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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. I am so sorry to hear about Collin. I agree that meloxicam is not a good choice of pain medication for dogs with kidney disease. In fact, no non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) is a good choice for a dog with pre-existing kidney failure. The black color to the stools and worsening of the kidney problems is most likely due to the meloxicam. It is possible for him to recover from this but not with at home care. He needs to be hospitalized with intravenous fluid therapy to fluid the kidneys. The subcutaneous fluid therapy (correctly termed SQ fluids, not IV fluids) doesn't really get into the blood stream very well to flush the kidneys. It mainly disperses into the tissues. I would get him to another vet or ask for referral to another facility to hospitalize and put in an IV catheter. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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Hello. I was just following up to see how Collin is doing and to see if you have further questions.