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He hasn't been eating much and he ate this morning and now

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He hasn't been eating much and he ate this morning and now has green,black runny stools
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: His name is ***** ***** is almost five
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Chester?
Customer: Just that lately he hasn't been eating every day, no matter what we try to feed him
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 5 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am sorry to hear Chester is having the reduced appetite and changes to his stools. When I hear black stools this indicates an upper gi bleed, potentially from the stomach or proximal small intestine. That would also attribute to the reduced appetite.

I would strongly urge a veterinary exam to determine the cause of the bleeding because if left untreated ulcerations in these areas can progress and perforate the bowel which is life threatening.

Your vet will want to do abdominal x-rays, a fecal evaluation, potentially bloodwork and abdominal ultrasound to hone in on the cause of these changes which can be a bacterial infection, an immune mediated condition (inflammatory bowel disease, IBD), tumor, or a metabolic disease such as addison's disease.

Diagnosis of the underlying problem is key in order to begin appropriate therapy, regain his appetite, and hopefully return his energy and stools to a healthy happy five year old.

Please let me know how else I can assist you both today. This is not something I would advise treating in a home environment, this does require medical management because if it is left unchecked it can be life threatening.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 5 months ago.

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