

What additional information can I provide for you?

Customer:

she will not eat, her vomiting is yellow. she is still active. there was a plastic toy bitten to pieces in livingroom

vetdeb :

If she just had diarrhea, then I could recommend over the counter products to try and get it under control. I could recommend a bland diet as well that could help. But since she is also vomiting, any thing that you tried to give her could simply make her more nauseous and she will just throw it up. I don't get nearly as concerned when I see fresh blood in loose stool since there are many simple explanations for this (parasites, grass ingestion, etc) But melena is not something to mess around with.

vetdeb :

OK, thanks for that information.

vetdeb :

The bile is because he stomach is empty

Customer:

it stated late last night

vetdeb :

Could she have gotten into anything other than the toy?

vetdeb :

I suppose it could have caused some damage if it had sharp edges.

vetdeb :

I don't like that she won't eat, though....a lab who doesn't eat....always worries me that they might have a foreign body..even a 7 year old lab.

Customer:

possibly, I did see piece of raw hide chew

vetdeb :

OK.

vetdeb :

Here's what I suggest.

vetdeb :

Since she is still active and not all all lethargic, you may have some time to see if this is just a short-term event.

vetdeb :

If she continues to produce black tarry stools, I would still be concerned.

vetdeb :

If she still refuses to eat, I would also be concerned.

Customer:

ok

vetdeb :

If you want to try some pepcid ac which can help with the excess acid in her stomach, please tell me how much she weighs and I'll give you a dose.

Customer:

75 lbs

vetdeb :

She may still be feeling a little nauseous which is why she's not eating.

Customer:

ok

vetdeb :

You can give her 20 mg two times/day.

Customer:

ok

vetdeb :

Sorry, I my immediate reaction to the melena was an intense one.... I don't like melena!!!!

Customer:

scared me

vetdeb :

me too!

Customer:

thanks

vetdeb :

Let me make some diet suggestions.

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