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How serious is this What should I do about my dog

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I took my dog to the vet 2 weeks ago because he had not eaten in 2 days. The vet examined hime and diagnosed him with colitis. She gave me some dog food, and told me that if his appetite doesnt improve within 24hours to bring him back for blood tests. When I got home, my dog ate his food with no problem. Over the course of the past 2 weeks he has been eating (sporadically at times) and been going to the bathroom regularly. Sometimes it is regular poop, but other times it is that yucky, bloody diarreah he originally had. His stomach also makes these really LOUD grumbleing, gurgeling sounds from time to time and I catch him eating grass all the time, which makes him vomit..all the time. Last night he threw up all the grass and dirt he had eaten, but SUPRISE, there were flecks of blood in mucus. My question is: Is it possible that the vet mis-diagnosed my dog? Should I be concerned even though his behavior is normal? Could this be fatal? Is it a possibility its parvo? I am a flight attendant, and am going on a 2 week leg/shift tommorow, I will not be back till the 27th of May. God help me, but I don't want to come home and have my baby "not be there" Please help me, I am literally scared out of my wits
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
It sounds like your dog has a serious gastric upset. It could be a reaction to the food you are feeding or it could be a protozoan type parasite such as coccidia or giardia.
It could even be that the dog swallowed a non food item which is causing intestinal upset.
I think your dog could use a stool check and maybe an x-ray to see if there is anything she swallowed that she shouldn't have.
You might just need to change her diet - allergy testing might be in order if she has no foreign object or parasite issue.
Hope this helps!

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