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Sally G.
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He may have gotten into the trash earlier and now he seems

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he may have gotten into the trash earlier and now he seems to have a runny reddish stool.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Chico and he is 3 years old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Chico?
Customer: he is a yorkie and usually energetic. somewhat lethargic now. my mother says he bit a whole in the trash bad and had gotten out a hambone.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Sally G. replied 3 months ago.

Hello and thank you for using this site to help you. Human food can cause pancreatitis which would show some diarrhea , vomiting, fever and lethargy. Depending on the symptom severity would determine if you should seek Vet help because if there is vomiting & diarrhea , its frequency may warrant the dog being on IV fluids.

Getting in the trash can cause garbage toxicosis from eating moldy foods. This too would need Vet assistance.

Sometimes when dogs eat something out of the ordinary it causes gastroenteritis and for that you can withhold food for 24 hours then start a bland diet of boiled chicken and cooked white rice for a couple of days then put him back on his regular dog food. The fasting and the diet will give the intestines the time it needs to become less inflamed.

What I would do is check the dogs Vital signs such as temperature, gum color, capillary refill time to determine if you have an emergency that requires Vet care.

I will direct you to a site to take you through how to do this.

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/what-is-normal-in-dogs/page1.aspx

Here is more on pancreatitis and garbage toxicosis

pancreatitis

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/acute-pancreatitis-in-dogs/page1.aspx

Garbage gut http://www.petplace.com/dogs/garbage-toxicosis-garbage-gut/page1.aspx

Expert:  Sally G. replied 3 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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