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2 year old chi-rat with black stools, no weight loss, or

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2 year old chi-rat with black stools, no weight loss, or appetite change, mood is sometimes sullen,
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 months ago.

Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How long has this been going on?

2- Is she on any medications?

3- Any pre existing medical conditions?

4- How much does she weigh?

5- Any other symptoms?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Off and on since I rescued her she seems fine, however she does vomit sometimes, she weighs about 18 lbs. My # is(###) ###-####when I rescued her, I realized she had been very absurd
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Abused
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
No other medical problems
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 months ago.

I am sorry but I can not make a live call. I will be glad to answer your question on this thread or I can opt out so another expert could help you. Please let me know.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
You can just respond here, I am wondering if she has a failing kidney
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 months ago.

1- How long have you had her?

2- As she been seen by a veterinarian for this problem?

3- Has she been dewormed?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
She has had great care
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Have not seen vet for this
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 months ago.

Friend, I am trying to know how long has this been going on. Can you tell me days or how long have you had her?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
On and off for 1.5 years , now it is non stop black stools
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Have had her 1.5 yrs
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 months ago.

Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 months ago.

Friend, when we see black stool it could be a sign of bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract. The reason why the blood is black and not red is because the blood is being digested. The fact that this has been going on for so long I would want to rule out parasites. But, it is also important to rule out: Ulcers, infections, a foreign body, tumors, etc. to name a few causes. I don't believe this is related to kidney failure. To determine the exact underlying cause she will need to be seen by a veterinarian for a hands on examination, fecal analysis, blood work and xrays as an initial screening test. If cost is a concern I would look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost. In the meantime, this is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or Imodium. Start her on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 10mg 1/2 tablet every 12 hours. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.

2- Change her diet to rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%).

3- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination as described above.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 months ago.
Hi Bonnie,

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Dr. Peter

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