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Yorkie: pound..diahrrea..dehydrated..also she wont eat.

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My 4 pound Yorkie has...
My 4 pound Yorkie has blooody stool(diahrrea) for 6 hours , slightly dehydrated . go to E.R. Vet or wait until A.M. ,money an issue. also she won't eat.
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Hello,

This type of stool sounds like a condition we call HGE (hemorrhagic gastroenteritis). Basically it's where there is bleeding of the GI tract and the diarrhea ends up looking like jelly or red water. The cause is often unknown but likely either infectious (bacteria/ viral) or stress induced.

Diagnosis is made on rectal exam and then checking a PCV (packed cell volume or red blood cell percentage). In normal dog's it's 35-50%. In dogs with HGE that number is > 60%.

Treatment is by rehydrating as they lose a lot of water and electrolytes into the colon. We usually put these dogs on IV fluids and IV antibiotics for 12-24 hours. Most will have a full recovery with aggressive treatment. Without treatment, many will resolve on their own but it can be fatal in severe cases if not treated.

I would get this dog seen tonight or with your vet in the morning and get the diagnosis confirmed then treatment started. If she's not vomiting, then oral antibiotics and some SubQ fluids may be all that is needed. It sounds like you could wait until morning where you can get more bang for your buck. If vomiting or if the bloody stool is just running out of her then I'd go in tonight.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
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