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My 9 year old Doxie has been having black stools. She hasn't

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my 9 year old Doxie has been having black stools. She hasn't been eating very much and not real active. What should I do
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 months ago.
Hello. Thanks for the question. Black stools are definitely concerning. That is often times a sign of bleeding in the gut. Digested blood will have a black color to it. I would get some bloodwork run to see if she is anemic, and also to look for an underlying cause of GI bleeding (kidney disease, liver disease, ulcers, ect). Sometimes we also need to do x-rays or ultrasound as GI tumors can present like this. No matter what, I would start some GI protectants- antacids and some Sucralfate to coat any ulceration. At home, you could give Pepcid (Famotidine)- 10 mg every 12 hours. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.