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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am concerned about Max, the deoxidizer used in dogs treats often are benign as they expect this to occur on occasion but when we see black stool that indicates partially digested blood, i.e. we have an intestinal or stomach bleed/ ulceration that can lead to intestinal perforation so I would strongly urge a veterinary er visit today as this can be life threatening.If you elect not to do so:
- 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/ tarry 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 if you are not considering a veterinary er:- 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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