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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am so sorry to hear your dog has blood in the stool. Can you please tell me the age, sex, breed as well as any pain medication or antibiotics sent home postoperatively?Thank you
I am online another 25 minutes tonight and want to ensure I help you with this situation but need to know what medications are being administered to know if this is a reaction to medication or stress related.In general, I can give you some basic guidelines for today but if there is no improvement then please consider a veterinary er since these signs are signs of colitis (inflammation of the colon). This can lead to more concerning illness and we definitely do not want this to progress. Below is more information on hemorrhagic gastroenteritis or HGE
- Begin Pepcid 0.25 mg/ pound (famotidine) every 12 hours for 3 days to help settle the stomach - Wait 12 hours to feed to allow the gi contractions to subside that are causing the bloody stools- Mix white rice with boiled lean meat such as chicken which is high in fiber but also bland to the intestinal tract and enticing to the appetite as well in small more frequent meals. No regular dog food please. You can add water to ensure that there is no dehydration but you also want to do water in moderation because large amounts of water will increase risk of vomiting- If you are able, getting up and walk. Walks are great in reducing gi spasms, nausea, and entice the appetite but if not up for it that is also alrightIndications of cause for concern:- Gums are pale, yellow, brick red and sticky indicating dehydration- Vomiting or diarrhea with blood in it that is progressing or not resolving in the next 2-4 hours- Increased lethargy or difficulty getting comfortable- Swollen abdomen- Respiratory rate > 60 while at rest- Temperature rectally <99 or >103.5- No interest in food for 24+ hours- No urination for 12+ hours- Trembling without resolution for more than an hour- Productive coughing- Taking a "play bow" or what looks like a downward dog position which is abdominal distressI hope this information is helpful. Please let me know how else I can assist you both today and I truly hope your dog is feeling better soon.
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And if there are any antibiotics and/ or pain medications being administered please discontinue until you can speak to your veterinarian tomorrow because as I mentioned it can be a reaction to the medications...
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