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My 9 yr old part border collie pound puppy ha had single episodes

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My 9 yr old part border collie pound puppy ha had single episodes of diarrhea for several weeks but eating and drinking as usual per my Sig Other. This afternoon he had a small soft light brown stool followed by a sour liquid stool also brown. He wanted out twice after but action was not observed. About 30 min ago he was whining to go out and had a small amount of bloody liquid stool in the bathroom. Outside he retched and finally vomited what looked slimy in the led flash light. Does he need to go to puppy er or can I monitor him tonight and follow up with his doc in am. I am a retired MS RN.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question, I am sorry to learn Jackson is not feeling well. My name isXXXXX am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions to be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Is he lethargic?
2- Did he get into anything or eat something out of the ordinary?
3- Any pre existing medical conditions?
4- Is he on any medications?
5- Can you take a look at his gums and see if they are pink or pale?
6- Can you take his rectal temperature?
7- How much does he weigh?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

He is not lethargic. Mucus membranes pink and moist he is drinking OK. He eats Science Diet dry with a small amount of wet food treat. He weighs about 39 lbs. When Mike walks him he eats anything he can find before he stops him so I don't know. The only meds are for pain but he has had none since last month and he is on flea and heartworm med orally. He was attacked by a Boxer a year ago and his hand leg ripped open and surgically repaired, hence the pain. Otherwise he gets a clean report from the vet. No way to take his temp.

Friend, the slime in the vomit is mucus. The bloody stool is a sign of inflammation in the colon, colitis. There are many possible causes for these symptoms, common causes include: Dietary indiscretion, infections, intestinal parasites, ingestion of a foreign body, inflammation or even secondary to a systemic disease. It does not sound like this a life threatening condition for Jackson, it can wait to see your veterinarian in the morning. This is what you can do until he is seen by family veterinarian:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium. Start him on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 10mg every 12 hours for the next 3 days. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.

2- No food or water for 8-10 hours. Need to give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest.

3- After 8-10 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back. I am happy to address follow-up questions. Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

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