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Older Chula. Bloody and loose stools. Was at vet two weeks

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Older Chula. Bloody and loose stools. Was at vet two weeks a go possible gallbladder. On a mad still more blood and loose stools
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Camille-Mod replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Can you upload a copy of his test results to our conversation? I understand that you might not have a copy of the results at home but his vet should be able to give you one which you could scan into your computer and give me the link or you can photograph the page(s) and upload the images by using the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (not if you're using the chrome browser) or by using an external app such as imgur.com or dropbox.com. Can you tell me why gallbladder disease was suspected? Did the gallbladder appear abnormal in ultrasound imaging?
In most cases, I'm going to initially perform diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests - including a specCPL blood test which is most sensitive for detecting the presence of pancreatitis - and if nothing untoward is seen, proceed to ultrasound my patient's abdomen. If nothing confirmatory is seen, I'll culture feces for Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Clostridium and add Clostridial endotoxin testing. I'm going to pay particular attention to his serum sodium and potassium levels which if abnormal can indicate Addison's disease - an often overlooked cause of bloody diarrhea.
Please respond with additional information and further questions or concerns if you wish.

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