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Upon returning home this evening it looked like minutes before

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Upon returning home this evening it looked like minutes before my dog had throw up.
He had a small rawhide chew earlier in the day. On his pee pad he had pooped a black, soft poo and there was some blood drops on the cloth. His nose was cold and his tail was wagging though. In another 30 minutes he threw up again. Should I be concerned and rush him to a clinic or monitor him? Does this sound like poison or the rawhide? Maintenance was in my apt earlier this am in the bathroom & I came home at noon and let my dog out of the crate and back to his space in the bathroom.
Thank you for your answer
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
I am so very sorry to hear that your little Firecracker is having changes to his stool and vomiting
Because of his size I would be more inclined to have him seen sooner rather than later. Even though he is not actively bleeding the black stool indicates stomach bleeding whereas the red blood indicates colonic inflammation and bleeding.
In addition, the trembling worries me because it tells me he is not feeling well. Similar to the chills in a person when they don't feel well.
If he were a large breed dog I would be more inclined to watch and wait but with a little guy like him I would advise the veterinary exam, get him started on appropriate medication so that you do not end up at the veterinary er overnight and he can begin to heal.
What can happen is hemorrhagic gastroenteritis if not treated:
http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/stomach-intestine-liver-or-pancreas/hemorrhagic-gastroenteritis-hge
I hope this information makes sense but please let me know how else I can assist you both today. I truly hope he is feeling better soon!
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