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Was the stool black before he was given the pepto bismol?
Is he 7 weeks or 7 years old?
He is 7 years old and yes, it was black before as well.
The most likely cause of black stool if you are not feeding charcoal biscuits is intestinal bleeding in the upper gastro intestinal tract.
This could be from infection, swallowed non food item, any medications he is on, or a bleeding issue brought on from ingestion of rodent bait or even a hereditary bleeding issue.
It might also be from pancreatic inflammation which you can read about here http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1580&articleid=335
Or a condition called Canine Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE) which you can read about here http://www.sniksnak.com/doghealth/hge.html So seeing the vet to find out what is going on should be a priority. An over the counter med you might try would be Pepcid or Tagamet or Zantac. Be sure to tell the vet when you see them if you use any of these. You can read about dose amounts (and cautions) scrolling down on the pages here and just close any pop up windows to see all the infohttp://www.petplace.com/drug-library/famotidine-pepcid/page1.aspx http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet/page1.aspx http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/ranitidine-hcl-zantac/page1.aspx
These work better than pepto and are formulated for controling gastric bleeding such as ulcers.If that helps then you can see if some bland food and plain pedialyte added to the water bowl will help. I would suggest trying boiled chicken meat or hamburger with the fat drained off, mixed with really well cooked rice in a ratio of 1/3 meat to 2/3 rice to see if that works. It's not a balanced diet but OK to use for a few meals while working on controlling digestive upset.
If your dog might have gotten into anything toxic, appears dehydrated (see if a pinch of skin over the shoulder blade stays stuck in a tent form or flows back down normally when released), has a rectal temp over 103.5F (normal is 100.5-102.5 Fahrenheit or 38 - 39.2 Celsius ), has gums or tongue that look white, blue, gray or yellow tinted where they are normally pink, has a slow color refill if you press on a pink area of gum or tongue, or is becoming lethargic and non responsive to you then you may want to get the dog in to see an emergency vet if one is available in your area.
This site may help you locate an emergency vet if you need one
Hope this helps you!
Unfortunately I do not have the $ to pay for the EMERGENCY visit, I called them and they will not help me over the phone, if this has been going in for 24-48 hours, however no treatment other then the peptmo has been given. What do you suggest that I do 1st because, he is not lathargc, he wants to eat and has been peeing regularly. He is the same menatlly and physically other then the runny poop. so the choclate color means that he is bleeding
I'd try the ulcer meds I listed above and the bland diet for home care.
As cash flow is an issue, check with your local humane society to see if there is local low cost vet care, ask your vet if you can do time payments or here are some groups that might help you afford the vet bills:American Animal Hospital Associationhttp://www.aahahelpingpets.org/" Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship."Angels 4 Animalshttp://www.angels4animals.org/"Our services range from financial aid to complete treatmentto those pets and pet owners in need."Care Credit If you qualify this may work well for you and be something that is available todayhttp://www.carecredit.com/A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care."With a comprehensive range of plan options, fortreatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a planand a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost everybudget." They have a zero interest program if you pay within a certain time frame and they list the vets who work with their product.God's Creatures Ministryhttp://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html"This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help."Help-A-Pethttp://www.help-a-pet.org/home.html http://www.help-a-pet.org/"Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and theworking poor."IMOMhttp://www.imom.org/"We are dedicated to insure that nocompanion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretakeris financially challenged."The Pet Fundhttp://thepetfund.com/"The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association thatprovides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who needurgent veterinary care."United Animal Nationshttp://www.uan.org/lifeline/index.html"The m ission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescuedanimals suffering from life-threatening conditions that requirespecific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serveGood Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injuredanimals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizensand low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care." They also keep a list of local and national help resources herehttp://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=163
More groups here http://www.speakingforspot.com/helppayingforveterinarycare.html
thanks for the above accept!