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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am so sorry that Izzy has this change to his stool and no expert has been in to assist you both yet todayThe black stool is a concern because it indicates digested blood either from the stomach, esophagus, or proximal small intestine which may mean that there is an ulceration or something ingested that is causing this change. I would strongly urge a veterinary exam because this can be quite serious but I can give you some basic guidelines until you can get into your veterinarian.CLICK HERE for more information on this condition in dogs
- 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 resulting in the changes to the stool- 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 (black or red) 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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