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My chihuahua hasnt eaten since yesterday and vomited last

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Hi! My chihuahua hasnt eaten since yesterday and vomited last nite and this morning I found his poop with lots of blood
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Understood.Very sorry that he is so sick. Unfortunately, he is exhibiting symptoms of both bad stomach distress and colitis. Vomiting causes can include:- Dietary indiscretion (eating something you do not know about)- Stomach or intestinal foreign body- Something that was given to them (new food, new treat, human food)- Intestinal parasitism (not just the worms, but the microscopic bugs like Giardia and Coccidia). They can cause vomiting also, not just diarrhea- Toxin exposure would be less likely, unless you have reason to suspect exposure to a chemical.- Less commonly, endocrine diseases like Addison’s But, also the blood in the stool.Red blood in the stool is known as hematochezia.Hematochezia in Dogs Common causes can include:1. Straining to defecate due to constipation2. Toxin exposure3. Stress colitis (common when a dog is startled by loud noises, having strangers at the house, a change in routine)4. Intestinal parasites (not necessarily worms, but the microscopic bugs like giardia or coccidia)5. A bleeding polyp or tumor in the colon (large intestine)6. Dietary indiscretion (ate something you do not know about)7. A foreign body that is trying to move through small or large intestinal tract. 8. Bleeding disorder including if rat/mouse bait has been recently ingested.Unfortunately, this is not good at all for a wait and see approach, and we do not have good enough treatment over the counter to help. Definitely, even if not your primary vet, I would get in to any vet today for good supportive medication. To help settle the stomach you could give a 1/4 tablet of Pepcid A.C. 10mg antacid, or a ½ tsp of pepto-bismol. I would not worry about offering any food for at least 8 hours or until directed by the vet. Here is a bland diet recommendation:Boiled boneless, skinless chicken breast OR low-fat cottage cheeseAndCooked white rice*Never add on salt, pepper, oils, butter to any of the above*Ideally, give 1/3 chicken or cottage cheese, and 2/3 white riceVeterinarians will often prescribe some prescription bland diets as an easy alternative including Science Diet I/D formula.Possible testing might include some abdominal x-rays and/or a blood profile. Good Luck!Dr. Andy
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you. So I have a pepto bismol tablet 262 mg how much shoul I give him being he is 8 lbs
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Not a fan of tablets. Very difficult to give and dose correctly. At 8 pounds, you really would only give a sliver of a tablet. So, not more than 1/8 of a tablet. But, he is really ill with the intestinal trat as well. The pepto won't be good enough.Dr. Andy
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Hi Marcela,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Coco. How is everything going?

Dr. Andy